The Fender Select Stratocaster HSS takes the refined elegance of its triple-single-coil brother and amps it up through the roof with the extra power of a humbucking bridge pickup. Features include a s... Read More
The Fender Select Stratocaster HSS takes the refined elegance of its triple-single-coil brother and amps it up through the roof with the extra power of a humbucking bridge pickup. Features include a striking gloss-lacquer finish on a sleek flame maple-top body. Its modern “C” shaped birdseye maple neck has a comfortable contoured heel, Bi-Flex™ truss rod system for rock-solid stability, a satin lacquer finish and rear-headstock “Fender Select” medallion. The smooth-playing compound radius rosewood fretboard (9.5”-14”) has 22 medium jumbo frets and stylish white pearloid position inlays. Full-throated sound roars from the Fender Select Stratocaster humbucking bridge pickup, with singing tone from new Fender Select Stratocaster single-coil neck and middle pickups-all combined with five-way switching and a no-load tone control that delivers the natural uncolored sound of the humbucking bridge pickup when dimed.
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Fender finally made a guitar that is right for me, and it's the 2012 Select Stratocaster HSS. If you're like me, you've bought Stratocasters over and over, wanting to make that connection, only to be disapointed over and over again. I can say that the search is over, this guitar is IT. Regarding tone; I was skeptical about going with the HSS. The H pickup is very Fender sounding, and it gets that sweet Strat sound I am looking for. The pickups are well balanced and sound superb. I just can't say enough good things about this guitar!
I never thought I would own a Stratocaster but I was in Guitar Center in Austin and had the opportunity to try playing a Select. The sound was incredible. It works for jazz, rock, pop and probably a lot more. The action was fast and the neck comfortable. I like the locking tuning machines. It make string replacement a breeze. It came with a classic tweed case, Fender strap and cable. After trying it in the store there was no hesitation. I walked out the proud owner of a Select Stratocaster.
Before I get into this I'll give GC a 5; I'll give the guitar a 5; and Fender customer service a 1 (only because there's not a zero option. The guitar is beautiful visually, a work of art! And has excellent tone on the sonic side. I also own a Mex Strat HSS and middle and neck pickups on this are much better. I also like the light weight of this guitar. Easy to wear for long periods of time without thinking about it. My complaint is with Fender customer service. The issue is related to the case (I think made by G&G). Don't get me wrong, the case is built like a tank. BUTTTTTTT, it is made in an overtight way around the headstock, so that every time you put the guitar back into the case, it spins the e string tuner and detunes your guitar. I give credit to GC. I went over this with them and they went to bat for me, arguing it out with Fender. However in the end, Fender's response was (as paraphrased to me by my rep) "It's acknowledged that this issue exists, but from a technical standpoint, it's not damaging the guitar so it isn't the manufacturer's problem or responsibility to correct the situation." Now, some will say I'm making something of nothing. But as analogy, it's like you buy a mobile phone and when you call home it switches the number and dials your neighbor instead. But "since it's not directly damaging the unit, the manufacturer has no responsibility to do anything about it." Personally, I think that's lame. Hey, fact is, somebody measured and spec'd it wrong, and nobody thought to double check. So, now you buy a $2k guitar and case that detunes your guitar.
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