3 Fender Stratocasters for Every Budget
Arguably the most famous and iconic guitar of all time is the Fender Stratocaster. With it's (traditionally) 3 single coil pickups, nothing screams Stevie Ray Vaughn or Jimi Hendrix like a Fender Stratocaster. Originally introduced to the public in 1954, it quickly became a mainstay for popular music.
Fast forward to 2019 and Fender now has an array of different Stratocasters a player can choose from in a variety of price points. With all these Stratocasters, we thought it would be fun to show you 3 of our favorites from three different price points so you can choose the strat that fits your taste and your budget.
A quick note: we are looking at guitars that are Fender Stratocasters, and while Fender is making some great guitars in the Squier line, we wanted to just highlight non-Squier Stratocasters.
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The Fender Stratocaster For Budgets under $750
FENDER PLAYER STRATOCASTER PAU FERRO 3-COLOR SUNBURST
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The Player Series from Fender is the low-cost version of a true classic. Authentically Fender, the PLayer series are manufactured in Mexico to keep the cost down and provide a serious value in the world of Stratocaster guitars. Classic —bell-like high end, punchy mids, and robust low end, combined with crystal-clear articulation—the Player Stratocaster is packed with authentic Fender feel and style. It’s ready to serve your musical vision, it’s versatile enough to handle any style of music and it’s the perfect platform for creating your own sound.
The Fender Stratocaster For Budgets Under $1300
FENDER AMERICAN PERFORMER STRATOCASTER
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For a current street price of around $1100, you can jump up to a true American made Stratocaster. The Performer Series recently took the place of the American Special series and offers Stratocaster in both the traditional 3 single coil pickup configuration as well as the above-pictured setup that replaces the bridge pickup with a humbucker. The Performer series Stratocaster is a gig ready, USA built guitar that will serve you for years to come.
The Fender Stratocaster For Budgets Under $2000
FENDER AMERICAN ELITE STRATOCASTER
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At around $1900 street, the American Elite Stratocaster is everything you could ask for in a Stratocaster. Taking the place of the discontinued Fender Deluxe Stratocaster line, the Elite series continues in the tradition of high-end components in a made in the USA guitar. The Elite Stratocaster is equipped with fourth generation noiseless pickups, Fenders versatile S-1 switching, locking tuners and ships in a deluxe hardshell case.
The Bottom Line
Everyone needs a Strat in their guitar arsenal and with the current models that Fender is putting out, every player can find a Stratocaster that they can fall in love with. Even if $750 is more than you have in your budget, the Squier series of Stratocasters have awesome Strats for $200, and you can check those out by clicking here