Fender American Standard Stratocaster [2008-2012]
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Fender American Standard Stratocaster [2008-2012]

American Standard Stratocaster [2008-2012], Chitarra Corpo tipo Stratocaster from Fender belonging to the American Standard Stratocaster model.

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Hatsubai 18/09/2011

Fender American Standard Stratocaster [2008-2012] : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Ash bodied Strat"
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There have always been two main woods out there for Fender guitars -- Ash and Alder. It was actually Ash that the first 10 '54 Strats were made out of, but Leo switched to Alder after that, and Alder became the more popular wood for whatever reason. Ash is great with strats, however, and I find that it's an underused tone wood. The guitar features an ash body, a maple neck, 22 frets, dot inlays, two point tremolo, SSS configuration, one volume, two tones and a five way switch.

UTILIZATION

The guitar was the same as pretty much every Deluxe Strat out there. The frets were pretty good on this. They were level, and there were no issues with the ends cutting your hand. However, they could have been crowned a bit better. The nut was cut correctly on this, so that was a good thing. The locking tuners on this was also a great addition. I'm a HUGE fan of locking tuners, and I really think every guitar should have them installed standard. I'm not sure why so many companies skimp on this.

SOUNDS

The pickups in this were the SCN pickups, and they were as brutal as single coils could be, really. The bridge could actually get one hell of a Van Halen tone, and I was totally shocked. It's super thick and fat sounding. It has just the right amount of bite and the perfect low end. I believe this is thanks to the ash body. The neck was super powerful, and while it lacked some dynamics, it was solo heaven. You could get some sick lead lines that absolutely sung. The in between positions were wonderful for that funky and clean tone. The S1 switch on this was pretty lame, and I recommend not even bothering using it because it just sounds muddy and undefined once it's enabled.

OVERALL OPINION

The guitar is very solid, and you can get these for a pretty good price on the used market. If you get the chance to try one in a store, I recommend picking it up. I'm sure you'll be surprised, assuming it has a good setup and fresh strings. They're fairly consistent today, and the necks feel nice on these. Buying used can get you a really good deal, and I recommend scoping out eBay for a good deal.