With all the typical charm and grace of a Fender Strat, the Special Edition Noir HSS is an affordable Strat with a great set of new appointments. From its neat Satin Black finish and matching headcap and pickguard, to its HSS pickup configuration, sound and style are on a level playing field here.
The Stratocaster is easily recognised by its time-honoured slick double cutaway body which provides full access to all of the neck. Alder is the popular tonewood of choice in the body of a Strat and this remains the case with the Special Edition Noir, offering a comfortable yet lightweight playing feel. The body comes in a brand new Satin Black finish with matching pickguard and headcap for a polished, performance-ready appearance.
Firmly joined to the body is a maple neck with a satin urethane finish for seamless movements. The neck is shaped to the very comfortable modern "C" profile and is topped with a 9.5 inch radius pau ferro fingerboard. The fingerboard is home to 21 medium jumbo frets decorated with white dot inlays as a convenient guide.
The Fender Special Edition Noir Strat is kitted out with not just the usual pair of single-coil pickups, but also a huge-sounding humbucker pickup in the bridge position. By employing a combination of two single-coils and a humbucker, you have a full range of quintessential Strat tones with some added fire. Alternate and blend pickups using the 5-position blade along with the 2-Tone Control and Master Volume.
As mentioned, the headcap matches the stunning Satin Black finish of the body and features dependable standard cast / sealed tuning machines. The lower bout of the body has a 6-saddle vintage-style synchronised tremolo bridge, encouraging plenty of those Strat string bends.
The body is decorated with an eye-catching 3-ply black / red / black pickguard, while Fender's traditional brand logo is also featured in red on the headstock. The Fender 2017 Special Edition Noir Stratocaster HSS hails from Fender's new series of special run models which are designed to provide top quality sound and sleek style at a reasonable price.
Manufacturer Fender Model 2017 Special Edition Noir Stratocaster HSS Body Material Alder Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Pau Ferro Pickup Configuration HSS Bridge Tremolo Neck Profile Modern "C" No. of Frets 21 Position Inlays White Dots Tuners Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Staggered Bridge/Tailpiece 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo Active/Passive Passive Pickups Bridge: Standard Humbucking
Middle: Standard Single-Coil Strat
Neck: Standard Single-Coil Strat
Controls Master Volume
Tone 1 (Neck Pickup)
Tone 2 (Middle)
Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Front Coil of Bridge and Middle Pickups
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickups
Position 5. Neck Pickup
This is Factory Special Edition and has all the features and tone you would expect to get with a high priced Stratocaster. Keep in mind, this guitar is built with the best materials and craftsmanship and comes with factory specifications as listed. Mine arrived on the date and between the times agreed, first class from all the team at Dawsons! I removed it from its double wrap box and made some slight adjustments to bring the strings back into tune and the axe to life. The set up was just right for me and I was ready to plug 'n ' play.
The quality of this guitar is excellent and Fender have created a superb product as far as I can see and hear. The saint black finish is very cool indeed and the red flash "Fender" logo on the headstock matches the red "Fender" logo on my Custom Shop Stool (snap). Modern C Shape neck with it's satin finish is comfortable and smooth. The tremolo arm is a simple screw in with easy in and out! I am very pleased with this purchase and I would definitely recommend buying from Dawsons online. I had previously visited their Belfast store when on holiday in NI and had a good experience so when it was time to make a purchase I thought I would give them a try via mail order. I was not disappointed, kept in contact by text and delivered on time and in perfect condition. I Highly recommend Dawson's online store!
"Less is most definitely More".
It is a shame that it does not have the original spec rose wood fret board, the pau ferro looks far too light.
One for the collector, as the satin black finish is very prone to fingerprint marks.
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