This American Performer Stratocaster in a gorgeous black finish with 70s-style looks elevates the Strat platform while making it contemporary for the modern player. While keeping the vintage Strat sound and feel intact, this series, as the name implies, outfits the guitar with pickups and features that make it more practical as a performer's guitar - good, consistent Fender tone on every gig that also manages to be versatile and genre-spanning.
The DoubleTap humbucker is especially impressive, as Fender managed to create a humbucker pickup that both captures vintage "PAF"-style tones while blending beautifully with the Yosemite single coils, allowing you to cover R&B, blues, and heavier rock all with the same guitar - perfect for the session players and weekend warriors out there.
Series like this American Performer make you realize that Fender is not just sitting back on the laurels of their success, but rather are truly continuing to pioneer the industry and pump out high-quality, innovative offerings at all price points.
The American Performer Stratocaster HSS includes the Yosemite™ single-coil pickups—designed for rich, expressive tones—and a DoubleTap humbucking bridge pickup. This unique, patent-applied-for design combines humbucking and single-coil voices, while eliminating volume loss in single-coil mode. With flat-staggered pole pieces to increase output and the single-coil pickups’ shellac coating and humbucking pickup’s wax potting that lets the coil breathe while controlling feedback, Yosemite & DoubleTap pickups produce dynamic sounds ideal for any musical situation. The American Performer Stratocaster HSS also features Greasebucket™ tone circuitry, along with a push-pull tone control to control the DoubleTap humbucking pickup. The “Modern C”-shaped neck sports a 9.5”-radius fingerboard that’s comfortable for almost any playing style, along with 22 jumbo frets for effortless and accurate bending.
- Body Type: Solidbody
- Body Shape: Stratocaster
- Body Wood: Alder Body
- Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
- Color: Black
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Neck Shape Modern C
- Neck Joint: Bolt-on
- Radius: 9.5"
- Fingerboard Wood: Maple
- Fingerboard Inlay: Black Dots
- Number of Frets: 22, Jumbo
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Nut Width: 1.685"
- Nut Material: Synthetic
- Bridge: 6-saddle Vintage-style Synchronized Tremolo
- Tuners: Fender Classic Gear
- Neck Pickup: Yosemite Strat Single-coil
- Middle Pickup: Yosemite Strat Single-coil
- Bridge Pickup: Performer DoubleTap Humbucker
- Controls: 1 x master volume, 1 x tone (neck/middle push/pull coil-split), 1 x tone (bridge)
- Switching: 5-way blade pickup switch
- Strings: Fender USA, .009-.042
- Case/Gig Bag: Gig Bag
- Instrument Weight: 7.6 lbs