ANDERTONS HAVE BULK PURCHASED THE VERY LAST OF THE 2008 STANDARD STRATS. ALMOST IDENTICALLY FEATURED TO THE 2009 BUT £100 LESS MONEY. ONLY WHILST STOCKS LAST.
The Fender Standard Stratocaster does exactly what it says on the tin - it sets the standard for all other guitars to follow. The Standard Strats are made out of Fender's hi-tech production facility in Mexico.
This enables Fender to produce a high quality guitar, but at an affordable price. Most other manufacturers have to make their affordable guitars in the Far East, whereas Fender are making theirs about 5 hours drive from their Californian based HQ!
This is such a clever move for Fender as they are able to manage the Mexican plant in a far more hands on way than they could if the plant was in China - this results in a consistently well made range of guitars that are extremely well priced.
In 2006 the Standard Strat had a few upgrades made to it. Firstly the neck had the edges smoothed off (like the USA made ones) & the frets were replaced with slightly larger fret wire - this also is common on the USA models & is generally preferred to the skinny frets.
The trem block was enlarged & this adds a little sustain to the guitar. New finishes were made available & the guitar now comes with a Fender Gig Bag.
As always you have the choice of a maple (the light colour) or a rosewood (the dark colour) fret board. The difference between the two is quite subtle, with the maple board having a slightly brighter tone than the rosewood board.
The maple board also has a slightly smoother feel straight out the box, whereas the rosewood board takes a little time to play in. However, the rosewood board is harder wearing & will not discolour over time like the maple one will.
A lot of first time players will chose the fret board wood based on the colour & thats fine to do too as the difference between the two is not massive!
Here's what Fender say about the Standard Strat
Fast-action maple neck, comfort-contoured alder body, three single-coil pickups and standard synchronized tremolo - it's where the tradition began and still carries on today. Available with your choice of a maple or rosewood fingerboard.
Model Name Standard Stratocaster (Upgrade)
Series Standard Series
Colour Brown Sunburst
Neck Maple, Modern "C" Shape.
Fingerboard Rosewood or Maple, 9.5" Radius (241mm)
No. of Frets 21, Medium Jumbo
Pickups 3 Standard Single-Coil Strat Pickups (Ceramic Magnets)
Bridge Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Machine Heads Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Pickguard 3-Ply White
Scale Length 25.5" (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.650" (42 mm)
Accessories Standard Gig Bag
Cheapest I have been able to find, this years model is £389 so this is a bargain. Says only 10 left though.