Icon. Not a word to be used lightly. But the Stratocaster is just that. The new American Standard Stratocaster guitars are beauties to behold in sound, look and feel. We kept the hand-rolled fingerboard edges, alnico V pickups and staggered tuning machines for playability, tone and stability, and added several new features, including:
* A new bridge with improved bent-steel saddles and a copper-infused high-mass block for increased resonance and sustain.
* A new neck treatmentâ€”tinted for a richer presentation, with the maple or rosewood fingerboard buffed to a high gloss. The back of the neck still has that silky satin finish.
* A thinner finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance.
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