Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS - Black with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and 1 Humbucking Pickup - Black
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An American Strat at an Amazing Price!

Fender's American Special Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar gives you iconic Strat tone 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. A pair of Texas Special single-coils serves up spanky, chiming tone, with an Atomic Humbucker for aggressive modern tone. You're going to love this 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, two Texas Special single-coils and an Atomic Humbucker, Fender's innovative Greasebucket tone control, a vintage-style synchronized tremolo, and a large '70s-style headstock. All in, it's one of the more popular guitars in the Sweetwater showroom. 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 pair of Fender's Texas Special single-coils plus an Atomic Humbucker. Used in any one of the five possible switch positions, the pickups give you classic Fender tones plus the added intensity you can only get from a hot humbucker in the bridge position. From glassy cleans to roaring overdrive, there's a wide sonic range to explore with 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
  • 2 Texas Special single-coil pickups and 1 Atomic Humbucker
  • 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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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Color Black
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Modern C
Fingerboard Material Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dot on Maple
Number of Frets 22, Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5''
Nut Width 1.685''
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
Tuners Standard Cast/Sealed
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Fender Texas Special Single-coil
Middle Pickup Fender Texas Special Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Fender Atomic Humbucking
Controls 1 x volume, 2 x tone with Greasebucket Tone Circuit, 5-way blade pickup selector
Strings Fender® USA 250R, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Case Included Deluxe Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0115702306

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Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS - Black, Maple fingerboard

What a great looking Guitar. I first saw this over in London in a music store and immediately knew this would be my next addition to my collection. This Fender Stratocaster is well made and has a great sound. I highly recommend it.

Stunning value

I couldn't be happier with this fine piece of work. My sons are getting interested in guitar and I figured what better way to introduce them than something like this. Hopefully we'll all get a few years of enjoyment out of this fine instrument.

Stratocaster Guiar

I bought an early made (1954) era Stratocaster,but had to sale it after 30yrs plus useJust received my new Strat Order placed and received within a week or so .The Stratocaster was same as far as I can tell.The Service from Sweetwater was the best and all was as stated.I would suggest Sweetwater as a good place to place an order and shop on line.

Somewhat disappointing

I am a recreational, intermediate-level player. I have a Mexi Strat but I was looking for something a little bit better. In particular I was looking for a reasonably-priced Strat that would stay in tune, which my Mexi does not. I got this guitar, changed the strings, and played it for a few days. It went out of tune almost immediately and I had to adjust the tuning every couple minutes. It would also immediately go out of tune if I so much as touched the Tremolo arm. Anyway...I got frustrated with it and I exchanged it for a 2016 American Elite. The Elite is an awesome guitar and I will be doing a much more positive review on that one. It was just a bit frustrating that I had to spend twice what I wanted to in order to get a Strat that will stay in tune. So all in all I have to say I was disappointed. I was thinking/hoping that an $900 American-made Strat would have a good enough build quality to stay in tune. Sweetwater was fantastic to work with as always. My Sales Engineer, John Strid, took care of the exchange with no hassle whatsoever.
Music background: lifelong hobbyist guitar player
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