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Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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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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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 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (74)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (28)
  • Good pick up (26)
  • Good tone (26)
  • Fun to play (25)
  • Solid electronics (20)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (28)
  • Practicing (28)
  • Recording (21)
  • Small venues (20)
  • Rock concerts (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (6)

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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Strat, great price. It delivers.

By Stratplayer48

from London

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This is a great Strat. Don't compare it directly against an American Standard strat as it has a slightly different feel and it sounds slightly different due to the Texas Special pick ups which still have the strat sound but are much fatter and have a bit more mid range and grunt to them. Qualitywise, its on par with the standard with excellent workmanship. This strat has jumbo frets which something you may or may not like so its worth trying it out first to see if its for you or if you can adjust to them. I am not a fan of jumbo frets but I adjusted to them easily. It is cheaper than a American standard but bear in mind that it does not come with a hard case like a standard does, and the supplied gig bag is adequate but nothing special, so factor in the cost of a case if you are taking a guitar of this calibre out and about or in your car to gigs or rehearsals. I hate gig bags anyway, but that is just me. Personally I prefer my Am Standard Strat as I like the sound of the fat 50s pick ups much better than Texas Special pick ups, and think the fat 50's are the best strat pick ups fender have ever made, but sound and tone is a personal thing. texas Specisl have their own sound going on and it is a good sound, with lots of power and kick to them. On this Am special the satin fingerboard makes for a very nice fast feel and the vintage trem is solid and stable. All in all, its a beautiful pro standard well made gigging workhorse of a guitar which you cant go wrong with. And it has the classic strat look too with the big headstock. I cant see anyone being disappointed by this guitar, Fender have delivered a great guitar at a great price point here with some stunning finishes too..

       
      5.0

      Fantastic USA-made Strat

      By Angelo

      from Clarksburg, MD

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Amazing Maple Neck
      • Fantastic Candy Apple Red Color
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Just the fact that I finally own an American-made Stratocaster is great in and of itself. However, owning it didn't stop there. It's actually a gorgeous guitar! I am a fan of Stratocasters since the very beginning. And when I thought I was going to the Les Paul route recently when I bought a Les Paul, I saw this amazing Strat American Special and couldn't pass up on the giant discount I got from Guitar Center. Now I am both Strat and Les Paul player.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Exactly a Stratocaster Like I Remember!

        By Nashville Coast Ghost

        from North Carolina at the Water's Edge

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I have been out of the play for pay business for 10 years and wanted a Strat that felt like the old ones without all the "improvements" made over the years, some good and some not so much for my taste. This is an American Strat (in a color I really wanted). I had to spend some time getting it set up like I want and I will upgrade some hardware, mostly for function rather than form but I enjoy playing around with it and feel comfortable doing so where I might not with a $2000 instrument. I originally planned on changing the pickups to Lollars but the Tx. Specials sound fine and get the tones I want so that may never happen. I changed the pick guard to white pearl like I do every Fender I ever buy - (strictly ego driven aesthetics :) And I will probably will add locking tuners eventually and may consider a more stable bridge and tremolo system in time. For now though it quacks and screams and has all the touch and dynamics of a Strat and I am very happy with the purchase. Top that off with excellent service from MF and it hard to imagine feeling better about this purchase.

          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          issues out of the box

          By beach carpenter

          from Ft Myers Beach

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              After reading all the good reviews about how great this guitar is out of the box, I'm very disappointed how mine arrived. Plays good but sometimes has a loud hum and squeal through my amp (none of my other guitars have done this with this amp). Guitar was over an octave flat on tuning out of the box. Hard to tune and noticed once in tune bridge is sitting very high off the body. Inspectors signatures in at least two places. What a joke. Already going in the shop for warranty work on first day it arrived. Thanks Fender

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              All I can say is WOW!!

              By dronester

              from Corpus Christi, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Love the frets
              • Perfect Player
              • Practically plays itself
              • Wonderful Fit & Finish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                Well, a whole, big bunch of you guys and gals are going to be genuinely unhappy with me in a minute, and I understand because I'd be upset too, except for the fact that it was my great fortune! So basically, I won the lottery on this Candy Apple Red American Special Strat. I just happened to walk into a local First Cash Pawn back in January, and saw this beauty behind the counter. I knew it was going to be out of my price range, but I had to play it. Well, I played it and immediately fell in love. The finish on the guitar is wonderful, and I don't understand the bad comments I've seen about it's quality, because this thing is perfect, and practically plays itself. Out of my 9 guitars, this one pretty much just leaps into my hands when i want to play. They also had an American Standard Strat that was nowhere near the quality of the American Special. I'd probably like the pickups better on the Standard, but I'm okay with the Texas Specials. With the decision obvious at this point (the Special was 10X the guitar that the Standard was), I finally checked pricing on the two. They were asking over eight hundred for the Standard, but as a regular customer, they would have let me have it for eight even, which would have been alright if the guitar was better. Then I checked the Special, which I was already in love with and was plotting and planning just how I was going to acquire it. The price tag was less than I expected, and basically so low I just about fell over. Then, I read a store sign that had January as musical instrumenr clearance month, and all music equipment and instruments were 30% off the sticker price. So I ended up getting this glorious guitar, this absolutely amazing, best guitar I've ever owned (it was also my first American Fender!!) for a grand total of three hundred and thirty something!! I nearly messed my drawers I was so utterly stoked about this. It went on layaway that day, because i knew it'd be gone by closing time if I didn't.

                 
                4.0

                Very nice guitar. Great retro color.

                By BBeltD

                from Tulsa, OK

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                Very nice guitar. Sure wished it came with a honey maple neck and fretboard.

                 
                5.0

                Sweet Strat

                By ripleyhunts

                from Madison, Alabama

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                I bought this Strat in "Blemished" condition from Musicians Friend. I could not find a flaw. Looks and plays perfect.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Right on the money !

                By ICUB4UCME

                from Bedford ,indiana

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  Iv been a guitar player for 48 years and have always been a Gibson diehard ! But the last band I was in played a lot of older stuff and I had a Aria strat copy I used instead of my Gibson Explorer because it has such a deep heavy metal sound and I started to like the sound of a strat even though it was a copy it was a high end Aria guitar.So I ordered me one of these Fenders and now im hooked I love this awesome guitar from the cool color surf green to the awesome sound and quality craftsmanship and it plays better than my Gibson ! So if your thinking about getting one go for it its well worth the money ,take it from a some one that has had a guitar in his hands every day for 48 years !! ROCK ON .

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I thought I sucked before I played it

                  By Dan

                  from Cincinnati, Ohio

                  Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar is a couple of firsts for me. First Fender, first USA-made guitar. I have been playing as a hobby for about 25 years, save for a year in 1999 when I played in a band. All of my other guitars are Korean except for a Chinese bass, and have smaller frets than this one. The medium jumbo frets make playing bends & vibratto easier, and get more sustain. So far have only found 2 cons: 1.) There was a very minor scratch on the fingerboard at fret #2, but I don't mind it, and 2.) I broke 3 e strings in a row when trying to do a 1.5 step bend from fret #15 (G to A# bend). One string was a 9 gauge, the other two were 10's. So for that, now I just slide or use a different guitar whenever I want to do that. Like a couple of other reviews I read here before buying, this guitar really does play like butter. Tuning is a little weird with the tremolo, since adjusting one string will change the tension on the bridge and throw other strings out of tune, so it takes longer to switch to alternate tunings. Also the paint has a glittery sparkle to it, I expected it to be a solid red. Overall can't take any stars away from this, it is my new favorite guitar to play.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Strat

                  By Stan Wood

                  from Stanwood, WA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      The finish and build quality are excellent. Intonation was spot-on out of the box, and the set-up was very close as well. The fret work appears to be good. There is only the slightest sharpness to the feel at the fret ends, but hardly worth a mention - it's pretty good. I will ultimately file the string slots in the nut slightly lower - that would be my only real criticism, and to be fair, I've had to make that adjustment on most every guitar I've had.

                      I'm still becoming accustomed to working with this thing - I've been awhile without a Strat, so a bit tough to make a solid comparison between the standard pickups and these as my recollection is probably fickle and I'm primarily using a Tele as of late. So far, I'm liking what I hear. I do think the pickups will benefit from a slightly heavier string than what was shipped on the guitar, and while the pickups don't seem as full and lush as I recall at lower volumes, they do seem to begin to fill out once you add a bit of volume - again, I think a slightly heavier string will help here - just haven't gotten around to making the swap yet....

                      I'm having a lot of fun with this thing - if you're looking for an American made Strat at a very good price point, I don't think you could go wrong here.

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