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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.... Click To Read More About This Product

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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

(based on 27 reviews)

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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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(131 of 136 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar At A Good Price

By Kelly

from San Diego, California

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

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!

(33 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

There are reasons its priced lower than other American Strats

By Don Brozz

from North Providence, RI

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

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.

(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Ryan

from Connecticut

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

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.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By Mike

from New Jersey

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

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!

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great American Strat

By Austin

from Buffalo, NY

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Plays well and looks fantastic. Help put America back to work and get one of these. You won't be disappointed.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMERICAN SPECIAL, GREAT DEAL

By Bill T. in P.C.

from Plant City,Florida

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

BEST MONEY I EVER SPENT ON A GUITAR and I've owned quite a few! I also own a MiM strat and i like it.But,I love my American Special Strat and would and have highly recomemded it to all my friends. I love the beautiful finish the Sunburst with dark pickguard 2 texas special single coils and a Humbucker.Great sound and feel. I can rock out,solo,strum or fingerpick and it all sounds the way you want. Better get one of theses babies while you can still get an American made Strat at for a great price.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING GUITAR

By Jake

from mo

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This guitar plays amazing the humbucker pickup makes it sound amazing the neck feels great and the three tone sunburst looks amazing this is my first fender guitar and its way better than my epiphone special

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!

By Kenny Wilson

from Garden City Michigan

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar a few days ago. and its a great guitar! Amazing Price,its my first electric but i love play alot. with the humbucker. And it sounds great with my amp. Great Guitar. defiantly. And sounds great on Marshall amps.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gimme some neck

By Steven Rogers

from Holly Pond, Alabama

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

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.

(3 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great sound, decent action

By TMAC

from CT

Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

The sound on this guitar is fabulous. It is so clean it's crazy. However, the fretboard was the not the bestquality. I prefer maple fretboard, so it could just be the rosewood, but i really just didn't love the feel of the guitar.

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