Fender 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
 
4.8

(based on 39 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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I bought this guitar becouse of its style and performance. The neck is very quick and easy to play and the single coils sound great. the humbucker sounds amazing with power chords and in...Read complete review

I bought this guitar becouse of its style and performance. The neck is very quick and easy to play and the single coils sound great. the humbucker sounds amazing with power chords and in drop d tuning, but, I didnt like the muddy sound it produced when used it with open chords. The overall performance of this guitar far out weighs the muddy humbucker on a clean channel. If you are looking for a quality guitar that will last you a liftime, look no further.

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(132 of 153 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Why buy anything else?

By Peter M.

from Niagara Falls ON Canada

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

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.

(41 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just amazingly good!

By Doc Blase'

from Tacoma, Washington

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I walked into our GC expecting to look over some Custom Shop Strats. I walked out with a Mahogany HSS American Special. On the way home I was wondering, "Could it really be this good?" My impression of this guitar has gotten better every time I play it. I'm not giving it a 5 in Quality and Features because I imagine somebody could conceivably make a guitar for triple the price that is built a little better or has some more bells and whistles, but you'd have to pay several thousand more, and then it'd be too expensive to actually use anyway! The guitar acoustically just sounds wonderful; there is a ringing sustain on the upper strings that is really unlike anything I've played before. It sings! The intonation is delicious, and the neck is accurate from the first fret all the way up. Yes, they really ARE this good, and for not a ton of cash. either. For once I have stumbled on something akin to the '80's "Rivera Super Champ" -before it became a rare collector?s item- that for a short while is available, and you just know you have a guitar that people will someday refer to as, "One of THOSE strats". I would be not at all surprised if the value of these doubles someday. They are a steal at this price.

(22 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You will enjoy this guitar!

By The DC

from Sacramento CA

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I own a 1972 strat and two other electrics with humbuckers. I was looking for a guitar that had both. This guitar has more tone flexability than any you'll find. Basically a top-of-the-line American Deluxe HSS fully loaded but w/o the locking trem. The single coil pick-ups do have a slight hum, but nothing compared to my '72. The Humbucker has a thicker brighter tone than my Ibanez AH10. The fit & finish is 1st rate. An outstanding value. A limited edition worth making more of..I'm glad I have one.

(20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Killer Mahogany Strat!

By knifemare69

from Tampa Bay

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This is a Fender with a color scheme a diehard Gibson fan can respect. I was looking for a single coil guitar to add to my collection and this more than fits the bill. You get amazing clean tones with the S-1 switching system, and the neck is comfy and playable. This guitar fits very well against your body, and it balances naturally. I played one for over two hours at my local Guitar Center so now I'm saving my dollars up to buy one!

(14 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Don't Act Too Quickly

By Ripmeister69

from Houston, TX

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This is not an American Deluxe Strat, nor does it have samarium cobalt noiseless pickups in the single coils. These are tex-mex pickups (not as hot as the American Deluxe "Hot SCN" neck). This is actually an American Special. The fender tremolo isn't that great either, but the locking tuners and LSR nuts help a little. Overall, this is a high quality guitar, but limited to blues/classic rock type music. The DH1 humbucker is not that hot, and the tex-mex pickups are not much better than the Mexican pickups. The mohogany body, of course, gives this guitar a deep, rich sound that is better than the American Deluxe Strat (in my opinion, and assuming that you replace the single coils). My opinion is that Fenders are a little overpriced, but this guitar is reasonably priced. It's definitely worth the money even if you upgrade.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Consider me a convert

By JakeSlade

from Kernersville, NC

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I have never loved a Strat. My preference is for Gibson guitars. But I fell in love with this guitar as soon as I played it. It was one of the fastest guitar purchases I have ever made. I have to say that if not for the friendly staff at my local Guitar Center suggesting that I try it, I probably would never have selected it from the rack. The solid mahogany body and outstanding humbucker in the bridge give it a fantastic distorted growl from my Hot Rod Deville. The sustain is the best I have experienced in a tremolo equipped guitar. The S1 circuitry allows for a wide variety of tones. My Strat loving friend likes to call it the Fender SG. With an excellent neck and top-quality tuners, you can call it whatever you want. It is a fantastic guitar.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Strat I've played

By Scott Emerson

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This would be the Strat I would design, but they've added things that never occurred to me. I've always loved Fenders and have owned four Strats and two Tele Deluxe. This is the best guitar I've ever played. I usually like maple finger boards but the smooth frets make the rosewood just as fast and the ballbearing nut makes it ring like a bell. The bridge is smooth and fast and doesn't scrape your hand like most Strats and the double humbucker gives thickens up the sound but is still sharp and clean. Much better than any other Fender double pickup. The mahogany body resonates beautifully. The translucent red finish, black peghead and pickguard make it one of a kind. Perfect.

(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.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By John Mustin

from Martinsville, Ohiom 45146

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar new and haven't looked back! It fits the body great and has many different tone abilities. I love the mahogany body and resonance! I'm not too keen on the set up from the factory but all in all it's a great guitar for the money! I love mine!!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Good Guitar for Your Money

By Andrei Morozov

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This is definitely a guitar to consider because you can play a wide variety of music with it. The humbucker on the tail is great for those who want to play with high gain and is a very solid, well built guitar.

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