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Fender American Series Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar

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The Fender American Series Stratocaster HSS is a perfect electric guitar for players who like big, fat Strat style humbucker tone. Great for long-sus...Click To Read More About This Product

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Incredible tonal versatility on a distinctly American axe.

The Fender American Series Stratocaster HSS is a perfect electric guitar for players who like big, fat Strat style humbucker tone. Great for long-sustain lead work, but the American Series Strat also gives you the clarity and bite of Tex-Mex single coils. S-1 switching for coil tapping on the Diamondback humbucker and 8 pickup configuration options. Solid alder or ash body (ash for see-through finishes), modern C-shaped maple neck with satin polyurethane finish, 2-point trem, rosewood or maple fretboard, and genuine Fender American craftsmanship add up to a Fat Strat style guitar that is a dream come true.

FEATURES
Solid alder or ash body
Modern C-shaped maple neck with satin polyurethane finish
2 Tex-Mex single-coil pickups in the front and middle
Diamondback humbucker at the bridge
S-1 switching with coil tapping
American 2-point trem
Rosewood or maple fretboard
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4.9

(based on 56 reviews)

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Extremely versatile axe

I considered a vast array of guitars before picking up the HSS (Jackson, Ibanez, Gibson, etc). Although I did not originally plan on a Fender, I could not be happier with...Read complete review

I considered a vast array of guitars before picking up the HSS (Jackson, Ibanez, Gibson, etc). Although I did not originally plan on a Fender, I could not be happier with my purchase. Most impressive is the vast array of sounds you get out of the pickups and S1. You may get better sounds for a particular style out of a different axe, but this thing can nail so many sounds for just about any type of music. I wanted to get a Strat in the past but I do play some rock/metal and the HSS is perfect for the added versitility. You get some classic strat sound but also get the humbucker for lead and sounds than a standard strat won't give you. Overall an A+ here.I must say I love the neck on this thing. It is so smooth and action and feel is perfect. I've played many guitars and for the price this thing is very impressive. The American version is so far superior to the Mexican Strats I would say spring the extra money. You won't regret it. I originally got this thing for the Fender sound, but man, this thing is smooth like butter in your hands. I have had many guitars in the past in all the years I've played and I must say I love playing this thing and once I start I don't want to put it down.I would have liked to see more color options on this guitar. One particular color did not stick out for me. I ended up with silver / rosewood and it has actually grown on me. I really wanted maple fretboard as I've heard sound dynamics on this are better (not sure how true this is or how much difference?). But overall I liked the look of rosewood with this one. Overall I would give two huge thumbs up on this one! Fender hit a homerun on this one.

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Play before buying

One thing I need to say. Just because the is an american made guitar, doesn't mean its going to to be perfect. I got this guitar, really excited to play, picked it...Read complete review

One thing I need to say. Just because the is an american made guitar, doesn't mean its going to to be perfect. I got this guitar, really excited to play, picked it up, tuned it. But something was way off. On the high E string, the 12 fret makes the pitch thats supposed to be coming from the 11 fret. (I think this problem has a name but I can't remember) Its like this for the bottom 3 stringed. I had a friend look at it before taking it in. He said that no matter how much he adjusted the bridge, the string would still be flat. He said the reason was probably that the bridge needed to be readjusted completely. But one problem. It can't adjusted any further. I spent dollars on this and now I'm being told that its worthless. Big problems with the bridge. MAKE SURE YOU PLAY THE ONE YOUR GOING TO BUY. Its going back this weekend. I'm going to go with the gibson LP studio.

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5.0

Smooth and Comfy

By music robin

from Georgia

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The neck on these guitars, maple is a one piece wonder . Comfortable and easy to play. Beautiful finish, S-1 swich gives options. Unbeatable value and American made. One of the best guitars out there for the money. Nice tuners, bone nut. The works. Bridge tone control is good too.

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5.0

Nice

By Janzu

from Lahti, Finland

This is a really nice guitar. I have the Sienna Sunburst and it's stunning. The sound of ash is really nice based on this. Versatility is a really cool feature. The S-1 and the humbucker come in handy from time to time. The neck is smooth and it's got just the right thickness.BUT there's on complaint. My new 07 guitar doesn't stay in tune long enough. I'm counting on that it will stay better when the guitar gets older.

 
5.0

Very versatile Strat

By Reddog-TX5c1

from Oneida, NY

I bought one for its finish (sienna sunburst), the neck and the versatility. Classic Strat tones with the option of coil splitting. Options!

 
5.0

A Great Fender Guitar

By Humbucker4570

from Glendive, MT

This is a great handling, beautiful guitar, made to live up to Fender's renowned reputation. The S-1 switching offers 3 more awesome tones. Its thick body allows the notes to ring out longer than my beginning guitar--a Squier. I believe I have found the guitar I will play for the rest of my life in this guitar.

 
5.0

Play anything...

By HappyPappy

from Naples, FL

This is a great guitar I you want to cover many sounds without losing sight that you are buying a guitar to play guitar. This guitar can probably eliminate some other guitars in your collection. Or, if you want to start a collection, buy this one first and save some money. With the right amp(s) this guitar will help pull off endless sustain. You won?t get bored challenging this one.

 
5.0

Tone to the bone to make you MOAN!

By David A. Tiangco

from Virginia Beach, VA

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This is the year of the Strat. With the 50th Deluxe (which I own 2 of) and now this American HSS in sienna sunburst, man this is one year I'll never forget, and neither will my bank account LOL! In the end it'll all be worth it due to the sheer collector's value these axes will have later on (yes this one has the special 50th neck plate, too). But, first and foremost I'm a player, and this is a player's axe. I've never heard tone like this before, even on the 50th deluxe. You simply must try the middle setting on the 5-way with the S-1 pushed in; this activates ALL pickups on this guitar. Coupled with both tone knobs on 4 and a tube overdrive, and we're talkin' milk baby! Pure cream from the gods! On traditional Strats I've always liked the bell-like tones that the neck pickups give and the raw pinch-harmonic raunch that the bridge pickups can put out. This Strat on these settings can do both at the same time! I've been covering EJ's Cliffs in my band for over 10 years now and it's never sounded better. Stunned is what I am.

 
5.0

A versatile axe

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got this guitar about a year ago, when I decided I need a "real" guitar (I had a squeir at the time). When I played this guitar, I was amazed at all the different sounds it could produce! With the S-1 switching, any pickup combination is possible. It is also a very easy guitar to play. The neck of the guitar fits my hands perfectly like a glove. For anyone out there who want a versatile axe at a decent price, this is the one!

 
5.0

This is the dream axe...

By One Hit Wonder

from Sydney, Australia

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After using a quite unsatifying Squier Strat... I decided to take it to the next level and gt a real Strat. Since buying it, I've improved dramatically... Ive realised it was also a part of the sound quality and not just my playing that was important here and sound is what this baby has. The tex-mexes are so rich and mellow... I have no complaints... with the diamondback... it's fine and is great for the solos. AS for the finish, its just perfect... this is why you pay this much for it... it wont break down on you. The neck is comfortable as heaven and I recommend the maple board for ground resonance and feel. So listen to me... Go out there and buy this baby.

 
5.0

Review

By chicknpickn-hJpOj

from washington DC

just went for guitar shoping today. i was looking for a 50th anniversary model but they all sold out. All that is left is this baby, an ash sienna sunburst HSS strat. So beautiful. No flaw in the finish and the construction is solid. I wasn't actually looking for something with a humbucker but notice that it adds the weight and intensity to the already-good standard tone.Give this guitar a chance, you wouldn't regret it.

 
5.0

Magic axe

By One Hit Wonder

from Sydney, Australia

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First of all, its American... it makes the others look like a toy. The diamondback is beautiful in its sustain and the tex-mex is very versatile. And you gotta love the S-1 system. But one striking thing is the finish... its perfect... the neck feels great and the polish is like a mirror. And the baby also stays in tune very well.

 
5.0

WOW

By That review guy-W8naR

from Delray Beach, FL

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This guitar is amazing!!! I was looking for my first nice guitar. I played gibsons and the HSS Strat. I liked both equally, but the gibsons are just out of my price range, especially the les pauls. So i ended up going with this guitar in sienna sunburst. The wood is beautiful and the sound this thing generates is unbelievable. A MUST buy. Great guitar.

 
5.0

American Strat HSS W/S1 Switch

By Pappy-JMa7u

from Flat Branch, Il.

Received this little gem 2 days after placing the order. It was in the factory box, had not been opened, so I know it wasn't used as a demo or handled by a bunch of folks before I got it. The S1 switch is nice, but not really necessary. The set up out of the box was near perfect. All I had to do was tune it and drop the action a little. Clear tones, no fret rattle, excellent neck, capable of gettin' down and dirty when you want to. The fit and finish was perfect, I could not find a flaw anywhere. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone wanting to cover a variety of sounds and type music. There are other guitars out there that will do any particular sound better than this, but none that will do as many as well as this. Heck, this thing might even convert a Gibson fan and bring him in from the dark side. A little pricy, but by golly it's American and that's what I am to the bone !! I've been playing country and rock for 40+ years and this is one of the top guitars I've ever had hold of.

 
5.0

Extremely versatile axe

By AK47-aveQd

from LA, CA

I considered a vast array of guitars before picking up the HSS (Jackson, Ibanez, Gibson, etc). Although I did not originally plan on a Fender, I could not be happier with my purchase. Most impressive is the vast array of sounds you get out of the pickups and S1. You may get better sounds for a particular style out of a different axe, but this thing can nail so many sounds for just about any type of music. I wanted to get a Strat in the past but I do play some rock/metal and the HSS is perfect for the added versitility. You get some classic strat sound but also get the humbucker for lead and sounds than a standard strat won't give you. Overall an A+ here.I must say I love the neck on this thing. It is so smooth and action and feel is perfect. I've played many guitars and for the price this thing is very impressive. The American version is so far superior to the Mexican Strats I would say spring the extra money. You won't regret it. I originally got this thing for the Fender sound, but man, this thing is smooth like butter in your hands. I have had many guitars in the past in all the years I've played and I must say I love playing this thing and once I start I don't want to put it down.I would have liked to see more color options on this guitar. One particular color did not stick out for me. I ended up with silver / rosewood and it has actually grown on me. I really wanted maple fretboard as I've heard sound dynamics on this are better (not sure how true this is or how much difference?). But overall I liked the look of rosewood with this one. Overall I would give two huge thumbs up on this one! Fender hit a homerun on this one.

 
5.0

Awesome Sound!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is one of the greatest playing guitars for leadwork that I've played on (for what I can afford). I highly recommend this guitar for intermediate/advanced guitar players.

 
5.0

best available

By DR-vmLg6

from tennessee

ive had this guitar for about 3 years now and it is the best guitar i own, i also own a gibson sg standard, but thats about to go because with this guitar you need no second or third. it does everything you need it to and even more. the tex mex pickups sound incredible as does the diamondback humbucker. such a good guitar, and beautiful to look at. thank you fender.

 
4.0

amazing, easily some of the beset of fender

By Strataholic-h7S_F

from DC

God, I love my Strat! The humbercur is superb and the tones the guitar creates...wow.

 
5.0

It's great!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own this guitar in alpine white and it is great I had to but another. The sound is great is not like a Gibson. I recommend this for all guitarists. I use this for mellow clean music and distorted music.

 
5.0

a well made guitar

By Chris Tagaban

from Yuma, AZ

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the american hss strat is definitely a well designed guitar. i have owned this guitar for over a year now and i play it more than any of my other guitars in my collection. the neck is very smooth and easy to play. the finish is gorgeous and high quality. no flaws whatsoever. i had some tuning problems with it when i first got it but with some minor adjustments at no extra cost, i can let it sit for weeks (though i can't set it down that long) and it's still in tune. the sound is amazing. it rings out forever and has a thick, rich tone...kinda that john mayer sound, which i was looking for. sw-1 or whatever it's called, is a cool feature that the fender gang has added, but really doesn't do enough to make it a necessity. i believe anyone who purchases this guitar will be satisified. i've played everything from muse, my chemical romance, weezer, john mayer, paramore, dave matthews, etc.....all on the on guitar.p.s.-forgot to say that it sounds pretty rad distorted as well...probably not as thick as metal heads would like but i believe it does itself justice.

 
5.0

The Strat I've been dreamin of...

By DJ's50th

from South Carolina

I'm extremely impressed with this Strat. I couldn't believe the options packed into this guitar for the price (thanks to Musician's Friend on the price). The guitar is very comfortable and has a great tone. You've gotta love those Tex-Mex's. Some may find the humbucker a little flat but I'm happy with it. I purchased a hotter pickup for it, but decided to leave it be. The only thing I had to replace from stock form was the strings...can't deal with those teeny little 9s. I've always loved Strats but now that I own my first American, Fender has a customer for life!

 
5.0

Fully worthy of the legendary Fender name

By BJD-RkClW

from Phoenix, AZ

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When I set out to shop, I was dead set on the Eric Johnson signature Stratocaster. I came across this HSS beauty (mine is Sienna Sunburst/Ash) hanging on a wall amongst a Am. Std. Deluxe, 50th anniversary and many other possibilities. So many choices. I played many from the wall. As soon as I plugged in the HSS, I KNEW this was it! I took a couple days away to give my ears a rest. Played a Eric Johnson Signature at another shop (of course very nice), then returned to the store with my baby still hanging on the wall. I plugged it in. It felt and sounded just like I remembered - perfect! Now it is home with me. For the last few days I have discovered the incredible variety of tone options this Strat has to offer. The sustain, action, feel - everything is just right. I highly recommend this model for consideration, especially for those players that want to have the fullness of a double humbucker, and still have the classic Strat tones at his/her disposal. I also recommend considering the Ash body (choice of Hendrix for recording). Besides the beauty of this wood, the tonal qualities are well-above the ordinary.

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