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  • Contoured alder body in a gloss urethane finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with 22 jumbo frets
  • Texas Special Strat pickups produce midrange chirp, crystal highs and tight bass
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A USA-made Stratocaster with popular features at an import price.

The Fender American Special Stratocaster is outfitted with some of Fender's most player-friendly features. Thes include a a gloss urethane-finished alder body, a 9.5" radius maple neck with a modern C profile, and a maple fingerboard fitted with 22 jumbo frets.

You'll get lots of gain and tones galore from the American Special series guitar's 3 Texas Special single-coil pickups. The Greasebucket tone circuit rolls off the highs without adding bass. Other details include a vintage-style synchronized tremolo, chrome hardware, and a large '70s-style headstock and Fender decal. Fender accompanies your American Special Stratocaster guitar with a polishing cloth and a gig bag.

Features
  • Contoured alder body in a gloss urethane finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with 22 jumbo frets
  • Texas Special Strat pickups produce midrange chirp, crystal highs and tight bass
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Includes gig bag

Order an affordable U.S.-made Stratocaster today.

 

American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Model name: American Special Stratocaster
  • Series: American Special
  • Finish: Gloss urethane
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple, modern C-shaped
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • No. of frets: 22 jumbo frets
  • Bridge: Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Machine heads: Fender standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-ply parchment/black/parchment
  • Scale length: 25-1/2" (648 mm)
  • Width at nut: 1.6875" (43 mm)
  • Pickups: 3 Texas Special Strat pickups
  • 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 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
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FenderAmerican Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (19)
  • Practicing (19)
  • Recording (16)
  • Small venues (15)
  • Rock concerts (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fender

It has been a long time since I did anything professionally,so,I have been using the experienced description. I have been playing the guitar for almost 50 years. In 1964, everyone in...Read complete review

It has been a long time since I did anything professionally,so,I have been using the experienced description. I have been playing the guitar for almost 50 years. In 1964, everyone in their late teens and early 20's, wanted four things: a Fender Jaguar Guitar, a Fender Dual Showman, a Fender Reverb Unit and a Pontiac Tempest with an extra cost, upgrade option, that borrowed a name from Ferrari, in short, the GTO. A Fender Stratocaster became a "sleeper," until it was rediscovered as a more versatile instrument just as the GTO was a "sleeper" on the street. In other words, no one saw them coming. I own and have owned many different guitars, including a '64 Jaguar and still have many "high end" Strats. I bought one of these American Specials because it was an inexpensive American made(about 85%)Fender Strat, which I could use every day, so that I did not have to be concerned about scratching one of the high end Strats. This is what I would call a "sleeper." It is worth more than its asking price because it can perform against almost any high end guitar, and be a "winner" in the end. I was impressed with the finish and the fit on the one that I bought. It was as good as the finish on any of the high end guitars. I chose the two tone edition, which is reminisant of the early Strats. I like the vintage tremolo, which is one of the features on this guitar. I was planning on changing out the pickups with the Fender SCN set, but, once I plugged this guitar into three different Fender Amps, one at a time, that are used everyday, I decided that the stock Texas Specials with the Grease Bucket circuit utilizing the 250K potentiometers, and "assembled in Mexico" five way switch would stay. The range in the sound qualities are fantastic. Backing off of the volume and the tone knobs from "10" can change the response for any venue, which would chiefly be Classic Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz, but not limited to just these forms. Of course, the set up on the amp is important as well. I played this guitar through a '59 Bassman, a '64 Twin Reverb, and a contemporary Hot Rod III with the 2/12 speakers, and it was impressive. I did some upgrades to this Strat, which were primarily cosmetic. The Korean made pickguard was changed to one of the gold anodized aluminum, US made models with a '62 aluminum shield, to put behind it for grounding, and the "aged" pickup covers, triple knobs, tremolo end piece, back trem cover plate and switch tip. A set of the Fender Schaller strap holders replaced the standard strap buttons. I replaced the machine heads with a set of Fender locking machine heads that have the "F" on the back knobs, although there is nothing wrong with the machine heads that Fender has been using in recent years. I like using locking machine heads, as it is additional assurance that the guitar will stay in tune, during a performance. This helped the stock strings, which were light "9's," stay in tune after an extreme bend, but I replaced them with a set of round wound "10's," which did change the character of the signal sent to the amplifier(s). I would guess that flat wound strings would play well on this particular Strat, as well. The one complaint that I would have, is that the set up, right out of the box, was terrible. Of course, this was taken care of, with the machine head exchange and string replacement as well as adjustments to the tremolo. Another small problem was that the tremolo baseplate was not sitting flat on the body, as it should have, so the two screws that hold the "claw" had to be tightened up. The large "CBS" type of headstock adds to the overall sound produced by this guitar. Without my additions, this Strat is one of the great ones, currently available. "Gatemouth" would have loved it.

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Huge disappointment

Fender should be ashamed. This has the potential to be a very good guitar. Unfortunately, I apparently got a lemon. The workmanship on this guitar was atrocious. The nut was cut poorly,...Read complete review

Fender should be ashamed. This has the potential to be a very good guitar. Unfortunately, I apparently got a lemon. The workmanship on this guitar was atrocious. The nut was cut poorly, fret buzz, volume knob bottoming out on the pickguard, string tree (only one) slightly crooked, really bad overall. The frets were what shocked me the most. It was like they were corroded or the fret wire had been sitting in the back up the shop for a couple years and they threw them on anyway. I was just disgusted that they would put out product like this especially since I loved the size and feel of the neck along with the sound. I have a number of Strats, 3 Mexican, 1 Squier SE, 1 Squier Classic Vibe, 1 American Standard and the only guitar that has worse workmanship than the "Special" is the Squire SE. The Classic Vibe was built better than the Special!

I'm at the point where I don't even know if I can buy Fender products anymore. There are so many better guitars for less money and Fender just seems to not care.

If you find a good one, buy it if you must, however I would recommend checking out a G&L Legacy or S-500 before you do. G&L blows Fender away in price and construction.

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5.0

Made in USA value priced Strat

By Otto Matick

from Seattle

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Pretty
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Hard Shell Case Extra

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have the Surf Green MN. The whole look and vibe is what attracted me, I thought it was a new Am Std because it says Made in USA and the Am Std string retainers on the head stock. There are 2 string retainers. I buy these retainers special for my blacktops, MIM and squire strats I have or work on. The LARGE head stock looks very cool on stage and next to my other strats in the rack.

I think this is a smoking deal. If you're looking at American Standard strats then stop here add the tweed case at 119 and you're still below the cost of a new american standard. There is also one other MIA value priced strat worth looking at, the nitro satin series strat.

The electronics sound good, the texas specials are very good for everything. New innovative wiring so the neck and bridge pu have the tone pots(I heard it, didn't believe it, looked and what a good idea). I wish FMIC would start wiring for 7 ways providing a button/switch/pull to turn on the bridge while the switch is on the neck providing N+B also allowing N+M+B at same time, almost first mod on every strat I have. I would also like a button/switch/pull to have switch position 2 and 4 to have a series option for 9 total pu options for a 5 way switch and 2 push/pull pots.

I did make all those wiring option changes in a mint green pick guard. The aged white they used looks good, but a mint green pick guard makes this axe pop. I also used Seymour Duncan Antiquity II pickups in it. A surf in the neck and middle. A Texas hot in the bridge. I also swapped out the bent steel saddles for Gotoh block saddles. I just like block saddles better. so now mine is mine and it sounds as good or better than the standard texas specials. so i guess i'll put that populated pick guard in a squire or MIM strat...

finish on the guitar is excellent. the neck plays very well and i pretty much love this one like the 2 other strats I have a CA red HH blacktop and a vintage tb mn '91 am std.

it would be easier if it came with a hard shell case and for this guitar, you're going to want one.

this is a very good value considering the price creep I've observed on FMIC products in general but especially the MIA guitars, an am std went from 1k to 1.25k this past year.

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5.0

Can't beat American Strat!!

By Strat attack!!!

from florida

About Me Experienced

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 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I've owned plenty of MIM and Squire Strata over the years and nothing compares to American Strat worth the extra money in the long run!

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    4.0

    Almost 5 stars

    By Joe N

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Played guitar for 10 years before realizing bass was my instrument, play bass professionally for over 20 yrs., just picked this up cuz I always wanted a Strat and the price was right. Been using cheapo guitars for recording, and felt it was time to up my game. And up my game, I have. I am real happy with the look, the feel, and the sound of this guitar. Everything I hoped it would be.

    So, why the 4 stars? Well, first one I received the tone control didn't work on the bridge pickup. Musiciansfriend was great about replacing it, but I still had to go through the hassles of repacking and making the exchange. Wouldn't have been that big a deal if this was my first such experience, but I've purchased many Fender instruments, and this for me is a somewhat common experience. Quality control at Fender leaves a bit to be desired. Purchased a Highway One jazz bass not that long ago that had a non functioning pickup, a Modern Player Tele bass with a busted tuner, and other issues... I'm not a Fender fanboy for sure, but, I gotta say, this second guitar is great. I would recommend it to others, yet I would recommend that they be absolutely certain that all is as it should be, before the return period has expired.

    Oh yeah, pretty sure I never owned a guitar with jumbo frets before, and decided I love them. This guitar has faster, buzz free action than any guitar I've ever owned, and I owned quite a few back in the day. Including some vintage Fenders and Gibsons.

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    4.0

    Great guitar, but now over priced

    By 1990

    from Spokane, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Over priced

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I really like this guitar and Im a huge fan of the large head stock style. The pick ups are fantastic and I think provide a better tone clean then over driven. Its an easy player. My gripe now is that Fender has driven the price up to the American Standard level. At 799.00 its a great deal. Now?!?! A little more and you are at the Standard level. Come on Fender.

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    5.0

    Texas Specials Rock

    By Murphi

    from Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Craftsmanship
    • 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 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      ANYBODY who had a problem with one of these strats either somehow got one that shouldn't have passed inspection or doesn't know his/her instrument. I bought an American Mystic Blue Tele and this strat played through a Line 6 stacked 4 x 12's with 64 presets and either of these guitars will rip your wall down. The neck, frets, Texas specials make this Strat kick butt! The craftsmanship is excellent, plays like butter and for the money is without a doubt the best guitar in it's range. Thank you Fender! An American classic at an affordable price.....Rock on........

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      4.0

      Surf Green American Special

      By GCW

      from BRCC

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Guitar cosmetics = Wonderful
        So I Changed the pick guard on this and the switch no longer works in 5th position, not sure if that was operator error or what.
        I've done this several times on other guitars w/no issues. (Easy fix)
        The Tex Spcl pups sound good, but would be better w/the S1 switching like on the Roadhouse model.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I would buy this guitar again.

        By musicman

        from Baton Rouge

        About Me Experienced

        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 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is a fun instrument to play and it looks great.I added locking tuners and graphtech bridge saddels.The neck is a pleasure for me to play because I started playing on a strat in the 70s.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Vintage Features with Quality and Value!

          By MadPiper

          from Nashua, New Hampshire

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Lacks Bass Tone

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I traded up to this model from a 13-year old Mexi Strat, which served me really well, but was just getting worn out. With the American Special Strat, I have an all USA-made guitar with quite a jump in quality from my Mexi. I wasn't crazy about the jumbo frets in the beginning, but I've quickly come to appreciate them for the sustain the higher profile seems to add. The Texas Special pickups are also a great improvement over my former Strat, except it lacks the bass tones I've become accustomed to, so I need to fiddle around with the amp and effects to get the full sound I want. This a VERY SLIGHT con, almost not worth mentioning because it is so subjective to a player's preferences, but for me, it was a very slight hit on overall customer satisfaction. The playability is what pulls you in - jumbo frets and everthing - and I am real glad I spent some extra money for this step up from the Mexi Strats. Gorgeous, high quality workmanship, spectacular features for the price (chrome, vintage trembolo, large '70's head, etc.).

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          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Huge disappointment

          By PVB

          from Aventura, Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Fender should be ashamed. This has the potential to be a very good guitar. Unfortunately, I apparently got a lemon. The workmanship on this guitar was atrocious. The nut was cut poorly, fret buzz, volume knob bottoming out on the pickguard, string tree (only one) slightly crooked, really bad overall. The frets were what shocked me the most. It was like they were corroded or the fret wire had been sitting in the back up the shop for a couple years and they threw them on anyway. I was just disgusted that they would put out product like this especially since I loved the size and feel of the neck along with the sound. I have a number of Strats, 3 Mexican, 1 Squier SE, 1 Squier Classic Vibe, 1 American Standard and the only guitar that has worse workmanship than the "Special" is the Squire SE. The Classic Vibe was built better than the Special!

          I'm at the point where I don't even know if I can buy Fender products anymore. There are so many better guitars for less money and Fender just seems to not care.

          If you find a good one, buy it if you must, however I would recommend checking out a G&L Legacy or S-500 before you do. G&L blows Fender away in price and construction.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sa-weet!

          By Blue Bill

          from Hawaii

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I usually buy used guitars; I don't mind a few dings for the cheaper price. When I saw MF selling a new American at this price, I gave it a try. At first, I wasn't sure; the factory strings were too light for my taste, and the big peghead looked really big. After a couple days, it grew on me, so I changed the strings, adjusted the trem, pups and action the way I like, and wow, I can not put it down. The neck is super comfortable and easy to play. A couple practices and a gig later, I am thrilled with it. Very nice. QC issues: a few upper frets are not 100% polished, and the intonation on one string was a teensy bit off, minor issues. Otherwise, a terriffic working guitar.

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