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Fender American Special Stratocaster Guitar (Sonic Blue) $750 + free shipping

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Last Edited by mlacey3 August 11, 2016 at 08:35 AM
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I have this guitar (same color) and love it. Great price, too.
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I really like the colors on that thing
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bought these one about 4 month ago. I love it's excellent & noiseless tuning capacity.
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Quote from lilgrubbybaby View Post :
I really like the colors on that thing
Really!! you like only color? How about its tuning Capacity ?
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I always struggle with the deals like this. On the one hand, it is 25% off which is a decent price, on the other hand, it is probably not how I would spend my money. I would probably either spend a little bit more and get a better USA guitar or spend less or get a high quality import.

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I love it's excellent & noiseless tuning capacity.
Noiseless tuning capacity? In what way does this guitar have more capacity to tune noiselessly than any other guitar?
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Noiseless tuning capacity? In what way does this guitar have more capacity to tune noiselessly than any other guitar?
i mean bad noise.
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Quote from JacksonvalieRR View Post :
i mean bad noise.
I guess I still don't understand. This guitar doesn't have noiseless pickups and it seems like the tuning process would be just like most every other guitar in the world.
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Would you mind expanding on this a bit? I haven't played one of the US Specials, but at this price it seems like a good deal, and potentially better quality than the Mexican strats. What about this model makes it not as good as other US models?
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I always struggle with the deals like this. On the one hand, it is 25% off which is a decent price, on the other hand, it is probably not how I would spend my money. I would probably either spend a little bit more and get a better USA guitar or spend less or get a high quality import.
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Would you mind expanding on this a bit? I haven't played one of the US Specials, but at this price it seems like a good deal, and potentially better quality than the Mexican strats. What about this model makes it not as good as other US models?
It is not a bad guitar and probably better than most MiM strats.

It has just been stripped down/changed.

Some key differences from the American Standard:
Big headstock - This is more of a personal preference but I prefer the smaller headstock.
Bridge - Less expensive vintage bridge
Jumbo Frets - Some people love the jumbo frets but I generally prefer the medium-jumbo
Finish - The specials have a heavy gloss urethane as opposed to the standards which have a thinner gloss
Pickups - Texas Specials in the special vs Custom Shop Fat 50s in the standard. Another personal preference thing but the Texas Specials are not my favorites. Some people love them though.
Case - Standards have a hardshell, specials have a gig bag
Misc - Other improvements on the standard include pearloid dots, bi-flex truss rod,etc

All that being said, don't forget that Fender isn't the only one who makes a Strat style guitar. I would take a USA G&L Legacy over a Fender American Special or even the American Standard and they can be had new around $800-900 if you know where to look.
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Gotcha. Those are some solid differences/distinctions. I like the bigger headstock, but wish it were finished to match the body (like my Jazzmaster). I played a few G&Ls that I loved, so it may make sense to keep my eyes open for one in the $8-900 range.
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It is not a bad guitar and probably better than most MiM strats.

It has just been stripped down/changed.

Some key differences from the American Standard:
Big headstock - This is more of a personal preference but I prefer the smaller headstock.
Bridge - Less expensive vintage bridge
Jumbo Frets - Some people love the jumbo frets but I generally prefer the medium-jumbo
Finish - The specials have a heavy gloss urethane as opposed to the standards which have a thinner gloss
Pickups - Texas Specials in the special vs Custom Shop Fat 50s in the standard. Another personal preference thing but the Texas Specials are not my favorites. Some people love them though.
Case - Standards have a hardshell, specials have a gig bag
Misc - Other improvements on the standard include pearloid dots, bi-flex truss rod,etc

All that being said, don't forget that Fender isn't the only one who makes a Strat style guitar. I would take a USA G&L Legacy over a Fender American Special or even the American Standard and they can be had new around $800-900 if you know where to look.
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Quote from dalto View Post :
It is not a bad guitar and probably better than most MiM strats.

It has just been stripped down/changed.

Some key differences from the American Standard:
Big headstock - This is more of a personal preference but I prefer the smaller headstock.
Bridge - Less expensive vintage bridge
Jumbo Frets - Some people love the jumbo frets but I generally prefer the medium-jumbo
Finish - The specials have a heavy gloss urethane as opposed to the standards which have a thinner gloss
Pickups - Texas Specials in the special vs Custom Shop Fat 50s in the standard. Another personal preference thing but the Texas Specials are not my favorites. Some people love them though.
Case - Standards have a hardshell, specials have a gig bag
Misc - Other improvements on the standard include pearloid dots, bi-flex truss rod,etc

All that being said, don't forget that Fender isn't the only one who makes a Strat style guitar. I would take a USA G&L Legacy over a Fender American Special or even the American Standard and they can be had new around $800-900 if you know where to look.
I bought the American Deluxe Plus Adorama had on sale for $850 about a month ago and absolutely LOVE it. FAR better than any import I've played and the N3 pickups sound VERY nice. It came with a hardshell case, strap, cable....plus it has the personality cards....which I know diehards are against since it is not "traditional". Also, the pickups are the "plug & play" type....no soldering involved. I am thinking of trying out the Fat 50's. Adorama has the HSS version on sale right now I believe for $800 (I saw it earlier today on this site)..
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Quote from mikespe View Post :
Adorama has the HSS version on sale right now I believe for $800 (I saw it earlier today on this site)..
If you want an HSS that is definitely much better deal & guitar than this one.
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About a month or so ago, many places were blowing out brand new 2013 - 2015 Fender Deluxe Roadhouses.

Yes, they are mim, BUT, came spec'd out to the max with an s-1 switch, texas specials, 22 frets, pearloid pickguard, antique colored knobs.....for 399.

Now that.....was a deal.
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