Up for sale, a 1994 Fender American Standard Stratocaster 40th Anniversary Edition in perfect working order, upgraded with Seymour Duncan SSL-1 pickups and complete with a tweed hardshell case. Featuring special cosmetics to celebrate the 40th year of Fender Stratocaster production, the American Standard Strat features a number of player-friendly modern touches including a satin neck finish, 9 1/2“ fretboard radius on the 22-fret maple fretboard, Schaller tuning machines, a two-point vibrato, and TBX tone control.
Featuring the classic tonewood combination of an alder body and a maple neck, this Strat has been notably played in, yielding plenty of natural sonic breadth and immediacy, qualities faithfully captured by the upgraded trio of Seymour Duncan SSL-1 single coil pickups. These pickups deliver the quintessential ‘50s-style Strat sparkle and bounce, featuring hand-ground beveled, staggered Alnico V rod magnets. The guitar offers a variety of vital and distinct Stratocaster tonalities via the five-way pickup selector switch, with bell-like cut and thinned-out quack at settings 2 and 4. This Strat weighs 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a fast-feeling, slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .875” at the 12th. The 22-fret fretboard has a modern 9 1/2“ radius with medium jumbo fretwire that has been leveled and crowned, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-2. There is a bit of light finger wear on the maple board, and the guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16” in width. The headstock face features the “40th Anniversary of the Stratocaster” badge, and the Fender-embossed Schaller tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The four-bolt neck plate with micro-tilt adjustment is embossed with “Stratocaster 40 years …and still rockin’” text, and the neck heel is dated to December 17th, 1994.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups wired to the stock harness and governed by a five-way pickup selector switch, Volume, Tone, and TBX Tone knobs. The chrome-plated hardware all shines like new, including the jack cup and bridge base with steel block saddles. The two-point vibrato actuates smoothly and bounces quickly back to pitch. Plastics comprise the trio of knobs and upgraded four-ply dark tortoise pickguard.
The gloss Arctic White finish shows graceful aging of the clear coat, with some forearm wear on the lower bout on top, and buckle wear at the edge of the belly carve on the back. There are a handful of minor nicks and faint scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the perimeter. The satin finish on the neck profile has been buffed to a smooth semi-gloss through play, with a number of shallow marks along the profile length that don't distract the palm while fretting.
A tweed hardshell case is included.