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Freshly updated for 2012, the American Standard Stratocaster combines the classic tone and style of its forbearers with a set of sleek refinements. This Strat wields upgraded Custom Shop Fat 50s pickups, improved hardware, and a thinner undercoating which enhances resonance through the entire instrument. The American Standard Strat has always been a go-to guitar for players in every genre; with the 2012 release, the guitar that started it all just keeps getting better. 

 
Custom Shop Fat 50s Single-coil Pickups
 
The 2012 model of the American Standard Strat includes three Fender Guitars Wholesale Fat 50s pickups. These powerful single-coils are employed on some of Fender's highest-end custom models and represent the best of the best in Fender electronics. Classic Stratocaster tone is most often defined by its brightness and versatility, and the Fat 50s do an outstanding job in both regards. There's enough high-end bite to play syncopated funk parts, and enough depth to strum some folk-rock chord progressions. The triple set of Fat 50s deliver everything and more you expect in vintage Strat sound. 
 
Follow each step in the creation of an American Strat at Fender's Corona, CA facility with this video: 
 
 
Improved Hardware and Features
 
In addition to its stellar new pickups, Fender has implemented other changes for 2012 to enhance this guitar's tone and playability. The undercoating finish is thinner than in previous releases which allows the wood to breathe more openly and enables better resonance through the body and neck. The two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with classic Fender whammy bar has been refined for better tuning stability. The package also includes a molded SKB case and a healthy dose of Fender "case candy."
 
Comfortable C-shaped Neck and Maple Fingerboard
 
Stratocaster aficionados have always celebrated the smooth playability afforded by the classic Strat neck. This version uses the popular C-shaped profile with a maple fingerboard to achieve that timeless Strat feel. Maple fingerboards have been preferred by such luminaries as Eric Clapton and David Gilmour. The neck's edges have also been hand-rolled for further comfort as your hands glide up and down the fingerboard.
 
Features:
 
- Three Fender Custom Shop Fat 50s pickups
- Comfortable Modern C-shaped maple neck with hand-rolled edges 
- Two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with classic Fender whammy bar
- Thinner undercoating for improved resonance 
- Vintage vibe with aged plastic knobs and tinted teck finish
- Constructed in Fender's Corona, CA facility
- Included molded, hardshell case
 
Like the rest of the 2012 line of American Standard Fenders, this stunning Stratocaster maintains all the classic qualities of the model while introducing a slew of useful features.

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