Product Ref: 82153
The Stratocaster from Fender is no doubt the world's most-loved electric guitar, and has been an iconic image since its release in 1954. Its natural, versatile sound made it a favourite amongst guitar players, and still remains as popular as ever. This new American Professional HSS model features that same classic design, with improvements for the modern player.
Like many models from Fender, the American Professional Stratocaster HSS features an alder body, with comfortable contours that every player will love. Alder produces a resonant and balanced tone with plenty of clarity, and also features lightweight properties that enables it to be played all night long without the heavy strain on your shoulder. Fender have used alder as their tonewood of choice for electric guitars since the 1950's as the balanced response and slight upper middle definition makes it perfect for rock and blues playing. For added protection, the American Professional Strat HSS is finished in a Gloss Polyurethane coating in a 3-colour sunburst, and features a full host of classic Fender appointments including aged white plastic control knobs, angled headstock and 3-Ply mint green pickguard.
This new American Professional series from Fender offers a Deep C maple neck that has been especially design for comfort and speed. Unlike other neck profiles, the new Deep C features more substantial shoulders which creates a more natural feel in the player's hand, that is perfect for achieving chords and single notes. Mounted with a maple fingerboard, players can achieve a crisp snappy tone, compared to a rosewood.
Another new addition on this model are the 22 narrow tall frets which are mounted on the maple fingerboard. These are slightly narrower than standard medium jumbo frets and are effective for bending notes and playing chords with superb intonation. They also offer extreme comfort, and improve hand flexibility.
The Stratocaster HSS features a Shawbucker pickup on the bridge, along with two V-mod single-coils in the middle and neck position. This newly redesigned Shawbucker pickup offers a fat tone that will beef up any performance for a classic rock sound. The newly appointed V-mod single coil pickups include a blend of alnico magnets, and are voiced specifically their position, delivering a full host of high-output tones along with vintage warmth and crisp clarity. In addition to offering the perfect rock tones, the American Professional also features a treble bleed circuit which maintains the high-end when played at low volumes. This is a particularly great feature for home practicing when loud volume isn't permitted.
Another new addition to this iconic guitar, is the pop-in Tremolo arm which stays firmly in place regardless of how hard you play. The arm tension can also be adjusted to achieve a perfect pitch bending effects.
The American Professional HSS also features a real bone nut, which maintains its classic appearance. The main purpose of a using a real bone nut compared to modern materials is that bone offers an excellent resonance and sustain. A bone nut also delivers a very balanced tone, and will last a long time. In addition, this type of nut naturally self lubricates and helps you stay in tune for longer.
Finally, no guitar would be complete without a hardshell case. The elite moulded case features body-hugging contours which holds your guitar firmly in place. TSA latches are also included for enhanced security and easy access. This durable case also features a stacking ability, for easy storage and transport.