4.5Overall Score

This guitar is just perfect. It’s simple in design and embodies the spirit of blues and rock which the Fender brand has become synonymous with. The fender Stratocaster has been played by greats like Eric Clapton, Steve Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and so many other legends of guitar.

This is the guitar to get if you are looking for that classic bluesy rock sound. The American special can be used for anything you desire. If you are going for straight up blues, simply plug it into a Fender amp and you are there. If you want more of a heavy sound, plug into a Marshall stack and you can achieve the smoothness of a Van Halen tone. You can use it for Funk, Jazz, Pop, Country and much more.

Fender American Special Stratocaster®, Maple Fretboard

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It’s an alder body with what is called a modern “C” shape maple neck. It features chrome hardware, and vintage style synchronized tremolo.The pick ups are the amazing Texas single-coil pickups within a 5-way switch.



Pros of this guitar is the fact that is is a real US made Fender Stratocaster that delivers the classic and unique Fender sound. But, it also manages to master the delivery of other tones as well if one is wiling you experiment. The tone is crisp and clear and the feel of the instrument is outstanding indeed. The build and construction is impeccable and a real bargain for the $1000 budget. Although not super light in weight, it is easy to get around with when going to jams, gigs or even the studio. It just quite simply fits likje a glove. The neck is smooth and easy to get around.



Cons of the American Special Stratocaster, well, you would have to be very nitpicky. Although $950 is a lot of money, you can of course go a bit higher and get something that is even better quality. It is a mass produced instruments, so it is hardly one of a kind. You may run into other players with the same guitar at a jam. But this is, of course, because it truly is a popular guitar of choice for many players. It is a bit weighty as well. Not as heavy as a Les Paul Custom obviously, but still, a solid piece of wood with a good amount of weight. Maybe too much for certain players who prefer lighter weight guitars. If you want a lighter Stratocaster in terms of weight, you may want to look at some of the customs, or master built models. Also, the relics are much lighter in weight as well.


Fender American Special Stratocaster Demo


About Fender

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, and its name has become synonymous with all things rock ‘n’ roll.

Iconic Fender® instruments such as the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars are known worldwide as the instruments that started the rock revolution, and they continue to be highly prized by today’s musicians and collectors.

One Response

  1. amj

    Well I got small hands so I winded up seeking in the musicstore in cologne germany after that woulf suit me.
    Then I stumbled across a Jack & Danny Strat Deluxe a replica of the 1000 do!lar strat here described. Only a little difference though: 170 euro…even the original bridge cover fits…fantastic, made in Taiwan


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