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Fender Special Edition Lite Ash Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Tremolo   

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The Fender Lite Ash Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Tremolo has good looks and sound to match. You get the tonal quality of an ash body joined to a...Click To Read More About This Product

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Traditional contours with today's electronics.

The Fender Lite Ash Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Tremolo has good looks and sound to match. You get the tonal quality of an ash body joined to a highly figured birdseye maple C neck with maple fingerboard, medium-jumbo frets, and abalone dots. The pickup array consists of a Seymour Duncan APS-1N Alnico Pro2 staggered (neck), APS-1RWRP Alnico Pro2 staggered (middle), and APS-1B Alnico Pro2 (bridge) with 5-way switching. Chrome hardware complements the chrome, 2-point pivot trem. Single volume and dual tone controls. Weighs less than 8 lbs.

FEATURES
  • Body: Light ash
  • Neck: highly figured birdseye maple
  • Number of frets: 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Hardware: chrome
  • Bridge: chrome, 2-point pivot tremolo
  • Dot abalone inlays
  • Pickups:
  • Seymour Duncan: APS-1N Alnico Pro2 staggered (neck)
  • APS-1RWRP Alnico Pro2 staggered (middle) APS-1B Alnico Pro2 staggered (bridge)
  • Pickup switching: 5-way
  • Controls: volume, tone, tone
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4.7

(based on 51 reviews)

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Very nice stratocaster!

I would like to say that I love this guitar. I've had mine for almost three years now. The neck feels good, and everything works as advertised. The real advantage of this guitar...Read complete review

I would like to say that I love this guitar. I've had mine for almost three years now. The neck feels good, and everything works as advertised. The real advantage of this guitar is the pickups: the Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Staggered pickups are awesome! They're not as harsh on the high end as stock Alnico V pickups, and they clean up very well! They sound very beautiful with a nice vintage appeal. Perfect for Pink Floyd. I've had no problems with it at all, and I've never even had to remove the pick guard. The sound of swamp ash is very musical. I'd buy another if mine was stolen, lost, or broken (unless I was rich enough to buy an American Standard Stratocaster and swap the pickups to these). I also like having the tone controls linked to the neck and middle pickup with the bridge "wide open": I'm not afraid to use the bridge for solos. With 10's and the pickups set 2mm, 1.8mm, and 1.6mm away from the strings (neck/middle/bridge), the pickup balance is great. The only gripes I have are that I'd prefer locking tuners, graphite nut, graphite string saddles, etc. After four years of age and 3 years of constant use, the input jack is a little loose and can't be tightened down, but that's normal with lots of use. The volume pot is starting to make a scratching noise, but it doesn't affect output to the amp. Don't listen to what people say about Korean-made. Schecter is korean made. I've never had a problem with anything Korean made, and I've lived in South Korea before. It's a wonderful place. Bottom line: give it a try. You may walk away owning one! The only other gripe I could possibly have is that they should've used rock maple, not soft ("silverleaf") maple for the neck. But the birdseye pattern is very beautiful.

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Light Ash Strat

Don't get me wrong I love this guitar, I've been playing for about 25 years and I saw this thing and had to have it so I bought it, the Wood is beautiful with...Read complete review

Don't get me wrong I love this guitar, I've been playing for about 25 years and I saw this thing and had to have it so I bought it, the Wood is beautiful with great tone, The seymours are nice if you're into single coils but I swapped them out for a Dimarzio Fast trac 2 in the Bridge and a Carvin TBH-60 in the Neck, added some nut to the sound and no excess squealing when runing at high gain, my main problems are and this is mainly because it's a Korean model.1. The Tremolo system is Junk, the saddles groove and snag the strings so it constantly goes out of tune and they did not manufacture the trem system right to begin with, the plate that mounts to the spring blocks holes were drilled out off by almost an 1/8th inch.2.The Electronics are junk, Volume pot went after only 3 weeks then the 5 way switch, I have since replaced everything. fender's answer to everything is send it in and we'll fix it. my problem with that is they'll have the guitar for 2 to 3 months for a job I can do in less than 1/2 hour so they won't send you replacement parts and as I already replaced the pickups, they will void the warranty.3. the string trees on the head stock are junk they also groove and snag the strings putting the guitar out of tune constantly and the Nut is not thier best, even after applying graphite powder to it it still grooves and catches the nut.When the guitar wants to stay in tune it plays superbly and feels great and looks great but they did cut more than a few corners on this one..

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5.0

Taste Town

By Dylan Giambatista

from Burlington, VT

I picked up this guitar about 9 months ago, and I've got to say, DAYUM. For the money, you can't do much better. I love the neck, the trem, the electronics, and even the natural ash finish. I plan on upgrading to locking tuners in the near future, but overall this thing holds up well even at rowdy gigs. If you're looking for a strat that has a good feature set at a reasonable price, look no further. Truth be told, I'd take a stock Lite Ash over a Highway One anyday.

 
5.0

Very nice stratocaster!

By Twin Reverb

from Florida Panhandle

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I would like to say that I love this guitar. I've had mine for almost three years now. The neck feels good, and everything works as advertised. The real advantage of this guitar is the pickups: the Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Staggered pickups are awesome! They're not as harsh on the high end as stock Alnico V pickups, and they clean up very well! They sound very beautiful with a nice vintage appeal. Perfect for Pink Floyd. I've had no problems with it at all, and I've never even had to remove the pick guard. The sound of swamp ash is very musical. I'd buy another if mine was stolen, lost, or broken (unless I was rich enough to buy an American Standard Stratocaster and swap the pickups to these). I also like having the tone controls linked to the neck and middle pickup with the bridge "wide open": I'm not afraid to use the bridge for solos. With 10's and the pickups set 2mm, 1.8mm, and 1.6mm away from the strings (neck/middle/bridge), the pickup balance is great. The only gripes I have are that I'd prefer locking tuners, graphite nut, graphite string saddles, etc. After four years of age and 3 years of constant use, the input jack is a little loose and can't be tightened down, but that's normal with lots of use. The volume pot is starting to make a scratching noise, but it doesn't affect output to the amp. Don't listen to what people say about Korean-made. Schecter is korean made. I've never had a problem with anything Korean made, and I've lived in South Korea before. It's a wonderful place. Bottom line: give it a try. You may walk away owning one! The only other gripe I could possibly have is that they should've used rock maple, not soft ("silverleaf") maple for the neck. But the birdseye pattern is very beautiful.

 
5.0

great strat

By hwyoneforlife

from Pa

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this strat i bought back in june 2007, i never go out of the american made strats but! this lite ash i had to have and its still a fender. WOW! what tone and feel this guitar has this strat is good for everything played. it stands with the american made strats and in some ways its better, like playabilty just for starts.it just a all around great guitar.

(0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I Own One

By Steven Jacobson

from Omaha, NE

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This is the most twanging thing I've ever owned.I mean peroid! Go get a American Made Strat and pay the price cause Fender has hyped one over me and the rest of us that bought one! I'm not going to dismantle it and put it back together, just to make it work, (P/U's are good)I'll find someone to give me a couple of bucks for it somewhere. Come on Fender quit this Korean stuff, period!

 
4.0

Good Guitar

By Nicestrat

from B'ham

I got this guitar about 2 years ago. It's a solid instrument. The neck feels great. Its shape allows your hand to move free and effortlessly. This guitar produces a nice clean tone when you want it to or you can get it pretty dirty sounding too.Whammy bars suck in general, so I had my local music shop lock mine out. Without the whammy bar you get better sustain and a better sound. Plus you don't have to tune the guitar after 10 min of playing. I also had the bridge pick up replaced with a Seymour Duncan Hot Rail to add a little more crunch. Bottom line. It?s a good guitar. The feel of the neck and the variety of possible tones are major strong points on this guitar.

 
5.0

Great guitar!

By SRVMAN

from Honduras C.A.

This guitar its awesome! i just have like two monts with this babe and i'm impressed, great look on stage, its ultra warm tone, incredible versatility between every pick up switching, the amazing playability comes from the fast birds eye maple neck, the weight its about 7 or 8 pounds and you won't beleave the price.Great for play live blues, rock, gospel, or whatever you want.

 
5.0

Love this Guitar

By Mountain Breeze

from PA

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I've had it about a year and it does everything beautifully and looks great! I got the natural finish and I constantly get compliments. I have it set up with Jazz strings (play blues) and added a spring to the trem. Plays great - tons of tone and sustain. A little on the bright side but I like that and can control it with EQ. I've played much more expensive strats and I still haven't found one that plays better - maybe I'm just used to mine. Buy this guitar

 
5.0

my newest strat

By jwj4856

from Shreveport, LA

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Just picked this one up today, played it at store and it sounded and felt great, got it home and plugged it in and played for 2 1/2 hours before quitting. Pickups sound great and the neck feels great, besides it is beautiful. I would recommend this strat to anyone.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Close but no cigar.

By HereComeOldFlat-top

from Florida

I bought one of these babies mainly because I liked the pickups and the beautiful natural finish body. The neck although strikingly beautiful was apparently made by a shoe cobbler or the like. I went out and found an american made Stratocaster modern "C" neck and had my local luthier make the exchange and do a re-set up which also was sorely needed. NOW it's absolutely great and I have a beautiful birdseye mapel neck door stop as a conversation piece.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Instrument

By Robbie-5KK4g

from Richmond VA

I got this guitar last year and it's a great instrument. Great price too! The only complaint is that I've had to get it set up a lot because the neck is kinda floppy. But it's not a big deal. The pick ups are great! A tad noisy, but that's just cos I got a bunch of effects and it's strat! So yeah, great guitar

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