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Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar  

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If you're the kind of Strat player who wants more punch out of the bridge position, this distinctive Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster is made for you. It's got that classic look and feel that only a S... Click To Read More About This Product

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If you're the kind of Strat player who wants more punch out of the bridge position, this distinctive Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster is made for you. It's got that classic look and feel that only a Strat can deliver, with the added muscle of a bridge humbucker, so you can go from glassy single-coil tones to heavyweight growl and scream with the flip of a switch. This special Strat features a cool look with candy red burst finish and black pickguard.

Features
  • Alder body
  • C-shape maple neck
  • 25.5" scale
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 2 single-coil neck/middle pickups and 1 humbucking bridge pickup
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge
  • Case sold separately
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FenderSpecial Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good pick up (19)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (21)
  • Jamming (18)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (14), Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome playing guitar

Started playing when I was 14 and continued into nid 20's when I stopped. Friend of mine plays bass and wanted me to jam with him. I'm now 48 and loving playing guitar...Read complete review

Started playing when I was 14 and continued into nid 20's when I stopped. Friend of mine plays bass and wanted me to jam with him. I'm now 48 and loving playing guitar again. Mainly because of this Fender! I would recommend DO NOT buy a guitar without trying it out in person first. After 20 years not playing could barley remember a chord! LOL Picked out "another guitar" with thin neck design for my short fingers online. (not going to name brand or knock it, it's a nice guitar). Got back into playing with it but neck proved too thin for me! Was having hard time nailing just basic open chords. Frustration led to guitar sitting unplayed .. again.

After 6 months or so was at the friends house with Bass and picked up his cheap Squire Strat. Very surprised I was nailing open chords with ease. Little researching and figured out the Fender modern C neck was for me! American Strat's not quite in my budget so was eyeing this one up. Made In Mexico - MIM - strat with Fender hardware. Went to Guitar Center to try out 3-4 different guitars with this one #1 on list. It WOWED me. Plugged in and before I knew it jammed for over 1/2 hour on it. Felt like 5 minutes. SOLD! LOL Never bothered trying out the others on my list.

Beautiful finish! This red really pops and you can still see some wood grain in middle. A very subtle sunburst effect to it. Buttery smooth neck. I'm playing with great ease! Great sounding pick ups. Stays in tune very well for a tremolo bridge, I have a pedal board with about 7-8 effects. Probably 2 out of 3 times I play never bother using it. Just plug this baby directly into amp and enjoy the great sound and variations you can get just with the three pick ups. And the bridge humbucker is a humdinger! LOL I'm playing better now than ever I ever did in my first years playing because of this guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very unsatisfied with order

I received what was obviously a return but was charged for a new guitar. I'm very disappointed in Guitar Center. Did not come with tremolo bar as advertised or even a manual or registration...Read complete review

I received what was obviously a return but was charged for a new guitar. I'm very disappointed in Guitar Center. Did not come with tremolo bar as advertised or even a manual or registration card. Was repackaged and shipped to me in a Gibson box. The pickup switch doesn't work.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding!

By Martin

from Falls Church VA

Site Member

Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I purchased one of these in 2013, it was the only one at the store at that time. I had a budget of $500.00 to spend on a guitar and when I saw it on a stand I thought it was way more expensive, I was surprised at the price tag. It looks, feels, sounds and plays like a Strat several times the price. Since I have it, I love it more and more as time passes, no regrets whatsoever. Every time I pick it up I find new sounds and nuances to explore. I learned proper setup on the web and with a book, it stays in tune like no other, even using the tremolo. No two guitars are the same, but if you see one of these at the store, give it a try, with proper setup is a magical instrument, perfect and absolutely beautiful to behold.

(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very unsatisfied with order

By Tim

from Arizona

About Me Novice

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Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I received what was obviously a return but was charged for a new guitar. I'm very disappointed in Guitar Center. Did not come with tremolo bar as advertised or even a manual or registration card. Was repackaged and shipped to me in a Gibson box. The pickup switch doesn't work.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than my american standard stratocaster

By Eric Cartman

from Hanford ca

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      I have been playing guitar since i was 15 im now 28 and i play a lot of different music but mainly blues and rock and this thing is awesome it feels plays and sounds a lot better than my $1,500 60th anniversary american standard stratocaster that i had to send back right out of the box five times

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome playing guitar

      By Jake the Snake

      from Elverson PA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

        Started playing when I was 14 and continued into nid 20's when I stopped. Friend of mine plays bass and wanted me to jam with him. I'm now 48 and loving playing guitar again. Mainly because of this Fender! I would recommend DO NOT buy a guitar without trying it out in person first. After 20 years not playing could barley remember a chord! LOL Picked out "another guitar" with thin neck design for my short fingers online. (not going to name brand or knock it, it's a nice guitar). Got back into playing with it but neck proved too thin for me! Was having hard time nailing just basic open chords. Frustration led to guitar sitting unplayed .. again.

        After 6 months or so was at the friends house with Bass and picked up his cheap Squire Strat. Very surprised I was nailing open chords with ease. Little researching and figured out the Fender modern C neck was for me! American Strat's not quite in my budget so was eyeing this one up. Made In Mexico - MIM - strat with Fender hardware. Went to Guitar Center to try out 3-4 different guitars with this one #1 on list. It WOWED me. Plugged in and before I knew it jammed for over 1/2 hour on it. Felt like 5 minutes. SOLD! LOL Never bothered trying out the others on my list.

        Beautiful finish! This red really pops and you can still see some wood grain in middle. A very subtle sunburst effect to it. Buttery smooth neck. I'm playing with great ease! Great sounding pick ups. Stays in tune very well for a tremolo bridge, I have a pedal board with about 7-8 effects. Probably 2 out of 3 times I play never bother using it. Just plug this baby directly into amp and enjoy the great sound and variations you can get just with the three pick ups. And the bridge humbucker is a humdinger! LOL I'm playing better now than ever I ever did in my first years playing because of this guitar.

        (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This guitar is so great, a great choice for guitarist

        By Fender man

        from Shickshinny, pa

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

          I use this guitar for practicing, and playing in my church band. It has a ton of great qualities and plays sweet like a fender should. Nothing bad to say about it. Fender definitely knocks it out of the ballpark with this strat.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Holy carp!

          By boo

          from lawrence, ks

          Site Member

          Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

          I went to guitar center intending to pay up to 2000 for a guitar. I was looking at blond neck fender american standards, but happened to pick up this guitar. I just kept coming back to it! Tried any number of guitars but nothing came close to this $500 mexi strat. Played better than a strat costing three times as much. Fast neck, nice action, hendrix-esque neck pickup, a dual coil in the bridge like my old charvel that feeds back beautifully, wonderful finish. Fantastic action and sound for a 500 buck guitar!

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great little Strat

          By kevin

          from Tacoma wa.

          Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

          was looking for a guitar that wasn't going to break the bank but still had great quality and great action this guitar is a great buy it has great pickups a good neck very good quality hardware for the money I even like it better than my highway one hss strat the bridge pickup is very hot sounding and I can get blues tones out of the neck and middle pickups if your looking for a guitar that is very diverse as well as looks good this is the one for you

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great guitar but.....

          By John

          from Toledo, OH

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

            ....I think I got the same guitar as the extremely disastisfied customer. It was obviously played as it had some belt rash on the back plate, rubbing on the pick guard and was covered in fingerprints. It also was missing the tremolo bar. The pickup switch works but hums and crackles a little in the neck position. I too was missing the manual and registration card. Where we differ is that despite all of this, I love the guitar. The action and intonation were perfect out of the box. The finish is beautiful and it is truly a joy to play. Guitar Center staff polished it up like new and sent me a tremolo bar as the store did not have one in stock. If you're buying a guitar on line, I highly recommend having it shipped to the store, as you can open it there and have any complaints/concerns addressed immediately.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I love this guitar it is better than my epiphone

            By Jpotts

            from Gilbert,az

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

              I am still learning but the action on this guitar is easy on fingers for my playing love the tone. I would recomend to anyone learning or pro great blues sound too and stays in tune

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Every bit a start

              By Mike

              from Nashville, TN

              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 Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                I had a '79 American strat and this runs circles around it. It's not as "pretty" as an American strat but it has all the sound and feel of the American version. If you can't afford an American strat, which is more "finished" or you just don't care about such things, this one will do just fine.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome guitar ...totally pleased!!

                By Wingnut

                from scranton pa

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                Great price..overall value...great sounding ...took it to my luthier after i purchased...he checked it out and did pro set up...couldnt be happier...

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good looking axe!!

                By bebop

                from huntingdon pa

                About Me Experienced

                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 Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                  the only thing I didn't like is on the back of the headstock there is no special edition label on it... guitar center said that none of them did.Did anyone get one with the special edition on it?

                  (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  beautiful guitar

                  By Strum King

                  from Worthington, OH

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                    Learning and personal entertainment for now, but one day I will be a star!

                    (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again.

                    By wbcgovols

                    from Decatur, AL

                    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
                      • School Bands
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                      I use this product purely for personal enjoyment.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Surprised

                      By Mike

                      from Denham Springs, Louisiana

                      About Me Novice

                      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 Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                        I first bought a standard Mexican strat in sunburst with a maple fret board in 2013. Their was nothing wrong with the guitar, I just like rosewood fret boards. So I returned it and got this one, and what a surprise. The first thing you notice is the color. The red pops out right away then you notice that it's a sunburst as well with some wood grain. I love the 50's fender spaghetti logo. Then I plugged it in. You can those classic strat sounds, heavy metal, or just a little bit more bite with the humbucker. The neck feels really good as well. It has a gloss finish, but it doesn't seem have that sticky felling to it. I did replace the string tree with an American roller string tree. I intonated it and that's it, I was good to go. No tuning issues even with using the trem. I am going to replace the pickups and pickguard because I want the single coils, not that these pickups are bad. It's just a personal preference. I going to put these pickups in my daughter's guitar. She has a squire affinity strat with an hss set up, so this will be a great upgrade for her guitar. So defiantly check this guitar out you wont be disappointed.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Nice guitar at a great price

                        By Russ

                        from Orange County, CA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Makes me feel like I'm 15 years old again

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Playing along to my favorite songs
                          • Practicing
                          • Pretending to be a rock star
                          • Recording
                          • School Bands
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                          I am an older guy who started playing in the mid-60's. I've had a few Les Pauls, Martins, a Gretch, and a few others. This Strat is as nice as any of them (except for my LP Standard). I love the deep red color with the black pick guard. It looks very cool hanging on my wall. The neck and fretboard width are a good fit for my medium-size hands. This may not be a top-of-the-line Stat. But it plays nicely, looks more expensive than it is, and it sounds terrific. If you have been wanting a nice electric that doesn't cost a lot, try this one. It's a keeper.

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Should have done this sooner!

                          By Kevin

                          from undisclosed

                          About Me Novice

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Playing at home
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                            Been playing on a Korean Strat knock off for 20 years and thought it was ok. This Fendor guitar is like picking up a light sabre (compared to my old one), a wonderful guitar. Quite an improvemnt in my playing. The color is cool, high quality components and finish with the rosewood fret board is nice.

                            I love it.

                            My budget was from $500 to $1500 and after looking at several guitars in the store, I could see this one is a high quality guitar and went with it.

                            After I've played it a little, I may take it to Guitar Center to lower the strings just a touch. It's easy enough to fret the strings and I may change my mind. They just seem a little high as you move up the fret board.

                            (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent for the price once I set it up it plays and sounds

                            By Vince Gotta Lotta

                            from Terre Haute In

                            About Me Experienced

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Practicing
                              • Recording
                              • Rock Concerts
                              • School Bands

                              Comments about Fender Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                              Very good guitar once I set it up will be one of my favorites to play

                              (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Definitely a good buy!

                              By Weps

                              from Whitng, New Jersey

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              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 Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                                I hope to get back out on the scene, and make a few bucks at the time enjoying myself!!

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Guitar, Great Price.

                                By Johnny Wicked

                                from Los Angeles, CA.

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                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 Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                                  First off, the aesthetics - I love the heritage red color, contrasted with the black pick guard, which I much prefer over the white pick guard.. Very cool. The first red one I tried was not quite such a well put together guitar, and a black one I also tried, was even worse. However, thanks to several helpful folks at GC, I was able to try another red one, shipped in (along with the black on) from the Northridge, CA store to the Sherman Oaks, CA store. Anyway, after playing it for a short while - 'Bingo' - it felt really good, having great, intonation and tuning was really on, so I bought it. Very pleased with it. Thank you, Brian and Ed.

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