Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster Review
Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster Overview
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 Body
Where to begin with this guitar. It is very 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 great unplugged too.
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 sustain when used as a stratocaster. It is quite the experience and a really cool concept that is super appealing.
Fender American 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 American 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 know, 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 voicings 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
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 your going for:
- Dakota Red
- 3 Color Sunburst
- Transparent Sonic Blue
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
What Do You Think?
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