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Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar

 
4.8

(15 reviews)

SKU: F560230XXX

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The Fender American Special Stratocaster gives players an opportunity to own a high-quality, U.S.-made Strat that sounds, looks and feels great—all at a price that won't break the bank!

For most guitars, you just don't see the words "affordable" and "U.S.-made" in the same sentence very often. But Fender has changed all of that with the American Special Stratocaster. They call the American Special Series "guitars for the times," and they mean it. The American Special Stratocaster really does have everything you're looking for—including a price tag that's within your reach. It's a real American-made Strat, all the way. With all that classic Strat vibe, bumped into the 21st century with all kinds of smart modern touches.

Now players at all levels can enjoy an American-made Fender-quality Strat at a truly amazing value. The American Special Stratocaster blends time-tested Strat design with contemporary features that are sure to satisfy today's modern player. The comfortably contoured body of the American Special Stratocaster is crafted from alder and features a shimmering gloss urethane finish and a bolt-on neck construction. Contemporary playability and exceptional fretting-hand comfort are provided by the satin-finished Modern "C" maple neck and the modern 9.5"-radius fingerboard with jumbo frets. The large '70s-style headstock adds some old-school Fender appeal to this modern classic.

Whether you play blues, country, rock, and everything in between, a trio of single-coil Texas Special pickups are sure to deliver. Especially great for big SRV-style Texas-blues tone, the Texas Special pickups are over-wound and dish out dynamically scorching output. Featuring alnico 5 magnets, enamel-coated magnet wire, and staggered pole pieces, these pickups serve up tight lows, shimmering highs, and a well-focused midrange with incredible balance from E to e. The control layout consists of a flexible 5-way pickup selector switch, two Tone controls, and a Master Volume control. For modern versatility, the Greasebucket tone circuit allows you to roll off on the highs without adding bass.

The Fender American Special Stratocaster comes equipped with all-chrome hardware, which includes a set of Fender Standard Cast/Sealed tuners along with a 6-saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo for classic style and tone. Includes a gig bag.

Get your Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

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  • Electric Guitar
  • Gig Bag

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FenderAmerican Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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4.0

GRAB THIS STRAT TODAY!!!

By 

from CLEVELAND OHIO

Staff Reviewer

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

THE STRAT IS ARGUABLY THE MOST ICONIC GUITAR EVER. "I DEFINITELLY THINK IT IS"
THIS AMERICAN SPECIAL IS NOT ONLY ICONIC LOOKING WITH THE SONIC BLUE FINISH, SOON TO BE GONE ROSEWOOD FRETBOARD, AND CBS HEADSTOCK, BUT IT ALSO SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT ICONIC STRAT WITH ITS TEXAS SPECIAL PICKUPS. THESE ARE SOME OF THE BEST STRAT PICKUPS AROUND AND SOME OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITE. THE ONLY THING I DIDNT LIKE IS THAT IT DOESNT COME WITH HARD CASE BUT, I DONT BUY A GUITAR FOR THE CASE AND THIS ONE PLAYS GREAT.

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5.0

FENDER!

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from Las Vegas

Staff Reviewer

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Fender has a reputation for making high quality guitars for years and the famous American Stratocaster is no exception! Available in 3 different color options, Olympic white, Sonic blue, and 2 color sunburst there is one guitar for everyone! You even have a choice from maple to rosewood on the fret board! This classic American guitar has a bolt on neck, 22 frets, and a 22.5" scale making it ideal for the beginner to the most advanced players! Be sure to play one at your local Sam Ash today!

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4.0

Nice USA Strat

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from Columbus

Staff Reviewer

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      • good price
      • Great neck
      • great sound

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This is a beautiful USA made guitar at an affordable price. Ideal for the gigging guitarist, This Strat has a nice 60's style C shaped neck with med large frets. The Alnico pickups give a good amount of chime and overdrive nicely when pushed into the harder rock style. The treble pickup sounds great with overdrive and is voiced so as to not be too tinny. With its vintage style bridge and oversized headstock, this guitar is ready to go for the stage or studio.

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      5.0

      What a Guitar!

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      from cincinnati ohio

      Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      American made for this price?! when I got my hands on this I was blown away to say the least. definitely the best dollar value around, the pick-ups are hot and the neck is exactly what you would expect out of a quality Fender. very versatile tone wise, as to be expected. all around great axe!

       
      5.0

      Wonderful Guitar!

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      from Indianapolis, IN

      Staff Reviewer

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          • gigging
          • recording

          Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          It's hard to believe that this Strat is American Made for the great price point. It feels incredible and really is for any guitar player. It's tone is top notch and the neck feels just right. Plus as an added bonus it had my favorite Fender headstock, and comes in really awesome colors! Don't sleep on this beauty.

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          5.0

          Great Axe

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          from Canoga Park

          Staff Reviewer

          Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          This is a strat lover's strat. I love the fat 70's style headstock and the 60's feel. I did think it was confusing to have a Special and an American Special. Now they've changed American Standard to American Special, and the American Deluxe is now the American Elite. If you want a workhorse, no frills, American strat, this is it.

           
          5.0

          Amazing instrument!

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          from NYC

          Staff Reviewer

          Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          This is an amazing instrument! I love everything about this guitar. The neck is smooth and thin and very easy to play. I personally prefer the pickups in this model as opposed to the American pro models, more midrange and more punch. If you don't care for a hard case too much, save yourself some cash and get this guitar. Sweet color too!

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          5.0

          Great Fender Guitar!

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          from nyc

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • fun
          • plays great
          • sounds good

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • live
            • recording

            Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            The American Special is the best bang for your buck Fender Strat on the market! It delivers all the classic Fender tones and feels but without breaking the bank. And made in the USA at that! The guitar has a super easy to play neck and comfortable feel. The pickups sound fantastic plugged in. The guitar even comes with a gig bag. Great buy!

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            4.0

            GREAT STRAT FEEL

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            from Edison, NJ

            Staff Reviewer

            Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            Any real Fender player would love this Strat,very reminiscent of the great guitars of the 70's. Amazing quality as to be expected from Fender especially at this price range, not to mention they are made in America. The Texas Special pickups are also definitely capable of delivering a very very tone rich sound without compromise. All around, a great electric guitar for connoisseurs of all levels !

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            5.0

            Special start

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            from Cincinnati, OH

            Staff Reviewer

            Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            Great 60's to 70's vibe on these. The grease bucket tone circuit and the Alnico 5's give a great sound to an AMERICAN MADE Fender right around the $1k mark. That is hard to beat! C shaped neck makes it feel like a real guitar as well

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            Number Of Frets 22
            Scale Length 25.5"
            Nut Width 1.6875"
            Neck Shape Modern "C"
            Fingerboard Radius 9.5"
            Body Style Stratocaster®
            Neck Type Bolt On
            Neck Wood Maple
            Body Wood Alder
            Pickup Configuration S-S-S
            Bridge Pickup Texas Special™
            Neck Pickup Texas Special™
            Middle Pickup Texas Special™
            Bridge Type 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
            Tuning Machines Sealed Gears
            Orientation Right-Handed
            Other Features Gloss Urethane Body Finish, Satin Urethane Neck Finish

            Large '70-Style Headstock

            Standard Truss Rod

            Jumbo Frets

            Black Dot Fingerboard Inlays

            Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup) Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass) Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup), Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit

            Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup

            Special Electronics: Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit (Rolls off Highs Without Adding Bass)

            Synthetic Bone Nut

            Chrome Hardware

            Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Tuners

            3-Ply Parchment Pickguard, White Plastic Control Knobs, White Switch Tip
            Case/Bag Included Yes
            Case Type Deluxe Gig Bag
            Series American Special
            Model American Special Stratocaster®
            Warranty Info:

            American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar

            Fender Musical Instruments Corporation warrants this Fender brand instrument to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for as long as it is owned by the original retail purchaser, except that pickups, switches, jacks, controls, all other electronic components, tuning machines, hardware, pickguards, plated surfaces, gig bags, cases and case hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. This warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Fender Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL SALES RECEIPT, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE VALIDATING THIS LIMITED WARRANTY.