Fender Select Stratocaster® HSS


Model #: 0170314852
Fender Select Stratocaster® HSS, Rosewood Fingerboard, Tobacco Sunburst

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The highly acclaimed Fender® Select series introduces an all-new lineup for 2013. These finely crafted guitars and basses put decades of Fender expertise on display, with elegant features and design options for discerning musicians everywhere. Experience the latest figured tops, beautiful finishes, choice tone woods, figured and quartersawn maple necks with compound-radius fingerboards, an innovative new "inlaid" fingerboard design on two of the models, specially voiced pickups, and several new first-rate features that mark Fender's top-line best as remarkable instruments.

The 2013 edition of the Fender Select Stratocaster® HSS ups the ante on its 2012 predecessor with several striking new features. First among these is the "channel-bound" rosewood fingerboard, a brand-new Fender innovation in which the compound-radius (9.5"-14") rosewood fingerboard is "inlaid" into the thick modern "C"-shaped maple neck. In addition to creating a stylish new look, it imparts an amazingly comfortable fretting-hand feel in which both edges are pleasingly rounded, with no side seam between neck and fingerboard.

The Fender Select Stratocaster HSS also has a beautiful flame maple-top body with traditional contours. The body has an elegant hand-stained Tobacco Sunburst finish with a gloss lacquer topcoat, and the neck has a hand-rubbed oil finish and a comfortable contoured heel. Other premium features include Fender Select Stratocaster single-coil neck and middle pickups, a full-throated Twin-Head humbucking bridge pickup, five-way switching, three-ply parchment pickguard, aged white control knobs, 21 medium jumbo frets, Bi-Flex™ truss rod system, two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with vintage-style bent steel saddles, deluxe staggered locking tuners and Fender Select headstock medallion.

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christy4512 on July 15, 2014 (updated July 21, 2014)
Blues Classic Rock Country

Excellent build quality but badly let down by the sound quality. I am going to change the pickups and see if that helps. I own an american standard and a clapton strat and both blow the select away in tone and sound quality. I use a blues junior amp and have played fender guitar guitars and amps professionally for the last 25 years. Would not recommend this guitar to anyone

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select strat

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cadiilacsteve on March 13, 2014 (updated March 16, 2014)
Blues Funk Jazz

Beautiful guitar - everything as advertised. This instrument is capable of a wide variety of tones and can accommodate many different playing styles. What sets this guitar apart from others and makes it unique is the channel bound neck. Incredible smooth to play and an amazing amount of sustain most by far in any strat I've every played. Would rate the set-up out of the box as mediocre at best. Had to tweak nearly everything to get it just right for me. Had to adjust the relief on the neck the action the pickup height some of the tuners were loose not great on the factory setup. I am picky as far as set up but felt that this guitar should have been set up better for $ 2000+. That's my only knock on the value. As a collector of vintage acoustics I own several guitars I would never part with as to me, they are priceless. After only 2 months this strat is now part of my most valuable to me inner circle. Thank you Fender for a great guitar.

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Some small changes

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Ralph T on August 26, 2013 (updated August 28, 2013)
Amateur Rock Classic Rock Folk

This is a beautiful instrument. I think my friends at Fender could have taken it a step further. Instead of the old Rosewood, how about an Ebony neck, or even Maple or Birdseye Maple at this price. Why the Jumbo Frets? Other than that, I could see this Strat or even the Tele version hanging on my wall.

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My first real Strat

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cjmartin on July 20, 2013
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal

Truly amazing. A beautiful looking guitar which sounds great. The neck is fantastic despite the chunky feel and the inlaid fretboard is a dream.the pick up tone is to die for. I have one of the first Squiers to be made in Japan - a 1960 candy apple red with a slinky neck and a rosewood board - which I love, but this one steals the show. Keep up the good work Fender.

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Fantastic guitar

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rknjr on May 22, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues R&B Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Folk Country Reggae / Ska

I just got this guitar a couple of days ago and WOW is all I can say. The flame maple top and the finish are beautiful. The inlaid rosewood fretboard is something I have never had on a guitar before. As soon as a I gripped the neck on a test drive at the store I liked it. It's a full C 50's neck style and it fits perfectly in my hand. Having the recessed fretboard with the maple neck serving as a sort of binding is a very smooth feel. The rolled edges are actually the maple neck. Not the rosewood fretboard. This gives the neck a unique feel when you grip it. I like the compound radius. I have a 2004 deluxe tele maple neck that also has the 9.5 to 14 compound radius and I think it has been replaced as number 1. This new beauty is making it's debut at rehearsal next week so I really can't fully evaluate the pickups until I crank it up with the band. Sometimes you acquire guitars to go in your collection or to play a specific style or what have you. Then there are guitars you come across and they instantly become the new number 1 absolute go to guitar replacing the previous titleholder. This my friend is one of those guitars.

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I have found MY tone!!

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Joe$oup on April 27, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Gospel Funk Jazz Rock Classic Rock Folk

I have always loved single coil guitars. I recently bought a LP Standard and found that the playability for me just didn't work like Fenders.

I loved the bridge humbucker, but not the neck, and i needed my cluck and chime there.
When i took it back to Guitar Center this beauty caught my eye. I love the tone woods and finish. The neck is amazing, and so playable. And with the HSS config, buddy this thing will get dirty too! As a church musician moving across many genres of music in any given set, this guitar can cover them all. I definately wont be taking this one back!

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Ultimate Rock Immortal HSS

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DonnyRock on April 9, 2013 (updated April 9, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

I initially saw this guitar on the Fender website and was intrigued by the new Fender Rosewood embedded fingerboard in a maple neck. I finally got a call from my local Guitar Center and got the opportunity to be the first to have one from this store. I immediately went down and had to try it out. I was amazed by the unique neck and fingerboard and how easy it was to play. The action was amazing and the sound was super sweet. The humbucker pickup had a smooth crunch that helped me immediately make the decision to buy it. The finish was beautiful, the neck amazing, the sound the best yet from any Fender I have played. Everyone around me wanted to try the guitar but I immediately swooped it up and didn't want anyone else to get it. This guitar is the most exciting one I have ever owned and I can't wait to get on stage with my Rock Immortal friends to make it scream!

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SWEET SMOOTH LADY

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Mike on February 21, 2013 (updated February 21, 2013)
Amateur Blues R&B Gospel Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country

I played a Strat back in the 60s and had fun in a small 3 man band playing classic rock-n-roll. When I went into the service and got out of music for a while, my heart was just not in it anymore. When I came back to music later, it was with an acoustical guitar. Lately I have had the bug to play an electric guitar again. So I took the plunge with this beautiful lady! I am in awe of this Lady....she has all the inner & out beauty, sleek grace and mellow tone as well as a raunchy guttural snarl of a fine tuned Formula-1 at the Indy 500! The wood front & back is flawless with a sleek luster finish. The maple birdseye neck with rosewood fret board is a beauty. The neck fills your hand and is smooth with the strings that melt like butter to the touch. I may have to go to heavier gauge strings until I soften my acoustical neck (death) grip. The ability to play all high, mid-range and low ranges of music voices with such quality, clarity as well as hold a note and switching from single coils to humbucker drives my crazy! When I transport this vibe through my new Limited Super Sonic 22, I am in heaven. When I shoot them through my Mustang II with all the warped preset modes, I can't help but think of my first '65 Corvette Stingray Roadster! You couldn't wipe the smile off my face with a baseball bat! I feel like a kid again! Thank you FENDER! I salute all your artists & craftsmen!

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playing4him27 on February 21, 2013 (updated February 21, 2013)
Amateur Gospel Rock

I got this guitar in November 2012. Wow what a guitar! I received a certificate with the guitar indicating it was one of the first 100 made. The humbuckers sound so good! These, with the two single-coil pickups provide such an awesome array of tones which enables me to be very creative! The fit and finish of this Strat is second to none. The combination of the neck being so smooth and the rosewood fretboard allow my fingers to glide
up and down the neck. This guitar is truly a dream to play! You ask, would I purchase this guitar again ? YES! I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone looking for an excellent playing, excellent built, and excellent sounding electric guitar!

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General
Model Name: Fender Select Stratocaster® HSS, Rosewood Fingerboard, Tobacco Sunburst
Model Number: 0170314852
Series: Fender® Select
Color: Tobacco Sunburst

Body

Body
Body Material: Alder with Quilt Maple Top
Body Finish: Hand-Stained with Gloss-Lacquer Topcoat
Body Shape: Stratocaster®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Oil
Neck Shape: Thick Modern "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Channel-Bound Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
Position Inlays: Dot
Truss Rods: Bi-Flex™
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Twin Head Humbucking
Middle Pickup: Fender Select Single-Coil Strat
Neck Pickup: Fender Select Single-Coil Strat
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck and Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup and Bridge/Middle Pickup Combination)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Postion 1. Bridge Humbucking Pickup; Position 2. Middle Pickup and Inner Coil of Humbucker; Position 3. Middle Pickup; Position 4. Neck and Middle Pickup; Position 5. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: HSS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines: Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Locking
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs: Aged White Plastic

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: Neck Heel Contour, Fender Select Headstock Medallion
Included Accessories: Cable, Strap, Cloth