Saturday, 10 January 2009

Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Maple, Black

Electric Guitar. Made by Fender.

No other guitar can match it -- the Fender Stratocaster is where the great guitar tradition began and still carries on today!

Featuring a fast-action maple neck, comfort-contoured body, three single-coil pickups and standard synchronized tremolo, the Fender Standard Strat is the guitarist's guitar! Pick one up and you hold the whole history of rock and roll in your hands...


  • BODY Alder
  • NECK Maple, Modern "C" Shape, (Satin Polyurethane Finish)
  • MACHINE HEADS Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • FINGERBOARD Maple, 9.5" Radius (241 mm)
  • NO. OF FRETS 21 Medium Jumbo Vintage Style Frets
  • PICKUPS 3 Standard Single-Coil Strat Pickups (Ceramic Magnets)
  • CONTROLS Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
  • BRIDGE Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • PICKUP SWITCHING 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • HARDWARE Chrome
  • STRINGS Fender Super Bullet 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042)
  • PICKGUARD 3-Ply White
  • SCALE LENGTH 25.5" (648 mm)
  • WIDTH AT NUT 1.650" (42 mm)
  • UNIQUE FEATURES Vintage Styling
  • ACCESSORIES Includes Fender Gig Bag

NOTE: The picture on this page shows a gutiar with a Rosewood neck, if you order from this page you will receive this same model guitar with a Maple neck

Most young people at some stage experiment with playing a musical instrument, for some it's a brief journey, while for others it's a life time of adventure. Many who start to play an instrument learn to play the electric guitar. The popularity of this instrument could be for several reasons, relative cheapness of instruments, abundance of teaching methods, but above all electric guitars have "the cool factor" that inspires many people to take it up and play.

Although essentially the same instrument as an acoustic guitar, the electric versions differ in one fundamental way. The difference being that they require electric powered amplifiers for them to operate successfully. While acoustic guitars rely on the cavity within the body to resonate and create the sound and volume, electric guitars make use of pickups and amplifiers to propel the sound. There are overlaps to this definition, for example Archtops, a class of electric guitar, are manufactured with hollow bodies. This allows for the same acoustic resonance produced by acoustic guitars.

Electric guitars have the ability to offer a very specialized sound compared to that of an acoustic version, this is down to the large range of effects pedals and special effect modules available. Electric guitars, unlike their acoustic counterparts, have a poor sustain, but with effects such as overdrive increased sustain is possible to achieve. Other effects including flanger and distortion give rise to sounds that are very popular with rock bands, as well as with the heavy metal music genre.

They also benefit from not being hindered by the regular design of their acoustic cousins, Electric guitars can be shaped in various different ways, allowing for creative designs like the "Flying V" and more comfortable playing. More traditional designs include the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Stratocaster style, a design most people are familiar with.

The differences aren't just in the body design, compared to acoustic guitars; the strings of an electric guitar are typically thinner. This is due to the fact that they don't really need to resonate as much as the strings in the acoustic versions do. Electric guitar strings are also closer to the guitar's neck, which requires less effort to press them down.

Another class of electrified guitar is the electric bass. This has all the same dynamics, but only has four strings. The strings on an electric bass guitar are considerably thicker compared to the standard gauge of electric guitars; this allows them to play really low notes.

When it comes to learning the guitar most beginners like the idea of playing an electric version as it seems to offer instant fun. Whatever you decide to learn set your budget, get yourself an instrument you feel comfortable with along with some easy to follow guitar tutorials. And most importantly of all, have fun playing.

If you want to find out more about learning to play the guitar using online downloadable videos and guides have a look at learn guitar playing. If you want a bit more information about electric guitars and what's available on the market click on discount electric guitars

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