Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar


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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 maple 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. Deluxe gig bag included.

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.

Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Gig Bag
Number Of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Neck Shape Modern "C"
Fingerboard Radius 9.5"
Body Style Double Cutaway
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®


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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Nice Made in USA guitar for the bucks!


from Spring Hill, FL

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  • Great action
  • Great tone
  • Jumbo Frets


  • none

Best Uses

  • Blues Jazz Rock
  • Jamming
  • Recording
  • Small And Large Venues

Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Finish was imppecable when I received it. Action was great out of the box but may have a pro setup done anyway to be sure I got the best setup. Love the Jumbo Frets. I compared it to my other strat and telecaster (both Medium Jumbo). and while only slightly wider at the nut it's more comfortable for playing any chords near the nut end without getting muffled notes from your fingers muting the adjacent string when playing chords. Also strings bend easily on this neck and make for fast playing.
I got the Candy Apple Red as I've alrady have a sunburst tele and wanted something to contrast. Played it through my fender hot rod deluxe and can get that Dire Straights "sultans of swing" tone easily. Jumbo Frets may not be for everyones liking but I love the feel of it for me.
The larger 70's headstock helps with the sustain and the satin urethane neck makes the fingers fly over the frets.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Best Guitar Ever!!!!


from New Port Richey,FL


  • All Out Awesome
  • Good sound
  • Great feel
  • No fret buzz


    Best Uses

    • Blues
    • Classic
    • concerts
    • Garage Bands
    • Gigs
    • Jamming
    • Metal
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender American Special Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    When I walked into Sam Ash, I was looking for a good guitar. More likely a Fender....So i walked in, their were some good guitars. And then......... The spotlight went down on this beautiful guitar.. i heard the heavens from above knowing that i would soon be playing this guitar and further owning it.... its the best sounding guitar for everything. classic blues metal classic rock punk... all AMAZING


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    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.

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