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PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for NAMM 2010 where she catches up with Fender. In this segment, we get our first glimpse of their American Speical Series Strats & Teles.
The three instruments in the new series?the American Special Telecaster, American Special Stratocaster and American Special Stratocaster HSS?are highly-affordable U.S.-made Fender electric guitars that are within the reach of an entire spectrum of players. As such, they share many features with their cousins in the acclaimed Highway One and American Standard series.
All three American Special guitars feature alder bodies with gloss urethane finishes, 9.5-radius maple necks with jumbo frets, and Fenders best-selling Texas Special? pickups (the Stratocaster HSS also has an Atomic humbucking bridge pickup).
The American Special Telecaster has a vintage-style string-through-body Telecaster bridge with three brass saddles, a black pickguard, and is available in Olympic White and Three-color Sunburst. American Special Stratocaster has a vintage-style synchronized tremolo and white pickguard, and is available in Candy Apple Red and Two-color Sunburst. The American Special Stratocaster HSS has a rosewood fingerboard, black pickguard and vintage-style synchronized tremolo, and is available in Black and Three-color Sunburst.