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The Fender American Special Stratocaster is an affordable electric guitar built with classic 1970s styling.

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Pros

Jumbo frets are comfortable and forgiving - excellent for inexperienced players struggling with chord voicings and sensitive fingertips

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Looks, feels and sounds like a classic American Strat - materials and construction style showcase true attention to detail

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Tremolo is tight and highly responsive - provides great tremolo with minimal pressure required

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Neckpiece is ultra-soft - very helpful for fast note runs and smooth chord switching

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American construction style is most preferable amongst guitar experts - has a better reputation than Fender's Mexican and Japanese models

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Great "all around" option for players who require a versatile guitar - tonal capabilities and ease of performance are desirable

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Natural sustain is remarkably long - tone resonates throughout the entire instrument for a truly organic sound

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Cons

Fender's Atomic humbucker pickup is poorly received amongst experienced players - many users will likely want to replace it with a higher-end component

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The Fender American Special Stratocaster is an affordable electric guitar built with classic 1970s styling. It features an alder body with a heavy gloss urethane finish, a maple neck with a 9.5 in radius, and extra large frets. The Texas Special pickups and vintage-style synchronized tremolo give the guitar a signature, "American style" sound.

Controls include a master volume and two tone controls for the neck and bridge picups. 5-position blade pickup switching is enabled.

Features
  • Alder body with gloss urethane finish
  • 9.5 in radius maple neck
  • Jumbo frets
  • Texas Special pickups
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1 (Neck Pickup), Tone 2 (Bridge Pickup)
  • 5-Position blade pickup switching
  • Greasebucket tone circuit
  • Chrome hardware
Color Options
  • American Special Stratocaster, Maple Fretboard, Candy Apple Red
  • American Special Stratocaster, Maple Fretboard, 2-Color Sunburst
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