The 2013 edition of the Fender Select Stratocaster HSS ups the ante on its 2012 predecessor with several striking new features. First among these is the "channel-bound" rosewood fingerboard, a brand-n... Click To Read More About This Product
The 2013 edition of the Fender Select Stratocaster HSS ups the ante on its 2012 predecessor with several striking new features. First among these is the "channel-bound" rosewood fingerboard, a brand-new Fender innovation in which the compound-radius (9.5"-14") rosewood fingerboard is "inlaid" into the thick modern "C"-shaped maple neck. In addition to creating a stylish new look, it imparts an amazingly comfortable fretting-hand feel in which both edges are pleasingly rounded, with no side seam between neck and fingerboard.
The Fender Select Stratocaster HSS also has a beautiful flame maple-top body with traditional contours. The body has an elegant hand-stained Tobacco Sunburst finish with a gloss lacquer topcoat, and the neck has a hand-rubbed oil finish and a comfortable contoured heel. Other premium features include Fender Select Stratocaster single-coil neck and middle pickups, a full-throated Twin-Head humbucking bridge pickup, five-way switching, three-ply parchment pickguard, aged white control knobs, 21 medium jumbo frets, Bi-FlexTM truss rod system, two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with vintage-style bent steel saddles, deluxe staggered locking tuners and Fender Select headstock medallion.
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Unbelievable!!! This is beyond what I expected from Fender having 2 other Strats - Quality/Reliability - Quality is aces.. no noticable defects - needed some very minor adjustments like all guitars that are shipped. Just received it so no comment on reliablity yet. Look & Feel - Pictures do not describe this guitar - the flame maple top is out of this world! Looks rivel my Gibson Les Paul. The maple neck is also flamed birdseye maple... and ultra comfortable. Sounds fantastic.. It is the first HSS for me and sounds beefy when I want it.. plays like a dream... I just can't get over the new style "channel-bound" fingerboard... Fender hit it out of the park with this one! If you want a collectable "new" strat (non-vintage) and a solid player... this is the one!
I initially saw this guitar on the Fender website and was intrigued by the new Fender Rosewood embedded fingerboard in a maple neck. I finally got a call from my local Guitar Center and got the opportunity to be the first to have one from this store. I immediately went down and had to try it out. I was amazed by the unique neck and fingerboard and how easy it was to play. The action was amazing and the sound was super sweet. The humbucker pickup had a smooth crunch that helped me immediately make the decision to buy it. The finish was beautiful, the neck amazing, the sound the best yet from any Fender I have played. Everyone around me wanted to try the guitar but I immediately swooped it up and didn't want anyone else to get it. This guitar is the most exciting one I have ever owned and I can't wait to get on stage with my Rock Immortal friends to make it scream!