The recent Fender American Special Series is designed to match affordability with the authentic US-made Fender sound.
Fender released the series saying “The latest incarnations of Fender’s famous Telecaster and Stratocaster models comprise the new American Special series-built “by the people and for people” as value-conscious “guitars for the times.” They are designed specifically to bring the full Fender experience of a terrific-sounding, smooth-playing, rock-solid-built U.S.-made Fender guitar to the workingman without emptying his bank account.”
The three instruments in the series – the America Special Stratocaster, the America Special HSS Stratocaster and the American Special Telecaster – all feature an alder body, with a maple neck and 22-fret maple fingerboard, and use Texas Special™ pickups, with the HSS Stratocaster using an additional Atomic™ Humbucker pickup.
The series has been reviewed by MusicRadar, rating them among ‘the best electric guitars under £1000′, adding “…these American Specials succeed with value and tone in abundance. Wonderful necks, great sounds and a perfect price/quality compromise…”
“The American Special Strat is light in weight; the finish looks flawless and rich, while the body contours are vintage correct and lusciously curvy” writes Neville Marten, Editor for Guitar Techniques, in his review of the American Special Stratocaster for MusicRadar. “A quick scan over the whole guitar reveals the type of build quality, fit and finish that has put Fender back in front of late.”
“This guitar is so willing and versatile that it would be at home in even the most professional situation. What’s more it plays like a dream and literally stunned us with its musicality” he adds on page 3 of the article.