The American Special Telecaster and two Stratocasters are designed to bring terrific-sounding, smooth playing, rock-solidly-built U.S.-made Fender guitars to players everywhere.

   
Anaheim, CA
(January 14, 2010) -- The latest incarnations of Fender’s famous Telecaster and Stratocaster models comprise the new American Special series—built “by the people, for the people” as value-laden “guitars for the times.” They are designed specifically to bring the full Fender experience of a terrific-sounding, smooth playing, rock-solidly-built U.S.-made Fender guitar to players everywhere.

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 Fender’s 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.

“These new instruments are a result of listening to direct player feedback and acting on it,” said Justin Norvell, marketing director for Fender electric guitars. "The challenge was to maximize the value without compromising at all – in fact, in many ways, we upgraded the feature sets. Fender has long been considered the ‘workingman’s guitar’ by the player community – and these guitars have been brought to life in that spirit.”

The guitars have an MSRP of $1099.

For more information:
Fender American Special
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Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
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• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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