Fender Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster Reviewed by Guitarbitz

Guitarbitz give an independant review of all the guitars they sell in their guitar shop and in this review they look at the Fender Deluxe Series Lone Star Stratocaster.

Fender Lone Star Deluxe Stratocaster
The Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster guitar is a scorchin' reissue of one of Fenders most successful models from a few years ago; a classy humbucking guitar with superb feel, great looks and tone as big as Texas itself.

Features include a premium U.S.-made Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Plus bridge pickup and two Texas Special single-coil Stratocaster pickups at the neck and middle positions, a brown shell pickguard, tinted C-shaped Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard, and a vintage style synchronized tremolo bridge.

The headstock is Fenders small size, a tinted satin Maple finish, the front has a single chrome string tree, the Fender logo and serial number. The open truss rod cavity here has a black plastic protective trim.

The back of the head is plain, with a single row of 6 separate Fender Chrome die cast square machine heads.

The neck is also satin tinted Maple, with the Rosewood 'skunk' stripe starting at between the 1st and 2nd fret. It's a modern C shape, very slim and rounded, a great players neck, lovely for fast runs.

The Lonestar is only available with a Rosewood fingerboard, but it's a great bit of wood, dark, with a very tight grain, well polished up and smooth enough for big bends and fast twiddly playing.

The neck is held on by a 4 screw Chrome neck plate, joining the Alder body at the 17th fret on the treble side, 20th on the bass side, standard Strat stuff of course. The body has an all over piano black gloss finish, the back has a white bridge access back plate and a bit of comfy chamfering to make it sit nicely around your chest.

The front features a 3 ply white and black red tortoiseshell scratchplate that really sets the guitar off. The controls and pickups are contrasted in vintage white.

The quality vintage tremolo bridge has a shiny Chrome finish, with a slim tremolo bar. The 6 saddles are the bent metal style, as opposed to cast, Fender branded.

The Lonestar plays beautifully, a really good value guitar, the 2 Texas Specials at the neck and middle have loads of character, the neck has a nice amount of brightness, but not brittle, lovely for groovy rhythm work. The middle is more mellow, and in combination mode add more depth to the tones.

The bridge pickup is a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates, and this has more power and sharpness, great for lead work, it has buckets of clarity and is great for all styles of music from metal to blues and jazz.

In all, the Deluxe Series Lonestar is a remarkable Stratocaster, great pickups, stunning looks and it plays so well, you'll never want to put it down!


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