What Reidys say...
A real icon of the music world, the Stratocaster has been one of the top choices for guitarists everywhere for the last 60 years. Favoured by a seemingly endless list of players; Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Yngwie Malmsteen and John Mayer to name but a few, the Strat is versatile, comfortable to play, reliable and has a very distinctive sound.
The Mexican Standard offers players that classic Strat sound at an affordable price. The pickups give a huge range of tones; everything from bright and trebly to warm and chimey and which renders the guitar great for a number of different genres. While you often see the Strat in the hands of blues, pop, and jazz players, they’re just as good for rock music, though if you’re after something with a slightly higher output, it might be worth looking at the HSS Strat. The 5-way pickup selector and volume and tone knobs allow you blend tones from different pickups together to really shape your sound. The vintage style synchronised tremolo bridge system lets you loosen or tighten the strings for a great effect and helps hold the instruments tuning. The ‘modern C’ neck profile is comfortable for all styles of players and the solid alder body contributes to the great feel and sound of the guitar.
For the price, this is a great guitar. Though the sound may not be quite as detailed as some of the models higher up the Fender range, it still sounds undeniably ‘Strat’ and has a wide range of tonal possibilities. Looks, sounds and feels fantastic!
by Richard B, Reidys Guitar Specialist
What Fender say....
The Standard Stratocaster® guitar offers legendary Fender® tone with classic styling. Features include three single-coil pickups, synchronized tremolo with high-mass bridge block, tinted neck, shielded body cavities, medium jumbo frets, parchment pickguard and '70s-style headstock logo.
Model Name: Standard Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Arctic White, No Bag
Color: Arctic White
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Polyester
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Front
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Black or White Dot
Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Standard
Bridge Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat
Middle Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat
Neck Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SSS
Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tremolo Arm Handle: Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm
Tuning Machines: Standard Cast/Sealed
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs: Parchment Plastic
Switch Tips: Parchment
Strings: Fender® USA Bullets® 3250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
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