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Fender Lite Ash Stratocaster Electric Guitar

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Product Description

This special edition guitar is light in weight and heavy in tone thanks to its exceptional light ash body, birdseye maple neck and fingerboard, and Seymour Duncan pickups. These pickups are perfect for the ash body with a warmer, sweeter tone that eliminates the brittle, glassy sound associated with lots of newer instruments. They allow free, more natural string vibration and greater sustain. Other features include abalone inlays, 22 medium-jumbo frets, two-point synchronized tremolo and chrome hardware. This is a striking instrument with the perfect combination of tone and playability.

About Fender
Founded in 1946, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has been an American icon for over 50 years. In that time, Fender’s contribution to the evolving sound of contemporary music has been global and continuous. By introducing the first commercially viable solidbody electric guitar, the first electric bass and countless classic amplifiers, Fender musical instruments have left their mark on jazz, blues, country, rock and many other styles of popular music.

Today, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation continues to offer its timeless electric guitar designs such as the Telecaster and Stratocaster to players around the world, but the Fender family has grown to include several distinctive musical instrument brands, including Squier, Guild, and Benedetto. At the pinnacle of guitar artistry, FMIC’s Fender Custom Shop in Corona, California, and its Guild Custom Shop in Nashville, Tennessee, offer hand-crafted custom guitars built to suit the tastes of individual players. Since 1995, Guild Guitars has also been a part of FMIC, and the Guild line of American-made acoustic and archtop electric guitars includes Benedetto brand archtop jazz guitars, considered by many to be the finest jazz guitars being made today. FMIC also distributes the Manuel Rodriguez brand of fine Spanish-made classical guitars.

FMIC’s Squier line of guitars, basses, amps and pro audio gear, combined with its full line of Fender acoustic instruments, offer a wide range of fretted instruments for the value-conscious musician. Under the Fender brand, FMIC manufactures a full line of professional-grade guitar and bass amplifiers inspired by its long tradition of innovation. In pro audio, Fender manufactures a complete line of professional sound equipment under the Fender brand, including the innovative Passport portable sound system. Fender also offers a complete line of accessories, including strings, authorized replacement parts, cases, straps and Fender logo sportswear.

Product Specifications

Fender Lite Ash Stratocaster Specifications

  • SERIES: Special Edition Series
  • BODY: Light Weight Ash
  • NECK: Birdseye Maple, Modern “C” Shape, Satin Polyurethane Finish
  • MACHINE HEADS: Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
  • FINGERBOARD: Birdseye Maple 9.5” Radius (241mm)
  • NUMBER OF FRETS: 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • PICKUPS: Seymour Duncan® APS-1N, APS-1RWRP, APS-1B, (Neck/Middle/Bridge) (APS=Alnico Pro Staggered)
  • CONTROLS:
    • Master Volume
    • Tone 1. (Neck Pickup)
    • Tone 2. (Middle/Bridge Pickups)
  • BRIDGE: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo
  • PICKUP SWITCHING: 5-Position Blade:
    • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
    • Position 3. Middle Pickup
    • Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
    • Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • HARDWARE: Chrome
  • STRINGS: Fender Super Bullet 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel (.009 to .042), Fender part number 073-3250-003
  • PICKGUARD: 1-Ply Black
  • SCALE LENGTH: 25.5” (648 mm)
  • WIDTH AT NUT: 1.625”
  • UNIQUE FEATURES: Black Plastic Parts, Abalone Dot Position Inlays, Oversized Strap Buttons:
  • INTRODUCED: 1/2004


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  (480) 596-9690 Warranty:  Instruments: Limited Lifetime; Electronic Products (amps): Transferrable 5 Year Limited; Accessories: 1 Year Limited
Bluesman Sammy Guy from NE Pa.
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Best Strat I own
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I owned a lot of Strats, and this looks, sounds and feels THE BEST! Finish was flawless, neck was superb, and the Birdseye Maple is gorgeous.
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Absolutely top of the line. Mine says Made in Korea, but I purchased from a trustworthy Fender dealer years ago when these first came out. It is a rare one, and I never saw another like it until this was posted on AMS web site. Has been my main go to axe ever since. So rare, GC wouldn't even give me an estimate as to its value for insurance, because they couldn't find it in any Fender catalog. Great guitar and great find if you can get one!
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Feels better than my American Deluxe Custom Shop Strat. No matter which guitar I bring to a show, this is the one that eventually gets played EVERY time. It gives me my signature Blues sound.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Seymour Duncan pickups are the absolute best choice for this guitar, and I can get any sound or tone I want. Heavy, dark, or bluesy and snappy. This one does it all.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Flawless.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
Worth every penny. I paid almost $800 in 2005, and loved it ever since. I paid 3 times as much for a Custom Shop years earlier, and I sold that a few years ago. Never played it after I got this one.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
Perfect 10 years ago, and never changed. Still perfect in every way. Intonation has never been adjusted. Never needed to.
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