Fender American Professional Stratocaster
Fender has been innovative since it’s 1st day. The Stratocaster, which was introduced back in 1954, made such a huge impact on the music industry which is unquestionable. Although the early models’ specs are still relevant today and available through the Fender Custom Shop, the “standard” or should we say, “main” Stratocaster model went through changes along the years which kept it up to date with the era. 2017 will be remembered as one of these points in time when the famous American Standard line is being replaced by the new American Professional line.
So, what is the difference, really?
Well, one thing that remains, you can breathe, is the famous design of the Stratocaster. But, some new finishes like Antique Olive, Sonic Grey, and Mystic Seafoam are now added to Fender’s vast finish catalog.
The first difference you will feel when you pick the Fender American Professional Stratocaster will probably be in the neck area - the neck shape of the Pro has a new deep C shape and the frets are narrower than the jumbos which were used on the Standard.
Once you plug the Professional, the pickups, which are now NEW-V-MODE will present themselves to you. With the NEW-V-MODE each pickup is specifically designed to its position, so you will get the maximum tone of your guitar. Also, the nut on the Professional is genuine bone which is a great improvement in our opinion to the synthetic one on the Standard.
We love the new neck shape, it feels more solid in the hand. The new pickups react wonderfully and also the improved pop-in tremolo arm, though being a small improvement some might say, make the American Professional a neater Stratocaster. But most important is, that the American Professional Stratocaster is not a new guitar, it is just a better, up to date, version of the Fender Stratocaster we all love.