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Fender Standard Stratocaster (Mexican Made)

Fender Standard Stratocaster
Fender Standard Stratocaster

The Fender Stratocaster Standard is probably the least expensive ways to get a real Fender. This guitar for the most part was completed in the Fender Ensenada, Mexico plant. The guitar body may have been made in Corona California or even the neck or other part of the guitar, but it was assembled in Mexico. The American version of this guitar is about twice the cost and it will have the word 'American' in the title.

From what I can tell the Mexican strats are just as good as the American made ones. I've found the finishes on the American made strats better. If you are looking for a great guitar to play then get this one, a Standard Strat. On the other hand if you are looking to collect guitars then get an American Stratocaster. They will hold their value and only go up in price.

The body of the Mexican version is made of Alder which is most common in Fenders. It's a lighter weight wood that has no real grain to speak of but sound bright and punchy for guitars. The 3-ply white pickguard is standard. The bridge is the vintage style synchronized tremolo again what you would think you'd find. The body has a Polyester finish as opposed to a polyurethane finish. It's the same great Strat body in size, density and shape. It quite possibly was actually made at the Corona plant and then sent to be assembled in Ensenada.

The neck feels just a good as the American made ones. Very smooth and even especially around the edges of the neck. It's made of Maple with a Rosewood fretboard with a Satin polyurethane finish. There are 21 Medium jumbo frets with a scale length of 25.5 inches. The nut width is 1.65 inches with a radius of 9.5 inches which makes great for either lead or playing chords. The necks profile is the 'C'-shape which means it’s thin and easy to play. The thinner necks are easier to play but don't have as much tone and sustain. The 'C'-shape neck is the most popular among guitarist today, mainly because it's easier to play. The machine heads are Fender/Ping standard die cast sealed tuners. They're great and keep the guitar in tune.

The electronics and pickups are your basic strat. It has three single coil pickups with ceramic magnets. They sound great for both lead and rhythm playing. The controls are one master volume and two tone controls with a 5-way pickup selector: bridge, bridge+middle, middle, middle+neck, and neck.

Features

  • Made in Ensenada Mexico
  • Same Fender Quality and Tone
  • Alder Body
  • Maple 25.5" scale C-shaped Neck
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • three single coil pickups
  • 5-way pickup selector
  • Fender/Ping Sealed Machine Heads
  • Standard Fender Tremolo
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Fender Super Bullets Nickel Plated Steel Strings (.009 to .042)
  • Comes with Standard Gig Bag

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