The Fender USA Nitro Satin Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar puts everything you want in an affordable U.S.-made instrument within your reach. Features include an alder body, maple neck with 9.5”-ra... Read More
The Fender USA Nitro Satin Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar puts everything you want in an affordable U.S.-made instrument within your reach. Features include an alder body, maple neck with 9.5”-radius fingerboard and jumbo frets, American Standard pickups, vintage-style synchronized tremolo and a dealer-exclusive hand-stained honeyburst finish. The American Special Series is a guitar for the times.
You'll get lots of gain and tones galore from the USA Nitro Satin Series guitar's 3 American Standard pickups with the no-load tone pots. Other details include chrome hardware and a large '70s-style headstock and Fender decal. Fender accompanies your USA Nitro Satin Series Stratocaster guitar with a polishing cloth and a gig bag.
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I have owned this guitar for a total of 2 hours now, but take it from a guy who has owned several strats, this one is a keeper! I previously had a '79...Read complete review
I have owned this guitar for a total of 2 hours now, but take it from a guy who has owned several strats, this one is a keeper! I previously had a '79 (horrible neck), a MIJ '69 reissue (amazing but had to sell for $), and most recently a Deluxe Roadhouse. In a year with the Roadhouse, I never felt at home with it. I liked the sound of the Texas Specials but it didn't feel right and for those strat owners out there, you know how different each one is. Which is why I was always hesitant to buy without playing first. I took a chance and it has paid off. So, first off, it is set up brilliantly out of the box. I plugged in and played. No fret buzz. Action set perfectly. The neck is like butter. Not thick gloss but nice and smooth. I like the string trees. The look is amazing! This new honeyburst color (new for this model anyway) is gorgeous. So you know, it is hand stained. Not high gloss but more of a natural thin coating which enhanced the natural wood grain beautifully. It looks amazing - almost an old, vintage look to it. And of course, it has the most sexy 70's headstock to complement the body. I knew the second I held it in my hands - this strat is a winner in every way!
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Got one last Saturday. The store was noisy so I took it home to check it out. Good thing GC has a 30 day return policy. This particular Strat was obviously never touched...Read complete review
Got one last Saturday. The store was noisy so I took it home to check it out. Good thing GC has a 30 day return policy. This particular Strat was obviously never touched at the factory as far as setup. I had to move the bridge saddles about a quarter inch to get the intonation set. It was so bad that if you tuned the strings open, playing any chord in the first position resulted in anything but a chord. That was the easy part. The EADG strings had fret buzz all the way up the neck. Yeah I adjusted the truss rod. Fender spec is .010. I went to .012...buzzz. The string height was above Fender spec. Took it to the tech Fender recommended and he couldn't find any high frets and said he didn't think he could do anything for it. Fender customer relations rep. Jordan was great and after seeing a vid of the fret said to,"absolutely send it back and get another one!" If it hadn't been for him, I would have just returned it and gotten a refund and looked at Carvin. Kudos to you Jordan! It shipped today and we shall see if the new one plays without fret buzz. One more thing: To anyone who actually thinks fret buzz in any form is acceptable...you're wrong, plain and simple. So what if it is small enough to not be heard through an amp (mine was loud enough btw), it kills sustain and tone. If you dont care about that then just get yourself a Strat copy made out of plywood! I really love the way this guitar looks and I'm hoping the new one is flawless and turns out to be the fabled, "Best Strat ever" that some people are lucky enough to find. If it is I will give it a new review.
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Ok, no gripe against the American Standard, but the USA Nitro is a truly special instrument. You can read the specs for yourself, but what it comes down to is this. This thing just flat plays. Whether you want jazz with a little bite, smoky gritty blues, or you want it to scream it will cry or wail all up to you. American made and with the quality that should imply. The fit and finish was perfect from the first note. I did have an adjustment done but every guitar should have that done right away. I've read some reviews that give it a down check because of the finish and I don't disagree that the finish doesn't protect it like a poly finish does, but here's the deal, this is a hand rubbed satin finish lacquer which lets the wood breathe and warms up the tone more than the a poly finish, and for that they took money off. With a 9.5" radius fretboard it's a little trickier to play slide (than if the fretboard was flatter) but that just means you need to have better technique, not a bad thing either. I've had mine for a bit over a year, bought at the GC in Torrance, CA, and it just gets better and better. Just find one and play it. You won't be sorry.
I had never owned a Stratocaster until this one. I had been wanting one for some time but couldn't make sense of all the different models. I was surrendering to the fact that I would have to spend the big bucks on an American Standard to really get the strat experience. Well after playing every strat in the store under 2 grand. This one stuck out to me. I love the tone, the maple neck is flawless in my opinion and the finish is really cool. I even think the pickups sound better than the American Deluxe. I am by no means a professional player but this guitar is comfortable to play and makes me want to play more.
I've been playing guitar professionally for over 40 years. But it's been over 25 years since I've owned a Strat. At this point in my life, I was happy with the other guitars I own. And with a family, daughter in college, etc., I just wasn't considering spending the "usual" price for a USA made Strat. When I saw the sale price for this guitar, it was a price point I was happy with so I picked one up at my local Guitar Center, knowing it would be a nice guitar, but not expecting it to be near the quality of the more expensive Stratocasters in the product line. I was wrong. The matte, hand rubbed finish is beautiful (in my opinion), the build quality is very good, neck smooth and fast and the guitar was set-up exceptionally well right out of the box. I've had guitars, like every other player, who get a guitar that has been "factory" set-up and is horrible and needs set up by a local tech, but again, in this case, that's not what I experienced with this guitar. Fun to play. I believe this is a limited run guitar, so I'd highly recommend you getting one if you're on the fence. I think you'll be happy with your investment.
Though I am primarily a singer, I have played guitars for many years to accompany myself and to learn songs. I have used Rickenbacker, Martin, Gibson, and others in the past, but I decided if it is good enough for Clapton I should give it a try. I wanted an American made version with a maple fretboard and an attractive natural finish, so when this one came along I jumped at it. The included strings didn't do Fender any favors, but when I replaced them with some extra lights it became the most playable guitar I have ever had. I especially like all of the various tones that can be coaxed out of it with the five position switch and three pickups. Now I am looking at getting another Strat with humbuckers and active electronics for even more variety. I'm sorry I waited so long.
This guitar caught my eye when I first walked into my local guitar center but I thought it was a far more expensive stratocaster, so I kept on walking because I didn't think I could fit it into my budget. But something kept pulling me back to it, so I finally looked at the price tag, decided it might be doable, so I grabbed a cable and found an open Fender Twin Reverb to test it out. Wow. I was blown away from the time I turned the volume up and hit the first few chords. I thought that surely this must be a deluxe American because of how it sounds -- the sustain is remarkable and the fit and finish are just perfect -- but the price tag said otherwise. I am particularly fond of instruments that aren't caked in shiny finishes and that allow the tone woods to do their job. This is one such instrument. The honey satin finish it breathtaking, and the maple neck is as slick as can be. Of equal import is the frets -- they are finished nicely and feel like what one would find on a much higher priced strat. Although I only bought this guitar two weeks ago, I have not been able to put it down for very long. I don't usually remove the plastic on new instruments because I like to test them for a while and want the option of making a return. Well, the plastic is off this strat because there are no questions in my mind about whether or not I will keep it. It's too beautiful to part with, and since I love playing it so much it has inspired me to go back to taking some lessons. I have over 25 guitars in my collection, ranging from high-end telecasters and strats to lower-end off-brands that have been modified to make them more to my liking. This honey burst maple stratocaster is sitting next to my higher-end models where it belongs. Never mind that this is an entry-level American-made Stratocaster -- the features on this guitar are all I need and then some. The finish of the instrument along with the tone that it kicks out and the ease of playing that maple neck with the smaller radius makes this a keeper, and an instrument that I am proud to place among the higher-priced models. This guitar will last me for years to come, as it's built well and lives up to the American made designation and quality that we've come to expect from Fender. I would not hesitate to take this instrument out to gig, if I performed. I'd also sell off several of my other guitars before I would ever part with this one. I am not even going to say that this is a great guitar "for the money" because it's a great guitar, period. I'd have paid twice as much for this instrument without batting an eye. If you see it, play it, and see for yourself. The only thing that I will say is that some models vary on the body finish -- I saw two models at my GC, and the one I bought was far smoother and more evenly applied than the other one. It's a matter of preference, I suppose, but I love the even look of mine. They are hand-rubbed for sure, as machines just don't apply the finish that differently. . . . I love this guitar and have no buyer's remorse.
Right out of the box ready to rock. This guitar has a great feel to it and great tone. I'm not sure if it is because of the finish (not having all those layers of paint and varnish ) but the natural wood has a special sweet tone to it. I've played a lot of guitars in my 30 years of playing and I think this has as good a tone as any out there. It will take you from loud and proud to soft and sweet in the blink of a eye. I'm hooked it has become my every day player.
I had a MIM stratocaster that I had purchased at a garage sale. The guitar had not been played much and was put in the closet for four years. I could never get the neck set correctly for my playing. The sound of the guitar was great with the ceramic pickups. I took it to GC and traded it for this guitar. It is a great guitar and sounds like a vintage Strat. I changed the strings on the guitar and reajusted the tremblo screws as it had 9 - 46s on it and I put 10s on. Going to have to get used to the jumbo frets, they remind me of Gibson frets! Was thinking of changing the pickups but now after playing the guitar for a month, I like what it has in it. I have a fender Telecaster also and I play country and gospel music. I now use the Strat to play in church and country stuff. Can change to 50s, 60s rock also. This guitar sounds great even on Bill Doggits 1955 Honky Tonk! Better get this one before the price is increased when Fender finds out what they have!
I initially went to Guitar Center to look at the Reclaimed Old Growth Redwood Stratocaster?. I've only been seriously playing for the last year and was looking for a new Strat to replace my low end model. But the Old Growth Strat is truly a work of art and way out of my price range. However as I was looking around, I saw a number of guitars that were great playing but a bit pricey. When I saw the FSR (Fender Special Run) Nitro, however, I immediately tried it out. The hand-rubbed urethane finish shows off the grain well and is stunning. This guitar is amazing! I was impressed by how easy it was to play and it's amazing sound. When I compared the specs to a Fender American Standard, I found them to be virtually identical. The maple neck is great to work with, and the hand-rubbed alder body is as good looking as the Old Growth. It's sound is truly astonishing--very mellow with great range. I've been impressed with this guitar since I plugged it into my Mustang II amp. It's brought my playing to a whole new level, and I'm excited to see where we go together. If you have a chance to play it, compare it to an American Standard. You'll be hooked and only have to pay half the price.
The Fender USA Nitro Satin Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar puts everything you want in an affordable U.S.-made instrument within your reach. Features include an alder body, maple neck with 9.5?-radius fingerboard and jumbo frets, American Standard pickups, vintage-style synchronized tremolo and a dealer-exclusive hand-stained honeyburst finish. The American Special Series is a guitar for the times. You'll get lots of gain and tones galore from the USA Nitro Satin Series guitar's 3 American Standard pickups with the no-load tone pots. Other details include chrome hardware and a large '70s-style headstock
This guitar is truly underpriced. Plays and feels great. I love the smooth maple neck. The mat satin color is simply a piece of art. I don't see the need of a more expensive strat, like a deluxe, etc. I will probably upgrade the neck pickup for a mini-humbucker eventually to get a warmer sound. But that is just preference. Go for it, you won't be wrong.
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