American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar  

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This mahogany Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS guitar features 3 incredible-sounding Fender pickups: a Diamondback humbucker and two custom-staggered Tex-Mex single-coils. With the original Str... Click To Read More About This Product

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This mahogany Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS guitar features 3 incredible-sounding Fender pickups: a Diamondback humbucker and two custom-staggered Tex-Mex single-coils. With the original Strat guitar body shape and tremolo bridge, this is a Stratocaster that rocks with a traditional vibe and screams out modern sonics with the hot humbucker at the bridge. The American Select Strat has a fast, modern C-shape maple neck with rolled edges on the fretboard and 22 medium-jumbo frets. Crimson red transparent finish looks killer and highlights the mahogany wood grain.

Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Modern C-shape maple neck
  • 9.5" radius rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Rolled-edge fretboard
  • 2 custom-staggered Tex-Mex single-coil pickups (neck and middle)
  • Diamondback humbucker (bridge)
  • 5-way pickup switching
  • American 2-point synchronized tremolo with stainless steel saddles
  • Fender Deluxe staggered cast/sealed tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.6875" nut width
  • Standard molded case
  • Cable
  • Strap
  • Straplocks
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FenderAmerican Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 122 reviews)

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Why buy anything else?

First off I would like to say that I've been actively playing guitar for over 25 years, so you know I have lots and lots of experience with guitars and anything having to do...Read complete review

First off I would like to say that I've been actively playing guitar for over 25 years, so you know I have lots and lots of experience with guitars and anything having to do with guitars. I started my career with high end Ibanez guitars and over the years have owned Gibson's (Custom, Classic and Standard models) many deluxe US strats and my latest a PRS Custom 22 Brazilian. I've since sold the PRS simply because I was affraid to play it and get a mark on it. I purchased this Fender American Special Strat three months ago and all I can say is "Why buy anything else?" Why bother? I'll save you lots of time right now. This guitar does it all. Fender tone that is recognizable and S1 switching for more bluesy tones. The mahogany body is both sonically and visually beautiful. Fender has been putting out amazing guitars for the past four to five years. I highly recommend this guitar to any serious musician. Also Guitar Center Buffalo rocks big time.

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Mahogany Strat- HSS

Could not wait to get this guitar after, when it arrived I received a nicely finished ghitar as far as looks, and it certainly sounds great. All was well except the frets that...Read complete review

Could not wait to get this guitar after, when it arrived I received a nicely finished ghitar as far as looks, and it certainly sounds great. All was well except the frets that literally could lacerate the hand, they were not finished up. Also the volume knob had a rough notchy feeling to it, overall a real pain and disappointment to have to ship it back- and a real surprise that Fender let this one out of the shop- after all a guitar like this should not need to go to the shop the day you get it for fret work ! Maybe I just got that one lemon, and I was real tempted to have them send me another, I just do not want to go through another exchange.

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5.0

Great guitar that almost got passed over at the store.

By John Titanski

from Stroudsburg PA

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

So there I am in GC ready to buy an american strat. Originally I wanted an american standard in Sienna sunburst with the rosewood board but there wasn't one in stock. So I checked a few other strats and tele's they had there, along with a few Les Pauls and was almost ready to pass on the purchase and visit another store. Then my wife pointed out the American Select Mahogany hanging up there and I said sure, why not, while I'm here. I must admit that when I played the other american strats they had there I just didn't find one that fit me right. The minute I picked this one up, it was synergy. It immediately felt right in my hand, even my wife said my expression (big smile) changed the minute I began playing it. She even noticed the difference in sound compared to the others and she is not musical at all, it's something she would never really notice. I must admit I was stuck on the color of the sienna sunburst so much that, I may have passed this guitar up due to my mind set on color, but I'm glad I didn't. The sound is warmer and a bit deeper than a regular strat due to the mahogany and is a little heavier as well. Some say it sounds like an SG but I don't agree. So not only does it look unique, it also sounds unique. The wood grain is fantastic and the high gloss black head stock is not done justice by the photos on the computer. The locking tuners and roller nut is a great add and helps keep the tuning very stable when using the trem bar unless your dive bombing then you're better off with a floyd rose. The tex/mex pickups with the diamondback H at the bridge help add some unique tone to this strat as well. I ordered a new one and had it sent to my house, I didn't want the somewhat beaten display model. When it finally came I was happy to find out that they still come with the S-1 switching. I know some people weren't sure if they still did. I also ordered a fender 15w Super Champ XD head and cabinet which they didn't have at the store, but I used a blues junior 15w tube amp to simulate what it would sound like. They go great together in my opinion. If you're in the market for an american strat you should check this one out. I'm pretty sure this model is exclusive to GC and Musicians friend so you'll have to go to GC to check it out.

(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Perfect Strat

By Ben Grose

from Seattle

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

In general, the Stratocaster is loved by the lightweights in the music world--the blues lovers, light rockers, etc. This Stratocaster is a completely different beast, and indeed will not be quite what the typical Strat lovers are looking for. The Mahogany body, first and foremost, drives the tone of the guitar into a rich low growl that, upon the application of gain, becomes a perfect metal tone. The wiring of the guitar--not understood by many reviewing the instrument--allows the typical strat pickup selection when the volume button is not depressed, and, when it is depressed, allows for all three of the pickups to be used simultaneously. The result is a nice, high output from the guitar--no note is suppressed.

I primarily play metal, and this guitar, for me, is number one. Its tone is brutal and perfect, its pickup selection allows for a large number of combinations that ultimately result in the ability to tailor the perfect tone for whatever the metal player may need. I have owned this guitar for years, and I have only loved it more as I have used it--truly, I will never need another guitar. That being said, if you are looking for the typical annoying sound most stratocasters produce--you will be disappointed by this instrument.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Interesting Guitar

By Andrew Ahn

from Maryland

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This is an interesting Stratocaster, but it doesn't feel much like one. It's MUCH heavier than a standard Strat and sounds very different. The bridge pup on a twin-reverb sounds almost like a mix between a Les Paul and a telecaster. The single coils sound meek in comparison. It's not my cup of tea, but it's a quality guitar and it definetely has presence.

The dark red finish with the black pickguard looks stupid to me. If it comes in other colors, I recommend getting it.
My brother owns this and I've spent a LOT of time playing it. This is a very versatile guitar. It's got the standard 5-way switch (if I remember correctly) and it even has a little button that lets you split the coils (presumably). To be honest I wasn't sure what all the buttons and switches did, but you can have a fairly wide range of sounds from this guitar.

However, the body is made of mahogany so you will not really get that "classic" strat sound, if that's what you're into. The humbucker sounds really fat and sounds great for playing lead guitar. Single coils on a mahogany body sounded a little weak IMHO, but you still get that glassy tone from them.
This thing is built really well, and it's heavy as heck because of the mahogany body. Honestly, it didn't feel that much like a stratocaster. The inlays were really cool and I liked the tremolo bar which you can just push in rather than screw in. Very solid, although very heavy.
This honestly does feel like the money. It's solid, very well made, the humbucker sounds like a quality pickup and it's made out of mahogany and has deluxe features like the locking tuners, abalone dot inlays, and cool machined saddles.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Electric

By Mark Knudsen

from Morgan Hill, CA

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I've owned this guitar for about 2 years now and am completely satisfied! Guitar sounds great through my Blues Junior. I love the combination of pick-up selections. The guitar was flawless when received and has held up great. Easy to change strings and rock solid tuning. Mahogany is beautiful and flawless. Great Strat!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellant

By Philoshive

from Spokane WA

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I,ve only had this guitar for a couple of weeks but I,m already in love with it. It was every thing I expected and more. It plays great, Sounds great and is of Excellant Quality and Craftsmanship. My hat off to Fender on another Masterpiece.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love this guitar!

By bluesman-BKwoK

from Mass.

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

What a great work of art this guitar is it has everything a musician can ask for sound, feel, and looks I don't know what people are geting for a guitar case with this guitar but mine is very well built and looks great no need to buy something else.When I plugged this bueaty in to my amp. and started playing blues scales the hair on the back of my neck started to stand up I love this axe keep up the good work fender U.S.A.!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very interesting strat

By J.R.B.

from Gardendale,Al.

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I've had one for almost a year now and it definitely is not anything like ant other strat I've played. It has incredible tone. I've played it through a marshall vintage modern, a super reverb blackface, a blues deville, and a JC- 120. Extremely pick sensitive on the vintage modern at medium gain levels. The tone changes are noticable as you go up the neck. Thanx to Guitar center you can get your hands on one of these little jewels. It won't replace all your strats but will make a welcome addition to them. On your first gig with it change to this one ahter a couple of tunes and watch the audience reaction. It would be perfect to add a seymour pearly gates on the bridge and a seth lover on the neck or maybe a pair of gibson classic 57's leaving the single coil in the middle, but thats a lot of work considering the wiring. I'm content to leave mine as is. I had to do about 5 minutes of setup. p.s. It comes with fender super bullets 10-46, my personal preference.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Most Versatile Strat I Ever Played

By R Curtis Jones

from Oklahoma City, OK

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I'm always searching for combinations in unique and unconventional qualities in a guitar that still maintain recognizable characteristics in tone and overall sound. This HSS is the best strat I've played in years, and is one of Fender's superior gems. The diamondback humbucker combined with the Tex-Mex pups and the S1 switch have provided so many variables between clean, crisp, crunch, biting, wailing and weeping, it's impossible to describe all the benefits of this design. This is not a strat trying to be a LS as some seem to have the impression. This IS a strat, but a strat that's been sup'd up at the factory. I've seen some comments expressing dissatisfaction with the S1 switch, but I like the additional sounds I can create and the S1 hasn't failed me yet (and I use it a lot). I like this option. Switch S1 on with the Tex-Mex pups and you have what is almost a hot humbucker tone, but without sacrificing the raw single-wound bite at high gain. Back off on the overdrive and the T-M pups and diamondback warm up just enough to give endless variations in slightly smoother tones. Cut the S1 and play nearly everything from Gilmore or Clapton, to SRV. I have to admit the I had to tinker with it for hours before getting the action to my tastes, but that's common to any strat. The S1 switch also has only a slight noticeable affect in the bridge position, and would be better if were wired for a bit more warmth at lower gain. Still, everything about this guitar from sound to feel to looks is exceptional. I especially like the black headstock and matching pick guard with the crimson red see-through finish. It's simultaneously bad and beautiful, and it turns heads every time I play it. It's a work of art and great investment.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar in my collection

By Gary

from Boulder, Colorado

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I've owned this guitar for 2 years now. I went to Guitar Center to buy a Les Paul. I just happened to pick this Strat off the wall and plug in to a Marshall. It took me a very short time to forget about the Paul after getting a feel for the neck and the sounds this guitar provides. I've been playing for 25 years and never liked the looks and playability of a Strat, until this one. The finish is amazing and I feel that all great tone guitars are mahogany like this one ... good going Fender. I really fell for the black head stock, pick guard and pickups. This guitar plays like silk, is easy to work on and I'm surprised it doesn't sell for more considering the quality. After reading other reviews, I looked into changing the pickups, but as I played it for a while I realized it sounds amazing as is. I've also read that there were problems with this model staying in tune. Forget that, all I'd say is ... "locking tuners", learn how to use them. This guitar is solid and fits the body well. I highly recommend this Strat above the rest.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Confessions of a Les Paul Addict

By LP owner-Rr3Ok

from Denver

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

OK, I have played Les Pauls all my life. I scored this near new and it has found a permanent place next to my Pauls. Maybe it's the mahogany body, maybe the HSS, whichever. But for sure this sounds better than all the other strats I've ever played. Go for it.

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