Fender Starcaster Strat Review

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The Fender Starcaster Strat is a version of the Stratocaster that's shunned by many users and experts. With a synchronous tremolo bridge, rosewood fretboard, and a humbucker and two single coil pickups, it would seem to be just another inexpensive Strat. But users complain of problems with the pickups, and many guitars have issues with buzzing frets because the neck can't handle its intonation. Users also gripe about the frets being too sharp to play for extended periods.

Fender Starcaster Strat (starting at $150, Amazon) reviews are rife with complaints. Some users report that the strings buzz off the frets at times and note the overall sharpness of the frets themselves, which make the guitar uncomfortable to play for very long. On Ultimate-Guitar.com, one user warns that the guitar falls out of tune easily; it did so one time during a gig. It has a tremolo bridge, which may be to blame, as well as a humbucker and two single-coil pickups. One reviewer calls the bridge pickup quite shoddy, complaining about the sound quality it expels when turned on. This Fender Starcaster Strat review also mentions that the input jack for plugging in the guitar actually fell into the body, making it hard to access.

On the Musician’s Friend website, a user echoes the gripe about the buzzing strings, which were so bad that the action had to be adjusted to compensate. The reviewer also mentions that the guitar requires tuning at least once a day.

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