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Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar 2-Color Sunburst

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The American Special Series Stratocaster features an alder body with gloss urethane finish, a 9.5" radius maple neck with a modern C profile, and a maple fingerboard fitted with 22 jumbo frets. You'll... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The American Special Series Stratocaster features an alder body with gloss urethane finish, a 9.5" radius maple neck with a modern C profile, and a maple fingerboard fitted with 22 jumbo frets. You'll get lots of gain and tones galore from three Texas Special single-coil pickups while the Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off the highs without adding bass. Other details include a vintage-style synchronized tremolo, chrome hardware, and a large '70s-style headstock and decal. Comes with a polishing cloth and gig bag.

Features
  • Model name: American Special Stratocaster
  • Series: American Special
  • Finish: Gloss urethane
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple, modern C-shaped
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • 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 parchment/black/parchment
  • Scale length: 25-1/2" (648 mm)
  • Width at nut: 1.6875" (43 mm)
  • Pickups: 3 Texas Special Strat pickups
  • 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 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 Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome guitar, Great value!

As the owner of two Gibsons I was looking for a Strat to get that desireable Fender blues and clean tone. I tried the Mexican Standard, American Standard and American Special and picked the...Read complete review

As the owner of two Gibsons I was looking for a Strat to get that desireable Fender blues and clean tone. I tried the Mexican Standard, American Standard and American Special and picked the Special for its tone and value. I love the Texas Specials and the whole set up is just excellent. Quality parts and electronics and a joy to play. Great guitar for blues and classic rock but I wouldn't recommend for metal players. I first bought the Candy Apple red but it is more of a medium metallic red than the picture shows so I exchanged for the two-tone sunburst. Don't buy Mexican when you can buy American for just $300 more. Well worth the extra money. Thanks Fender for a great product at a reasonable price!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Refused to stay in tune, and other pleasant flaws

I bought the H/S/S model with the rosewood fretboard. Nice looking guitar, but thats where the positives stopped. First off, the guitar would not stay in tune. Nothing I tried...Read complete review

I bought the H/S/S model with the rosewood fretboard. Nice looking guitar, but thats where the positives stopped. First off, the guitar would not stay in tune. Nothing I tried helped (been playing & working on guitars for years, so I know a few things). Next, the humbucker bridge pickup was, to say the least, horrible. Very low output, and a very sterile tone. Not sure why Fender chose this pickup, but they could have done better. The fit and finish was good, the bridge felt "cheesy" and light, and the tuners were just awful. In my opinion, the American Specials are just a marketing gimmick from Fender. There is no way these guitars can compare to a "real" USA model Strat.

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(90 of 94 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome guitar, Great value!

By TNSRVfan

from Chattanooga, TN

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

As the owner of two Gibsons I was looking for a Strat to get that desireable Fender blues and clean tone. I tried the Mexican Standard, American Standard and American Special and picked the Special for its tone and value. I love the Texas Specials and the whole set up is just excellent. Quality parts and electronics and a joy to play. Great guitar for blues and classic rock but I wouldn't recommend for metal players. I first bought the Candy Apple red but it is more of a medium metallic red than the picture shows so I exchanged for the two-tone sunburst. Don't buy Mexican when you can buy American for just $300 more. Well worth the extra money. Thanks Fender for a great product at a reasonable price!

(66 of 70 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Strat

By Don

from Lancaster, PA

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

When I first saw the new American strats by Fender I knew I had to buy one. I went in to the Lancaster, PA store on Memorial day weekend and talked to Tony A who was a super help and knows how good this guitar is. I played the american special quite a lot and love the tones you can get with it. The sound of the Texes special pick ups and Grease bucket tone circut are fantastic. I bought the two tone sunburst with the maple neck. As another reviewer pointed out the web does not do this guitar justice. The two tone finish lets the beauty of the wood show thru. The maple neck is awasome and is very easy to play and lots of fun. Most importantly the neck is very comfertable. The 70's style head stock is super and adds some great sustain. I wish I could give this guitar a 10 because I would. If your thinking of buying a Strat I highly recommand this one. The Lancaster Guitar Center and tony A. and the others are the ones who can help or your local Guitar Center.

(36 of 191 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very rubbery!!!!

By Michel Chouinard

from New York New York

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This is a glorious guitar made for the victoious player who channels the deepest ecstasy of the universe upon the souls of the public.This is the guitar that would have been chosen by king Louis of France during the middle ages to be musical symbol of the revolution.Definitely a must have for any serious fan of Sammy Hager's 70s era classics.

(24 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar!

By Mike

from York, PA

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

First, let me say I love Strats and will always have at least one. That said, this is a really great guitar. I went to try it out at Guitar Center in Harrisburg, PA today and it was awesome. The Texas Special pickups are sweet. It took a little to get used to the Grease Bucket tone circuit, but I really like it! It's true that it rolls off highs without making the lows muddy. Great finish and the neck is smooth and sweet. I've always liked the 70's headstock, so it was an extra bonus. As soon as I sell some stuff around the house, I'm picking one up. Wish there were more color choices.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweeeeeeet Strat!

By Strat Dude

from Harrisburg, PA

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I had a 2000 American Strat Standard. I ended up swapping the neck, the pickups, the hardware, and everything about that guitar until it was barely recognizable. Then I saw the American Special Strat. It has everything I want. It has the parchment pickguard and plastic, it has the vintage style bride (never liked the '00 Am Std bridge), the pickups I wanted, the headstock design I love, and an amazing feeling neck. I knew when I tried one out at Guitar Center I was going to buy one and I did. I got it in the mail today. I picked up the Candy Apple Red which is beautiful. I could not be happier. The fit and finish of this is better than my old '00 Strat and in my opinion sounds much better. Best guitar purchase I've made in a long time! Thank you Fender, I think you read my mind and then built this guitar!

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Zounds!

By Bernard

from Portland, Oregon

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

As a new player, I've been looking to go with a Fender Strat to complement my Gretswch 5126. But I wasn't sure if there was a noticeable difference between MIM and American, so I gave several a try. Zounds, even unplugged the American Special was living up to it's name. The sound was so lively and crisp. Plugged in, the Texas Specials really glistened, I made my mind up at that moment that American Strat it would be! I'm still learning to play, but with a tool like the American Special Strat, I think that I'll be able to fulfill my musical sound desires with no more "Why doesn't this sound like I expect"! By the way, while the MIM Strat obviously looks awfully similar, I truly see now that you get what you're paying for with the American Special Strat. Candy Apple Red for me please!

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Believe the hype

By Carl R

from Bergen county NJ

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I'm sitting here playing this guitar that i purchased back in August 2010 and i can say that I love this guitar, to the point that I had to put her down and write a review. If you are looking for a great sounding guitar, that plays as well as it looks then you are in for a treat. This thing is classic American Fender, solid quality construction, super comfortable, and the neck seems to almost play itself couple that with Texas special pups and jumbo frets and your ears will be in heaven. I'd suggest as with any guitar that you play a few of these before deciding. I played them in GC (as well as the Am. std.) with the same rig I have at home. All of the guitars were great sounding but anyone who has spent any reasonable amount of time in GC knows no two guitars sound the same. For the money it cannot be beaten, you want rock it does it, you want jazz no problem, Blues it seems Fender built this guitar expressly for Blues players which is the style I play most. As a huge SRV fan I suggest than anyone who is influenced by that master Bluesman to take a real good look at this guitar. If I had to complain about one thing is that it comes in only two color options, don't get me wrong the red and sunburst are both gorgeous but I cannot see why they would limit this amazing instrument to just two choices. I've had this beauty 3 and a half months and she's already my number one. The only mods I've made to her are heavier strings (Ernie ball not even slinky tuned down Eflat) two more trem springs an "F" stamped neck plate and a black pickguard. Sure the highway one crowd are fanatics (the neck is a highway one neck btw) and some bag on this guitar, don't be swayed the highway one is a great axe but this baby is the real deal play a few and you'll agree. Believe the hype. Awesome job Fender!

(11 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Just Average!

By Jeffrey Osgood

from Woonsocket, R.I.

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I tried one of these a week ago at my local GC, and IMO, the old Highway One Strats are much better. These are lighter in weight and were set up well but, the tone from the Texas Special pups was lacking Ooompphh! which the Highway one's used to have. Even my 2006 MIM Standard has more balls than these. Sorry but come tax time when I get my return, I'll be looking for a Highway One to add to my arsenal.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING BUY IT 100 stars

By remy

from PA

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

if you want a good american strat that is not over a thousand and does not lack quality in pickups or body. then this is it! i got this just yesterday and love it. as someone said the internet does not do the two tone justice! IT LOOKS beautiful in person as you can see the grain. the pickups are AMAZING!

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A "Strat" at lower price,. Awesome!!

By grun

from NJ

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I was so close to purchasing an American Standard , which my Brother -in-law had picked up a few months ago for a bit over a grand. I really loved playing it during thanksgiving and xmas visit. So much so that I got stung by the bug to go and buy one. BUT, I was not set to spend that much. Enter the American Special. Walked into my local GC, almost immediately spotted the candy apple red with maple fretboard,. and fell in love. Than I sat down and fiddled around on it for a few,. I was smitten. I can't get over how much I love playing this axe. This past weekend I brought it over to my Brother-in-law's house and we jammed for a few hours. We spent considerable time comparing the two (his American Standard and my American Special). We kept swapping them back and forth and both were convinced that in regards to feel/playability, tone, sustain, etc. They were equal. Honestly I like mine better (although I did not tell him that). IMO the larger headstock does make a difference in sustain. Very, very happy with this guitar and absolutely ecstatic that I now have a "Strat".

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