Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS - 3-tone Sunburst with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 1 Humbucking Pickup, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - 3-color Sunburst
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Huge bang for the buck!

Fender's American Special Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar gives you popular Strat features at a price that's nearly unheard of for a US-made Fender. It all starts with an alder body for classic Strat spank, and it's all wrapped up in a great-looking gloss urethane finish. The Fender trademark maple neck feels great with its Modern C profile, and jumbo frets make for fast and precise fretwork. And a pair of Texas Special single-coils and an Atomic humbucker offer a wide tonal range. You're going to love the Fender American Special Stratocaster.

Fender American Special Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • American-made quality at an unbeatable price
  • Any tone you need
  • Greasebucket tone control rolls off highs without affecting volume
American-made quality at an unbeatable price

Fender's American Special Series gives you access to genuine US-made Fenders at unbeatable prices. Its features include a supremely playable maple neck and rosewood fingerboard with jumbo frets. Two Texas Special single-coils and a Fender Atomic humbucker can go from SRV to high-gain with ease. Fender's innovative Greasebucket tone control stays clear all the way through its range. And a larger '70s-style headstock adds a vintage sense of style. And this American Special Strat made right here in Fender's state-of-the-art Corona, California, factory.

Any tone you need

Thanks to a pair of Fender's Texas Special single-coils, muscular blues tones are easily attained. But the addition of an Atomic humbucker in the bridge gives this strat the ability to push amps harder for harmonically rich overdrive. Used in any one of the five possible switch positions, the pickups give you classic Fender tones that have been with us since the dawn of the Strat and more. And a vintage-style tremolo rounds out the features on this beauty. If you're looking for an American-made Strat with unbeatable bang for the buck, this is the one.

Greasebucket tone control rolls off highs without affecting volume

Fender has fitted the American Special Stratocaster with their proprietary Greasebucket tone control. With this system you're able to take the bite off of single-coils or get thick tones without making your sound too muddy. The Greasebucket is designed to evenly rolls off highs without adding bass or affecting your volume. It gives you explicit control over your tone onstage without your having to compensate for a less-than-ideal sound.

Fender American Special Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • American-made quality at an unbeatable price
  • Comfort-contoured alder Strat body
  • Supremely playable maple neck, rosewood fingerboard and jumbo frets
  • 2 Texas Special single-coil pickups
  • 1 Atomic humbucker for higher-gain tones
  • Fender's innovative Greasebucket tone control rolls off highs without altering volume
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
Fender's American Special Stratocaster HSS: an affordable US-made Strat.

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Additional Media

Electric Guitar Buying Guide
Hands On Review: Fender American Special
Fender & Family Debut New Gear

Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Polyurethane
Color Black
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dot
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.685"
Bridge/Tailpiece Tremolo
Tuners Sealed
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup American Strat Single-coil
Middle Pickup American Strat Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Atomic Humbucker
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way Switch
Strings Fender USA Super Bullets 250L, (.009-.042)
Case Included Gig Bag Included
Manufacturer Part Number 0115700300

Customer Reviews

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Fender American Special Stratocaster

This was my first experience dealing with Sweetwater, but certainly NOT my last! Michael Wurtcher was my sales tech and did a great job working a deal and making sure my new Strat arrived safe and sound. Right out of the box only minor tuning was needed and the guitar felt and sounded great! The Strat was set up perfectly. Thanks to Mike and all the staff at Sweetwater involved. I couldn't be happier! Great communication throughout the process too.
Music background: 41 years/ Guitar player/Songwriter/Vocalist

The Dr is in (TONE FOR DAZE)

This guitar will blow you away,amazing tone on all the pickups. This strat rocks, an sweetwater is the place to get it from excellent service,thanks Bob.
Music background: Play at home

fender HSS

very pleased with the service from sweetwater.recieved my order within reseaonable time and great condition.the only thing i did was to replace the strings and put some graphite powder on the nut.the sound iand playability on my fender is great.i threw the whammy bar away,I dont need that. Every morning .im drinking coffe and playing my fender.luv it
Music background: hobbist


This is my first strat. I've been playing a Sheraton for a long time that my buddy had. And WOW! This baby smokes! The tone is so crisp and clean and the crunch is just the same. My buddy plays Les Pauls with me and is now blown away in shame! Love it!
Music background: Rock Hobbyist


For the price of this guitar you can not go wrong! Each pickup has its own unique sound that will cut through any mix for recording,and sounds great through all types of amps! Ive put it through cheap practice amps and expensive Marshalls and this still shines either way. It looks amazing (to me) and its the only American made stratocaster that you can get this cheap and it still has that classick fender sound and build!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Pro Musician

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

"Built by the people, for the people & within your reach" is the slogan on Fender's website describing the new American Special line of guitars and basses. And it's an apt descriptor: the new instruments are made in the USA and come in at stellar prices. I had the chance to check out five instruments: a Telecaster, a Stratocaster, a Stratocaster HSS (with a humbucker at the bridge), a Jazz Bass, and a Precision Bass. All five instruments were top notch. They were solidly constructed, well set up right out of the box, and primed for making music. I ran them through a Fender Mustang III amplifier (see sidebar for more on this amp). Each one produced the tone I've come to expect from a high-quality Fender instrument, from the twang of the Tele to the quack of the Strat in the in-between position to the crunch of the HSS humbucker to the rolling thunder of the two basses. We're talking classic good looks combined with classic tones. Each of the instruments rang well, with plenty of sustain. The pickups were solid, offering full, rich tones. And the hardware was of the quality you'd expect from an American-made guitar or bass. These were U.S.-made Fenders all the way. How much did I like the American Specials? Well, I ended up spending my hard-earned dollars to buy the Precision Bass for myself, and I couldn't be happier. It plays great, it's light, it rings like a bell, it sustains well, and the tone is true P Bass all the way. The same can be said for the whole American Special family; they all deliver the real thing at a great price, and they're made in America - very nice! BONUS: Mustang III I had the opportunity to play the American Special guitars through the new Mustang III amplifier. This is a pretty amazing piece of work from Fender: 100 watts, 12" speaker, built-in effects, and excellent-sounding amp models of all types. Whether for home practice -- yes, it sounds great at very low volume levels despite the high power rating -- rehearsal, studio work, or live performance, there's a ton of tone in this lightweight, highly affordable amp. It's the first Mustang I've played through, and I'm sure it won't be the last -- Mustangs rock!
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