Model: Fender American Standard Stratocaster – Olympic White
Music genre / Additional gear
The Fender American Standard Stratocaster is a guitar able to play a large array of music genres: funk, blues, hard rock and heavy metal. This guitar suits all these styles very well, except for the metal part. It suits the bluesy tones exceptionally well, obviously, since Eric Clapton, SRV and Buddy Guy all use this model. We tried it with the Vox AC30C2X Amplifier and a couple of analog pedals like MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay, Red Witch Analog Empress Chorus in order to obtain a quality blues tone.
When choosing a new guitar pay attention to these following features:
- Body: This model has an alder body with a nice urethane finish.
- Neck: The classic Fender neck made from maple and maple fingerboard. The fret size is medium jumbo with 22 frets. Hand-rolled fingerboard edges and the back of the neck being satin-finished make the neck feel fast and exceptionally comfortable.
- Tuning system: The tuning system is the same as the previous models. We use for tuning this particular model Korg TM50BK Instrument Tuner and Metronome, it’ s pretty cheap and it does the job well.
- Pick-ups: It has the classic SSS format with Custom Shop Fat ’50s Single-Coil Strat.
- Control knobs: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup).Made from aged white plastic. The volume knob is very well placed, allowing a better nuance while playing.
- Pick-up selector: This one is the classic five position blade.
- Output jack: The jack is the same good quality as always.
Apart from the well-known Fender sound, we noticed the bends are easier to execute and the tremolo system is more accurate and fun to use. As a downside, if you like to play something heavier, besides the single coil pick-ups, the 22 frets are not enough for the solo parts.
This particular American Standard Stratocaster, Rosewood Fingerboard, Olympic White, looks amazing. If you want to feel like Jimi Hendrix on the Berkeley stage this is for sure the way to go.
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