Differences between a standard & deluxe stratocaster

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Differences between a standard & deluxe stratocaster
The Stratocaster is the definitive American electric guitar. (stratocaster image by diego cervo from Fotolia.com)

The Fender Stratocaster is a famous type of electric guitar, played by legendary musicians as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Its design has been widely copied, and many of the electric guitars sold by smaller brands closely resemble it in looks, if not performance. The Stratocaster Standard is Fender's basic Stratocaster model, while the Deluxe Player's Strat is its upgraded equivalent in the Deluxe series. There are several differences between the two guitars.

Body Wood

The Deluxe Stratocaster has a body made out of ash, while the Standard is made out of alder.

Position Inlays

The dots marking finger positioning are white on the Deluxe. They are available in black or white on the Standard.

Fingerboard Radius

The Deluxe has a wider fingerboard with a radius of 12 inches. The Standard has a 9.5 inch radius fingerboard.

Neck Plates

The Standard uses a standard 4-bolt neck plate to hold the neck to the body. The Deluxe's neck plate is vintage-style.


The Deluxe Stratocaster uses higher-quality vintage noiseless pickups to capture sound from the strings. The Standard uses standard single-coil pickups.

Hardware Finishes

The Deluxe has gold-plated metal finishes, synthetic bone string nuts, and vintage style tremolo controls. The Standard uses chrome-plated finishes, but has the same tremolo handle and string nuts.

On/Off Switch

Only the Stratocaster Deluxe has a one-button On/Off switch.

Colours and Fretboards.

The Stratocaster Deluxe is available in three-color sunburst, crimson red transparent, honey blond and blue transparent finishes with either a rosewood or maple fretboard. The Standard is available in Lake Placid blue, black, toffee apple red, brown sunburst, midnight wine or arctic white with either a rosewood or maple fretboard.


As of November 2010, the base price for the Fender Stratocaster Standard was between £448.4 and £487.4, depending on configuration. The Fender Stratocaster Deluxe had a base price of £584.9.

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