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... Read More
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.
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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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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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
This guitar can do it all! I've been playing with it for about a month and i don't regret buying it. I was gonna go with a Gibson Les Paul but once I had this beast in my hands there was no letting go. Plus it looks great. The sound I get out of it when its on clean sounds smooth to the touch even when its unplugged it sounds beautiful. When its on distortion it sounds METAL!
I played this guitar at Guitar Center just yesterday. I tell you, this is one of the best strats that I have played. It has all the features that you would find on a strat double or triple the price. I pluged the thing in to a Mesa boogie dual rectifier and it screamed! the thing sounds heavier than a Fender tele deluxe with the 2 humbucking pickups because of the Mahogany body! this guitar will do all the metal you could want while giving you this beautiful clean sound with the middle and neck single coils. And, with a roller nut and locking tuners, this is the perfect buy. This guitar will definitely be in my guitar arsenal very soon!
I purchased this guitar in 2005 at GC. It must have been one of the first available from the Fender production line. The buying experience was great! As I was trying it out, one customer acted as if he couldn't wait to get his hands on it. I stopped him cold by indicating that I was definitely buying it! As I was standing in the line to finalize the purchase, the salesperson was walking around the store with it looking for the case (the case is ok for home use). I watched the people in front of me swivel their heads as the salesperson walked by, and people trying out guitars stopped playing and did the same as he passed them. It was great to watch, which made me feel even better about the purchase. Beautiful and unique guitar. Design wise, it definitely has many of the best features of a hybrid strat/SG. The pups could be upgraded (per personal preference). Maybe another flavor of Fender pups, or Seymour Duncans. For now I am going to keep it stock. I've added it to my collection of 4 strats, a PRS Custom 24, and Parker Fly Mojo, and play it every chance I get.
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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