Fender American Stratocaster Hardtail

A Review of this Non-Tremolo Strat Guitar

Fender American Stratocaster Hardtail

Don’t go out and get suckered into buying a brand-new Fender American Stratocaster Hardtail made after 2007.


Because they don’t exist! Fender discontinued the Fender American Strat Hardtail after 2006, so those who claim to have a brand new one are lying or got duped.

If you are looking for a good hard tail electric guitar, and want a Fender Strat, you’ll have to shop for a pre-2007 model, or look into another guitar.

Maybe an Eric Clapton Signature Strat…these are made with a whammy-bar, but it’s anchored.

The actual term is a blocked tremolo. So, it’s almost a hard tail.

Fender also offers a Fender Robert Cray Standard Stratocaster, which is you’re only option if you want brand-new, Fender, and hard-tail.

That’s according to Fender…you may be able to get a customized (altered) guitar, but it’s probably going to cost you.

The non-tremolo guitar

The Fender American Stratocaster Hardtail is a nice guitar with a lot of the Fender American series features, with the exception of the tremolo, or whammy bar.

A non-tremolo electric guitar is preferred by many musicians because of the stability in tuning.

These guitars also often offer a richer, more resonant sound because of the close contact of the strings to the body of the guitar, and the lack of extra parts to interfere with the tone.

Every rocker has heard of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Randy Bachman founded that band and another called The Guess Who, and favored a 1971 hardtail guitar.

Eric Clapton switched from Gibson guitars to Fender Strats in 1970, and was known for blocking the tremolo on his guitars.

His signature Fender has a blocked tremolo.

In 1990 Robert Cray got his own signature Fender, a hardtail that was based on a 1964 Fender he played for years.

He is a known blues singer and player.

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has used an Eric Clapton signature guitar with a blocked tremolo since around 1989.

Although the musicians who choose to play with a hardtail guitar are in minority, there are plenty who prefer the stable tuning and resonant sounds of a guitar without a whammy bar.

Fender's American Stratocaster Hardtail is an excellent choice for those who like that in a guitar.

You get the best of both worlds, the non-tremolo guitar, with all the great features of any other standard Fender Strat.

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