Fender 2012 American Standard Stratocaster
The Stratocaster has been the go-to choice for blues musicians over the years, and it’s not hard to understand why. The single coil sound that is associated with the Fender brand is perfect for the wailing leads and distinctive tones of Texas blues, and the American Standard Stratocaster’s three Fat 50s pickups achieve that tone with an absolutely undeniable sheen. Two tone knobs allow you to control the sound coming from the neck pickup and bridge/middle pickup respectively, letting you dial in a voice that is all your own.
The C-shaped profile on the Standard’s maple neck provides the sort of comfort you’ll need for blues-inspired bends and chord voicing. Because the blues requires a significant amount of sustain to let the guitar cry, the Standard’s modern two-point tremolo bridge is ideal in getting you to that end result. Finally, what kind of Texas bluesman doesn’t take his guitar out on the road with him? To that end, the Fender American Standard Stratocaster comes with a hardshell case so that you never have to worry about damage when taking your baby out of the safe confines of your home.