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USA-made HSS Strat with high-end features at a modest price.

American-made HSS Strat with up-market features at a low-ball price.Fender™s American Special HSS Stratocaster is constructed with an alder body with gloss urethane finish, a 9.5" radius maple neck with a modern C profile, and 22 jumbo frets on a rosewood fretboard. Equipped with an Atomic humbucker bridge pickup and hot Texas Special middle and neck pickups, the added grit from the Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off the highs without adding bass. Also features chrome hardware, a vintage-style synchronized tremolo, black pickup covers and pickguard, and a large '70s-style headstock and decal. A polishing cloth and gig bag are included with the Fender American Special Strat. Grab this American-made beauty today! Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
Model name: American Special HSS Stratocaster
Finish: Gloss urethane
Body: Alder
Neck: Maple, modern C shape
Fingerboard: Rosewood,
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5 (241mm)
No. of frets: 22 jumbo frets
Bridge: Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
Machine heads: Fender standard cast/sealed tuning machines
Hardware: Chrome
Pickguard: 3-ply black/white/black
Scale length: 25-1/2" (648mm)
Width at nut: 1.6875" (43mm)

Pickups:
1 Atomic humbucking pickup (bridge),
1 Texas Special Strat pickup (middle),
1 Texas Special Strat pickup (neck)

Controls: Master volume, tone 1. (neck pickup), tone 2. (bridge pickup)

Strings: Fender USA, nickel-plated steel (.009, .011, .016, .024w, .032, .042)
Accessories: Polishing cloth
Case: Deluxe gig bag

Unique features:
Large '70s-style headstock
Large '70s-style decal
black pickup covers and plastic parts
White dot position inlays

Pickup switching: 5-position blade:
position 1. bridge pickup
position 2. bridge and middle pickup
position 3. middle pickup
position 4. middle and neck pickup
position 5. neck pickup

Enjoy full-Strat features at an amazing price. Order today.

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FenderAmerican Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 36 reviews)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Blown away!

Holy smokes! This guitar is an absolute joy all the way around. I bought mine in three-tone sunburst, and the fit and finish are dazzling.

Some observations:
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Holy smokes! This guitar is an absolute joy all the way around. I bought mine in three-tone sunburst, and the fit and finish are dazzling.

Some observations:

- As far as set-up goes, straight out of the box all it needed was tuning. Then, off I went to tick off the neighborhood.
- I was worried about UPS as I've had some very bad experiences with them lately, but no problem there. The factory box was within another shipping box and a load of packing. Arrived in pristine condition.
- Holds tuning as well as can be expected with a stock tremolo. Actually, better than I expected.
- I didn't weigh it, but it's pretty heavy. That's OK, I'm not going mountain climbing with it any time soon, and it's good for resonance.
- Action with the jumbo frets is great.
- My Les Paul comes out on top for rhythm through my Marshall but, believe it or no, not by much.
- On the other hand, with the pickup switch in lead positions, watch out. This thing totally blows my Les Paul out of the water in that department. Take cover mother!
- Switch the amp to clean, and nothing but beautiful tone.

Also, I have to say a few kind words about Musician's Friend customer service:

- They're offering a FREE Fender Pro Series case with this guitar until 01/31/2013 in black or tweed. It'll take up to 60 days to arrive per the rebate form, but the guitar came with a very nice Fender Deluxe gig bag to tide me over until then.
- There was a 10% sale two days after I bought this guitar, so I sent email to MF to see if I would be eligible for some sort of credit. Fifteen minutes later, I received an email back from them to let me know they were refunding the appropriate amount to my credit card. A few days later, there it was.
- In the end, I got an -AMERICAN- made Strat for super cheap. So much a steal, I almost feel guilty about it.

To say I'm totally satisfied is an understatement. Much thanks to Musician's Friend and Fender!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

It just not good enough, sorry

Ive had enough of this guitar. It just not good, and it took me 4 years to understand that. It sounds good, yes. Like a fender strat should, but it just has...Read complete review

Ive had enough of this guitar. It just not good, and it took me 4 years to understand that. It sounds good, yes. Like a fender strat should, but it just has to be maintained all the time, and set ups dont last, and the intonation is always bad. I wish i bought a standart in first place. Dont make that mestake, dont settle.

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(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Trying to Love It

By Fasteddie, peaceman!

from Near ATL

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Us Made Quacky Beautifu

Cons

  • Sharp Saddlesthin B E

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Mine is the H/S/S. After 30+ yrs of picking (more professionally now), I have my first US Strat! Bought it 2nd-hand from a guy who never played it - still had the plastic on the pups/pckgrd. Untouched, basically. When I strapped it on, I immediately noticed how uncomfortable (sharp) the "bent-steel" saddles are when palm muting (I do it alot). I also noticed the chimey STRAT SOUND of the single coils, esp in #2/4 positions. LOVE that part! But then playing lead, even on the dirty channel (& esp on clean), the B & E strings were just super weak-sounding, not only in volume but in fatness; just very thin sounding. Did NOT like that part. I noticed the pole pieces are staggered (B is lowest - recessed under pup surface). Researched this issue & it seems Fender has been making their pups this way for decades [since the G string was wound (???)] Most of the info I found (way too much out there) said the unwound strings were louder than the rest & that's why the pole pieces are recessed. Well, they overdid it, IMO (or at least on this guitar). Have now changed out the stock pups for Rio Grande Muy Grandes (all 3: H/S/S). Not quite as much strat-quack, but a good compromise for more beef on the B/E. The only other knock that was noticable was the lack of sustain on the G @ 12th fret. I mean, it dies quickly (3 seconds). Other strings are not like that. Changed out stock bridge to Callaham bridge since I read so many rave reviews. It did help some - am I floored by the improvement? Nah. Now that I've covered the knocks against it, I LOVE: the beef in the neck pup on leads! I have never been much of a neck pup man until now. This thing is legit (esp since the Muy Grandes went in). Still get that quack. Love the 'burst & finish & oh, yeah (reverting to my teen days & watching my idols play)I love the big honkin' headstock & just the overall vibe I get when I play my US Strat! Get alot of compliments on it when we play out - both in appearance & sound. When it comes to "doing it the way we have always done it just because we are Fender", this is a little arrogant & backwards thinking, IMHO. Esp when there are products out there that are making better components & explaining why it helps with sustain, etc. (ala Callaham bridges). So I wind having 1,100 in it (600 barely used; 500 in upgrades including locking tuners & TUSQ nut). Would that same 1,100 have bought me a Deluxe that needed NO upgrades at all? IDK, but I'm trying to totally love it the way I have it now. Will it be my last Fender? Prob not, but I now know what to look for in components. :-) Peace!

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blown away!

    By The Muffster

    from Florida

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Holy smokes! This guitar is an absolute joy all the way around. I bought mine in three-tone sunburst, and the fit and finish are dazzling.

      Some observations:

      - As far as set-up goes, straight out of the box all it needed was tuning. Then, off I went to tick off the neighborhood.
      - I was worried about UPS as I've had some very bad experiences with them lately, but no problem there. The factory box was within another shipping box and a load of packing. Arrived in pristine condition.
      - Holds tuning as well as can be expected with a stock tremolo. Actually, better than I expected.
      - I didn't weigh it, but it's pretty heavy. That's OK, I'm not going mountain climbing with it any time soon, and it's good for resonance.
      - Action with the jumbo frets is great.
      - My Les Paul comes out on top for rhythm through my Marshall but, believe it or no, not by much.
      - On the other hand, with the pickup switch in lead positions, watch out. This thing totally blows my Les Paul out of the water in that department. Take cover mother!
      - Switch the amp to clean, and nothing but beautiful tone.

      Also, I have to say a few kind words about Musician's Friend customer service:

      - They're offering a FREE Fender Pro Series case with this guitar until 01/31/2013 in black or tweed. It'll take up to 60 days to arrive per the rebate form, but the guitar came with a very nice Fender Deluxe gig bag to tide me over until then.
      - There was a 10% sale two days after I bought this guitar, so I sent email to MF to see if I would be eligible for some sort of credit. Fifteen minutes later, I received an email back from them to let me know they were refunding the appropriate amount to my credit card. A few days later, there it was.
      - In the end, I got an -AMERICAN- made Strat for super cheap. So much a steal, I almost feel guilty about it.

      To say I'm totally satisfied is an understatement. Much thanks to Musician's Friend and Fender!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Loving this guitar!!

      By Blues Jr from Hell

      from Pacific Northwest

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This Strat has all of my favorite qualities - brown/black sunburst finish, rosewood fretboard, jumbo frets, large headstock, and a set of overwound pickups. I saw this one, and just had to make it mine. It arrived via UPS set up nearly perfectly with 9's - which i quickly broke. After a quick re-string with 11's and a few accommodating set-up adjustments, this guitar plays beautifully! The Texas Special pickups sound killer, the neck feels great, and the frets are fairly well dressed. The thing stays in tune just fine - even after hours of string bends. Cosmetically, the body, neck, fretboard and headstock are all absolutely flawless. It is definitely giving my 2006 American Stratocaster a run for its money! Having a really hard time putting this thing down. Had it for a week now, and there are absolutely no regrets. Another great purchase from Musician's Friend - and another very satisfied Strat player!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I FINALLY FOUND ONE

        By Haircut Actual

        from Springfield, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I wasn't really a huge fan of Fender until I found this thing. It plays with little to no effort and the added humbucker gives me good distorted tones to work with as well. The single coils blow my Les Paul Studio out of the water for cleans.

            If you're going to get an American made Fender, I would recommend this one.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Guitar

            By Boo Daddy

            from Alabama

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Sharp Frets

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            Mine is the burst, HSS with rosewood board.

            I'll start with the only negative - the fret ends were very sharp. This was not a problem for me as I have been building and working on guitars for years. However, Fender should make sure that this is not a problem. I know it's not a top of the line guitar but, at this price point, there is no need for frets that are not properly dressed.

            Otherwise, fit and finish were superb, with a tight neck pocket. There were no finish flaws and the neck finish wasn't sticky.

            Any new guitar needs a setup, and I did so changing the strings to tens and tweaking the truss rod and action as needed, witch wasn't much. The intonation was way off, but quickly dialed in. The tuners are not bad and work well, but I change all my tuners to locking tuners because it makes string changes quicker.

            The Texas Special pickups sound really nice, and I have not made up my mind about the Atomic Humbucker. In short, it sounds like a Strat should, more stratty than the Alnico III pickups of the Hwy One.

            It's solid, sounds good, and works. A great gigging guitar to deliver quality wile leaving your more expensive guitars at home.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fine instrument

            By Todd

            from West Virginia

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            Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I have played guitar on and off for over 45 years. When I was a teenager, in the little local rock band, I always wanted a Stratocaster. It was just always out of my budget limits. Over the years I have owned a Yamaha, then a Guild and now a Guild F412 (acoustic) that sounds as beautiful as it looks. When I bought my 6 yr old a Squier Ministrat for this past Christmas (he's been taking formal lessons for over 1 1/2 yrs) the bug bit me once again and ths time I could afford my Stratocaster. After much comparisons and deliberation I settled on the AmericanSpecial HSS.Right out of the box, after a quick tune up, it was ready to go. It fingers so smoothly it was as if I had been playing it for years. The neck is perfectly sized for my hand. It feels so natural that I really feel one with the guitar and have since I first played it. Though the amp has a lot to do with it (obviously), I use a Fender G DEC 30 and this Strat sounds as good as any electric guitar I have ever heard. I am by far only a beginner but this axe makes even my playing sound good.
            Easy natural fit with great looks and sound quality.
            Beautiful finish and craftmanship
            Well worth the MSRP, but getting it through Musician's Friend makes this a steal. Excellent value for a fine instrument.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best sounding Strat ever

            By Johnny Astor

            from Kentucky

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            Verified Buyer

            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 American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Added this beautiful American Stratocaster to my collection. This guitar rocks right out of the box. It came already set up, strings are a little high for me, but the way it is set up the strings bend beautifully and harmonics are perfect . Great job Fender. It came with fender light ga. Strings and the ga. I use 9 /. 42 the humbucker gives it a special sound of its own. I got the fender black tweed case with it also. I wanted this baby to have the best. It will be my new regular guitar. Sounds so much better than my other Strat. This is the best felling neck I have ever held in my hand really smooth and the jumbo frets are awesome. Love it!!!!!!!! I got the sunburst.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's a Fender!! Enough said!!

              By Wayne

              from Rienzi, Ms

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              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 American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                I've playing for over 50 years. Have owned about everything out there. I have an American Roadhouse Strat w/ Texas Specials (2000). Love that raw, nasty tone! The Atomic Humbucker on this bad boy! It's not a Duncan , EMG, DiMarzio. Just a mean p/up!! For me, it's priced right, feels right, sounds right. Guitar playing is like driving a car. Make it do what it's supposed to do!! Oh yea, love those jumbo frets!! Been doing business with MF for about 15 yrs and never been disappointed!!

                (3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Guitar is ok.

                By old pick-licks

                from Longmont, CO

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Flat Sound

                Best Uses

                • Jamming

                Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                Like the looks of this guitar and fits the lap and feels good in the hand. But thought the strings too high off the fret board, and what others get out of it with their amps on the web doesn't do the same here with my amp or peddles for some reason. Just seems With Out Deep Tone for a guitar of this price that I think it should. Wish I would have bought a reg. American Standard. Maybe it will break in in time. Who knows?

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                American Strat, just about says it all

                By rockhound

                from NJ

                About Me Experienced

                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 American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  Great feel, great sound and looks absolutely beautiful.I like the 5 way switch.The neck just makes you want to play.This is one sweet guitar. The 3 tone sunburst is a work of art.I wish I could afford another one.

                  (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  a 4 piece mismatched body?

                  By Joe

                  from NY NY

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                  Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  First the good... It plays amazingly well for what it costs. Sounds excellent too. However, I was disappointed by the fact that not only was the body made from FOUR pieces of wood, worse, the grain patterns on each piece are VERY POORLY MATCHED, making it extremely obvious, even from a distance.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My conversion to Fender guitars.

                  By Prog. Rock Guitar Guy

                  from Colorado

                  Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  Recently I had a handful of issues with my Gibson and thought about purchasing a new guitar. I needed a quality guitar that wasn't gonna break the bank. I've been a pretty ardent Gibson guitarist, but I decided to go with this Stratocaster. Was I surprised! This guitar rivals most Gibsons! The neck feels great and the Texas specials give it a good old American roar!I was converted! I would buy a Stratocaster any day over any other guitar, besides some high quality Les Pauls and/or Telecasters. Great job Fender! This guitar is the best value for this price range.

                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Playability and Tonal Combinations

                  By RTH Band

                  from Colorado

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                    I had to get rid of the greasebucket tone circuit and revert back to American Std wiring with the rear tone control for both middle and bridge pups, which was very simple. After taming the mids of Texas Specials by lowing pickup height and balancing the sound with the humbucker as well as putting on 10-46 strings, this rig rocks and is extremely versatile.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Quality guitar

                    By GuitarJem

                    from Pa

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      The fit and finish is excellent. The neck is one of the smoothest I have ever felt and I love the jumbo frets and large head-stock. If you want a high quality US made strat consider the American special.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Outstanding Guitar!!!

                      By Hogman49-Suw7Z

                      from NY

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                      Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      This guitar is proof that you don't have to spend thousands to have a great guitar. I own this, as well as many other Fenders and Gibsons, and this is AS great as any of the others I own. This guitar stands up there with any others in the Fender line. It is absolutely incredible. I have the Black/Black, and it is stunning. Five stars in all categories, and at an incredible value. Thank you Fender!!

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome Deal

                      By Michael Clark

                      from Houston

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                      Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      I own many guitars. Many Gibsons because of the quality of American workmanship. Also I own National and Dobro resonators which are American made. What had kept me from Fender for many years was the foriegn made guitars. Not that they were bad, I just support American made guitar luthiers. I bought an American Tele about a year an a half ago and it quickly became my favorite. This guitar is a jewel to play.
                      This guitar plays very well out of the box. Only needed minor bridge adjustments. It comes with Fender XL stirngs, a 9 set. I prefer 10's but no biggie. I like the c style neck as opposed to the bigger V and D styles. The jumbo frets are like my Les Pauls. I also like the option of having the Humbucker at the bridge. Plays very well.
                      Excellent quality. So far no flaws in workmanship.
                      Hard to beat an American made Strat at this price.

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      71 year old beginner

                      By Joe Stancato

                      from Arizona

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                      Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      This testimonial may not be fair to the Fender American Stratocaster HSS guitar since I am a total beginner, however, I have tried three other guitars before purchasing the Fender Strat.
                      Didn't really know what I was looking for in the way of sound because I wanted
                      to learn how to play the bluesie stuff. Well, this is the baby. She delivers the
                      sound I like even thru a small Fender Mustang Amp.
                      Can't go wrong with this one.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Joe From San Francisco

                      By Jeff Beck Wanna B Joe

                      from Indiana (from SG CA).

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                      Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      This is a really good guitar. I think it's better than the early 60's strat I played in 1970. I'm not a bells & whistles kind of player--I prefer to let my fingers do the talking--not what "upgrades" are out there. Hey, it's an AMERICAN MADE STRAT. You can't go far wrong with this choice. I use the vibrato as hard as anyone, and after the strings get comfy' it stays in tune. You can pay over a thousand bucks more and get about the same potential (REMEMBER--YOU play it. It doesn't play itself no mater how much more you spend). Mine came out of the box already set up. I just had to get used to the HSS pickup. I'm real happy with it. My lady loves it as well hmmm. Rock on!!

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Vintage looks with modern playability

                      By Jon-Zq5vi

                      from New Hampshire

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                      Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      I absolutely love my Fender American Special Strat! I bought the HSS in sunburst. The black pickguard over a sunburst body with the CBS headstock gives this guitar a classic 70's look.I was actually somewhat startled when I found this guitar. I had been thinking about buying a late 70's strat mostly for the looks, but I wanted something that would play more like a modern strat. This really was the perfect guitar for me.The Texas Special pickups sound amazing. They have a mellow but gritty sound that's perfect for blues. The bridge position humbucker gives you a nice option for a pretty hot lead. It's not quite a scorching metal sound, but its a lot hotter than a traditional single coil.I especially love the neck. It's thin and fast enough to not get in the way of my solo work, and the jumbo frets are a great touch.So far I have replaced the tuning machines with locking tuners. This helps quite a bit with tuning stability when bending or using the tremolo. I also plan to replace the saddles with GraphTech saddles.Note that this guitar comes set up for 9's. If you're like me and prefer 10's, you'll have a good amount of setup work ahead of you.

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Wow

                      By James Breland

                      from Tx

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                      Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      Rated a nine until I find a better guitar.
                      I took the advise of the guy with generations of experiance. Boy am I glad I did!
                      I have played three thousand dollar guitars. PRS, Les paul, Jackson, Ibanez, etc.
                      Never have I felt a connection to an instrument as strong as this one. Also got the Fender Schaller locking tuners, plan on tephlon injected saddles. Got the three tone sunburst. Top section of wood has a tigersrtipe.Looks great. Sounds authentic on my spider III. This is a great deal. Buy it, you will not regret it.
                      You have a computer. You play music, so you must have brains. Google how to set up a guitar, Buy a screwdriver. Enjoy

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