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Fender American Special Stratocaster (Maple with Gig Bag), 2-Color Sunburst

Score a USA-made Fender for a great price. With a trio of Texas Special pickups and vintage-style two-point vibrato, the American Special Stratocaster rocks. (23) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Alder body Light weight with a wide tonal range
Texas Special pickups Delivers snappy and hot midrange; great for blues
C-shaped neck profile Comfortable, rounded oval shape
Fender Greasebucket tone circuit Rolls off highs without adding bass
The Fender American Special Stratocaster brings American-made craftsmanship to a wallet-friendly price range. This Strat boasts plenty of tonal punch, thanks to its Texas Special pickups and Greasebucket tone circuits.

An Affordable American Dream

American-made Fender guitars are regarded as the company's top models due to their production quality and attention to detail. You'll feel that dedication come through in this guitar's playability, from the smoothness of the neck and frets down to the setup of the bridge.

Lock in Your Tone

The American Special Stratocaster makes dialing in your own signature sound easy. Its three Texas Special pickups are well-known for their spicy, overwound sound which lends attitude to crunchy blues or rock licks. Plug your American Special Strat into a tube amp, roll up the volume, and hear how the pickups help cultivate organic overdriven sounds. The five-way pickup selector switch lets you smoothly shift between a variety of pickup combinations, from full-bodied neck pickup rhythm tones to twangy sounds from the bridge. Greasebucket tone circuits help to cut down on treble without boosting the bass output -- helpful for guitarists looking to evoke warm, fuzzier blues tones.

Throwback Styling

The large '70s-style headstock on the American Special Stratocaster is a nod to classic Strats, setting this model apart from its modern contemporaries. The vintage-style synchronized tremolo is ready for dive bombs and upward bends alike. Aside from these vintage-style appointments, the American Special Stratocaster is thoroughly modern. The maple neck is a contemporary C-shape, coated in a gloss urethane finish for faster playing.

Features:

- American-made Stratocaster
- Alder body
- Maple C-shaped neck with gloss finish
- 22 jumbo frets
- Three Texas Special pickups (bridge, middle, and neck position) provide hot, overwound tones
- Master volume, Tone 1, and Tone 2 controls
- Greasebucket tone circuit reduces treble without increasing bass
- 5-position pickup selector
- Large '70s style headstock design and logo
- Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
- Fender Cast/Sealed tuning machines
- Includes gig bag and polishing cloth

Experience USA-made build quality and classic Fender tone for a musician-friendly price with the Fender American Special Stratocaster.

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Specifications
Model Name: American Special Stratocaster(R)

Model Number: 011-5602-(Color #)

Series: American Special Series

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(TM) Strat(R) Pickup (Bridge),
- 1 Texas Special(TM) Strat(R) Pickup (Middle),
- 1 Texas Special(TM) Strat(R) Pickup (Neck)

Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Greasebucket(TM) Tone Circuit, (Rolls Off Highs without Adding Bass) Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup), Greasebucket(TM) 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(R) 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(TM) Tone Circuit, 3 Texas Special(TM) 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

Introduced: 1/2010

Notice: Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
2-Color Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 6 in
Candy Apple Red
Shipping Weight: 25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 6 in
Surf Green
Shipping Weight: 14 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 15 x 5 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-488-1818

Product Description

For over five decades, guitarists looking to move up to the next level have looked to the American Fender Stratocaster. The USA Strat has been in a class of its own, but for many musicians, the price tag has been just a bit too high. Now, though, with the release of the Fender American Special series, guitarists are able to get a US-built Stratocaster for less than ever before.

Features:

The American Special Stratocaster has a series of accoutrements making it a great guitar in its own right, beyond the performance and build quality that come with made-in-the-USA Strats. For one, the American Special has a full set of 3 Texas Special Strat pickups, for a little more heat than your average Stratocaster. It's also got Greasebucket tone circuits, so if you want to roll off high frequencies from your tone you won't boost the bass accidentally - a common frustration for single-coil players. The American Special Strat also has a vintage-style two-point vibrato with bent steel sides for great note bends, 22 jumbo frets, and a large 70's-style headstock. This guitar's alder body has a gloss urethane finish, and makes great use of it.

The Fender American Special Stratocaster makes the legendary guitar an attainable goal for more guitarists than ever.
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (23 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "This really is a great guitar"
Sound: After playing Strat's for over a decade I love the balance. quack, and tonal range. The bridge pup with added tone control is a working man's best friend. I dial it down to about 6 and find a set of tones I have never heard before. Feature: The pickups and tone control can easily satisfy the metal players and I love that but, its the clean tone that blows me away. Ease of Use: No guitar is for everyone. For me this is a blues machine. Wide neck, tall frets, sweet clean tone and pickups that bite when I dig in to them. Quality: The paint is mirror like and I can FEEL the notes as the wood vibrates each note. I don't care where it was made, it perfect in every way. Value: Hands down this is the bets "Bang for your buck" guitar I can think of. If you want an American Stratocaster, you owe it to yourself to try this before paying more for the rest. Manufacturer Support: Have no idea The Wow Factor: The big sound and light weight. Everyone that see's it loves the color, even my teenagers! Overall: I played this guitar and a few new Strats the same day, came home and ordered from Zzounds. The one I got needed a neck adjustment but that was it. Rolled frets and a perfect setup. I could have really giged with it the first night. I just love this guitar. Zzounds made it easy and Fender made it perfect.
Style of Music: I like all music. I believe in the blues.
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Sound: I replaced the pickups with an HSS pickguard assembly, custom made using Seymour Duncan pickups as it's just my preference. Nothing wrong with the stock pick ups if you like Tex-Mex style music. Sadly, another reviewer chose to use rude language for no apparent reason to bash the basic sound without making any legitimate statement. Feature: The guitar is well made for the price and is a USA product. I sold a $2k Gibson Les Paul at a loss because it's features didn't live up to the hype. Fender has made a far more affordable, lighter and easily as beautiful a guitar for 1/2 the price. Ease of Use: This Strat compares very favorable to several MIM Strats I previously owned to use with a synthesizer, albeit with less controls of course. It fits in with my pedalboard effects and amps quite well once I swapped out pickups. The neck allows me to easily fret chords and lead as well. Quality: Good quality and great appearance. The neck feels easy to play and is finished so it's very playable. Value: Very much so. Your average step down would be an Asian made guitar with a licensed lock down tremelo system which are very unstable from my experience. A much more affordable approach which I took was to swap to lockable tuners which made the tremolo far more stable. It's easier to change strings this was as well. The finish is great and other guitars in this range use their own brand of pickups or licensed name brands which are of a lower quality than the Fenders. Manufacturer Support: I've never had to deal with Fender for issues. zZounds is very helpful and handles returns professionally. The Wow Factor: Sadly, some reviewers resort to cursing, poor spelling and generally illiterate responses to grind an axe with either the guitar or Fender in general. I have never known a USA made product from Fender to be of extremely low quality; enough so to deserve such rants in a rating system. This is hopefully not typical of a musician purchasing this guitar as it a good investment for an intermediate or better musician. Overall: Overall I find this guitar to be a great value. Even if I built a guitar from kit form, I would have still had to pick out specific pickups, tremolo system, tuners, etc. and had to have a luthier set up the neck/body and intonation. By buying this guitar, I get made in USA quality, fit and finish and only had to upgrade pickups and tuners.
Style of Music: Contemporary Christian, rock, cutting edge hard rock.
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