The Fender Stratocaster electric guitar is undoubtedly one of the most iconic instruments of all time. It has been used extensively by some of the most famous guitarists in history including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck. There are a number of models available for it, from the inexpensive MIM (Made in Mexico) guitars to the more costly MIA (Made in America) ones. This review will focus of on the Standard American Strat with the SSS (triple single coil) pickup configuration.
Features: The American Standard Strat comes with a five-way selector switch and three single coil pickups. The neck can be made of maple, which offers better speeds, or rosewood, that has a warmer tone. The body is made of alder and it has a volume and two tone knobs. The tuning component is the standard Fender one. It also has a whammy bar with a fixed bridge mechanism.
Sound: American Strats are known for the versatility and range of sounds they produce. Apart from high-gain heavy metal, pretty much any genre can be played without a problem. Bluesy and hard rock tones are especially well suited for this guitar. The tone controls are also very good and can help in obtaining an almost endless possibility of sounds. The amp also matters a lot when it comes to tone and the Strat is ideally suited for tube amps that help it produce a large, heavenly tone. Of course, there is the factor of noise which is a given with single coils. This can be a little noticeable, especially with distortion. But of course it is almost zero when the guitar is being played. It is only when it is left idling that the noise becomes a problem. The bridge pickup offers a twangy tone while the neck can be used to good effect for warmer sounds. And with the five way selector and tone knobs, there is a rich palette to choose from.
Fit and Finish: The American Strats are generally very well set up when they come from the factory itself. There will be minimal adjustments that need to be made to get it into playing condition. Of course the action can be adjusted according to the players preference. This can be achieved quite easily with the help of allan keys. The paint, finish and quality of parts are definitely among the best in the market.
Reliability and Durability: The guitar is ideally suited for live playing and can take a good beating. All the parts are of the highest quality and they will last you for a very long time. In fact, there are many Stractocaster guitars made in the 60s that are still being used now without any problems. There is no doubt about the fact that these guitars will last for a long time to come.
The Fender Stratocaster electric guitar is definitely one of the best models you can buy. Its sound, features and legacy are incomparable to any other. And it is also possible to make any modifications later on. So what are you waiting for? Book your guitar today!