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Fender 2013 American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar with Case

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Product Description

The Fender 2013 American Select Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar takes the incredible features of its predecessor to a whole other level! This instrument features Fender’s brand new ‘channel-bound’ fingerboard innovation. They actually inlay the compound-radius (9.5-14 inch) rosewood fingerboard into the thick modern ‘C’-shaped maple neck. This not only provides an elegant look but it also imparts an amazing feel in which both edges are pleasingly rounded, with no side seam between neck and fingerboard!

Fender also gives the American Select Strat HSS a beautiful flame maple-top body with traditional contours. The body has an elegant hand-stained finish with a gloss lacquer topcoat, and the neck has a hand-rubbed oil finish and a comfortable contoured heel.

Fender 2013 American Select Stratocaster HSS Guitar Features

  • Channel bound rosewood fingerboard is ‘inlaid’ into the neck
  • Flame Maple top on an Alder body
  • Fender Select Stratocaster single-coil neck and middle pickups
  • Full-throated Twin-Head humbucking bridge pickup
  • Five-way switching
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Bi-Flex truss rod system
  • Two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with vintage-style bent steel saddles
  • Deluxe staggered locking tuners
The highly acclaimed Fender Select series introduces an all-new lineup for 2013. These finely crafted guitars put decades of Fender expertise on display, with elegant features and design options for discerning musicians everywhere. Experience the latest figured tops, beautiful finishes, choice tone woods, figured and quartersawn maple necks with compound-radius fingerboards, an innovative new ‘inlaid’ fingerboard design on two of the models, specially voiced pickups, and several new first-rate features that mark Fender's top-line best as remarkable instruments.

Product Specifications
Fender 2013 American Select Stratocaster HSS Specifications
  • Series: Fender Select
  • Body Material: Alder with Flame Maple Top
  • Body Finish: Hand-Stained with Gloss-Lacquer Topcoat
  • Neck: Maple, Thick Modern ‘C’-Shape
  • Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Oil
  • Fingerboard: ‘Channel-Bound’ Rosewood, 9.5 - 14 in. Compound Radius
  • Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5 in. (64.8 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.685 in. (42.8 mm)
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Truss Rod: Bi-Flex
  • Pickups:
    • Bridge: Twin-Head Humbucking Pickup
    • Neck/Middle: Fender Select Stratocaster Single-Coil
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Postion 1. Bridge Humbucking Pickup; Position 2. Middle Pickup and Inner Coil of Humbucker; Position 3. Middle Pickup; Position 4. Neck and Middle Pickup; Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Tuning Machines: Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Locking
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck and Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup and Bridge/Middle Pickup Combination)
  • Control Knobs: Aged White
  • Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Vintage-Style Bent Steel Saddles
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
  • Case/Gig Bag: Fender Select Tweed Case
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  (480) 596-9690 Warranty:  Instruments: Limited Lifetime; Electronic Products (amps): Transferrable 5 Year Limited; Accessories: 1 Year Limited
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On my third try
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
The first one I received had a wood screw protruding through the control cavity which shorted out the pickup selector switch. I chose to deal with fender on this issue and they (after a ton of documentation) decided to replace it. The one they sent back had to be one of the ugliest and least quality instruments I've ever had the misfortune to hold in my hands. Uneven frets, wonky neck, dead spots in the neck, a stuck truss rod , and a case that wouldn't latch properly were among the issues I experienced with the replacement. If this guitar could speak (which you couldn't hear over the fret buzz anyway) it would say. "Kill meeee..." After taking the guitar to a local guitar tech he quoted $175.00 to get the guitar playable. This still doesn't address the issue of the maple veneer which might be the ugliest top I've ever seen. For real. It's awful. I'm dealing with fender as I write this review trying to get them to replace the instrument a second time
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
I spent over 2k for a guitar that looks like a llama vomited all over it and is virtually unplayable. On a quality scale from one star to five stars where does yak excrement fall?
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The first one I ordered from ams felt great aside from the fact it didn't work. The one fender sent back on warranty feels terrible.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The select pickups are really nice. Articulate and the hum buckler in the bridge position really has punch. Plugged into my ac15 they're gorgeous.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Ams sent me the one I wanted and it was absolutely beautiful. The one fender sent back on warranty is gross.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
Nope. These guitars are billed as highest production quality. I've seen american stds that play a lot better and whose fit and finish are nicer.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
I literally put it back in the case (which didn't latch properly) because it played so poorly.
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