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Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS - Black Reviews

4.5 stars based on 6 customer reviews
  • from Dalton July 10, 2015Music Background:
    Novice player

    Great Strat at an awesome price

    This is my second Stratocaster, the first being a MIM Lone Star Deluxe. Being my first American made Stratocaster I am highly impressed, the thinner neck profile on this one as compared to the Lone Star I have is a welcome change and the quality is amazing for the price. Sweetwater is my usual go to place for instruments and supplies and the customer service I get from Josh is second to none.

  • from San Jose, CA February 10, 2013Music Background:
    Rock Hobbyist


    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!

  • from Waynesburg Pa March 30, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist Play the bars on weekends

    Fender American Special Strat HSS ( 3-Tone Sunburst)

    Overall great guitar played perfect right out of the box , the sound and playability is what you would expect from Fender the guitar I received was a beauty. I did however have a few minor issues with this guitar, there were some screws that could have been a bit tighter and there was one screw on the trem cover that was about 1/16 of an inch or so from being screwed down flush. When I tightened it down I was shocked that it wasn't even turned in all the way when it shipped from Fender, I could feel the screw biting untapped wood. This is my first such experience with this issue from an American Fender I hope that the Fender Q.C. team will be a bit more observant in the future. The set up was great from Sweetwater the guitar plays like a dream however I hope that the Sweetwater team will pay more attention to detail in the future . Please don't get me wrong I love this guitar and will continue to do much more buisness with them in the future . They have a top notch staff from top to bottom and are always very easy to deal with. I love Fender Strats and this one will not be my last. Quality instrument at a great price I would recommend this guitar to anyone in the market for a new guitar.

  • from Princeton, WV February 20, 2012Music Background:

    Great looking with a great sound

    I really love this Amerian Special Stratocaster HSS (Black). Great looking with a great sound. Really plays well compared to what I have been accustom to. Sure it will give me many years of enjoyment at a great price.

  • from Tennessee August 15, 2011

    Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS (Black)

    Great price and a good piece of amaerican made equipment. Have told many people about it. Wish this kind of thing was around when I was younger. Good buy!

  • from Seaford, DE October 26, 2011Music Background:
    Rockstar in the making

    Made to upgrade

    If you are looking for a guitar with a lot of tones this is it. It has a lot of potential. Personally, I thought the pickups were weak. Nothing a Super Distortion cant fix. I also swapped out the single coils. The tuning machines are not top notch. The bridge is decent. That was also replaced. If this guitar did not have the smooth neck on it I would give this guitar a 1 because it would be crap. I bought this guitar for the neck. Not exactly stupid considering I upgraded the tuning machines, pickups (3), bridge and now I have a custom American Strat cheaper than the Deluxe. Also bought a hardshell case and it still is. I cant imagine playing a smoother guitar. This thing looks like a rockstars guitar. The 70s headstock is a nice touch. I like the tone curcuit and how you can roll the volume up or down without cutting the highs or adding bass. I wanted to buy a guitar I could be proud of in front of anyone with a flashy Les Paul or just anyone and I know for sure I am glad I bought this and turned it into a tone monster.

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