Top 5 Fender Guitars for Under $1000 (Christmas 2018)

With the holidays in full swing and Christmas on the way, now is the best time to get a jump on the coming shopping season and find the best deals on guitars for yourself or your loved ones. Forget a lump of coal in a stocking, stick one of these bad boys under the tree and it’ll be a very merry Christmas indeed!

1. Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar – Maple Fingerboard, Arctic White ($599.99 – Free Shipping)

Hopeful they don’t get ‘The Wall” put up too quick because this beauty is made in Mexico! That means this beginner level guitar is one of the highest quality guitars you’ll get with the fender logo attached to the head stock! The only thing better is an MIA (Made In America) model, but this list is “Top 5 Fender Guitars UNDER $1000!)

And this thing is beautiful: We’ve got an Alder body which gives rich tones, a ‘C’-shaped neck profile with a 9.5 inch radius and 21 medium jumbo frets; imagine getting your hands on this baby! (Here’s a hint: It’ll feel good!).

Featuring an authentic 50s and 60’s style tremolo bridge and 3 FENDER Standard single-coil pickups, this thing not only looks like the real deal, it sounds like it too!

The Standard Stratocaster is the perfect combination of vintage style with modern playability: this thing sings like an angel, growls like a demon, costs under a $1000 and feels like a million bucks!


2. Fender Classic Series ’70s Stratocaster Electric Guitar, Natural, Maple Fretboard ($849.99 – Free Shipping)

Yo, this cat is nice! It’s a little more pricey than the last model, but those extra dollars ain’t wasted.

This cat is also a MIM (Made In Mexico) model so you know it’s the perfect combination of quality and affordability!

This thing has an ash body, three single coil pickups, and a large, 70’s style head stock: this thing sounds as good as it looks!

It plays good too! What we have here is a chunky ‘U’-shaped neck profile with a 7.25 inch radius and 21 ‘vintage style’ frets all attached to a the body with a 3-point bold on neck.

At 14 pounds, this bad boy is light enough to take on the bus, but heavy enough to bash a zombie if things go south!


3. Fender Standard Telecaster Electric Guitar – Maple Fingerboard – Butterscotch Blonde ($599.99 – Free Shipping)

Do you like Butterscotch? Because this thing is tasty! If you’re looking to bite into a bargin then this baby will satisfy your sweet tooth!

We’ve got another MIM (Made In Mexico) model here (Are you starting to notice a trend?). With this thing you can start to build a band without breaking the bank!

This is the first ‘Telecaster’ model on the list and it is an excellent choice for your next guitar (or maybe a first guitar as a gift for a friend or loved one?).

No whammy bars on this bad boy and it doesn’t need them either: with a ‘classic’ string-through body and a ‘Tele’ bridge with block saddles, this cat sustains them notes and doesn’t lose it’s tuning no matter how nasty you get!

It’ll play nice for you too! Like the ‘Standard Model’ above, this cat has a ‘C’-shaped neck, what’s different is the pick guard and the hum reducing pickups.

No fancy gimmicks or complicated moving parts here; we’re talking plug and play baby!


4. Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster ($899.99 – Free Shipping)

You ready to set the stage ablaze? Well if you’re a fan of fretboard pyrotechnics then you’ll love this bad boy right here: it’s a replica model of the very guitar that Jimi Hendrix set on fire at the Montery Pop Festival in 1967!

We’ve got another ‘C’-style neck (this time it’s maple) with vintage style frets and a 7.25 inch radius so you can get that thumb over the top for them Hendrix style bar chords!

This baby is MIM (Made In Mexico) so you know it’s “Muy Bueno!” We’ve got a replica of Hendrix’s signature on the head stock and a beautiful paint job under a glossy finish on both the body and the pick guard.

On Christmas morning you’re gonna want this thing under the tree. Whether it’s for you, friends, or family; satisfaction’s guaranteed!


5. Fender Modern Player Starcaster, MN, Aged Cherry Burst ($699.99 – Free Shipping)

This here is something special, that’s because it’s not only the last guitar on our list, but also the first one that’s a MIC (Made In China) model! Now this isn’t your grand pappy’s MIC guitar; this thing is high quality!

We’re talking about a hollow body with ‘F’-holes on either side of the buzz reducing Humbucking pickups. This thing’s got some tone! It’s also got some looks to it! You won’t find guitars like this just lying around every day, it’ll turn heads for sure.

This cool cat features a bolt-on neck, string-thru body set-up, and a beautiful finish: It looks good, sounds good, and plays good! What more do you really need at the end of the day?

This thing is smooth. Your eyes will soak it up, your fingers will drink it up, your ears will thank you! It probably smells good too! But just because it’s a cherry burst finish does NOT mean I would not suggest taking a bite out of it haha

Wasn’t that nice?

So there you have it: my pick for the top 5 guitars you can pick up this holiday season for under $1000!

If you feel like picking any of these cats up, putting them under your tree, and giving me a nice little commission at the same time, then feel free to click on any of the links provided (in the names or pictures of the guitars) to head on over Amazon and pick them up at the great prices advertised.

I know if I get enough of you buy one these fine guitars, I’ll take that commission money and buy myself one of these as well!

I hope you enjoyed the article and I wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

4 thoughts on “Top 5 Fender Guitars for Under $1000 (Christmas 2018)

  1. Paul Reply

    Great article! These are some great models and some of them look slick. I like the white colored very first one and the last one with the cherry burst look. The Jimi Hendrix model is also always cool to see as that man sure knew how to play the guitar. May have to check some of these guitars out!

    • Caleb Post authorReply

      Thanks Paul!
      I totally agree with you about that Hendrix model, and yeah, he was a legend!
      I can’t decide which one I like best haha They’re all pretty awesome!

  2. Furkan Reply

    Fender Standard looks really awesome. I was looking for a gift for my bro and as you mentioned it can be a great gift. However he is not a beginner or advanced. I would say he is at the intermediate level. Do you think this guitar will suit him?

    • Caleb Post authorReply

      Hey Furkan, thanks for your comment!

      I agree, the standard fender does look pretty awesome!
      I grew up watching my dad play fenders of every type:
      He had an American model, a Mexican model, and a Japanese model too!
      I’ve played on all of them myself.

      With respect to your question, I would say yes:
      Chinese made guitars (Squire brand) are suitable for beginners to intermediate. quality is ok, price is nice.
      Mexican models are appropriate for intermediate to advanced. quality is almost equal to american/japanese price is affordable.
      American and Japanese models (because of price) are appropriate for intermediate to advanced. quality is very high,so is price haha

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