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Stratrocker



USA

good welder, crappy guitar player
Sep 19th, 2016 07:24 PM        

I got an e-mail from the Stratosphere announcing that American Standard Strats are going to be discontinued. I know that the Deluxe was discontinued. Anybody got more info?



Paul L



New Jersey, USA

It looks just like a Telefunken U-47!
Sep 19th, 2016 07:30 PM        

It is probably more accurate to say that the American Deluxe series was renamed to the American Elite series. They're still the high-end U.S. made guitars with the same features. Perhaps they're going to do the same with the American Standard line.



telegib



Canada

Sep 20th, 2016 04:59 AM        

I heard something like the "American Pro" series or some similar sounding name will replace the American Standard series. I don't know whether it is accurate or not.



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Sep 20th, 2016 06:43 AM        

IMO, Fender should always keep the AmStd line in production as a baseline product. Go ahead and mess around with the others, but leave the American Standards alone!



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Sep 20th, 2016 06:53 AM        

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."



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Repeat
Sep 20th, 2016 06:59 AM        

Model lines come and go.<br /> <br /> The basic Strat ain't gonna change anytime soon :o)



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Sep 20th, 2016 07:48 AM        

""If it ain't broke, don't fix it.""<br /> <br /> Probably the sign on the wall in the shop at Fender in 1954! Not much has changed.



Modal Magic



MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Sep 20th, 2016 08:48 AM        

"IMO, Fender should always keep the AmStd line in production as a baseline product. Go ahead and mess around with the others, but leave the American Standards alone!"<br /> <br /> +1. Didn't work when American Standards were renamed American Series, eventually went back to the AmStd naming convention. <br /> <br /> Is it to with the American Standard brand toilets? ;-)<br />



Te 52



Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Sep 22nd, 2016 10:22 AM        

"... Is it to with the American Standard brand toilets?..."<br /> <br /> Oh, you mean...



old time fender player



United States

Sep 22nd, 2016 11:05 AM        

someone said bill schultz named it after a visit to the mens room. the toilets at the brea distribution center at the time were american standard toilets



old time fender player



United States

Sep 22nd, 2016 11:10 AM        

the company opted to focus their energy on the 30th anniversary of the custom shop.



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Sep 27th, 2016 05:28 PM        

My local dealer confirmed this to me today. You've probably seen by now dealers dropping the price $200 on existing stock (or at least on some of it).<br /> <br /> Could be a good time to pick up a bargain.



Stratrocker



USA

good welder, crappy guitar player
Sep 28th, 2016 02:18 AM        

I can't imagine what name they will think up to replace "American Standard". What used to be the American "Deluxe" is now the "Elite" and the new "Deluxe" is made in Mexico. How can you not have a Standard?????



Paul L



New Jersey, USA

It looks just like a Telefunken U-47!
Sep 28th, 2016 04:44 AM        

I think it might be American Select, but I'm not sure.



telegib



Canada

Sep 28th, 2016 04:51 AM        

I have the feeling that other than the series name there will be few changes. <br /> <br /> The only changes I could see that could be "improved" are maybe a compound radius neck, contoured neck heel and locking tuners. Pickups are always debatable depending on each player's preference.<br /> <br /> I'm OK with it as long as it doesn't push the price way up which we know is a bad thing. We all saw what happened with a big brand competitor last year and how the buying public responded.



stratcowboy

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Sep 28th, 2016 07:42 AM        

"I have the feeling that other than the series name there will be few changes."<br /> <br /> Yeah...like since 1954. LOL.<br /> <br /> Can't imagine they would do all those other upgrades at the risk of endangering the entry-level price for their American made guitars. Tweaks, sure. Major product enhancement. Doubtful, as that would jeopardize the other more expensive models' appeal.<br /> <br /> Just an opinion, of course...<br />



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Sep 28th, 2016 07:50 AM        

The American Standard was called the "American Series" for a period of time, in think in the late 90's or early 2000's.



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Sep 28th, 2016 11:04 AM        

Yup. And before that they were again called American Standards then, too. I've got one of those.



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Sep 28th, 2016 11:10 AM        

When I was a kid there was only one model of Stratocaster.



Viera

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Sep 28th, 2016 12:06 PM        

^ Dude, you're OLD! ;-)



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