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Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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The Fender American Special Stratocaster is outfitted with some of Fender's most player-friendly features. Thes include a a gloss urethane-finished a...Read More

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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 Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: C modern
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin Urethane
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: Texas Special single-coil
  • Middle: Texas Special single-coil
  • Bridge: Texas Special single-coil
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Greasebucket tone circuit
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Vintage synchronized tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Gig bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderAmerican Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (23)
  • Good pick up (22)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Fun to play (20)
  • Solid electronics (17)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (24)
  • Practicing (24)
  • Recording (18)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Rock concerts (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Made in USA value priced Strat

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...Read complete review

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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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

Right on the money !

By ICUB4UCME

from Bedford ,indiana

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Iv been a guitar player for 48 years and have always been a Gibson diehard ! But the last band I was in played a lot of older stuff and I had a Aria strat copy I used instead of my Gibson Explorer because it has such a deep heavy metal sound and I started to like the sound of a strat even though it was a copy it was a high end Aria guitar.So I ordered me one of these Fenders and now im hooked I love this awesome guitar from the cool color surf green to the awesome sound and quality craftsmanship and it plays better than my Gibson ! So if your thinking about getting one go for it its well worth the money ,take it from a some one that has had a guitar in his hands every day for 48 years !! ROCK ON .

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    5.0

    Great Strat

    By Stan Wood

    from Stanwood, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        The finish and build quality are excellent. Intonation was spot-on out of the box, and the set-up was very close as well. The fret work appears to be good. There is only the slightest sharpness to the feel at the fret ends, but hardly worth a mention - it's pretty good. I will ultimately file the string slots in the nut slightly lower - that would be my only real criticism, and to be fair, I've had to make that adjustment on most every guitar I've had.

        I'm still becoming accustomed to working with this thing - I've been awhile without a Strat, so a bit tough to make a solid comparison between the standard pickups and these as my recollection is probably fickle and I'm primarily using a Tele as of late. So far, I'm liking what I hear. I do think the pickups will benefit from a slightly heavier string than what was shipped on the guitar, and while the pickups don't seem as full and lush as I recall at lower volumes, they do seem to begin to fill out once you add a bit of volume - again, I think a slightly heavier string will help here - just haven't gotten around to making the swap yet....

        I'm having a lot of fun with this thing - if you're looking for an American made Strat at a very good price point, I don't think you could go wrong here.

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        5.0

        Solid!

        By BK

        from Atlanta, GA

        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:

          Great straight out of the box. Just tuned and played!
          Excellent action on the neck and the 5 way switching is awesome.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I tuned it up and it was good to go!

          By Shack_jm

          from Havelock, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              This is the perfect guitar to counter my Gibson SG. There are a lot of guitar players out there that are totally loyal to brands. These guitars are different animals for different things, and that's what I need them for. The tone and everything is perfect Fender quality as expected. If you don't like this guitar I don't know what your problem is, it is useful in everything.

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              5.0

              Great Guitar

              By Ron

              from Tallahassee, FL

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              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 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                Ordered from MF on Saturday and received it on Wednesday. Setup was very good right out of the box and I had no problem getting used to the jumbo frets. The surf green finish is beautiful and overall quality is excellent. It plays good and sounds good. I like the powerful sound from the Texas special pickups. This guitar is a keeper.

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                5.0

                As always, Fender is Quality

                By Rex

                from Louisiana

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  Good feeling, good playing,Good sound right out of the box.

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Made in USA value priced Strat

                  By Otto Matick

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  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.

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Can't beat American Strat!!

                  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!

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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