On the heels of last year's surprise break out success, the Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster, Fender is following it up with a Stratocaster version. The new Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster continued to embody the spirit of Leo Fender, to deliver innovation with a purpose toward making the best instruments for the working musician. In partnership with Fishman, Fender has created a unique and compelling "sonic engine" that is cable of delivering on the guitar's electric heritage as well as its acoustic aspirations. Unique features set it apart from its Telecaster sibling. The Stratocaster shape has slightly wider hips and midsection along with a belly carve that the Telecaster is missing. The ebony knobs here reflect the traditional Stratocaster knobs and the modeled sounds available through the 5-way selector switch and voice blending "Mod Knob" are different. The breakdown of the voices is listed below. In short, the Fender offers three, rather than two, electric tones - ranging from clean to dirty and dirtier. The acoustic sounds are also new in some positions and they have all be positions to compliment other voices as you play. The guitar is available at launch in five colors. Dakota Red, Transparent Sonic Blue, Natural, 3-Color Sunburst and Black.
A full review and comparison of the new guitar will be available soon after launch so stay tuned!
POSITION 5: Core Acoustics
A: Sitka Spruce/Mahogany Dreadnought
Full midrange with a deep bass voice, works well for rootsy strumming or fingerstyle.
B: Sitka Spruce/Rosewood Concert with Slotted Headstock Articulate, dynamic and focused, perfect for any full band setting.
POSITION 4: Alternative Acoustics
A: Sitka Spruce/Walnut Small Body Short Scale
Intimate, vintage-inspired voice that’s articulate and bright, best for fingerstyle.
B: Sitka Spruce/Mahogany Americana Dreadnought Dry, earthy and organic tone, great for Americana-style flatpicking.
POSITION 3: Percussion and Enhanced Harmonics
A: Sitka Spruce/Rosewood AuditoriumTighter and brighter for a more modern/pop sound and detailed midrange, perfect for strumming or fingerstyle.
B: Adds body pickup to the above voice
All of the above plus a percussive top and enhanced harmonics that pop.
POSITION 2: Acoustic and Electric Blend
A: Engelman Spruce/Rosewood DreadnoughtDeep bass meets strident trebles for a traditional acoustic voice, great for big bold strumming.
B: Fender Electric Clean
You won’t believe your acoustic guitar can do this.
POSITION 1: Electric
A: Fender Electric Fat/Semi-Clean
You really won’t believe your acoustic guitar can do this.
B: Fender Electric Dirty
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