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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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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

this thing is a pimp

By Big Nay

from Toledo, OH

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this guitar plays like a beast, and its not very expensive. It is one of the best guitars i have played and the definite best one i own.

 
5.0

Best Strat for the Buck

By JohnC

from Toms River, New Jersey

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Unbelievable value. Quality is excellent. Best working guitar I ever had. Just get it and play it. Nothing to set up. Although my intentions were it get a fast-action rythmm guitar, any lead would be a piece of cake. Something about Fender, something about a Strat. It just builds confidence and makes me sound better than I am. Don't be afraid, just get it and enjoy yourself.

 
5.0

This is a great guitar

By Garrett-uHXir

from Los Angelas, Ca

I love this guitar. it plays and sounds better that a standard American Strat!!! the swamp ash has tonal qualities that make it one of the best guitars out there. The seymore duncan pickups are great. this guitar sounds sweet. its also very versitile. I use mine to do everything from blues, to punk, to alternative, to metal, to classic rock. this guitar is great! the only bad this about it is if you like to use a wammy bar (vibrato) then this isnt the guitar for you.

 
5.0

AWESOME

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is an awesome guitar. It sounds and looks great. Really great for the price..

 
5.0

Better than American

By Proudowner523

from Chandler, Arizona

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I have owned this guitar for about three months now, so I think I have played it long enough to form an accurate opinion of it. First off, it looks amazing. The combination of the ash body with the black plastic and the bird's-eye maple is just perfect. Also, the the neck shape profile is the most comfortable I've played. Although some earlier models of this guitar that I have seen in a local music store have a C-shaped neck, the newest ones have a V-profile, similar to the Clapton strat, that is the perfect thickness and very comfortable. The maple is also nice to look at. As for sound, the Seymour Duncans are noisy because they don't have any modern noise-cancelling features, however they have a very classic sound and I favor them over any stock Fender pickups. I run it through a Tube Screamer and a modified Vox Wah into a Vox AC-40-style tube amp. It sounds amazing. I have it set up with 10-gauge strings, and added a third tremelo spring to make the tuning more stable. It holds a near-perfect tune after spending two days in my friend's un-air-conditioned Arizona garage. I see no problems here. And, since its constructed in Korea (and constructed just as well as any American strat), it is very reasonably priced. All in all, I think this guitar is the best value for the money.

 
3.0

Light Ash Strat

By Whitey-QMHdU

from Boston

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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..

 
5.0

Great Ax for the Money

By Kenster

from New Port Richey, FL

No modifications at all with this beauty. I just adorned her with my favorite strings and started going at it. I've only cranked her through a Marshall 250DFX, but she is a screamer. Korean made, but a strong California sound. My Standard USA Strat has been getting alot of rest since I got this one.

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