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Fender adds Stratocaster to Acoustasonic series hybrid guitars

Fender adds Stratocaster to Ac...
The Acoustasonic Stratocaster adds a new shape to the series and new tone woods
The Acoustasonic Stratocaster adds a new shape to the series and new tone woods
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Tyler Bryant and the Acoustasonic Stratocaster go head-to-head with Daniel Donato and his Acoustasonic Telecaster
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Tyler Bryant and the Acoustasonic Stratocaster go head-to-head with Daniel Donato and his Acoustasonic Telecaster
The Acoustasonic Stratocaster's body back, sides and neck are fashioned from mahogany
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The Acoustasonic Stratocaster's body back, sides and neck are fashioned from mahogany
The Acoustasonic Strat comes in five color options, including Transparent Sonic Blue shown here
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The Acoustasonic Strat comes in five color options, including Transparent Sonic Blue shown here
The Acoustasonic Stratocaster features a special sound hole that directs air flow for a naturally loud acoustic voice
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The Acoustasonic Stratocaster features a special sound hole that directs air flow for a naturally loud acoustic voice
The asymmetrical bridge sports Graph Tech pins
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The asymmetrical bridge sports Graph Tech pins
There's a five-way blade pickup selector, and three pickup options to choose from
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There's a five-way blade pickup selector, and three pickup options to choose from
The Acoustasonic Stratocaster adds a new shape to the series and new tone woods
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The Acoustasonic Stratocaster adds a new shape to the series and new tone woods
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Around this time last year, Fender broke into new territory with the launch of the American Acoustasonic Telecaster, which came with the tagline – "acoustic, electric and everything inbetween." In a complete surprise to absolutely no-one, the iconic brand has now added a Stratocaster to the lineup.

Though opinions on the Acoustasonic Telecaster in the music gear forums was pretty divided, Fender reports that sales of the acoustic/electric instrument have been healthy. And in a nod to the company's early days, a Strat now follows the Tele into production.

"Following in the footsteps of what Fender accomplished over 70 years ago, it was a natural and authentic progression for us to start with the Telecaster model and then offer a Stratocaster counterpart with its own unique voices," said Billy Martinez, VP Category Manager at Fender's Acoustic Division. "We can’t wait to see what musicians, both Strat enthusiasts and acoustic fans, will achieve in their creative process with this new range of voices the Acoustasonic Stratocaster unlocks."

Like last year's guitar, the Acoustasonic Strat features Fender's patented Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS), a tuned sound hole which directs air flow to produce a naturally loud acoustic voice with lively harmonics. The hybrid also rocks three pickup systems – a Fishman under-saddle transducer, a Fishman Acoustasonic Enhancer and an Acoustasonic Noiseless magnetic pickup that allows players to go full-on electric, or blend in the instruments acoustic sound.

The Acoustasonic Strat comes in five color options, including Transparent Sonic Blue shown here
The Acoustasonic Strat comes in five color options, including Transparent Sonic Blue shown here

The guitar's tone is optimized by an Acoustic Engine developed by Fender and Fishman, which makes the most of the new shape and tone woods used here to offer musicians a new curated collection of acoustic and electric voices.

"We’ve removed all the obstacles associated with playing an acoustic guitar, giving players those same sounds with an electric neck and comfortable thin line acoustic body – all in a familiar Strat body shape," added Martinez. "At the same time, this guitar still gives you all the tonal options you would get in a Dreadnought, concert or auditorium acoustic guitar."

The back and sides of the body are fashioned from mahogany, while the top is Sitka spruce. The 22-fret mahogany neck is topped by an ebony fingerboard with dot inlays and a Graph Tech nut. The asymmetrical bridge sports Graph Tech pins, there's chrome hardware but no pickguard.

The American Acoustasonic Stratocaster was launched at the NAMM show in California this week, and will go on sale in March for US$1,999.99. The video below shows both series models in action.

The American Acoustasonic Series: Stratocaster vs Telecaster | Fender

Product page: American Acoustasonic Stratocaster

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