American Standard Stratocaster (1986 – 2000)

Model info: In 1985 Fender-CBS became Fender-FMIC. The new company found itself without a manufacturing facility. In fact, all that had really been sold was the name and trademark rights and a small amount of leftover parts and inventory. In 1986, the new Fender began manufacture of the American Standard, a revised edition of the 1982 Standard (“Dan Smith”) Stratocaster. The American Standard would prove to be Fender’s flagship instrument for over a decade. Its features included 22 frets, 4-bolt neckplate 2 pivot point vibrato with updated bridge, 5-way pickup selector blade, and 3 single coil pickups with exposed polepieces. The Delta Tone system with its high output bridge pickup and ‘no-load’ tone control electronics were incorporated into the model in 1998.

The importance of the American Standard to the then new Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) cannot be overstated. For more information about this model and its birth, see: The Fender American Standard Stratocaster: An Excerpt from The Stratocaster Chronicles by Tom Wheeler.