Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster Review
The Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster is an innovative design that features the sounds and personalities of an acoustic as well as an electric. While the guitar resembles and plays like a stratocaster, it possesses the abilities and tones of a dreadnought on the fly.
Thanks to the built-in Fishman pickups, unique design, complex tone woods and Fender engineering, the Acoustasonic strat will go from big acoustic to country rock with the flick of the switch!
Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster Features
Let’s take a look at some key features of the Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster guitar.
- Mahogany Body With Sitka Spruce Top
- Innovative Semi hollow body Acoustic-Electric Design
- Mahogany Modern Deep “C” Neck
- Ebony Finger Board
- Incredibly Versatile Electronics
- 25.5 inch scale with 22 frets
- High Quality Hardware
- Many Colors Available
- Build Materials and Innovative Design
- Incredible Range Of Sounds
- Feels Great In Your Hands
- Made In The USA
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Very High Quality
- Battery Life Could Be Better
Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster Body
Where to begin with this guitar. It’s unique and Fender has done an amazing job with this innovative product. The body is shaped like a stratocaster, but is also an acoustic.
The one we had to demo was a Dakota red model and is simply gorgeous. The guitar is made in the USA and the quality is evident from looks to feel.
The body is made from mahogany and has a solid Sitka spruce top. So it has the response of an acoustic when not plugged in and the volume is perfect, even when unplugged.
Being a semi-hollow body with sound hole, the projection is nice, the bass is punchy and the top end shimmery. Which is very impressive as the body is as thin as a stratocaster.
When plugged into an amp, the body resonates perfectly in acoustic models, but has sustained when used as a stratocaster. It is quite the experience and a really cool concept that is super appealing.
Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster Neck
The neck on the Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster is a modern “C” design and is super comfortable. It is basically the neck you would find on a conventional electric strat.
The play ability of the guitar was great, the action was set just right and thanks to the strat design of the body, the entire neck is accessible.
The neck is made from mahogany and has an ebony fret board with white dot inlays. The nut is made from Tusq and is of high quality, as is the rest of the neck.
The neck is a bolt on to the body but feels very rigid, and the headstock is your standard Fender design similar to what you would find on a Fender electric.
Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster Hardware
The Hardware on the guitar feels very high quality. The switch and controls feel very good. But the main points are how the controls work with this guitar and the pick-ups.
There is a volume knob, a 5 way switch and a tone knob, but the tone knob on this guitar is called a MOD knob. The MOD knob basically controls the voicing you get from the guitar depending on where the 5 position switch is set.
Every position of the 5 way switch has 2 MOD sounds on either end of the knobs range. This gives you some amazing voicing and sounds and also allows you to blend them with the MOD knob.
There are 3 different types of pick-ups in this guitar, each has its own purpose depending on how the guitar is being used. One of the pick-ups actually senses the wooden top of the guitar in order to provide the bass response.
Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster Personalities
The Acoustasonic strat has a number of different sounds, as I have mentioned. There are a total of 7 acoustic types or personalities, and 3 electric.
By using the 5 way switch and MOD knob, you are able to access these different personalities of the guitar. These personalities are things like change of wood as well as change of acoustic body type.
So, for example, position 5 on the switch and “A” on the MOD control is modeled to be a sitka spruce/mahogany dreadnought. While Position 5 “B” will sound like a sitka spruce/rosewood concert short scale with slotted headstock.
And the really cool thing, is that there is no loss of top end or funny frequencies present when these changes are made. And they can be blended! Amazing sounds!
Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster Sound
Really have to give it to Fender on this one, the guitar is great! The sounds are incredible from this guitar and the versatility is wonderful.
The funny thing, is that most of these sounds are modeled. Yet, because of the body sensing pick up, they are also natural for an unusual blend of sounds that are right on the money and sound great.
Each of the acoustic models or settings sound great. The differences between all of them are very noticeable, yet there is not one bad sound in any of them.
The strat electric tones were very good as well. There are 3 in total that essentially take you from clean to somewhat dirty. Through a number of different amplifiers you will get different sounds, but all were spanky strat tones, just as I was expecting.
Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster Feel
I really dug the feel of this guitar. It is super light and comfortable with a strat neck. But it felt excellent in my hands when I really dug in. It was easy to assume the role whether I was playing acoustic or electric, both felt very natural and organic to me.
Even the quality of the instrument can be felt in your hands. This thing is so well-made, you can literally feel it in the response and play ability of the guitar. It’s an amazing guitar in both sound and feel.
Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster Colors
There are a few different options with the Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster, so you can get the color that you want. Choose between 5 different looks depending on what you’re going for:
- Dakota Red
- 3 Color Sunburst
- Transparent Sonic Blue
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
It seems that there are a few companies now trying to jump into the acoustic-electric hybrid guitar market. But we have to give it to Fender on this one, as they have quite the unique concept here.
They introduced the trend with their telecaster Acoustasonic which is also a great guitar along the same lines as the stratocaster.
But the two really are quite different in sound. This is a super cool guitar that is amazing in both sound and feel. It is made in America and the quality of this instrument is evident of that.
This is a very versatile guitar that will change the game for many players, as now it’s easy to switch between so many sounds on the fly.
The guitar is expensive, which may make it a tough sell for some, but we can honestly say that it is worth every penny and more.
The range of sounds, feel and quality do take it up a notch and will offer its players a professional experience. And because it is a Fender, it will retain its value for years to come!