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Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst

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The Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster 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.... Read More

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The Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster 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.

Features
  • Model name: American Special HSS Stratocaster
  • Finish: Gloss urethane
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple, modern C shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood,
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5 (241 mm)
  • 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" (648 mm)
  • Width at nut: 1.6875" (43 mm)
  • Pickups:
  • 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
  • Case: 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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FenderAmerican Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.6

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Great Guitar At A Good Price

I bought this guitar as soon as it hit the store! The Texas Special pickups sound great and the Humbucker "Rocks" as well. Difference between this guitar an an American...Read complete review

I bought this guitar as soon as it hit the store! The Texas Special pickups sound great and the Humbucker "Rocks" as well. Difference between this guitar an an American Standard is that it does not have the "Bi-Flex" truss rod, just the standard one adjustment and the tuning keys are not the Fender/Shaller type. It also has the "vintage" bridge vice the 2 point fulcrum.It also has a standard unmarked neck plate vice the stamped one. Construction and quality is every bit as good as the American Standard. The Texas Special Pickups are a little hotter than the American Standard single coils and just sound outstanding. I purchased mine right out of the box and the set-up and intonation is right on to my playing preferences. If you want to save some cash and get an American made guitar, then I would highly recommend this guitar, especially if you have a high end strat that you don't want to take on the road and play on stage. In my opinion, Fender "hit the ball out of the park" on this guitar. I am not a professional or a gigging musician, but I have owned quite a few guitars including Strats, Les Pauls, Ibanez, Schecters and I think anyone looking for an affordable American Made guitar should check this guitar out!

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There are reasons its priced lower than other American Strats

When I first saw this I thought, "Wow, an American Strat for under a grand. SWEET !!". Ok, I just knew I had to own one, so I made...Read complete review

When I first saw this I thought, "Wow, an American Strat for under a grand. SWEET !!". Ok, I just knew I had to own one, so I made the purchase, and headed home with a smile. Sadly, my happiness was short lived. First off, I'll discuss the things I really liked about the American Special. On top of the list, playability. The guitar played well right off the shelf, and with a quick set up, played as well as any higher priced guitar I've ever owned. a true gem in the playability department. Next, fit and finish. You'd be hard pressed to find a nicer guitar for the money. It looks great, fit and final assembly were obviously quality checked before the guitar left the factory. Kudos!! Now, the not so pleasant issues ... First off, tuning. This guitar ((maybe it was just mine)) was a lesson in frustration as far as tuning stability, because, well, there wasnt any. Bend a note, gently slightly shake the vibrato bar, even put the guitar down for a couple of hours and its a sure bet you will need to retune. Most of the reason (I think) is the tuners. They are horrid. They had alot of play in them (backlash some call it) and the factory installed nut seemed to have a love affair with the strings, as it grabbed them every time it could. Even a few drops of lightweight oil didnt help. The bridge ... Seemed very "light" and the vibrato arm fit very sloppily. the bridge inserts were very cheesy, and seemed like they were grabbed from the Korean parts bin. Maybe they weren't, but they sure seemed like it. Now, about the electronics ... The Tex pups ... total let down. Very weak and tinny sounding. My Squier CV60 gives a far better tone. Clean tones are weak, adding any amount of overdrive simply adds to the debacle. Even the humbucker was a letdown. Very weak, and lacking in any real tone. If I could explain the tone, Id say, a Duncan JB ... cut to half power. Bottom line, a total let down. Sure, I could have installed locking tuners, an aftermarket nut, and some new pups. But to me, being forced to immediately upgrade those items on a guitar in this price range is unacceptable. Seems like Fender simply slapped a few inexpensive parts together and put a Made in USA tag on this series just to try to appease the mid range buyer looking for an American guitar. Sadly, the idea fails, and a potential Strat buyer can get a far better instrument for alot less cash by simply looking into the Mexican Strat series. Truly a sad day for American craftsmanship.

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5.0

Best Value Ever

By Will

from Laguna Hills, CA

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This instrument is everything a semi-pro, serious amateur could ask for. I have 8 other guitars including a low priced Squire dedicated to a Roland GR Synth, but this was something I wanted for years... just could not find this package anywhere until recently. Balanced, smooth, easy playing, fantastic sound from any of my 3 amps, Peavey Studio Chorus 210 or Marshall DSL-40 or Fender G-DEC-30. Finish and fit are perfection. Got the vintage Fender Tweed case for this baby to round out the prize. This guitar looks great, plays great and makes me feel like a rock star! Well done Fender.. thanks for the great value! WR

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5.0

Very Acceptable

By Jess Wilson

from Knoxville, TN

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Played great right out of the box. Neck is great (although I wanted to get it in Maple but option was not available). I own many guitars including a Mexican Strat and this far exceeds its Mexican brethren. Action is great and pickups sound really good out of my Vox. The fretboard tends to leave my hands dirty after playing though that could be the factory strings, only had it about 3 days so we'll see. no complaints other than it could have come with a hard case but for an American at this price I'm not going to be too picky. If your looking for a great guitar at under a grand this is it unless you buy used.

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5.0

Sounds as good as it looks

By Michael DeFina

from Boston, ma

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Just got my American Special strat in candy apple red and after tweaking the set up the sound this axe puts out is incredible. Very clean, sustain is beautiful and the Texas special pickups give a dirty edge when needed. Jumbo frets and the finish on the neck make this guitar extremely easy to play--great instrument at a great price I highly recommend!

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4.0

Nice guitar, tough buying experience at the store

By Tyler Saure

from Brookfield, WI

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I think this guitar is very nice, but I am wondering how long it will take to settle. I had it completely set up 2 weeks ago and the action is very high again. It will need another going over. I hope this isn't going to be a regular 2 week event. Not thrilled with the jumbo frets. I wish I had one step smaller. Now for the buying experience. I played several guitars in the store before settling on this one. It was my fault for not carefully inspecting it, but should be equally shared by the store. The guitar I got was the one off the rack and had some surface damage, the back cover was missing and the gig bag did not have the shoulder straps and the microfiber cloth was missing. Bottom line; it was a used guitar. When I called back, I was told that this is the way it is; this was not a mass produced guitar and people just aren't educataed to understand this. I asked them to find a new one and was told they would try but not likely. Less than an hour later I received a call and they realized they had received "A shipment" of them and I would have a replacement in 3 days, which I did. I paid to have it set up completely. I was surprised to have to pay to have a new guitar set up considering I bought my acoustic at another merchant and not only was set up for free, I could bring it in free of charge as many times as I liked in the first year to have it checcked out and reset. Other than that, it's a nice guitar.

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2.0

Tuning = nightmare

By Robert Obogeanu

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

First let me start with the facts: I had the guitar setup 3 times (3 different techs - two from Guitar Center) last one being done at a famous guitar shop in LA where I've been told that there is nothing wrong with instrument and the setup is correctly done. The main reason I took the guitar for setup was TUNING and I strongly believe that for an 800 dollar instrument this is UNACCEPTABLE. So after having the setup properly done, to my frustration and disbelief I realized the the main issue still persists - just bend the vibrato bar only once and the guitar is totally out of tune! On the other hand, even though the guitar is in tune I find myself adjusting the G string over and over again because on different chords the A note just doesn't sound like an A (and sure enough I used the tuner over and over again to check and it's way off even though on the 12th fret I get an almost perfect G). I'm not sure if it's just my particular guitar or the fact that it has jumbo frets but overall even though the sound is awesome I cannot get past the fact that it became a lesson in frustration in terms of tunning. So before you buy make sure you spend at least a couple of hours with this guitar and make sure that it is exactly what you want. For me is a letdown.

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5.0

Great Guitar And Great Value

By simon birt

from Florida

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I took the black option and it looks great. The sound and tone are versatile and easy to set up from the switch positions. Nice to play with a fast neck and large frets. Terrific bending and easy to play. The Humbucker pickup sounds smooth and easy as you'd expect evoking sounds from the 50s and 60s, Jazz and Blues. The Texas Specials are bright and aggressive for perfect guitar attack. All in all this guitar has it all. You'd really need to be picky to find a reason to buy another Fender Strat, unless you just like owning lots of them. If you had to go fir just one this is hard to beat for the money and will last me for a long, long time.

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5.0

Great Fit and Finish

By Peter Rorie

from El Paso

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have a Les Paul & wanted something of great quality, but very different. I've had it about a month & really love it. It has really beautiful clean tones, but the Humbucker means business in overdrive. I wasn't overly thrilled with it when I bought it cause I was so stuck on my Les Paul. After playing it a while, I have new respect for this American Fender. This is one VERY nice guitar; I cant believe im sayin it, but the fit fit and finish is better than the gibson. This guitar just feels solid as a rock; nothing fragile about it. Buy one and you'll realize what Im saying. It feels like it's gonna feel the same 20 years from now. C'mon--an American Strat-on steroids-it's a no brainer!

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5.0

Great fit and finish

By Peter Rorie

from El Paso

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I bought this guitar about a month ago, while at the same time buying my blackstar club 50 half stack. I know it sounds like a weird combination; I really bought the amp for my Les Paul Studio Silverburst. I bought this guitar because I wanted something for the cleaner sounds, but decided on the HSS for the "growl" of the humbucker. This guitar doesn't disappoint. I thought it would just be a nice addition, but wouldn't get much "play time". -How wrong I was! ..I love my Les Paul;; but,, really--this is one VERY nice piece of equipment. I find myself walking around strumming away strapped on like some security blanket. With the Les Paul, I worry about scratches and dings, like it's some museum piece. The strat feels like a real "workhorse"--like a real players guitar. I love the killer looks, great neck, FLAWLESS fit and finish & the cool retro headstock--and American too?--this purchase is a no brainer!

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5.0

good feel great sound !

By tim giglio

from PORTLAND, MAINE

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

just got the HSS strat home and plug in. its hot going though my new amp, very nice clean sound with much reverb rocking boogie blues jazz, just won't put it down. not only very pleasing to look with the rosewood and humbucker. the sound fits my style of play. very nice guitar for all levels of player.

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5.0

American Strat

By chris vasquez

from Houston TX

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar to add to my arsenal. I prefer Fender and Gibson guitars, and I have always wanted an American Strat. to replace my Mexican Strat that I gave to my grandson. Beautiful guitar with a more direct sound. It will give me a more distinctive lead than my Les Paul for certain songs. It also is lighter in weight than my Les Paul or Gibson SG. Definite guitar to have. Instead of only single coils it is excellent to have humbucker capabilities. I prefer rosewood over maple because of sound and aging. Also there is more value in rosewood fretboards.

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