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FENDER American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar
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      FENDER American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar (584386)

USA-made HSS Strat with high-end features at a modest price.

The Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster is features an alder body with gloss urethane finish, a 9.5" radius maple neck with a modern C profile, and a rosewood fingerboard fitted with 22 jumbo frets. You'll get lots of gain and tones galore from Texas Special middle and neck pickups, and an Atomic humbucking bridge pickup while the Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off the highs without adding bass. Other details on this electric guitar include a vintage-style synchronized tremolo, black pickup covers and pickguard, chrome hardware, and a large '70s-style headstock and decal. A polishing cloth and gig bag come with your Fender American Special Strat.

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FENDER American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar Features:

  • Model name: American Special HSS Stratocaster
    Finish: Gloss urethane
    Body: Alder
    Neck: Maple, modern C shape
    Fingerboard: Rosewood,
    Fingerboard Radius: 9.5 (241mm)
    No. of frets: 22 jumbo frets
    Bridge: Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
    Machine heads: Fender standard cast/sealed tuning machines
    Hardware: Chrome
    Pickguard: 3-ply black/white/black
    Scale length: 25-1/2" (648mm)
    Width at nut: 1.6875" (43mm)

    1 Atomic humbucking pickup (bridge),
    1 Texas Special Strat pickup (middle),
    1 Texas Special Strat pickup (neck)

    Controls: Master volume, tone 1. (neck pickup), tone 2. (bridge pickup)

    Strings: Fender USA, nickel-plated steel (.009, .011, .016, .024w, .032, .042)
    Accessories: Polishing cloth
    Includes deluxe gig bag

    Unique features:
    Large '70s-style headstock
    Large '70s-style decal
    black pickup covers and plastic parts
    White dot position inlays

    Pickup switching: 5-position blade:
    position 1. bridge pickup
    position 2. bridge and middle pickup
    position 3. middle pickup
    position 4. middle and neck pickup
    position 5. neck pickup

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  • Awesome!

    As reviewed by Ryan on 6/6/2010

    Amazing guitar! Feels great. Set up pretty well out of the box. I just had to lower the action a little. The single coils sound really good and the greasebucket circuit does exactly what fender says it will. The humbucker is a little weak in my opinion but is probably good for blues and jazz, just not rock.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful.
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  • Awesome Guitar

    As reviewed by Mike on 12/6/2010

    I gave the American Special HSS a test drive and compared it head-to-head with the American Standard, American Deluxe and MIM Standard -- and left with the Special. It was a no brainer. The tone is phenomenal, from high gain to clean to crunch. If you like to dial in some gain, then this is your axe, because the Texas Specials are hot and break up nicely, while retaining that classic Strat sound. The Greasebucket tone pots are a great feature, and allow you to dial down the treble without adding muddiness. Even set to zero these pickups sing. And you can adjust the tone of bridge pickup! Set on 6, the bridge delivers sound reminiscent of a Gibson SG; even the neck pickup rounds off nicely. So you can easily deliver country twang, rock and blues with equal aplomb -- and nail those Gilmour, SRV, AC/DC and Led Zep licks perfectly. Pinch harmonics are good; the sustain is far superior to all of the other Strat models I tried; and it stays in tune. It was set up perfectly off the shelf, with no fret buzz, tight action and a straight, silky-smooth neck. The jumbo frets are fast and allow seemingly effortless string bends. And the best part: the price is ludicrous! The only downsides: the tremolo is so-so (I don't use it, anyway) and the gig bag is a joke. Buy a hard-shell case. There's a very accurate review from Guitarist Magazine (U.K.) that I suggest you read if you're considering this guitar. I highly recommend the American Special HSS. Give it a try before you buy something that costs hundreds more. Thanks, Fender, for making this one!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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  • Gimme some neck

    As reviewed by Steven Rogers on 11/27/2010

    Fantastic neck. Mine has the ease of bending of a gibson. Plus I can switch to the humbucker for a different type of lead. I love it. Finish is great. Price is great. Our GC in Birmingham has great people. I am thrilled with the guitar, buttery neck and all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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