Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS [2010-2018]
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American Special Stratocaster HSS [2010-2018], STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the American Special Stratocaster series.


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Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS [2010-2018] tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Fender
  • Model:American Special Stratocaster HSS [2010-2018]
  • Series:American Special Stratocaster
  • Category:STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 01/16/2010

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Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS [2010-2018] user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 10 reviews )
 8 reviews80 %
 2 reviews20 %
iamqman12/31/2011

iamqman's review"Nice and versatile"

Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS [2010-2018]
I absolutely love the Fender Stratocaster guitar because it has such a great deal and a great tone for pretty much any style of music. However this is the instrument that generally gravitates me mostly towards hard rock because for me just feels perfect within my hands. It has the right feel, tone, and balance for my personal style playing and it really allows me to express myself without having to worry about too much other things getting in the way of making music. It's a very comfortable guitar play and the neck just feels absolutely amazing as well.

UTILIZATION


Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
Body: Alder
Finish: Black, Gloss Urethane
Neck:Maple, Modern "C" Shape
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Frets: 22, Jumbo Frets
Scale Length:25.50"
Nut Width:1.69"
Hardware:Chrome
Tuning Keys:Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Bridge:Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Pickguard:3-Ply Black/White/Black
Pickups:1 Atomic Humbucking Pickup (Bridge), 2 Texas Special Strat Pickups (Neck/Middle) Pickups
5-Position Blade
Master Volume
Tone 1: (Neck Pickup), Greasebucket Tone Circuit (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass)
Tone 2: (Bridge Pickup), Greasebucket Tone Circuit (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass)
Case: Deluxe Gig Bag included

SOUNDS


The tone of these guitars are fantastic. Especially when you couple them with any type of high gain amplifier or even a medium gain amplifier. You get a great singing sustain that just feels good that is full of rich and warm tone. These guitars also sound fantastic in a clean setting such as a Fender Princeton or any type of Vox or clean amplifier. Basically what you're getting kicked is if you put the pickup selector in the next position to get a great soulful, bluesy tone that is very reminiscent of the old blues players. Basically no matter what you using whether that be your foot pedals, rack effects, your speaker cabinets speakers or amplifiers this guitars that sounds fantastic. The humbucker makes this guitar even more versatile as well.

OVERALL OPINION


You can find these guitars pretty much anywhere you look for musical instruments. They're very common and depending on which color or which reissue will determine your instrument of choice. They have a great feel and generally they come in new right around $1000 or so. This is a luxury guitar my opinion but even so it has a good price for even the budget musician. This is an American built guitar and at this price it is a great deal for an awesome instrument.
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iamqman12/31/2011

iamqman's review"That is what I'm talking about"

Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS [2010-2018]
Fender Stratocaster is a great fantastic instrument for pretty much any style of music. Fender strats' balance guitar mixes very well with pretty much anything from blues rock all the way up to metal sounding guitar tones. This guitar features three single coil pickups and a line with a volume control knob and two tone control knobs. You also get a five way pickup selector that allows you to pick up each individual pickup or the positions in between. It's not that extremely versatile of the nutriment but hearing the different tones you get from the bridge all the way to the next gives you a variety of total options. But if you compared to some modern guitars with switches or push pull pots to split coils this guitar doesn't really do any of that. It's just pretty much a straightahead rock 'n roll instrument.


UTILIZATION


Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
Body: Alder
Finish: 3-color Sunburst, Gloss Urethane
Neck: Maple, Modern "C" Shape
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Frets: 22, Jumbo Frets
Scale Length: 25.50"
Nut Width: 1.69"
Hardware: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
Pickups: 1 Atomic Humbucking Pickup (Bridge), 2 Texas Special Strat Pickups (Neck/Middle) Pickups
5-Position Blade
Master Volume
Tone 1: (Neck Pickup), Greasebucket Tone Circuit (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass)
Tone 2: (Bridge Pickup), Greasebucket Tone Circuit (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass)
Case: Deluxe Gig Bag included

SOUNDS


No matter what amplifier setting or effects you have this guitar is going to sound great. If you using a load of effects to get an ambient type sound and this is could be a great guitar for that sound. If you using a medium to high gain amplifier than this guitar will give you the great sustained and feel for getting that every ay lead tones. The matter what you can use with this guitar is really get compliment your existing guitar rig quite nicely. Overall this is a very solid guitar and will be a instrument that will go great on any recording or live gigging situation.

OVERALL OPINION


You can find these guitars pretty much anywhere you find musical instruments. You can find them online or in most retailer shops around the world. Most of the guitars come in new right around $1000 or so. Depending on the features in the extras they come along can determine if you hundred dollars or so. But you can bet on this is going to be a great instrument that will have a fantastic feel and balance. I highly recommend this guitar to any guitarist out there because it is a very versatile instrument and as a fantastic tone for any stylus music.
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iamqman12/16/2011

iamqman's review"Good for the money"

Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS [2010-2018]
The Fender Stratocaster has such a great tone and it is extremely solid to play. It has the perfect weight and balance for me, particularly because of the shape and feel of the guitar overall. My natural stance when playing has a certain feel and certain guitars really don't give me that comfortability that I'm looking for. All I want to do is focus on my guitar playing and dynamics and style and not worry about my guitar rig, amp, and certainly not my instrument it's self.


UTILIZATION

Neck Shape: Modern "C" Shape
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Jumbo Frets
Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Headstock: Large '70s Style
Neck Plate: Standard 4 Bolt
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series Nut
Electronics
Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
Bridge Pickup: Texas Special™ Single-Coil Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup: Texas Special™ Single-Coil Middle Pickup
Neck Pickup: Texas Special™ Single-Coil Neck Pickup
Pickup 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 high without adding bass)
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup) Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass) Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup), Greasebucket Tone Circuit
Hardware
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Switch Tips: White Switch Tip
Tremolo Arm Handle: Vintage Style Tremolo Arm

SOUNDS


The tone of this guitar sounds absolutely fantastic. It has a nice mid range tone but if you give it a loaded distortion and maybe some boost from a pedal with an overdriven amp to get a nice thick meaty sustaining tone. It has to be one my favorite resonant frequency tones at any instrument that I've ever played. Whether you're playing with a clean amplifier or a really overdriven amplifier you're going to get a complete sound night after night of playing. Overall this is the perfect instrument for anyone looking for that one specific guitar that will last generations.

OVERALL OPINION


These guitars you can find pretty much anywhere you look for musical gear. They come in right around the thousand dollars or so depending on the model and the specifics. This is a great price for an American built guitar and a perfect instrument for gigging or reporting applications. I highly recommend this guitar to any guitarist out there looking for the perfect American built guitar.
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King Loudness08/11/2011

King Loudness's review"Killer value for the $"

Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS [2010-2018]
The Fender American Special Strat was introduced by Fender to add a guitar that retained all the quality of their famed American Standard line, but came in at a slightly lower price point for those younger players who wanted a USA made guitar but didn't have the $1000+ that an American Standard sells for. They're made alongside other Fenders in the USA plant, and it features many classic Strat features such as an alder body, a maple neck, CBS style headstock, classic fulcrum Strat tremolo, sealed Fender tuners and some rad sounding Fender Texas Special pickups underneath the hood. Here's the full list of specs:

Model Name:American Special Stratocaster
Model Number:011-5602-(Color #)
Series:American Special Series
Colors:( 303) 2-Color Sunburst,
(309) Candy Apple Red,
(Gloss Urethane Finish)
Body:Alder
Neck:Maple, Modern C Shape,
(Gloss Urethane Finish)
Fingerboard:Maple, 9.5 Radius (241 mm)
No. of Frets:22 Jumbo Frets
Pickups:1 Texas Special Strat Pickup (Bridge),
1 Texas Special Strat Pickup (Middle),
1 Texas Special Strat Pickup (Neck)
Controls:Master Volume,
Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Greasebucket Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass)
Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup), Greasebucket Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass)
Pickup 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
Bridge:Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
Machine Heads:Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Hardware:Chrome
Pickguard:3-Ply Parchment/Black/Parchment
Scale Length:25.5 (648 mm)
Width at Nut:1.6875 (43 mm)
Unique Features:Large 70s Style Headstock,
Greasebucket Tone Circuit,
3 Texas Special Pickups,
Large - 70s Style Decal,
Parchment Pickup Covers and Plastic Parts,
Black Dot Position Inlays
Strings:Fender USA, Nickel Plated Steel,
Gauges: (.009, .011, .016, .024w, .032, .042)
Accessories:Deluxe Gig Bag, Polishing Cloth
Case:Deluxe Gig Bag

UTILIZATION

The American Special Strats that I've tried are generally great quality overall and are just as ergonomic and well made as their Standard USA counterparts. The contouring is there, and the body weight is generally light to medium weight. However, the guitar still feels great and is much closer to the feel of a USA Standard than the Mexican made Fenders are. The upper fret access is great on these guitars as well, no real complaints there.

Getting a nice tone out of this guitar isn't a problem at all. It's loaded with the Fender Texas Special pickups and some higher quality electronics, so the tones that are produced are pure and decidedly Strat in nature. It is a very versatile ax too, covering everything that a Strat should be able to do with ease. Really a wonderful guitar.

SOUNDS

I've tried this guitar with various Fender, Mesa Boogie and Hughes and Kettner amplifiers. The clean tones are really remarkable with this guitar. The Texas Special pickups provide a really clear and bell-like tone that makes me smile every time I hear it. The neck pickup has a wonderful glassy texture that just shimmers when mixed with reverb. The middle pickup IS that viscous blues tone that we all know and love, and the bridge pickup is a great pickup for country and other bright styles of music.

Overdriven tones are equally as good on this guitar too. The pickups take to gain really well, so the clarity and definition that I heard on the clean sounds was still there as I geared up to channel Eric Johnson or Yngwie. The tones with some dirt are thick and juicy, but still retaining that classic Strat snap that is so recognizable with these guitars and still remaining clear even at high gain levels whilst playing 16th notes at warp speed. Just an all round great sounding guitar.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think Fender is onto a real winner with the American Special Series. They are priced at $850 new, a hair below the Standards, but enough to make me really think that it is serious competition for the old dog. What isn't there to love? It's got great vintage looks, great feel, great tone, and is built by good ol' Fender in the good ol' US of A.

Go out and try one today!
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Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS [2010-2018] news

[NAMM] Fender American Special Series

[NAMM] Fender American Special Series

Published on 01/16/10
The latest incarnations of Fender’s fTelecaster and Stratocaster models comprise the new American Special series—built “by the people, for the people” as value-laden “guitars for the times.”

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