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Fender American Special Strat HSS BK

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: Modern C
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42.8 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Texas Special single coils and 1 Atomic humbucker
  • Greasebucket tone circuit
  • Synchronized tremolo
  • 70s Headstock
  • Strings: Fender NPS 250L .010 - .046 (Article Nr 133191)
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes gig bag
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Colour Black
Body Alder
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups HSS
Tremolo Vintage
incl. Bag Yes
incl. Case No

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Excellent guitar!

07.01.2016
This guitar is my first American Special HSS. I must say I was overwhelmed by its smooth sound which fits perfect for more soft music and both rock and punk/grunge. I think the HSS spec is definitely a good match for an American Special based on the Texas Pickups and the humbucker. This guitar can easily compete with a more expensive American Standard in sound. But if it was a SSS I would think a American Standard is more worth the money, if you want the best quality.
The design of the guitar fits very well my needs, but there isn't much lacquer (if any) on the neck, which I personally like since it's way easier to move around without drooping it, but some prefer the old lacquered ones since it gives more protection.

The downside of this guitar is that the E and G string was buzzing a lot when played a little rough. I have never heard so much buzz on any string before even if it was a new one! I've spend a whole day adjusting the height and ended up filed some of nut hole to fit the E string. I think I have made it work now, but for a guitar at this price, you would think fender was a little more quality minded. I was personally let a little down by this, especially because the preferred height standards for these guitar strings, didn't fit the a buzz free sound even after tuning. I just hope I managed to fix this, and it won't occur again. Otherwise I would have to take it to a shop. Which is really lame for a brand new fender guitar at this price.
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Fender American Special Strat HSS BK

zickhb, 15.05.2017
From a real US Strat I have dreamed longer.

Order and delivery have worked Thomann typical perfectly. Everything arrived punctually, very well packaged and completely. Thank you !!

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The guitar looks absolutely great and makes in the hand immediately a very valuable impression. The playability is excellent.

sound:
I like the HSS configuration very well. Full sound and many possibilities.

Unfortunately, the stability of the voice is still extremely poor after 3 weeks. The guitar does not hold the tuning 10 seconds without the use of the tremolo lever. After everything has been tuned, a chord suffices and the guitar is totally detuned. If one stretches the strings, it squeaks from the saddle and bridge.

I expected more from the "flawless USA quality" and am quite disappointed.

I will bring the fenders to set / rework the guitar builder. Too bad this is necessary with a brand new instrument of this price class.

Update 21.06.2017:

Guitar was adjusted by the professional, saddle after-filed and lubricated with Big Bends Nut Sauce.
All problems have been successfully resolved.
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