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Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar Black Maple Fingerboard

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The American Special Stratocaster HSS puts U.S.-made Fender quality into the hands of players at any level. For the guitarist who wants a combination...Click To Read More About This Product

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A full-featured Strat with added horsepower at a budget-friendly price.

The American Special Stratocaster HSS puts U.S.-made Fender quality into the hands of players at any level. For the guitarist who wants a combination of timeless Fender style and contemporary features, this guitar delivers traditional Strat design with some extra elements for modern tone and performance, including Texas Special neck and middle pickups, a powerful humbucking bridge pickup, special circuitry, modern neck profile and fingerboard radius, and more. Great sounding, great looking and feeling, and made in the United States. Includes 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
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: C modern
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 25.5"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Satin
Fretboard
Material: Maple
Radius: 9.5"
Fret size: Jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.675" (42.5mm)
Pickups
Configuration: HSS
Neck: Texas Special single-coil
Middle: Texas Special single-coil
Bridge: Atomic humbucker
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: 6-saddle vintage-style syncronized tremolo
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Vintage-style
Color: Nickel/chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Large 70s Style Headstock, Greasebucket Tone Circuit
Case: Gig bag
Accessories: None
Country of origin: United States

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FenderAmerican Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this guitar again... and again...

By Fat Mike

from Dallas, TX

About Me Novice

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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
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    This American Special HSS Strat looks sharp and plays great! I was very glad to see Fender expanding the AM Special selections, because I was looking for this configuration with a maple neck. I've been Fender loyal since I was about 15, and the American Special series allows me to build a collection of quality guitars/basses at a not-too-crazy expense.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Instrument

    By GuitarBoy26

    from Central Valley,NY

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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
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      This is a beautiful guitar at an amazing price. American made quality! Looks and sounds great right out of the box. Super easy to play. I may make some modifications over the years (locking tuners, pickups), but there is nothing that needs to be addressed in order to use this guitar however you like out of the box. I have a Gibson Les Paul Studio, PRS 24, Ovation Celebrity, and now finally a Fender Stratocaster.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A Solid Value & Extra Punch

      By CCM Player

      from South Carolina

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Humbucker Power
      • Solid Electronics
      • Wider Neck for String Bends

      Cons

      • Needs Setup
      • Standard Tuners
      • Weak B-String Pole

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      It's all Stratocaster plus that extra kick from the Atomic Humbucker. Love the overall tone and classic Strat playability. The downside issues are fairly simple to fix... I replaced the tuners with Fender locking tuners. It should come with a case, not a cheap little gig bag. The single coils can be replaced, but for now I've adjusted the screws for pickup height. From player to player, opinions wilil vary about the neck; it's wider than your average strat. I bend strings a lot so it works for me. All things considered, it's a solid value.

       
      3.0

      Meh

      By Boost Willis

      from VA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Poor quality control

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      I own an EC Artist, MIM 50s strat, MIM Deluxe strat, and this US-made Special. The grade of the wood on the neck is the poorest of the 4 strats I own AND there is a fret marker missing (they drilled the hole and didn't fill it). I normally try to buy American, but in my experience w/Fender, you'll get higher quality components (neck, bridge, electronics) for a couple hundred pesos less going Mexican made.

       
      5.0

      I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE FENDER SOUND WHEN I WAS ABOUT 15

      By J J JOHNSON

      from ALABAMA -MN-N.D.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • BEST NECK TO PLAY
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Very SMOOTH TREMOLO BAR

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • COVER SONGS
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        I LOVE THIS GUITAR And I'M GLAD Fender BROUGHT THE PRICE DOWN

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