The Fender Stratocaster is one of the most iconic electric guitars in the world so it only makes sense that we keep stock of a massive range of these guitars at Andertons Music Co.
The Fender Stratocaster is one of the first mass-produced electric guitars dating back to 1954. More comfortable and with easier access to the higher frets it was a big improvement over previous guitars.
There are more Stratocaster models made today than any other guitar in the world. With over 10 different ranges made over multiple different countries to match every price point, you have a lot of choices when it comes to your next Strat. So what is the difference between these Fender Strats?
We start with Squier guitars, they are here for those who are just starting out or want a great instrument for an incredibly low price. Made to a lot of the same standards as the big brother Fender lines you know you can trust these guitars even at that price. Look out for the Squier Classic Vibe Strat and Squier Vintage Modified Strat for unbeatable value for money.
Fender has four main divisions of guitars: Mexican, Japanese, American and Custom Shop.
Fender Mexican models (often mentioned just as Fender) are built as you guessed, in Mexico. With pro-grade hardware that can stand up to everything from student life to years touring the world. Poplar models include the Fender Player Stratocaster for the entry-point into this range and the Fender Vintera Stratocaster for a more vintage feel and sound.
Fender Japan models are rarely seen in the UK but you can occasionally find them as part of limited edition runs throughout the year. These are often modified versions of well-loved models made in their amazing Japanese factory.
Fender American electric guitars are beloved and are the standard for touring guitarists around the world. Built to the highest standards with the best quality hardware they can find these USA made guitars are a dream to play. Popular models include the flagship American Professional II Strat, the vintage-inspired American Original Strat, and the the modern, high-end American Ultra Strat.
Fender Custom Shop Strats take American quality and add in special materials, hardware, finishes that are not available anywhere else. Best of all if you have an idea for a custom shop Stratocaster we can place an order specifically for the exact guitar you have in your head.
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What's the difference between '50s, '60s and '70s Stratocasters?
Fender and Squier offer many variations on classic designs, but the general differences between '50s, '60s and '70s Strats are:
- '50s - Chunky U or V neck profile, 7.25"" radius, ash bodies, single-ply scratchplate
- '60s - Slimmer C neck profile, rosewood fretboards, alder bodies, slightly hotter pickups, multi-play scratchplate
- '70s - Slimmer C neck profile, ash bodies, medium output pickups, chunky headstock
How do Stratocaster controls work?
Strats typically have a 5-way pickup switch. Position 1 is the bridge pickup, 2 is the bridge/middle togher, 3 is the middle pickup, 4 is the middle/neck together, 5 is the neck pickup. Positions 2 and 4 are noted for their poppy 'out of phase' tone. The volume knob controls the volume of all pickups. The first tone control (lowest) affects the middle pickup, while the second tone control affects the neck pickup.
What's the difference between Fender and Squier Stratocasters?
Squier make great affordable/beginner-friendly guitars based on genuine Fender designs, including the Stratocaster. The company is owned by Fender, and they use different materials and components, and manufacture overseas - this makes them more affordable.
What's the difference between a Stratocaster and a Telecaster?
Apart from their differing designs, the main difference between Strat & Tele is the sound. This is mostly due to different pickups and electronics. A Strat usually has 3 single-coil pickups and a 5-way selector with 2 tone controls, while a Tele usually has 2 single-coil pickups, a 3-way switch and a single tone control. Because of this, Stratocasters offer a broad range of sounds, from bright to spanky, while Telecasters are known for their twangy tones.
Is the Stratocaster the most versatile guitar?
Stratocasters are often considered versatile because of their pickups and controls. A typical Strat design features 5 pickup positions and 2 tone controls, offering a wealth of different sounds. They've been used by players across the musical spectrum, from classic funk to modern metal.
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