Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS - Black No Longer Available

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and 1 Humbucking Pickup - Black
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Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS - Black
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$999.99

Huge bang for the buck!

American-made quality at an amazing price! Fender's American Special Stratocaster HSS gives you many of the most popular features from past Strat models at a price that's nearly unheard of for a made-in-America Fender. It all starts with an alder body for classic Strat sparkle, and it's all wrapped up in a great-looking gloss urethane finish. The Fender trademark maple neck is topped with a rosewood fingerboard for a little added warmth, and jumbo frets make it easy to bend with passion with the American Special Stratocaster HSS!

Be sure to cut through the mix with the powerful combination of Fender's popular Atomic humbucker at the bridge and Texas Special single coils at the neck and middle positions. Used together in any one of the five possible positions, the pickups give you classic Fender tones with the added intensity you can only get from a hot humbucker. A Greasebucket tone circuit and vintage-style tremolo round out the features on this beauty. If you're looking for an American-made Strat with unbeatable bang for the buck, then you need the American Special Stratocaster HSS!

Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Black alder body with gloss urethane finish
  • Maple modern C-shaped neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • 25.50" scale length
  • 1.69" nut width
  • Chrome hardware
  • Fender Standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • 3-ply black/white/black pickguard
  • 1 Atomic humbucking pickup and 2 Texas Special Strat pickups
  • 5-position blade for pickup switching
  • Deluxe gig bag included

Get classic Strat tones at a great price with Fender's American Special Stratocaster HSS!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Hands On Review: Fender American Special

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number 0115700306

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 6 reviews

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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