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Fender American Special Stratocaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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Product# J26378
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A full-featured Strat at budget-friendly price.

The American Special Stratocaster 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 pickups and 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: Rosewood
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.675" (42.5mm)
  • 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: 6-saddle vintage-style syncronized tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Satin Urethane Finish, Texas Special Pickups, Large '70s Style
  • Headstock, Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • Case: Gig bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

You'll love it for a lifetime. Order today.

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FenderAmerican Special Stratocaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FANTASTIC GUITAR!!!

By Funky T

from Ooltewah, TN

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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 Stratocaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    I've owned several USA Strats over the years and kept getting rid of them as there was always something lacking. Recently I've tried a couple of Mexican made ones and they fell short as well (although all were fine guitars, just not for me).
    I play old school blues, R&B, etc. and this Strat (two color sunburst) is as perfect a guitar as I could hope for.
    Fit and finish were perfect out of the box. I added a tremolo spring and cranked them down so the tailpiece doesn't move and put 11's on it. It stays in tune almost perfectly. I love the big headstock, the frets are also very big and you can bend away without fretting out (2 steps even). The Texas Specials add some umph without losing the "stratiness" of the guitar. AND, praise Jesus, they finally got the tone controls correct. The one closest to the output jack controls the bridge pickup, the other controls the neck pickup and the middle pickup is unaffected by either tone control. I can get a plethora of killer tones out of this guitar without the past harshness of that bridge pickup and although I'm more of a dial in a tone and leave guy, I find myself working the tone and selector switch a lot while playing as it really can bring out some amazing tones depending on where you are on the neck. I even play some slide on it in standard tuning and it's very warm sounding for this, especially on the front pickup This is a really expressive guitar for me. I plan on getting a couple more and there really is something about a USA made Strat. The gigbag is nice as well, but I bought a Fender case, because I want to protect this great guitar. I think you will really enjoy this guitar!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding

    By B-rad from Cleveland

    from Cleveland

    About Me Professional Musician

    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 Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      I've played Gibsons for the last twenty years, and while I love them dearly, I find my playing gets stale after a while. That's why I picked this guitar up, it forces me out of my comfort zone. I bought a blemished model, I was pleased to find not a mark on this guitar, just 200 less than list. Fit,finish and set up were excellent, honestly this is way better than the Fenders I jammed on in the nineties. Love the big headstock. Reminds me of Hendricks and Blackmore, but mine has the baby blue finish with mint green pick guard.very unique looking guitar. The trem works amazingly well, comes back to pitch every time. The neck is silky smooth and fast. Pick ups complete it. Texas specials give you classic strat tone with a little more umphhh. Love it!

      (1 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      My new guitar was not as avertised

      By L.A. Steve

      from las vegas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        The guitar I ordered was not the guitar that was delivered The guitar that was advertised had 3 texas special p/us The guitar that was delivered had 2 texas special p/us and 1 atomic humbucker. I was at first disappointed but it had a good sound and played great so I decided to keep it. I would have rated this transaction higher if not for the error.

         
        5.0

        Great transaction, great price for a great guitar

        By Elmer255

        from NY,NY

        About Me Experienced

        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 Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

          I have owned guitars for 35 years and this instrument is by far my favorite- just felt great right out of the box, flawless workmanship, sweet neck and fretwork and the vintage style trem stays in tune very well. The Texas Special pickups are a bit bright but a little rolloff on the tone pot tames them. Required a little set-up ( which is to be expected) But I am very happy- Sonic Blue, Mint pickguard combo is killer

          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Possibly

          By Poco

          from Pueblo, CO

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

            The guitar had great sound and felt good. I was surprised to find the tone control was a four position dial knob which I might have to change to a regular dial tone control. I would not recommend the guitar without telling them about the tone control.

             
            5.0

            Fantastic American made Strat at a great price!

            By Dusty

            from Little Rock, AR

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

              I got very lucky and this ended up being an awesome guitar purchase! At this price point, you're taking a risk by purchasing without seeing and playing it. Mine was even riskier because I went with an "open box - blemished" model. I'm so glad I did because the blemish was the tiniest paint chip I've ever seen.

              The guitar feels great and sounds fantastic! I recommend trying one of these out. It's getting harder not to pay through the roof for guitars these days, especially American made Strat models, so this one is a steal!

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