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Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar Black Maple Fingerboard

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1439818604375   POS #:111629176
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The American Special Stratocaster HSS puts U.S.-made Fender quality into the hands of players at any level. For the guitarist who wants a combination of timeless Fender style and contemporary features... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

The American Special Stratocaster HSS puts U.S.-made Fender quality into the hands of players at any level. For the guitarist who wants a combination of timeless Fender style and contemporary features, this guitar delivers traditional Strat design with some extra elements for modern tone and performance, including Texas Special neck and middle pickups, a powerful humbucking bridge pickup, special circuitry, modern neck profile and fingerboard radius, and more. Great sounding, great looking and feeling, and made in the United States. Includes gig bag.

Features

Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: C modern
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.675" (42.5mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HSS
  • Neck: Texas Special single-coil
  • Middle: Texas Special single-coil
  • Bridge: Atomic humbucker
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Greasebucket tone circuit
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle vintage-style syncronized tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Large 70s Style Headstock, Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • Case: Gig bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States
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FenderAmerican Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love everything about this American made guitar!

I looked for months for the perfect guitar. Then this American made Black body Stratocaster with Maple neck came out, which was exactly what I was looking for. The price was more than...Read complete review

I looked for months for the perfect guitar. Then this American made Black body Stratocaster with Maple neck came out, which was exactly what I was looking for. The price was more than I had planned to pay but was well worth it. I love the sound and ease of play. It stays in tune and is not as heavy as the older strats. I've had. I've played it every day since I got it home.

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Not your papy's Fender

Made in USA? Not the quality you'd expect from those words. Can't even recommend as an investment. Unless, the quality is so bad in a few decades that this junk looks...Read complete review

Made in USA? Not the quality you'd expect from those words. Can't even recommend as an investment. Unless, the quality is so bad in a few decades that this junk looks good... Here's hoping for my dimes sake ;-). Gave it a less than deserved 2 stars for brand fondness & loyalty only.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love everything about this American made guitar!

By Bob

from Dallas, Texas

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 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 HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    I looked for months for the perfect guitar. Then this American made Black body Stratocaster with Maple neck came out, which was exactly what I was looking for. The price was more than I had planned to pay but was well worth it. I love the sound and ease of play. It stays in tune and is not as heavy as the older strats. I've had. I've played it every day since I got it home.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Product -Awesome Service!!

    By Susan

    from Milton, GA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar for my husband for Christmas to replace the one he had to sell when we had our first child 33 years ago. He was so excited to have it back!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent American Strat, for a decent price.

      By EVAN

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar if you want the great Strat feel without spending a lot of money. I have played Mexican and American strats, and this one is a complete bargain. Lovely finish. Great neck and fretboard. Cannot be more happy! I personally like jumbo frets, 22 frets, and the fact that it has the big 70s headstock.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great buy

      By Neil

      from undisclosed

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      Looks and plays great....

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not your papy's Fender

      By Chipt'Beef

      from LA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      Made in USA? Not the quality you'd expect from those words. Can't even recommend as an investment. Unless, the quality is so bad in a few decades that this junk looks good... Here's hoping for my dimes sake ;-). Gave it a less than deserved 2 stars for brand fondness & loyalty only.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By Thomas

      from undisclosed

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      Well worth the money. Feels great, sounds great, stays in tune, and looks awesome. Glad I purchased it because I've wanted an American Strat for years and this guitar has got me back into playing and practicing again.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar

      By James

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar. I never owned a Strat but I do now. I always played rosewood but decided to go maple. Great guitar and price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I love the sound of my American Special Fender guitar

      By Payam

      from undisclosed

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      Love the guitar and the quality of the sound. My order was shipped to the store in time. There were minor scratches on the body which is the reason I am giving 4 stars. The staff at West L.A. location are friendly and nice but the store is under staffed. I guess I will buy from Guitar Center again.

       
      5.0

      A great upgrade

      By Dixonator

      from Jacksonville, Florida.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Tremolo bar becomes loose quickly.

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      I got this guitar as an upgrade from a Made-in-Mexico Deluxe Player Strat. This is an excellent American Fender Strat at an excellent price. I was actually considering a Fender Strat designed by the Edge from U@ which would have cost $800 more. If you look carefully at the product specs, they are basically the very same guitar and this American Special has the greasebucket tech which the Edge model does not have. Bridge pickups are Atomic Humbuckers, different than the D'Marzio pickups the Edge uses. Also that brigde is simply better than this American Special model. Speaking of which, the Tremolo bar became loose real quick. That's easily repaired with a bit of plumber's tape, but still, I expected the whammy bar to remain steady for more than one day. It's a screw-in Tremolo bar, not pop-in. All that said, this guitar for my purposes has performed magnificently. And the jumbo frets should not be underestimated. They do make it easier to be much more accurate and hold those chords and notes. Similar play to my Gibson Les Paul which has jumbo's too. Great guitar and the price is hard to beat for authentic American strats. Also, this guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity, which is a nice wall hanging in a frame next to the guitar. Should have come with a hard case instead of a gig bag, but I guess that's what help keeps the price low and if you look around, a hard case isn't that hard to find for a decent price. This is the real deal. Only a few minor issues, but on the grand scheme of the things, this is a rocker. I recommend uncoated Fender Bullet strings for this (blue package, not red which are coated). I use 9 gauge. Truly a happy and valued purchase.

       
      2.0

      Alright, I guess

      By John

      from Sacramento CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      Not liking the bridge humbucker pickups.

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