The American Special series Stratocaster® HSS guitar puts genuine U.S-made Fender quality into the hands of players at any level.
- Lightweight alder body with gloss urethane finish
- Maple neck with 9.5"-radius fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets
- Custom Shop Texas Special™ middle and neck pickups for powerful Texas tone
- Atomic™ humbucking bridge pickup for full tonal versatility
- Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
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Truly the HSS I've been looking for !! I went to a guitar shop out of my local region today and stumbled upon a wall of Fenders. Looking around for a guitar that doesn't break the bank I spotted this sweet Strat and immediately tried it out and I instantly fell in love. The guitar has an amazing feel to her and excellent tone so excellent that i could play on the clean channel all day and not get bored. Even though I play a variety of styles I was currently looking for a guitar that could produce brilliant blues and rock tones and I must admit that the guitar definitely seems inferior when you turn the gain past 6 but up until then she is absolutely stunning !! She will definitely be my first Fender once I save up a little more ... Can't wait to plug her into my Marshall and play some Hendrix !!! Great job Fender
Excellent guitar... Fast and comfortable neck. I was worried about the humbucker but it's perfect!!!
tsilifreak owns this item
This is my third guitar, but first Fender guitar. I won it in a contest (and I think I'll never be so lucky again). A good quality guitar, excellent tone and playability, lovely clean tone.
apolinario.ldi owns this item
I love this guitar its excellent a perfect Fender.
The Jumbo Frets are awesome and its such a great guitar. it would be even more awesome if we had an original Floyd Rose model.
The HSS and SSS models should both come in black and white as well those are popular colors for Strats.
The Atomic Humbucker is Fenders best yet. It retains the Strat sound but is a humbucker. The neck is comfortable and fast.
donnycraven owns this item
This guitar has really amazed me with its sound and playability. The price is really great, too. If you want a guitar for under a $1,000, definitely go for this one. If you try it, you're going to love it. The other good thing is that you can really play all styles of music, from blues to heavy metal. The humbucker is great for heavy stuff, and the neck and middle pickup will give you the ability to play great classic and blues tones.
sheytun2008 owns this item
I'm a real beginner - learning on guitar less than a year . because of that , I don't have a lot of experience but from the start I knew I wanted an electric guitar - probably a Fender .
When I came to the music store, I thought I will just come to take a look, nothing special. I could not believe I will leave the store with a plectrum, let alone with a guitar.. But when you see this one... you just can't avoid it. I had to try it .. and yeah. Take it .
I have the Sunburst model which is amazing to look at , with a nice Head Stock and pickups which are definitely good for me. The guitar is easy and convenient to play with, and came out of the box in tune, too!
Despite my lack of experience with guitars (sadly), I think it's an amazing guitar to play with, especially if you get it as your very first guitar (yes!)..
Shachar_H owns this item
The American Special Series should be ONE guitar that symbolizes the Fender name.
First, it is loaded with all your favorite features:
1. Retro 70's Head Stock, Texas Special pickups (neck and middle) position
2. Atomic bridge Humbucker that provides a whole new dimension of tweakable tone options and allows for a fat, overdriven blast of lead potential, available
3. The serious (I'm a pro and dead series about my tone) color finish options such as: Sunburst finish that will make your knees weak BLACK on BLACK, or Candy Apple Red.
4. The brilliant Grease bucket tone circuitry that keeps your tone (your tone) when you hit certain frequencies.
5. I have not even mentioned the price yet, $200-$500 stays in your pocket when you buy this model as opposed to the (boring) American Standard.
Go to your local guitar shop, pick any American Standard and play it first. Then, grab this one, and get out your car keys because you are done shopping. This is the better guitar by far.
FenderPlayer_29 owns this item
Out of the box it was in tune??? A slight setup and it is surreal. I have several Fenders and G&L, and Gibson...this is now my main axe.. Atomic Humbucker just sings....Wow
Yoda Dogg owns this item
I spent a few hours in the local guitar shop and had my eye on the special HSS, now I played it for awhile and tried different pickup positions and the output was really good, the bridge pick up was really great however the bridge kept pulling forward when I did any bends on the strings and would not return to its original position, the guitar came out of tune very easily. I could have just got the one bad apple out of the bunch that wasn't set up right, could just need some adjusting, but I went and picked up the American Standard Strat with the jade metallic finish, and played that for about an hour and fell in love with that guitar. I ended up buying the American Standard, My advice is spend the extra cash on the American Standard.
The American Special is an awesome option for someone who wants a great American made guitar that doesn't skimp on quality one bit but has some unique features at a lower price point. The biggest differences you'll notice between this and an American Standard HSS are the jumbo frets and the 6-screw trem as opposed to the 2-screw trem found on American Standards and Deluxes. The pickups are different but can easily be swapped out if the stock ones don't suit your needs. In my opinion, they're great. Plenty of growl from the Atomic Humbucker in bridge and that full single-coil Texas-Specials in middle and neck position.
DerDrache owns this item
|Model Name:||American Special Stratocaster® HSS, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.6875" (42.8 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||White Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||1/8" American Series|
|Headstock:||Large '70s Style|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Atomic™ Humbucking|
|Middle Pickup:||Texas Special™ Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Texas Special™ Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup) Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass) Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup), Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Special Electronics:||Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit (Rolls off Highs Without Adding Bass)|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Cast/Sealed|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Gloss Urethane Finish, Atomic Humbucking™ Bridge Pickup, Texas Special™ Neck/Mid Pickups, Large ‘70s Style Headstock, Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Gig Bag, Polishing Cloth|
|Polishing Cloth:||Polishing Cloth Included|
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