A new generation of the iconic stratocaster. Fender has been innovative since itâs 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 modelsâ specs are still relevant today and available through the Fender Custom Shop, the âstandardâ or should we say, âmainâ 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 Fenderâs 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.
Fender Telecaster Standard, an old school guitar with traditional looks and modern features. Duke Ellington once said "if it sounds good, it is good!". This sentence sums up all we think about the Fender Standard Telecaster guitar and Telecasters in general. When Leo Fender released his back then in the 50's new guitar, the Esquire, it had one pickup and no truss rod. Then came the broadcaster which was renamed the Telecaster due to a conflict with Gretsch. Then this Telecaster literally changed the world of rock 'n' roll!On the Standard Telecaster Fender went after originality, cost effectivity and playability. The body is made of one piece Alder (originally until 56 or so Telecaster guitars had Ash bodies) and the neck is a nice modern C shape maple one with medium jumbo frets. A main difference between the Fender Standard Telecaster and the original one from the 50's are the bridge saddles. Instead of the vintage 3 compensated saddles, Fender equipped the Standard Telecaster with 6 adjustable saddles for maximum intonation and setup adjustments. Fender also designed a new bridge to replace the "Ashtray" bridge that came with the old Telecasters.Sound wise there is no doubt about it, the Standard Telecaster is a Telecaster all right! It has twang, it has bite, it has smokin' highs and lows and mostly that distinctive Telecaster mid range we all love so much. Driving an amplifier with the Fender Standard Telecaster is easy, as the new Standard Tele Single Coil pickups are hotter than the old ones.