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  • Model name: American Special HSS Stratocaster
  • Finish: Gloss urethane
  • Body: Alder
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USA-made HSS Strat with high-end features at a modest price.

The Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster is features an alder body with gloss urethane finish, a 9.5" radius maple neck with a modern C profile, and a rosewood fingerboard fitted with 22 jumbo frets. You'll get lots of gain and tones galore from Texas Special middle and neck pickups, and an Atomic humbucking bridge pickup while the Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off the highs without adding bass. Other details on this electric guitar include a vintage-style synchronized tremolo, black pickup covers and pickguard, chrome hardware, and a large '70s-style headstock and decal. A polishing cloth and gig bag come with your Fender American Special Strat.

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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
  • Includes 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

Order an affordable USA-made Fender Stratocaster today!

 
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FenderAmerican Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 31 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (9)
    • Jamming (8)
    • Recording (7)
    • Small venues (6)
    • Rock concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best sounding Strat ever

    By Flyer Band

    from Ky

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    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.

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      5.0

      Great Playability and Tonal Combinations

      By RTH Band

      from Colorado

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

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        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.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Loving this guitar!!

          By Blues Jr Boy

          from Spokane, WA

          About Me Experienced

          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!

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            (2 of 2 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.

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                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Trying to Love It

                By Fasteddie, peaceman!

                from Near ATL

                About Me Professional Musician

                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!

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good Guitar

                  By Boo Daddy

                  from Alabama

                  About Me Experienced

                  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.

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                  (1 of 1 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.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Blown away!

                    By The Muffster

                    from Florida

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                    Ask me a question

                    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!

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect blend of capabilities

                      By Stratman

                      from DC

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Pick Up
                      • Solid Electronics

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts

                        Comments about Fender American Special HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                        After lots of research I decided to go with this model and I'm glad i did. Great work Fender!

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