Fender American Special Stratocaster

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Description: Fender American Special StratocasterEDIT

The Fender American Special Stratocaster is a U.S.-made Strat that’s been designed to be a more economical version of the classic American Standard Strat by leveraging less expensive hardware and manufacturing. The American Special series offers a good compromise between quality craftsmanship and price.

Fender says the series was built “by the people and for people” as value-conscious “guitars for the times.” They are designed specifically to bring the full Fender experience of a terrific-sounding, smooth-playing, rock-solid-built U.S.-made Fender guitar to the workingman without emptying the bank account.

The series shares much with the Highway One and American Standard series with features including an alder body with gloss urethane finish, 9.5”-radius maple neck, large ’70s style headstock, jumbo frets, Texas Special pickups and vintage-style synchronized tremolo. Fender has also included their Greasebucket tone circuit that rolls off highs without adding bass to the signal.

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Street Price: $799.99 / MSRP: $1,099.99

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  • Awesome bang for the buck!

  • By j-rod on Sep 28, 2010 | 8 out of 8 found it helpful
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  • Pros: The finish is beautiful (2-tone sunburst). I find the neck extremely comfortable and easy to play. It just feels very well made, even when compared to higher-end guitars.
  • Cons: As others have mentioned, it doesn't come with a case. But I want to save up for a vintage-looking tweed case anyway, so that's not even that big of a deal for me.
  • Experience: I own it
  • The best way I can describe this guitar is that I barely notice it when I'm playing (and that...

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  • Well built guitar, excellent tone and playability

  • By ralph_machi on Mar 12, 2010 | 8 out of 12 found it helpful
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  • Pros: Great price for an American made Strat
  • Cons: Not a big fan of the large '70s headstock
  • Experience: I've used it
  • I had a chance to try out the new American Series Strat in a music store the other day. I've...

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  • A great guitar.

  • By nandip on Jun 21, 2010 | 7 out of 7 found it helpful
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  • Pros: Awesome sound, comfortable neck, beautiful look
  • Cons: If I want to be very critical even I can't write any bad things about this guitar.
  • Experience: I own it
  • I bought this guitar (€845) 3 weeks ago and I'm very satisfied with it.
    I've chosen the ...

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Specifications: Fender American Special StratocasterEDIT

Manufacturer Site: Fender American Special Stratocaster
Model Name: American Special Stratocaster
Series: American Special Series
Colors: 2-Color Sunburst, Candy Apple Red
Finish: Gloss Urethane Finish
Body: Alder
Neck: Maple, Modern C Shape, (Gloss Urethane Finish)
Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5 Radius (241 mm)
Frets: 22 Jumbo Frets
Neck Pickup: Texas Special Strat Pickup
Middle Pickup: Texas Special Strat Pickup
Bridge: Texas Special Strat Pickup
Controls: Volume, 2 Greasebucket Tone Circuits
Pickup Switching: 5 Position Blade
Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Tuners: Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Hardware: Chrome
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment/Black/Parchment
Scale Length: 25.5"
Width at Nut: 1.685" (43mm)
Headstock: Large 70s Style headstock, with 70s decal
Strings: Fender USA, Nickel Plated Steel
String Gauge: (.009, .011, .016, .024w, .032, .042)
Accessories: Deluxe Gig Bag, Polishing Cloth
Introduced: 1/2010
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