Fender is one of the most renowned American music instruments manufacturers and is mostly known for its great solid-body guitars. Thus the Fender Starcaster semi hollow body electric guitar is somewhat of an exception in the line of Fender guitars.
Nevertheless it is a pretty good semi hollow electric guitar and should perhaps get more attention than it has. Thus here is an in-depth review of the pros and cons of this fine Fender Starcaster semi follow body electric guitar.
The Fender Starcaster semi-hollow guitar features a good looking thin semi-hollow offset body, with a bound maple top and back, as well as stylish bound f-holes. It comes with a great “C”-shaped 25.5″ maple neck, along with a 22 medium jumbo fret maple fingerboard, as well as black-dot inlays.
The guitar comes with a curvaceous Starcaster headstock, chrome hardware, Fender Standard cast/sealed tuning machines, as well as pinned Adjusto-Matic with anchored tailpiece. The Fender Starcaster has a pair of great Dual Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups.
It also features three way toggle switching, three ply black pick guard, four skirted “amp” style control knobs, along with tone and volume for each pickup.
At 8 lbs the Fender Starcaster isn’t the lightest of guitars, but is comparable to several Epiphone semi-hollow body guitars. All in all it is relatively easy to carry around and is pretty robust, as well as good looking.
The Fender Starcaster offers some great warm and full sound thanks to its maple body. This is accompanied by nice tonal variety and versatility thanks to a pair of great Dual Fender Wide Range humbuckers. The guitar is also quite high gain-friendly and doesn’t have that much body-resonant feedback as some other semi-hollow body guitars do.
In the end it is a really great electric guitar that delivers the unique vintage Fender semi hollow body sound for a moderate price, making it a great guitar for genres like blues, jazz and especially various genres of rock. The guitar is also quite comfortable to play, which makes it a really good live show instrument.
As is the case with Fender instruments in general, the build quality of the Fender Starcaster is very solid and it could really take a beating if needed. This makes the Fender Starcaster a great choice for a regular gigging instrument, for studio recordings or the rehearsal setting. The guitar’s finish is also of a very high quality and one can know it is resistant to scratches and dents.
While many would probably go for Epiphone classic semi hollow body guitars, then this good looking vintage Fender is perhaps a more interesting and adventurous choice. The sound of the Fender Starcaster is great and doesn’t produce that much feedback thanks to its humbuckers and its design. It is also in the moderate price range, so it would be a great value for money deal.