Surf Green - 100% American
I own 25-30 guitars. Everything from a Line 6 Sampler to 2 PRSs; Gibson Standard Classic 496/500 to several Epi LPs; Parker Fly, Jackson DXMG and many Fenders. Strats and Teles. Each of these guitars has its strengths and some have minor weaknesses. At the end of the day: I'm a Strat man! To me, there's nothing more comfortable or well balanced than the iconic Fender Stratocaster. I have a 'made in Japan' model from the '80s, several MIMs and 3 American strats. They are ALL good! My favorite guitar has been a 2000 American Deluxe Strat in Crimson Red Transparent. She is butter smooth on the neck and curves in all the right places. She came with Vintage Noiseless PUPs (which I dropped into a MIM model-a GREAT feature with strats: you can change PUPs w/o any fuss). My Deluxe got a Lace Sensor set as I'm a huge David Gilmour fan. She is a sexy machine. My American Standard is in black with rosewood and completely stock. It provides the classic Strat tones when I want it and can shape the sound from there. The neck is really good, but IMO not dramatically different from my MIMs! I really love ALL of my Strats. But THIS guitar... I had a secret love for the sea foam green, but didn't care for the platforms that were that color. The American Standards had great specs: USA made, smooth hand rounded jumbo frets and Texas PUPs! Loved it, but I like variety and have a red guitar and a brown burst Tele, so the colors didn't fit--until this year!! OMG! An American Special in Surf Green AND a Fender sale AND Sweetwater offering 24 months 0% financing. If ever there was a guitar that I was to buy--this was it!! She is BEAUTIFUL! I know I've read that a lot about various guitars, but I haven't said it a lot. This green is SO much better in person. Call your local shop and go see one. Then come back and tell me if I'm lying! The 70's headstock is not as obtusley large as I feared. It actually fights the proportions of this guitar perfectly. "O.K.", I think. "She looks good". The knobs rotate and the switch is quiet. The body seems heavier than other Strats, but once seated or strapped-on it balances perfectly. Running my had over the neck, feeling the satin back and perfect fret ends, I could easily think it was my deluxe! So far so good. Now to plug her in. NO disappointments here! She's a screamer. I usually believe about half of what I read--but these Texas Specials are hot! It's like my Standard on steroids. The string harmonics are super ease to get. She drives my tubes like Ghost Rider. Gain at half and breakup with harmonic pick attack! Little more gain and she starts to growl. It's not your daddy's Strat. The breakup is not from the amp (well it is) but its because of the PUPs. I normally have to use a pedal to get this kind of belly growl. All things considered, you are missing one of the greatest guitars Fender has ever produced, IMHO, if you let this one get by. I've been playing for 30 years, through all kinds of amps and pedals. With most guitars you can get the sound you want from amp/pedals, software. You will not get THIS sound without this guitar! I've seen the other finishes and they're beautiful, but as I've shared, this was the holy grail instrument for me! Life is good and I am very blessed! Thank you Sweetwater! p.s. this shipment was UPS and delayed due to 'train derailment'. I'd never seen that before. But she arrived safe and sound in perfect condition, well packed and set-up!