American Standard Stratocaster HSS review by Fender

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.7 (96 votes)
Fender: American Standard Stratocaster HSS
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Price paid: $ 1200

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
Just awesome. The different combinations and amounts of sounds you can get out of this baby are just great. The humbucker opens a world of new posibilities. I play all types of music. While enjoying at home I play from jazz blues to hardrock/metal, this guitar succesfuly complies with my requirements. It sounds great with all types of music, again from a shred sweeping tone, to a crunchy blues rythm, to a jazz chord taste.

Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is perfect. Worth it's money, and over time increases it values. Wanna upgrade to a top knotch guitar that you can rely on all your gigs, Fender USA is the way to go. awesome finish, setup and sound, what more can you ask for?

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitars are made to last forever. Since the 50's Fender makes great guitars. Of course if you are a person Who uses this a lot, Who sweats on it, travels with it, and do not take your belt while playing, this guitar is gonna age. But of course, people like Joe Strummer have those beat up guitars, that are still sounding! If you take care it should last.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar was perfectly set up to my taste, neither too low, neither too high. The only complaint I may have is that the pickups are not perfectly aligned, but this has to do with the volume adjustments. Of course no flaws. None to be expected.

Features — 10
A 2008 MIA Strat, what can I say, just Amazing. 22 frets, dark rosewood which plays awsomly well. This guitar was sent with all the other luggage in the plane, it arrived here to Argentina, I tuned it up, and no problems at all, no fret buzz at all. Alder sounds great, and the Blizzard Pearl unique color for 2008 strats is a sure win, polyurethane finish. The new bridge design greatly gives more tuning stability, you can do full dives lots of times before noticing any change on the tuning. Tuners are die-cast, and have the quality that should be a expected on a 1200 dollar guitar, top quality. Volume, tone, and the 5 way Switch are very well made, no noises, and quality can be noticing just by turning the knobs. Accesories are great too. This guitar comes with an awesome flight case with Fender logo embossed on it. It has a security key also. It includes a leather Fender strap, Fender cable, Fender cleaning cloth, and a Fender calco, very good.

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