Fender American Special Stratocaster - 2-tone Sunburst, Maple fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck and Fingerboard, and Three Single-coil Pickups — 2-tone 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. In the tone department, a trio of Texas Special single-coils dish out the chime while a vintage-style trem deals with the whammy action. 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
  • Cut through the mix
  • Greasebucket tone control rolls off highs without affecting volume
American-made quality at an unbeatable price

Fender's American Special Series exists to do one thing: give you access to genuine US-made Fenders at unbeatable prices. The American Special Stratocaster gives you a great selection of cool Strat features, including a supremely playable maple neck/fingerboard with jumbo frets, three Texas Special single-coils, Fender's innovative Greasebucket tone control, a vintage-style synchronized tremolo, and a large '70s-style headstock. All in, it's quite a potent music-delivery system. And it's made right here in the USA in Fender's state-of-the-art Corona, California, factory.

Cut through the mix

You're sure to cut through the mix, thanks to a trio of Fender's Texas Special single-coils. 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. But these pickups have a little something extra that sets the American Special Strat apart from previous Strat incarnations - 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, it's the American Special Stratocaster!

Greasebucket tone control rolls off highs without affecting volume

Fender has fitted the American Special Stratocaster with their Greasebucket tone control, which rolls off highs without adding bass or affecting your volume. This is seriously cool, because it gives you explicit control over your tone onstage without your having to compensate for volume loss. It makes the American Special Strat a serious tone machine.

Fender American Special Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • American-made quality at an unbeatable price!
  • Comfort-contoured alder Strat body
  • Supremely playable maple neck/fingerboard and jumbo frets
  • 3 Texas Special single-coil pickups
  • 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!

NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

Additional Media

Electric Guitar Buying Guide
Hands On Review: Fender American Special

Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Gloss Urethane
Color 2-Color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Modern C
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.69"
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Tuners Standard Sealed
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Texas Special Single-coil
Middle Pickup Texas Special Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Texas Special Single-coil
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone with Greasebucket circuit, 5-way blade pickup switch
Strings Fender Super Bullets 3250L, (.009-.042)
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0115602303

Customer Reviews

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5/5

I've been a Gibson guy for nearly 40 years, LP's, SG's, etc. Just bought the Fender American Special Strat, arrived today and I cannot put it down. I'm a 62 yr. old hard rocker who has just been reborn to the Strat world. Buy this guitar now before I buy them all!! Where the hell have I been all these years! Sweetwater Sound Rocks the world- unequalled for pricing, 55 point set up, service, sales people.
Music background: hobbyist musician
5/5

American Special Strat , is very Special!

It is a fact that you can get lucky buying a less expensive guitar, but I have had mine since they first added the Texas special pickups, and have played custom shop Strats since that friends are trying to match the sound, even going as far as adding the Texas trio, not the same, this guitar was made for the people by Fender and I thank them!
Music background: play like I feel, always never satisfied, and always playing.
5/5

fender american special

I am totally satisfied with my strat and i must say they are the best to buy equipment from there service is the best ive seen in along time!!!! Kudos sweetwater you will always get my buisness!!!
Music background: i suck at it and dont care!!!!!
5/5

excellent !!!!

This is my second purchase with Sweetwater , and the free shipment was super-fast . Set up of my guitar was perfect . Out of the box and playing , this kind of work some people charge a lots of money , but you provided it free of charge . How can not love this company ?The Rep actually suggested the color for me , and he was right . I love this guitar and the sound it produces , is more than perfect .He also honored the price of the catalog , which nobody does . Another plus for Sweetwater . In another words great guitar and service .I will give 10 stars if I could . Keep up the good work .
Music background: HobbyistExcellent
5/5

The BEST Stratocaster I've ever owned!

Most of us have heard that "some strats are better than others", and I suppose this is true for any high end guitar, but this particular strat is by far the best electric guitar I've ever owned, and I have the best of them: Rickenbacker, Gibson - as well as Fender. I may have just been lucky, but I would never trade this American 'Special' Stratocaster in for ANYTHING. I won't even bother with the $5000 boxes because for some reason, this guitar has its own "personality". Perhaps, this is your experience too, with one of your own guitar purchases - you expect a "good" instrument, but instead get a GREAT one! The only thing I did to improve mine was to swap out the machines for locking tuners because I could not get the G string to stay in tune for more than five minutes - no matter what I did (i.e. saddle, spring, nut adjustments...). I also use the heaviest gauge Ernie Ball strings with a very high action. Man, can this baby sing... I honesty will never invest in one of the premiere Fender Strats because all the ones I've played at the store cannot come close to the "soul" of mine. I hope you are as fortunate as me with your own American Special. It's a great price (though I noticed it's selling for $100-$150 more this year) so get yours soon before everyone figures out what a great deal this is and Fender jacks the price up even higher. BTW, I also toyed around with swapping out the middle and neck Texas Specials with a '50's reissue for the neck and a '69 reissue for the middle, but again - these Texas Special pickups provide the best possible Blues/Rock tones I've ever - and I mean, EVER - heard from a guitar. I guess you can see how much I LOVE this axe!
Music background: Semi-pro, teacher...

Sweetwater Advice

Randy Akins

This Fender American Special Stratocaster is the perfect blend of finesse and funk - the jumbo frets on this neck are as smooth as silk and the Texas Special pickups give you all the grunge you could ever want! Definitely a fun guitar!

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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