My New '08 Standard Stratocaster

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  1. rdnzl

    rdnzl Member

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    I can't drive by GC without checking out what they've got. Today I spotted a couple of the new 2008 American Standard Stratocasters. One white, and one burst. I spent a half hour or so playing them, and they both were really great. The burst was just a tad lighter, and since I just got an 08 Tele in the same color, I chose the burst one.

    As good as I felt when I played the Tele, I felt just as good about the Strat. Great neck, nice pickups, and the workmanship seems flawless. And it comes with the same nice case as the Telecaster.

    I'll post more about how it plays after spending some time with her. For now, here are some pics. Again, it is hard for me to capture how pretty she is. But here's what I came up with.

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  2. gkoelling

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    Very nice!

    Was the white Olympic White?

    Do they offer a hardtail?

    I've always felt the Am. Std. was a great value.
     
  3. rdnzl

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    Yes, the other one was Oly White. It was a tough choice, but these two DO make a nice pair.

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    From your pics, it looks as though the Strat's saddles are a bit different than on previous models. Or am I seeing things?

    Beautiful looking guitar. Enjoy. :AOK
     
  5. gkoelling

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    They're using vintage style saddles this year. Nice touch.
     
  6. guitarfish

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    What a beautiful matched pair you have there! And I see the cat approves - always a good sign.
    :BEER
     
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    How do you tell the difference between the 08 model and the older ones?

    Thanks
     
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    Nice to see the vintage saddles back.

    rdnzl, Are you leaving any Fenders for anyone else to buy?

    Congrats.........again! (& again, & again)!! LOL!
     
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    That cat is my best audience. She loves it when I play. The sight of a guitar gets her all excited. Kinda like some girls!

    :D
     
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    beautiful matched pair. have fun with them.
     
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    The advantage of my divorce a year ago is....now I can buy guitars when I damn well feel like it!! And I can kick the wimmen out in the morning.....

    :JAM
     
  12. jazzandmetal?

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    The new strats and teles look and sound great. I like the way they are doing the frets now. No laquer on them.
     
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    This is VERY similar to my main guitar.
    It's stock and I think it's an 02, but I'm not sure.
    All I know is that there have been times I've been so into a jam playing and loving the feel.
    I absolutely love it.
     
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    I haven't seen the 08's first-hand but the immediate difference is the vintage style saddles on the new models.
     
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    Here is a full description.

    The American Standard Stratocaster[SIZE=-1]®[/SIZE] is the latest evolution of an American classic, sporting several redesigned features that prime this icon for the 21st century. Among the new features are a new neck and body finish, a new bridge, Alnico V pickups, and a Fender-exclusive high-tech molded case by SKB. The American Standard Strat[SIZE=-1]®[/SIZE] includes classic FENDER[SIZE=-1]®[/SIZE] touches and fan-favorites such as hand-rolled fingerboard edges and staggered tuning machines. Available in a variety of colors, these upgrades position the American Standard Stratocaster as a modern classic!

    Fender American Standard Stratocaster at a Glance:
    • American Standard Stratocaster Bridge
    • Bridge Component Specifics
    • Neck Gloss and Tint
    • Thinner Body Undercoat
    • Fender SKB Case
    American Standard Stratocaster Bridge
    The American Standard Stratocaster sports a new bridge that gives sought-after tone with modern smooth trem travel. This redesigned block retains the mass and tone of a vintage bridge block, but is chamfered for access to deeper dives. The new saddles have the classic look and tone, but with modern improvements such as spacing, slot elongation, and height screw length).

    Bridge Components
    The American Standard Stratocaster incorporates bent steel Fender saddles. The original vintage-style Fender bent steel adjustable saddle is one of the components that give vintage Fenders their tonal 'mojo.' Fender conducted tone comparison tests, and discovered the magic all over again. Sonically, they have a wider tonal range and more character than the other saddles. Then Fender improved them, narrowing the spacing to afford more room (and complement the bigger frets and rolled edges), and also elongated the string slot to reduce friction and string breakage, while improving the string break angle over the primary contact point. The end result: more tone!

    A typical cast bridge block is impregnated with a resin to eliminate 'voids' in the material and to bond it together. Fender's new steel block is infused with copper, which makes the block 100% homogeneous metal. The result is a more musical, higher mass bridge that has more of that machined-block sound. Fender was also able to keep the same American Series profile for increased tremolo travel.

    Neck Gloss and Tint
    The old Fender necks were satin all over primarily for the feel of the back of the neck. On the American Standards Fender kept the satin neck back, but still gave the rich tint and luster of a gloss finish to the front. When looking at the old and new side by side in comparison, there is no arguing that the new necks look classier and more detailed and 'finished'.

    Thinner Body Undercoat
    An undercoat serves to give the paint a smooth surface to adhere to so you have a nice looking finish. The thicker the undercoat, the more glass-like the finish, but the more constricted the guitar's body wood, which could affect tone. Fender has switched to a new undercoat that is thinner, and that allows the body to flex and resonate more, while retaining the cosmetic advantages of an undercoat.

    Fender SKB Case
    The new case is a true advancement in guitar presentation and protection. It is stackable, it balances perfectly, it is TSA lock equipped, and has glass reinforced nylon trigger latches and a killer form-fitted plush interior.

    Fender American Standard Stratocaster Features:
    • Finish: Polyurethane Finish
    • Thinner Undercoat Finish for Improved Resonance
    • Neck: Maple, Tinted Neck with Gloss Front/Satin Back
    • Fretboard: Rosewood, 9.5"
    • Rolled Fretboard Edges
    • Number of Frets: 22, Medium-Jumbo
    • Scale Length: 25.5"
    • Nut: Melamine, Width: 1.685"
    • Hardware: Chrome
    • Machine Heads: Fender Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Keys
    • Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with American Standard Bent Steel Saddles
    • Copper Infused High-mass 100% Metal Bridge Block
    • Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
    • Pickups: American Strat Single-Coil Pickups
    • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade
    • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1.(Neck pickup), Tone 2. Delta Tone™ (Middle and Bridge)
    • Case: Molded Fender/SKB Case with TSA Locks, Glass Reinforced Nylon Trigger Latches, and Form Fitted Plush interior
    • Accessories: Cable, strap, polishing cloth, trem arm, wrenches
     
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    I checked these out and almost left with one. Great guitars!! Congrats.

    Give us another report after you've owned it for a while.

    RC
     
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    I was going to get a Highway 1. But these seem like the better deal now. Same price? How much did you pay, if you don't mind me asking?
     
  18. rdnzl

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    Highway 1's are cheaper. They are nice. But not this nice, IMHO.

    I paid $999. You can buy them for $899 if you don't need the case.
     
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    To me, the case is a huge selling point!
     
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    I wonder if they'll sell the bent saddles seperately and if they'll fit the previous american standard bridge????
     

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