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Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar   

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This mahogany Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS guitar features 3 incredible-sounding Fender pickups: a Diamondback humbucker and two custom-st...Click To Read More About This Product

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Special edition delivers a hot humbucker at the bridge and a mahogany body.

This mahogany Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS guitar features 3 incredible-sounding Fender pickups: a Diamondback humbucker and two custom-staggered Tex-Mex single-coils. With the original Strat guitar body shape and tremolo bridge, this is a Stratocaster that rocks with a traditional vibe and screams out modern sonics with the hot humbucker at the bridge. The American Select Strat has a fast, modern C-shape maple neck with rolled edges on the fretboard and 22 medium-jumbo frets. Crimson red transparent finish looks killer and highlights the mahogany wood grain.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Modern C-shape maple neck
  • 9.5" radius rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Rolled-edge fretboard
  • 2 custom-staggered Tex-Mex single-coil pickups (neck and middle)
  • Diamondback humbucker (bridge)
  • 5-way pickup switching
  • American 2-point synchronized tremolo with stainless steel saddles
  • Fender Deluxe staggered cast/sealed tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.6875" nut width
  • Standard molded case
  • Cable
  • Strap
  • Straplocks

This is one sweet axe that stands out from the crowd. Go for it with a quick click or call!

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FenderAmerican Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 78 reviews)

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A keeper

What a killer axe. It has it all. Some would complain about the Tex Mex pickups but the S-1 switching negates most of that issue. Sure,you can upgrade but the pickups...Read complete review

What a killer axe. It has it all. Some would complain about the Tex Mex pickups but the S-1 switching negates most of that issue. Sure,you can upgrade but the pickups would be the only thing one might want, or need, to change. Everything else is already there. Rollernut, S-1 switching, locking tuners, new style tremolo system, and straplocks. It's Santa Claus all in one box!!! It is an American Deluxe, with the exception of the pickups, but you get the same American craftmanship, with a mahogany body thrown in for free. The Fullerplast undercoating controversy is a very real thing, in terms of wood tone, but this axe still retains the mahogany tone quality even if it's buried in a coffin of plastic. (All of em are) The S-1 switching reaquires any wood tone that may get lost. Listing all my amps would be redundant because this axe sounds just as good out of my Vox practice amp as it does out of my Mesa Boogie. I have the 72 Tele that I mentioned and an Epi Les Paul Black Beauty, a Nashville Tele Deluxe(upgraded pickups) and a Line 6-700. All are great guitars, in their own right, but if I don't feel like wagging all of them to the gig 5 nights a week, all I gotta do is bring this Strat and it covers all those bases. And.... this Strat sound is not and cannot be reproduced on a Line 6 guitar no matter how you configure Workbench software. If I had a complaint, it would be that Fender factory setups are based on 46-09 guage strings. 10's would make more sense, but then our beloved guitar techs would make less money. They need to stay happy!!!...and available!!! It is curious that Fender doesn't, to date,list this axe on their website. So,Thank you for making this axe available.

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Mahogany Strat- HSS

Could not wait to get this guitar after, when it arrived I received a nicely finished ghitar as far as looks, and it certainly sounds great. All was well except the frets that...Read complete review

Could not wait to get this guitar after, when it arrived I received a nicely finished ghitar as far as looks, and it certainly sounds great. All was well except the frets that literally could lacerate the hand, they were not finished up. Also the volume knob had a rough notchy feeling to it, overall a real pain and disappointment to have to ship it back- and a real surprise that Fender let this one out of the shop- after all a guitar like this should not need to go to the shop the day you get it for fret work ! Maybe I just got that one lemon, and I was real tempted to have them send me another, I just do not want to go through another exchange.

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(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Perfect Strat

By Ben Grose

from Seattle

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

In general, the Stratocaster is loved by the lightweights in the music world--the blues lovers, light rockers, etc. This Stratocaster is a completely different beast, and indeed will not be quite what the typical Strat lovers are looking for. The Mahogany body, first and foremost, drives the tone of the guitar into a rich low growl that, upon the application of gain, becomes a perfect metal tone. The wiring of the guitar--not understood by many reviewing the instrument--allows the typical strat pickup selection when the volume button is not depressed, and, when it is depressed, allows for all three of the pickups to be used simultaneously. The result is a nice, high output from the guitar--no note is suppressed.

I primarily play metal, and this guitar, for me, is number one. Its tone is brutal and perfect, its pickup selection allows for a large number of combinations that ultimately result in the ability to tailor the perfect tone for whatever the metal player may need. I have owned this guitar for years, and I have only loved it more as I have used it--truly, I will never need another guitar. That being said, if you are looking for the typical annoying sound most stratocasters produce--you will be disappointed by this instrument.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellant

By Philoshive

from WA

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Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I,ve only had this guitar for a couple of weeks but I,m already in love with it. It was every thing I expected and more. It plays great, Sounds great and is of Excellant Quality and Craftsmanship. My hat off to Fender on another Masterpiece.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A keeper

By Andrew

from undisclosed

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Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

What a killer axe. It has it all. Some would complain about the Tex Mex pickups but the S-1 switching negates most of that issue. Sure,you can upgrade but the pickups would be the only thing one might want, or need, to change. Everything else is already there. Rollernut, S-1 switching, locking tuners, new style tremolo system, and straplocks. It's Santa Claus all in one box!!! It is an American Deluxe, with the exception of the pickups, but you get the same American craftmanship, with a mahogany body thrown in for free. The Fullerplast undercoating controversy is a very real thing, in terms of wood tone, but this axe still retains the mahogany tone quality even if it's buried in a coffin of plastic. (All of em are) The S-1 switching reaquires any wood tone that may get lost. Listing all my amps would be redundant because this axe sounds just as good out of my Vox practice amp as it does out of my Mesa Boogie. I have the 72 Tele that I mentioned and an Epi Les Paul Black Beauty, a Nashville Tele Deluxe(upgraded pickups) and a Line 6-700. All are great guitars, in their own right, but if I don't feel like wagging all of them to the gig 5 nights a week, all I gotta do is bring this Strat and it covers all those bases. And.... this Strat sound is not and cannot be reproduced on a Line 6 guitar no matter how you configure Workbench software. If I had a complaint, it would be that Fender factory setups are based on 46-09 guage strings. 10's would make more sense, but then our beloved guitar techs would make less money. They need to stay happy!!!...and available!!! It is curious that Fender doesn't, to date,list this axe on their website. So,Thank you for making this axe available.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Must Own Deluxe Fender!

By Michael Grant Atnip

from Friendswood, Texas

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Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This is identical to the American Deluxe models. The mahogany body is the only difference. Strap locks, locking tuners, advanced trem bar and locking tuners are included. Very comfortable and beautiful guitar. The pickups are raw, sweet and clear all at the same time. This guitar is slightly heavier than other Fenders, but still very light overall. The neck is smooth and fast. Don't let this one slip away!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Interesting Guitar

By theahn

from Potomac, MD

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Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

This is an interesting Stratocaster, but it doesn't feel much like one. It's MUCH heavier than a standard Strat and sounds very different. The bridge pup on a twin-reverb sounds almost like a mix between a Les Paul and a telecaster. The single coils sound meek in comparison. It's not my cup of tea, but it's a quality guitar and it definetely has presence.

The dark red finish with the black pickguard looks stupid to me. If it comes in other colors, I recommend getting it.
My brother owns this and I've spent a LOT of time playing it. This is a very versatile guitar. It's got the standard 5-way switch (if I remember correctly) and it even has a little button that lets you split the coils (presumably). To be honest I wasn't sure what all the buttons and switches did, but you can have a fairly wide range of sounds from this guitar.

However, the body is made of mahogany so you will not really get that "classic" strat sound, if that's what you're into. The humbucker sounds really fat and sounds great for playing lead guitar. Single coils on a mahogany body sounded a little weak IMHO, but you still get that glassy tone from them.
This thing is built really well, and it's heavy as heck because of the mahogany body. Honestly, it didn't feel that much like a stratocaster. The inlays were really cool and I liked the tremolo bar which you can just push in rather than screw in. Very solid, although very heavy.
This honestly does feel like the money. It's solid, very well made, the humbucker sounds like a quality pickup and it's made out of mahogany and has deluxe features like the locking tuners, abalone dot inlays, and cool machined saddles.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Confessions of a Les Paul Addict

By LP owner-Rr3Ok

from Denver

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Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

OK, I have played Les Pauls all my life. I scored this near new and it has found a permanent place next to my Pauls. Maybe it's the mahogany body, maybe the HSS, whichever. But for sure this sounds better than all the other strats I've ever played. Go for it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love this guitar!

By bluesman-BKwoK

from Mass.

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

What a great work of art this guitar is it has everything a musician can ask for sound, feel, and looks I don't know what people are geting for a guitar case with this guitar but mine is very well built and looks great no need to buy something else.When I plugged this bueaty in to my amp. and started playing blues scales the hair on the back of my neck started to stand up I love this axe keep up the good work fender U.S.A.!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Strat for All

By Old fart

from West Virginia

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Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Great guitar. I've been playing since 1976 and always thought that the Fender sound was somehow "cheap". I must admit I've never owned a genuine Fender, BUT for 25 years I owned and played a solid wood Hondo II Professional, at least on par with the CBS Strats of the 70's. I love the Fender quack, but would always need to do the quick change w/ the h-b equipped 335 at my side. No longer. This guitar is a dream. It has everything (almost). If you are a punk/headbanger/metal guy this is not for you. Stick to your mahogany SG's. Don't be fooled by the description. This is a Fender American Deluxe HSS (has a DZ serial no.). The only diff. being the tex-mex (hot) pu's and a really cheap Chinese case. This is an awesome guitar, in an apparently limited edition (you can't find it on Fender's website).Don't hesitate - this is a great instrument.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Still Love this Fender

By G-echoman

from Boulder, CO

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Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I've owned this guitar for 2 years now and still love playing it. Beautifully crafted, plays like a dream, I highly recommend this Strat for any type of music.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Probably the best that Fender Guitars has to offer

By fenderaficionado

from Helsinki, FI

Comments about Fender American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Well, what can I say? I've had this guitar for a day now. The first time I used this, was when I did a gig yesterday. I ordered it from this site a few weeks ago, and it arrived a few minutes before I got on stage. I took it out the cool Fender case and it was already in tune as well. Anyway, I have to say that this guitar is brilliant. The sound that this guitar gives you is absolutely stunning. The bridge setup is perfect. The locking tuners are great, overall the craftsmanship of this guitar is perfect. If you are going to get a Fender, well, I really suggest that you get this one. And a special thanx to this site for the speedy overseas shipping, and easy ordering system. :)

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