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Fender USA Nitro Satin Series Stratocaster Electric Guitar Honeyburst Maple Fingerboard

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  • ASIN: B009QN7NAM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,473 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 14, 2012

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The guitar stays in tune very well.
Roxattaq
I feel this guitar really deserves a good hard case, and the combination of both will be a great thing to inherit to your kids.
L.A. Sancho
Save your money paying for the more expensive strats!
anthony martucci

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

With all the variety Fender has, especially in their Stratocasters, it’s easy to get confused. This is not a regular production model, like the American Standard Strat, but it uses the same pickups American Standard Strats had until 2012. Since then, Fender upgraded to “Fat 50s” pickups in their American Standard series. That’s one reason why American Standards are $450 more. Instead, the USA Nitro Satin is almost identical to their American Special Strat, which has the larger headstock and 9.5”/Jumbo fretboard. However, the American Special Strat uses “Texas Special” pickups. That’s one reason why they are $150 more. So, think of the USA Nitro Satin as a Fender Special Run (FSR) with leftover parts from the American Special series and American Standard pickups.

I first saw this guitar in a store advertisement, and was immediately attracted to the natural wood finish and large headstock. I generally prefer the smaller headstock and fretboard, but there was something exotically retro about this guitar that kept my interest. However I was reluctant to buy it because the price seemed too low for an American-made Strat. After researching it, trying it in the store, and now playing it at home, I can honestly say this is an excellent guitar at this price. Everything I’ve read from other reviews about its tone and comfort is accurate. It is a beautiful instrument and sounds incredible.

One caveat about the nitro satin finish is that it’s much more delicate than the typical Strat finish, so it’s more susceptible to wear or damage. Also apparently it can react with certain types of plastics and foam padding, so be aware of what the finish comes in contact with. The gig bag it comes with is fine, but I would highly recommend a sturdy case for this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roxattaq on May 24, 2014
I was very hesitant to buy this guitar. An American made Stratocaster under $1000 sounded too good to be true. I had this guitar for a week and every time I pick it up it feels like I've been playing it for decades and it was custom built for me. The finish on the body is very nice, looks almost vintage out of the box. The pickups sound amazing. The maple neck feels so natural and the playability is better than I was expecting. I tried multiple USA made Stratocasters and I could not find a better playing neck than this one. At first I wasn't impressed with the large headstock but it grew on me and now I like it. The tuners are good as well. The guitar stays in tune very well.
If you're looking to buy an American Fender Stratocaster and don't want to spend over $1000, you can't go wrong with this guitar. It's well worth the money. In my opinion, this is a steal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anthony martucci on September 24, 2014
Save your money paying for the more expensive strats! This is a sleeper and I expect that once Fender realizes it, they will double the price! Do yourself a favor and try one at your local Guitar Center ( or your favorite guitar place), if there are any more left, and you will see what I mean! I highly recommend it! Great axe!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Sancho on October 3, 2014
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Whoever thought of this model and allowed us to have a U.S. made Stratocaster, at such a price, deserves a good raise, lol. I stumbled upon this model while shopping for an American Special, and was attracted not only by the finish, but also because of the cleanliness of the guitar's general appearance. Many Strats look kind of cluttered and in some instances, with very badly coordinated colors. This combination of light brown finish, maple fingerboard and the big headstock without paint makes it look very elegant and simple, definitely a "looker". Think of it as an excellent performer who doesn't need to get all flashy, yelling "look at me" all the time.

Sounds just like you would usually expect a Stratocaster to sound, love the general feel of quality, sustain and "already vintage" looks of this guitar, can't seem to put it down.

Another reviewer (Brandon) gives a very good explanation about the origin of this guitar, and he calls it a FSR. I am not sure about what Fender specifically calls a "Special Run". I had a Rustic Ash Telecaster, on which I was told by Fender that only 300 of them were made, so I'd think that could qualify as a Special Run. But on this model, I am not so sure about how many of them are (or were) made, maybe they will make as much they can until they run out of the left over American Standard pickups...

Anyway a fantastic guitar, and with a bit more than the budget I had for an American Special, I was able to get one of these, and even get a nice Fender Tweed case (the good one, going about US$200 and made by G&G). And even, if with that budget you get the guitar and the generic vietnamese made US$120 Fender case, you are left with 30 bucks to spare!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blues Guitar on October 29, 2014
It's Just a Highway One with different pickups.
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