Buying A Fender Stratocaster American Standard: 3 Important Tips
For beginners or intermediate players, buying a Fender Stratocaster American Standard is a big decision. You may hesitate and wonder if you should really get it, or pick the Mexican made strats instead. If you are in this situation, then I hope you find the following tips helpful.
1. The made in the U.S.A. strat is probably most desirable for its upgraded pickups and parts and other special features. There must be a reason for the extra money you pay for. However, regardless of their country of origins, all new Fenders are awesome and have execellent QC. You can’t go wrong with no matter which one you get. Afterall, playing guitar is more of a subjective and personal thing. It all depends on how the guitar sounds and feels to you.
2. All models, whether it’s an MIA, MIM or MIJ strat, have their strong and weak points (which by the way can be modified). The MIA is well known for its amazing neck, including the nuts, frets and rolled edges. They are consistently better than the MIM and MIJ models. However, if you buy the Mexican made CP series, or the Jimmy Vaughan series, you will find that it sounds and plays just as excellent. The MIJ strats have consistent QC and awesome finishes but have weaker electronics and pups. With that said, what really matters is if the guitar works for you.
3. For beginners, you don’t really have to put too much emphasis on the quality of the guitar. One suggestion is, buy one of the nicer Squier models which are very nice guitars. Get professional setup, have the nuts, bridge, tuners, etc. upgraded if you can afford it. Buy a small but decent amp. Save the rest of your money and spend it on more guitar lessons. That way you get the most value out of your money. Then keep playing and while you are learning, try as many different models as you can, until you find what you love. Alternatively, or if the country of origin is a big factor, get the highway 1 (U.S. made) for USD 699.
If you are looking for the right guitar, whether it’s a Fender Stratocaster American Standard, or a MIM Standard, what matters is how it feels and how it sounds. Your new guitar should feel and sound great even before you plug it in. So forget about where it’s made and how much it is for a while and just start playing! If money is a big factor, then play whatever you can afford until you find one you love.
We spent an afternoon with the new GT range from Fender. What can we say? These amps are packed with so many useful and exciting features. Wireless connectivity, bluetooth pairing, app control, setlist presets, an array of artist presets, recording/rehearsing/performing capabilities and a whole load of convenient qualities that’ll please anyone from a bedroom recording artist all the way to full performance mode.
With three models, there’s a Mustang GT that’s ideal for any musical application. The 40W, 2×6” Mustang GT 40 is ideal
for home or dorm use, fitting perfectly on a desk or bookshelf. At 100W and sporting a powerful, natural-sounding 12”
speaker, the Mustang GT 100 is ideal for rehearsing, recording and playing small clubs. The 200W Mustang GT 200 is
perfect for recording and rocking big rooms, with two 12” Special Design speakers and a 4-button switch included.
The free, exclusive Fender Tone app adds a one finger control to the Mustang GT’s power and connects to the Fender
Digital ecosystem for learning and sharing Presets. Fender Tone makes it easy to augment the Mustang GT series’
impressive capabilities. Fender Tone allows access to a virtually endless number of Presets via an intuitive interface.
As the world’s first WiFi-equipped digital guitar amplifier, Mustang GT makes it easy to download the latest updates,
access Fender artist-created Presets, and connect directly with a community of other creative players and music makers.
Bluetooth LE support lets you stream music wirelessly to the amp, enjoying the pristine sound of the Celestion® Special
Design speakers, or program the amp wirelessly, using the Fender Tone app.
Mustang GT includes both genre-specific and artist-specific Presets—the actual sounds from the studio and stage, created
by the artists themselves. No other manufacturer has Fender’s access to inspiring artists across such a wide variety of
genres, from hip-hop to metal to pop to jazz. Furthermore, presets are updated on a regular basis, making the amp more
powerful and more flexible.
Mustang GT’s true-to-life amp and effects modeling would be worthless without speakers that can recreate the sound
precisely, without any coloration. Mustang GT 100 and 200 incorporate Celestion® Special Design speakers that not only
enhance your instrument’s tone, but sound great when streaming Bluetooth audio.
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