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The FSR Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar is a factory special run. It ups the ante with upgraded details like a vintage tinted neck, custom-color hardware, and two classic Fender single-coil ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The FSR Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar is a factory special run. It ups the ante with upgraded details like a vintage tinted neck, custom-color hardware, and two classic Fender single-coil pickups (neck and middle) and a high-output humbucker (bridge). You'll also love the standard Strat features the rocker is fitted with such as alder body, maple neck, 21-fret maple fretboard with a 9.5" radius, and a Synchronized Tremolo bridge. Case sold separately.

FEATURES

  • Alder body
  • Vintage-tinted gloss maple neck
  • modern "C" neck profile
  • Maple fretboard with a
  • Black dot position inlays
  • '50s era "spaghetti" logo on the headstock
  • Three-ply black-white-black pickguard
  • Two classic Fender single-coil pickups (neck and middle) and a high-output humbucker at the bridge
  • Master Volume, two Tones
  • 5-position blade selector switch
  • Synchronized Tremolo bridge
  • Black knobs and pickups
  • Grey hardware
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Model number: 014 0009 506
  • Fretboard radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Frets: 21 vintage jumbo
  • Nut width: 1.653" (42mm)
  • Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
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FenderSpecial Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 24 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Recording (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love At First Feel

I've avidly collected, played, and studied the craftsmanship of guitars and basses for a little over a decade. Gibsons, PRS, Ibanez, ESP, Jackson, Charvel, Epiphone, etc, etc... But...Read complete review

I've avidly collected, played, and studied the craftsmanship of guitars and basses for a little over a decade. Gibsons, PRS, Ibanez, ESP, Jackson, Charvel, Epiphone, etc, etc... But let's set up the situation; I was at a new local GC, planning on purchasing a new guitar, with the full intention of it either being a Fender or a Gibson. I tried 28 guitars before I grabbed this one, each feeling wrong to me; the neck felt rough, the neck profile too fat or thick, the pick ups being too muddy or twangy, the balance of how it sat, or was held, etc. Then there was this guitar... I TOUCHED the neck, and immediately felt comfortable with it. I sat down, perfectly balanced as a strat should be, and was able to play every style of music without touching the amps knobs. No feedback and superbly diverse. The high output of the humbucker is astounding: clear cleans, and crispy/groove-laden distortions. The 2 single coils are equally effective for bluesy stuff, expectant of the infamous Strat sound. Then, there's the price: cheap for a finely crafted, highly reliable instrument. Then I got it home, have been actively performing with it (it's better than most American models for 1/2 the price). Because of this guitar, I now endorse Fender and Dean guitars for foreign models. But the real kicker? What's the real difference between this guitar and an American Strat? The distance between Corona, California and the Mexican Fender factory. Of course, there are always cases of rarities, and I always advise playing guitars before buying them, on the off chance you get a dud in shipping. Other than that, 5/5, highly recommended.

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not bad

I love strats,Bought this one a while back. Love it only thing that sucked was the factory humbucker kinda sucked for me. I play with a decent amount of gain and It just...Read complete review

I love strats,Bought this one a while back. Love it only thing that sucked was the factory humbucker kinda sucked for me. I play with a decent amount of gain and It just sounded kinda blah. I changed the pick up for a higher gain pick up,rewired it and now love it. I have other guitars but always come back to this one,I even record with it.

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(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Strat!

By Awesome Strat !

from eminence,ky

Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Bought this beauty yesterday and I can't put it down! The neck on this bad boy feels and plays just as good, maybe better than my 09 USA Tele, and the humbucker has a really nice growl. This is a real Strat,believe me, you won't be sorry!I finally found the black on black strat that i've been looking for and it didn't empty my wallet!

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love At First Feel

By Harrison Eastwood

from New Jersey

Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I've avidly collected, played, and studied the craftsmanship of guitars and basses for a little over a decade. Gibsons, PRS, Ibanez, ESP, Jackson, Charvel, Epiphone, etc, etc... But let's set up the situation; I was at a new local GC, planning on purchasing a new guitar, with the full intention of it either being a Fender or a Gibson. I tried 28 guitars before I grabbed this one, each feeling wrong to me; the neck felt rough, the neck profile too fat or thick, the pick ups being too muddy or twangy, the balance of how it sat, or was held, etc. Then there was this guitar... I TOUCHED the neck, and immediately felt comfortable with it. I sat down, perfectly balanced as a strat should be, and was able to play every style of music without touching the amps knobs. No feedback and superbly diverse. The high output of the humbucker is astounding: clear cleans, and crispy/groove-laden distortions. The 2 single coils are equally effective for bluesy stuff, expectant of the infamous Strat sound. Then, there's the price: cheap for a finely crafted, highly reliable instrument. Then I got it home, have been actively performing with it (it's better than most American models for 1/2 the price). Because of this guitar, I now endorse Fender and Dean guitars for foreign models. But the real kicker? What's the real difference between this guitar and an American Strat? The distance between Corona, California and the Mexican Fender factory. Of course, there are always cases of rarities, and I always advise playing guitars before buying them, on the off chance you get a dud in shipping. Other than that, 5/5, highly recommended.

(17 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My baby.

By Jerhico Thunder

from Hillsdale MI

Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I originally purchased a Starcaster, then was handed down a Squire, until i bought this girl. man i love this guitar, she sounds great, rocks out, mellows out, and screams for all my neighbors to hear. I named her Floyd (i know not very girly) she has the power of Oprah and the looks of Angelina Jole. Very good guitar. My first strat.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

While My Guitar Gently Weeps... for Less Money

By MoJo Naughton

from Los Angeles

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

    "I would challenge anybody to come up with a better design for a guitar. The Stratocaster is as good as it gets, isn't it?" – Eric Clapton

    I've been a professional guitar player, musician and vocalist for over 25 years and my electric guitar of choice has always been Fender Stratocasters.

    My first guitar was a mint 1964 Fender Mustang. My guitar style and influences are Page, Beck, Gilmour, Hendrix, Trower, Blackmore and Buddy Guy. But my playing style is not limited to rock and blues guitar, I also play classical, acoustic and other stringed instruments. I know guitars. This is a genuine Fender Stratocaster. And for the amateur to the professional, this inexpensive axe is unbeatable on quality, sound and Fender factor standards.

    You could pay anywhere from $1500-$5000. for a Stratocaster depending on the model or edition, however this is Factory Special Run and consistent with all the features and tone you would expect from the high priced Strat.
    Keep in mind, this guitar is built with the best materials and craftsmanship and comes with factory specs, however you can adjust the action with some minor adjustments to suit your playing style and preferences (when your guitar is shipped various factors can affect the action such as climate conditions, shipping itself and assembly).

    Yes, this guitar is manufactured in Mexico... so are Sony, Dell, BMW, Blackberry and a whole host of major consumer brands that we use every day. The quality is not sacrificed and Fender, as a corporation, would not put their name on an inferior product. Note: Kurt Cobain used Japanese manufactured Stratocasters throughout his Nirvana heyday.

    "My guitar gently weeps..." just for a lot less money.

    (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Favorite Strat

    By Philip Maxwell

    from Galloway, Ohio

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

    This is the third MIM Stratocaster I've owned. I've also owned a Squier, as well as copies by Peavey, Ion, First Act, (I try to keep a few cheap guitars on hand for students to use), and not surprisingly, none of these imitators can hold a candle to the feel and tone of the real thing. What did surprise me was how much better this Strat is than other MIM Strats I've owned. My first Strat was made, I believe, sometime in the 1990's. I bought it in 2001, second-hand from a friend whose wife just bought him an American Strat. I had it for about ten years as my main electric. I had a SD Hot Rails installed in the neck, and really liked the sound and playability. I sold it when I decided I needed a change of pace and wanted all different gear. My second Strat was a project I bought for $150. It needed refinished, and the pots were all scratchy, and the pole pieces were rusty, so I painted it and bought a loaded pickguard with a humbucker in the bridge. (See a pattern forming?) It played great, sounded great, and looked great, but I sold it because I wanted to get my wife a really awesome Christmas present, and figured I'd pick up another Strat eventually. I had a really good Christmas, and received some money, and put it together with money I had set aside, and took a $100 off coupon to GC on December 26. I knew that I wanted something with a humbucker, but I also wanted something that would catch my eye. I tried out several guitars, both solid-body, hollow-body, and semi-hollow. I found myself comparing every guitar to this one. Some people are Fender players, some are Gibson players. The same can be said of many more brands. I am a Fender guy. I like the feel of it, and I love the sound, especially when I can have a humbucker in the bridge. This is my first Strat which came this way from the factory. Now on to the neck. This is my first Strat to have a maple neck, and I absolutely love it. I like the way it looks, love the way it feels, and it comes with the added bonus of lower maintenance. (No more semi-annual lemon oil treatments.) I don't know if this is because the guitar is new, or if they are just made better than they used to be, but this guitar just feels more solid than any Strat I've ever owned. It's a dream to play (once I gave it a good setup), and it just sounds, well, better: crisp and clean (no caffeine). It seems to resonate better: I swear, I can feel the notes as I play. The guitar is just plain pretty. The black on black with maple neck are just striking. I put a few minor upgrades: Fender staggered locking tuners (I had taken the string tree off, but ended up putting it back on because it just looks funny with a hole in the headstock), and an "F" logo neck plate. For a while, I had run it with a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker in the bridge, but ended up switching it back the stock pickup. If you are shopping for a nice solid-body guitar, and you see this one, give it a try. You might just want to take it home.

    (8 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    not quite as I expected

    By danny duke

    from stanwood wa.

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

    Had no end of problems in the store. Mostley because of poorly informed employees. Ended up getting it home and found cracks and scuffs on head stock finish The store manager maid it good. The guitar plays out OK but not what I was looking for. Maby Im to pickey and compareing it with an american standard guitar. for the money it will do fine.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    not bad

    By mike feeney

    from Rochester New York

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

    I love strats,Bought this one a while back. Love it only thing that sucked was the factory humbucker kinda sucked for me. I play with a decent amount of gain and It just sounded kinda blah. I changed the pick up for a higher gain pick up,rewired it and now love it. I have other guitars but always come back to this one,I even record with it.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My favorite guitar. MIM vs MIA

    By Austin

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for a little over a year now and it couldn't be better! I saw this guitar in a Guitar Center catalog about 2 years ago and thought it was absolutely beautiful. I wanted it so bad, but I then noticed that it was an MIM and honestly I was kind of turned off. I had this perception that anything besides American made wasn't worth buying. I couldn't have been more wrong.

      Fast forward a year from that catalog experience and I came across the same guitar in guitar center one day so I decided to give it a play. From the second I started playing I knew I wanted to buy it, but I was still hung up on the fact that it was made in Mexico. So I decided to do a bit of research over the next few days, continuing to go back to guitar center to play it some more and talk with a couple employees there about it. Come to find out there isn't a whole lot of difference between MIM & MIA now days. Obviously you're going to get more consistent good guitars in an MIA and their value will last, but in many instances MIM can compare pretty well.

      Long story short I ended up buying this guitar and I've loved every bit of it. No regrets whatsoever. I'm actually looking to get another MIM in the future because I've loved this one so much. I also own an American standard, black with white pickguard, rosewood fretboard and double seymore duncan humbuckers, and this MIM can compare and compete with it. It plays just as good, and in some areas even better than my MIA (I can actually squeal easier with this MIM than my MIA). I also love this maple fretboard. It's got some like clear coating on it or something (I don't know what it is, but it differs from other maple boards) but makes it super easy to do bends.

      Granted I have done some upgrades on it to make it play better. I've put on locking tuners, changed the string tree to a rolling one, changed the nut to a graphite nut, did the intonation, and set the strings and pickups to the right height. Overall it's a great guitar!

      (5 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      NOT AS GREAT AS MADE OUT TO BE

      By Steve from Upstate

      from Upstate NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • DOESN"T HOLD A CANDLKE TO AN AMERICAN STRAT
      • Flat Sound
      • HOMBUCKER IS WEAK!
      • JUST FEELS CHEAP
      • Poor Pick Up
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • GREAT FOR A BEGINNER
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      Comparing This to an American Stratocaster with Custom Shop Fat 50 Pickups, bent Saddles and superb Quality is like comparing Apples to Oranges. There is no comparison.This guitar is put together with4 or 5 pieces of wood all glued and compressed together. The sound isn't even close to comparison. the neck on the American is just so much nicer and sound so much better it's ridiculous to compare the two. If a Mexican is all you can afford great-good for you but comparing the two is a joke. Personally I think your better off with a squire Classic Vibe Modern Player Straocaster. Just as well made and possibly better. The Butterscotch Classic Vibe with the Alnico 5's plays every bit as good as my 52 Telecaster. You wont see a lot of the classic vibe after this year as they are being done with. Comparing a Mexican Strat to an American is a joke and if it make you feel better and justifies the cheaper investment than good for you but you are only kidding yourself. That's my opinion and almost everyone owning an American Standard will tell you the same. i love the post by people who have both and say the Mexican is just as good (only because you don't really own an American Standard and probably never will) There's a big difference between the two and it's not only price. It's the quality ,the feel, the sound, the gorgeous case and the unbelievable playabilty that sets them apart and always will.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wahooooooo!!!!!!!

      By Randy Mellinger

      from Scotts Mills, OR

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      I've just started back to playing the guitar and my teacher told me I needed to think about getting an electric guitar because the acoustic guitar is limited in sounds produced. So I ended up with this wonderful guitar that seemed to feel like butter when playing it. I took it to my lesson and my teacher asked if he could play it and he fell in LOVE with this guitar. He said that he had played Fenders built in Mexico before and wasn't impressed with the frets and necks on them, but he said the neck and the frets are amazing on this guitar and he is contemplating looking into buying one. Great Guitar at a reasonable price with outstanding craftmanship and sound.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome guitar

      By David Arena

      from Beaufort, SC

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      I ordered this guitar from guitarcenter.com, as I don't live very close to their store. I have ordered lots of stuff from GC. The pricing with GC is the best. I took advantage of a coupon they had. The order process was painless. My guitar arrived very quickly. It arrived in perfect condition. It is pretty stunning to look at. The black on black is beautiful. It was set up perfectly right out of the box. Aside from the strings, there really isn't anything about this guitar that I don't like. The strings are a preference thing though. I like Ernie Balls. The workmanship on my Strat is flawless. That's my two cents. I love it.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Truly Enjoyable

      By Randy Mellinger

      from Scotts Mills, OR

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      I picked this guitar up at the local Guitar Center and I fell in love with the neck and the frets, it is truly smooth. It is also a beautiful piece of art that sounds great. I am taking lessons and my instructor asked if he could play it and when he was done he asked me how much I paid for it. He told me that the neck and frets on this guitar were equal to the $1200.00 Stratocaster he plays. He told me that I landed a great guitar and that he seriously was going to start looking at the Strats made in Mexico now.

      (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      no setup for a stratocaster.?...disappointing....

      By Slammer

      from Clearwater, Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      Got the strat home and started to notice lots of things not properly set up. Strings buzzing; had to adjust intonation; way off. tuning machines not staying in tune at all. Will take this back to Guitar Center for proper setup. This will be a nice guitar once it's properly set up. Shame on you Guitar center for letting me take this out of your store without the necessary work first being done!!!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome axe!

      By LUTHOR TULLO

      from San Clemente

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      I've been playing acoustic guitar most of my life and just recently decided to learn play the blues on electric guitar . I decided on the black Fender FSR HSS MIM. Once I got her home and got to know her better, I wish I got her years earlier. The Strat plays like butter. Great action with a fast neck and it stays in tune. Practice is fun again!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      amazing

      By Adam Mitrevski

      from Fort Wayne, Indiana

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      I needed a new electric guitar after growing bored of my old squire strat. I had also just purchased a 12 string months earlier, so my budget was limited to $500. I had a great idea to purchase a telecaster, and after looking online, I found a decent silver tele for 500. I walked in the store looking for the silver tele, but I had to stop and look at this beautiful black strat. I thought to myself, that's gotta be a thousand bucks, but it wasn't! It was on discount for 350! I quickly bought the instrument and completely forgot about the silver tele. I went home, plugged this bad boy in, and the sound was orgasmic. BUY THIS GUITAR. No matter what amp you have, it will sound great either way. The only concern was the film I had to peel off of the pick guard, in doing so, needed to unscrew a few things, but it was totally worth it! I am the happiest kid on earth!

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A happy customer!

      By Michael Brown

      from Anderson, IN

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      Although I would hardly call myself a guitarist, the new strat is a much better guitar then what I've been using. An old strat clone my son left in the garage when he came home from the Army (over 10 years ago). This is really my first guitar. It's apparent to see the difference in the quality, the nice setup out of the box. I now have some more inspiration to practice with the great sound now coming out of my 15 watt VOX practice amp.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Nice...

      By Al

      from Fredericksburg, VA

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      After playing several guitars in this price range...around $500., this was the one for me. Having relatively small hands, the Epiphone Les Paul's (which are beautiful guitars, and a real bargain) were a bit to chunky for me neck wise. This Strat plays like butter...has great Strat tone ( I play through a Marshall Valvestate). I think the bridge pickup could use a little more bite/growl, so that will be replaced in time. All in all, very good construction, set up well from the factory, and rumor has it (although I have not removed the pick guard yet, these "S R" special run series are made with USA Strat parts. Bottom line...I love this guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great step up!

      By Gregg Cherry

      from Vancouver, WA

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      This guitar was the first I played when I started shopping around for a new guitar. Played a few more, thought about it for a week then ended up getting this guitar. It is an excellent step up from my previous guitar! Plays really well, great sound, set up well right off the rack at the store. Highly recommend!

      (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Stratocasters

      By Forrest

      from Columbus Georgia

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      I am looking forward to having this guitar. I had a black one with three single coil pickups and a sunburst with two single coils and a humbucker. This guitar will be the best of both guitars. I can't wait to have it...

       
      5.0

      The Special Edition is a bargain

      By Pete

      from Sugarland TX near Houston

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

        For anyone who has avoided a cheap Squire, this is the real Fender to get. A great price, good enough to not tell the difference from the pricier ones, and probably will be gone shortly, this smartly appointed and finished Fender is an excellent buy. The only minor issue for me was the presence of a plastic white-tipped trem bar, not the black-tipped one shown in the photo. (Someone in Mexico needs to quality check the finished item more closely.) The maple fingerboard had a glossy varnish, which means no more grime spoiling the wood. Fenders are always tricky to tune, but when set properly, the music really sings.

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