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Fender American Performer Strat HSS Black MN (Ex-Demo) #US19068193

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Manufacturer's ID: 0114922306

What we say:

Fender’s American Performer range brings an excellent selection of the most famous Fender designs, made in the USA, to players at great prices. Each Fender American Performer guitar has been specially designed to give gigging guitarists the tones and tools they need for excellent, high quality performances.

Special design features, custom wound pickups and fresh new finishes make this range stand out as one for players of all stripes to get behind. Fender USA quality at a budget friendly price: sounds perfect to us!

What range of Fender guitars would be complete without the Prodigal Son itself? The Stratocaster actually makes two appearances in the American Performer range, each with its own finish options. This one is the HSS model with one humbucker and two single coil pickups.

So, we all know about the Strat. What makes this version different? Let’s have a look.

There are lots of interesting tweaks here. First off, the pickups are new Yosemite and Double tap (for the Humbucker) units, hand-wound and made specially for this range. HSS is a very popular choice for Strat players: after all, what can’t you play on one of these? This must be one of the most versatile guitar designs in existence! Having a humbucker at the bridge makes more contemporary Rock sounds much more attainable.

These Yosemite pickups are designed by Fender guru Tim Shaw and are relatively high in output, but still display plenty of that immortal Strat twang. The Double Tap humbucker is well balanced with the other pickups in terms of volume, and brings a satisfyingly rich sustain and chunk to the Strat’s otherwise lively voice. There is a push/pull coil split in the bottom Tone knob to return the bridge pickup to single coil status.

Fender have also included their excellent Greasebucket Tone circuit. The Greasebucket is basically a tone control that does its job properly: turning back the knob removes treble frequencies without ruining every other part of your sound like some sub-standard tone circuits do! You’ll find yourself using the Tone knob a lot more than before when you have the Greasebucket in there!

Other features include a 70’s-style large headstock, jumbo frets on a 9.5” radius, modern C-profiled neck and some upgraded tuning machines. This, in other words, is a great package for all guitarists looking for a practical Strat that looks, sounds and feels brilliant. Add the USA provenance and the more than reasonable price and you have a pretty unstoppable deal right here!

This Strat is available in four finishes, this one being Black with a Black pickguard and white parts.

Condition Report

There is a line running through the body where the finish has sunk into a join, it is still structurally sound and is purely a cosmetic issue.

Specification

The American Performer Stratocaster HSS includes the Yosemite single-coil pickups—designed for rich, expressive tones—and a DoubleTap humbucking bridge pickup. This unique, patent-applied-for design combines humbucking and single-coil voices, while eliminating volume loss in single-coil mode. With flat-staggered pole pieces to increase output and the single-coil pickups’ shellac coating and humbucking pickup’s wax potting that lets the coil breathe while controlling feedback, Yosemite & DoubleTap pickups produce dynamic sounds ideal for any musical situation. The American Performer Stratocaster HSS also features Greasebucket™ tone circuitry, along with a push-pull tone control to control the DoubleTap humbucking pickup. The “Modern C”-shaped neck sports a 9.5”-radius fingerboard that’s comfortable for almost any playing style, along with 22 jumbo frets for effortless and accurate bending.

Body Material Alder
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Material Maple
Neck Finish Satin Polyurethane
Neck Shape Modern "C"
Scale Length 25.5"
Fingerboard Maple
No of Frets 22
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Nut Width 1.685" (42.8mm)
Inlays Black Dots
Pickups Yosemite™ Single-Coil Strat Neck & Middle, Doubletap Humbucker in Bridge
Controls Master Volume, Tone 1 (Neck & Middle Pickup), Tone 2 Greasebucket™ Tone Circuit (Bridge Pickup)
Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade, with Push-Pull Tone Control split Bridge Humbucker
Bridge 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronised Tremolo
Hardware Nickel/Chrome
Tuners Fender ClassicGear™
Pickguard 3-Ply Black
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