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Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar
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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:

  • Body
    Body shape: Double cutaway
    Body type: Solid body
    Body material: Solid wood
    Top wood: Not applicable
    Body wood: Alder
    Body finish: Gloss Urethane
    Orientation: Right handed
    Neck shape: C modern
    Neck wood: Maple
    Joint: Bolt-on
    Scale length: 25.5"
    Truss rod: Standard
    Neck finish: Satin Urethane
    Material: Maple
    Radius: 9.5"
    Fret size: Medium jumbo
    Number of frets: 22
    Inlays: Dot
    Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
    Configuration: HSS
    Neck: Texas Special single-coil
    Middle: Texas Special single-coil
    Bridge: Atomic humbucker
    Brand: Fender
    Active or passive: Passive
    Series or parallel: Series
    Piezo: No
    Active EQ: No
    Special electronics: Greasebucket tone circuit
    Control layout: Master volume, tone 1, tone 2
    Pickup switch: 5-way
    Coil tap or split: No
    Kill switch: No
    Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
    Bridge design: Vintage synchronized tremolo
    Tailpiece: Not applicable
    Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
    Color: Chrome
    Number of strings: 6-string
    Special features: Pickups
    Case: Gig bag
    Accessories: None
    Country of origin: United States

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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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