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Fender Special Edition Lite Ash Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Tremolo

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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)

 
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..

(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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
5.0

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is addictive. Once I pick it up I really just can't put it down. The V neck is amazing to play. It has a nice feel to it. Great for chords nearer the top, and the bottom feels like it fits perfectly into your hand. The inlays are wonderful and the finish is stunning. I play this into a 535Q Wah > Marshall Guvnor Overdrive > EHX Metal Muff > EHX Little Big Muff > Marshall Regenerator > ISP Decimator > H20 Liquid Chorus Echo > Fender Princeton. The pickups are hotter than normal, and pick responsiveness is greater than most other guitars. The neck pickup is great for blues. Tuning isnt an issue if it is set up properly with this floating bridge. Get it!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

Leo's original concept.

By Not dead yet.

from Danielson, Connecticut

I love this guitar. To me, the Fender Lite Ash Strat embodies much of the original sound and feel of a vintage strat. It does what a strat did back in the 50's and 60's, that is, sound bright and clear and is quite easy to play. You will, however, inherit the foibles common to guitars of that era, namely the hum and buzz at "idle" and tuning issues if the bridge is not properly set up. I've set my bridge so that it no longer "floats", but is set flush with the top of the body and can still be used to lower the pitch of the strings. It stays in perfect tune for my style of playing. I play this guitar through a 1974 Fender Deluxe Reverb Amp. Makes me sound like Robert Cray or Stevie Ray (in my dreams). Another bonus is that this guitar is absolutely gorgeous and is exceptionally well made. For the money, I don't think you'll find a better Strat.

(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.

 
5.0

Best Fender For The Value

By Zee67

from Toronto

I just bought the Strat model. It was a toss up between the Tele and the Strat. What a fantastic guitar! This baby screams, and what a beautiful color! I play through a Traynor YCV80 and the tone makes the hairs in your ears stand at attention!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Just like a woman...Pretty, but oh so tempermental

By Soulful touch

from So Cal.

This is a pretty guitar! However I seldom play it because it doesn't stay in tune for more than a dozen chords. I'm fairly confident that by replacing the tremelo this would improve greatly. In fact this tremelo is so ridiculous in concept I'm embarrassed for Fender for even offering it on any of there products! It's so sensitive that I took the whammy bar off. You don't need it! I can deflect the bridge with my little finger, and therefore you can forget about muting the strings with the palm of your hand. I blocked mine so you can only pivot one direction, why would anyone want a tremelo that stretches yours strings??? You can bet you'll be out of tune by the next strum, or even break a couple strings! Think your intonation is consistant??? I have 3 Fenders let's face it, their not the best at staying tuned! I even tried weaker springs, but because of it's higher pivot point, and thusly greater travel distance the springs kept falling off. Yes I could have modified the hooks, and springs but at this point I felt the only real fix would be to put a hardtail on!

 
4.0

Strato-blast'in

By MoBlues

from Topeka, KS

This a great entry level Strat. The neck plays well and was immediately comfortable. Overall workmanship was very respectable. Compared to the Mexican Strats, this Korean made guitar wins hands-down. My only criticisms are the pickups and the bridge. The pick-ups, although good quality Duncans, have a thin vintage tone that didn't work for my set up, so I replaced them with a match set of G and L's I had and this fattened up the sound. The other issue I have with this guitar is the bridge. I couldn't keep it in tune with the factory setting so I had to hardtail it. Despite these issues the guitar sounds and feels great and I get many compliments when I'm out gigging.

 
5.0

Active Musician

By himtnman

from Omaha, NE

This Guitar is Awesome!!! I'm an acitve musician and do a lot of Pink Floyd material and this baby cuts the Gilmor rifts to a tee. The ash, OH yea, the solid birdseye maple neck leads to supper strong, clean sound and matches the Duncans perfectly, nevermind where its made, I'll take this over most of the craftsmanship I've seen fron the US or Mexico. The number one thing that won me over was the playability of this instrument, you can just glide over ther frets! Thank You Fender for this guitar!

 
5.0

Review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own four guitars and this one is by far the king. After playing a Les Paul for awhile i decided to check out some strats and fell in love with the lite ash. The looks are suberb and the seymour duncans are really nice. I can get a nice clean sound out of my Crate amp and play blues like Jimi and Clapton with the stomp of a pedal. Unlike most Korean made Fenders, this thing ha sno "twang." So for the price, it plays as close to an American as possible. Good luck.

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