The Fender American Performer Stratocaster HSS MN Electric Guitar borrows classic style, but this is definitely a modern masterpiece. Coming straight out of Fender's factory in Corona, California, the American Performer Strat' is designed to inspire the next generation of players to hit the stage in style. Each model is supplied with a deluxe gig bag to get you out and performing in no time at all.
Cool Strat style
The American Performer Stratocaster body is shaped to the classic double-cutaway body shape that we've all come to know and love. The ergonomically designed profile features curves in all the right places to establish a snug feel during performances. The slender depth combined with bevelled edges makes it a joy to wield whether you're in a seated or a standing position and encourages you to move around freely on stage. Built using lightweight alder, you can boss the stage with ease, whilst the tonal versatility extends the Strat's range to cover any and every musical style.
Sleek neck shape
Connected to the body is a supple and supportive maple neck, which is carved to the effortlessly playable modern "C" profile. The satin polyurethane finish allows your hand to shift smoothly from nut to neck joint. The 25.5-inch scale length emphasises an articulate response from every note along with a consistent feel across the strings. Married to the neck is a glorious maple fingerboard, which is home to 22 jumbo frets with dot position inlays to guide your way. The curve of the 9.5-inch fingerboard radius enables your fingers to roam with total freedom, allowing you to lay down deft technique with ease.
Yosemite single-coils and DoubleTap
The American Performer series benefits from some freshly designed Yosemite pickups, which break new ground for the guitar giant. The Yosemite single-coils are equipped with Alnico 4 rod magnets, which offer increased power compared to Alnico 2 without the hot and focused output of Alnico 5's. With an application of shellac rather than wax, feedback is controlled without restraining the coils ability to "breathe".
As the HSS name would suggest, in the bridge position there's another unique appointment on offer, the Yosemite DoubleTap humbucker. Designed by legendary pickup designer Tim Shaw (you may recall his awesome ShawBuckers). The raw humbucker power is delivered with full force to create a beefy, no-holds barred character. When you tap the humbucker, a single-coil tones spill effortlessly with a controlled character thanks to light wax potting to prevent feedback from overpowering your tone.
The addition of a Greasebucket tone control allows you to dial back the high-end brightness without losing any gain for beefy mid to low-end power.
The late-'60s/'70s-style headstock is home to some masterfully crafted ClassicGear tuning machines. Each one is individually anchored with a nut of the front of the headstock and endowed with an astonishing 18:1 gear ratio to give them outstanding performance. No matter how enthusiastically you rock out you can rest assured that adjustments can be executed with the smoothest action. The 6-saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo responds to the subtle nuances of your vibrato technique, enabling you to produce delicate flourishes with minimal effort.
Manufacturer Fender Model American Performer Stratocaster Electric Guitar Series American Performer Orientation Right-Hand Body Shape Stratocaster Body Material Alder Neck Material Maple Neck Finish Satin Polyurethane Neck Shape Modern "C" Scale Length 25.5-inches (648 mm) Fingerboard Material Maple Number of Frets 22; Jumbo String Nut Synthetic Bone Nut Width 1.685-inches (42.8 mm) Position Inlays White Dots Truss Rods Standard Truss Rod Wrench 1/8-inch (Allen) Pickups Neck/Middle: Yosemite Single-Coil Stratocaster
Bridge: DoubleTap Humbucking
Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck & Middle Pickup), Tone 2. Greasebucket Tone Circuit (Bridge Pickup) 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
Pickup Configuration HSS Bridge 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo Hardware Finish Nickel/Chrome Tuning Machines Fender ClassicGear Control Knobs Aged White Pickguard 3-Ply Strings Fender USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges) Included Accessories Deluxe Gig Bag
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