FSR American Special Stratocaster® HSS Ash


Model #: 0170163721
FSR American Special Stratocaster® HSS Ash, Rosewood Fingerboard, Natural

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Fender’s American Special Series Stratocaster®  HSS guitar puts everything you want in an affordable U.S.-made instrument within your reach, now in a special ash-body model with a stylish brown-shell pickguard and aged parts. Other features include a maple neck with 9.5”-radius fingerboard and jumbo frets, Texas Special™ middle and neck pickups, Atomic™ humbucking bridge pickup, vintage-style synchronized tremolo and satin urethane finish.

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rshwayder on December 28, 2013 (updated December 30, 2013)
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I went to a local dealer in Orange County (Jim's Music Center) intent on purchasing a new Stratocaster. I already knew I wanted an HSS configuration and had heard Texas Special pickups a few times, so I immediately went for... a completely different Strat.

I grabbed a Mexican Strat and took it to their fancy room to check it out. It played quite well. I kept my back to the guitars in there so I wouldn't be tempted. Then I asked about the American Special HSS and they handed me one.

It sounded amazing. Felt almost perfect. Looked very good. I could feel that it was absolutely a better guitar than the MIM I'd previously played, and knew I made a mistake by picking it up (and, of course, knew I had to have one).

So I allowed myself to turn around and look at the guitars in the room.

And I saw it. The FSR AMERICAN SPECIAL STRATOCASTER® HSS ASH. What a thing of beauty. It struck me instantly. The wood untouched by obfuscating visuals. The vintage soul of the thing.

I picked it up. Within seconds, I decided it was my guitar.

It sounds like a dream, plays smooth and tight, bends for miles, and is absolute perfection to me in every way. I can't believe they still had one of these around, given how hard they are to find, and I don't think they knew what they had (quite honestly, neither did I until I bought it and looked it up online after).

I decided to say "screw it" and try a real American Standard side-by-side and still ended up with this absolute gem. It just felt and sounded better to me.

You can get any Strat tone you can imagine from this. Sometimes it's a bit warmer or punchier than you might expect, but you can Tone (control) it down. With the humbucker, you can also get some great lead and even modern tones.

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I finally bought myself a Stratocaster

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Vince on July 3, 2013 (updated July 5, 2013)
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I have a son that works in a music store. Soon after he started they got this strat in and hung it with the high end axes. I'm a sucker for the natural blond finish type guitars. This one in ash with the turtle shell pickguard, rosewood neck, vintage white knobs and pick ups fit my dream of what a strat should look like. I avoided playing it so not to get attached to it but soon the semi-aforadable price and good looks set the hook and it went into layaway. Its playability is better than I expected. The neck and frets make it much easier to play than my 30 year old Westone. This guitar is a gift to my self and I love it. Thank you Fender!

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General
Model Name: FSR American Special Stratocaster® HSS Ash, Rosewood Fingerboard, Natural
Model Number: 0170163721
Series: Special Edition
Color: Natural

Body

Body
Body Material: Ash
Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
Body Shape: Stratocaster®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
Position Inlays: White Dot
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series
Headstock: Large '70s Style

Electronics

Electronics
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
Pickup Configuration: HSS
Special Electronics: Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit (Rolls off Highs Without Adding Bass)

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tremolo Arm Handle: Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm
Tuning Machines: Standard Cast/Sealed
Pickguard: 4-Ply Tortoiseshell
Switch Tips: Black

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA 250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: Ash body, Aged Parts, Texas Special Pickups, Large '70s Style Headstock, Greasebucket Tone Circuit

Accessories

Accessories
Polishing Cloth: Polishing Cloth Included