Labeled as a “workhorse”, the Fender Standard has been around since 1987, and in that time, many a guitarist has made a Standard their main guitar. Now we can also call the standard a “show-horse”, because the Fender Standard now comes in 4 bright and vivid satin colors that are pretty stunning. And Stunningly pretty.
It’s a great move for Fender – plenty of folks want a Strat or a Tele, but they might just be bored with all the “Standard” colors.
Of course you can get a Telecaster Standard or a Stratocaster Standard, so let’s check them all out.
The Four new colors are as follows
Ocean Blue Candy
Leaning heavily on the reddish oranges, these new colors are anything but boring. The Ocean Blue Candy rounds out the set nicely with a cool, sweet blue tone.
These beautiful finishes are all a satin urethane – atop alder bodies.
The Telecasters all come with a rosewood fingerboard and a maple neck. The Stratocasters offer you a choice between rosewood or maple necks. With that choice, you’ll end up with white or black dot inlays. The Telecasters of course come with white inlays to offset their rosewood fingerboards.
The neck shape is a familiar Modern ‘C’ shape, with twenty-one frets and a 25.5″ scale length.
All the models come with Medium Jumbo frets and Synthetic Bone nuts.
The hardware is all chrome, and they all come with 3-ply black (B-W-B) pickguards. I’m sure you guys know what the tremolo is by now, but in case you don’t, it’s the very familiar six saddle Vintage Style Synchronized tremolo.
The Stratocasters come with three Standard Single Coil Strat pickups, and of course the Telecasters come with the Standard Single Coil Tele pickups.
The MSRP on these is the same across the board – coming in at $669.99, but of course check around at your local (or internet) music retailer, and I’m sure you’ll find a bit of a better deal.
Overall, these things are really easy on the eyes – they’ll catch your audience’s eye for sure, and behind that paint is everything you’re used to getting out of a Fender Standard guitar – that Fender sound, reliability, play-ability and durability (three abilities – not bad!) that makes the Standard such a great bang for your buck.