Fender AM Acoustasonic Strat 3-SB

Acoustic / Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Solid spruce
  • Bolt-on neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • White fretboard inlays
  • Fretboard radius: 305 mm
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • Graph Tech TUSQ nut
  • Neck profile: Modern Deep C
  • 22 Narrow Tall frets
  • 3 Pickup systems: Piezo system under the saddle, internal body sensor and magnetic N4 pickup
  • Master Volume and "Mod" controls
  • 5-Way toggle switch
  • Ebony bridge
  • Fender Standard Cast / Sealed Staggered machine heads
  • Chrome hardware
  • Ex-factory stringing: Fender Dura-Tone 860CL .011 - .052 (article no. 444882)
  • Colour: 3-Colour sunburst
  • Gig bag included
  • Made in USA

Further Information

Colour Sunburst
Body Mahogany
Top Sitka, massive
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Ebony
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups Miscellaneous
Tremolo None
incl. Bag Yes
incl. Case No

Electric? No, acoustic!

Acoustic or electric? Sporting a rich 3-tone sunburst finish, this Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster looks like a normal Stratocaster. But on the inside it’s a bona fide acoustic guitar with a resonating body, spruce top, acoustic strings and - of course - loads of quality acoustic guitar tones produced by the onboard modelling electronics. But this guitar wouldn’t carry the Fender name if its designers hadn’t spliced in some ‘electric’ genes, too. The Acoustasonic Stratocaster can also sound like a normal Strat, if you want. Is this the ideal hybrid guitar? It’s certainly pretty darn close. With a bit of preparation, this guitar will let you play an entire gig, featuring some impressive switches between electric and acoustic tones. By the way, its sister model, the Acoustasonic Tele, has a lot of the same physical design features. Its electronic brain, however, incorporates a range of models with different sounds. It's worth checking out, too.

Three Pickups for a Wealth of Tone

Fender’s Acoustasonic Stratocaster has a mahogany neck with the typical Strat shape, loaded with an ebony fretboard. The hollow body is crafted from mahogany and sports a precision-fitted spruce top with an angled rest for your playing arm. The sound hole is more than just a hole. This is what designers of performance speakers call a carefully tuned sound port. Mounted on the top is a normal acoustic bridge with a meticulously compensated saddle. The first pickup, a Fishman piezo, is mounted underneath the saddle. The second pickup is a single coil, clearly visible and mounted in the bridge position on the guitar’s top. The third pickup is designed to accentuate the hand drumming and thumping that’s essential to many modern acoustic playing styles. These three pickups are integrated into a cleverly designed Fishman electronic system controlled using a five-way switch and two knobs.

Ten Sounds On Tap

Looking for the ideal acoustic guitar for live gigs with the playability of an electric guitar? Welcome to your new favourite instrument. Because the DNA of the Acoustasonic Stratocaster is that of a modelling guitar, it can deliver a wealth of tones, The sounds range all the way from a rosewood dreadnought to a maple auditorium model. The electric Strat sounds are easy to use in a live scenario, incorporating a speaker simulation to let you route the signal directly to a PA. The five-way switch gives you a simple and intuitive way of controlling the ten included models; for added versatility, the Mod knob lets you blend between pairs of models. Depending on your musical style, this guitar lets you play an entire gig on one guitar that can cover both acoustic and electric tones. And thanks to its low weight, you can play this guitar for hours without any niggling back pain.

About Fender

Fender is without doubt one of the most legendary manufacturers of guitars and amplifiers. The company was founded in 1946 by Leo Fender (d. 1991), whose innovative ideas provided musicians everywhere with countless new creative impulses. His classic designs include the Telecaster, the Stratocaster as well as the Jazz and Precision basses, instruments that continue to define musical genres today. Timeless Fender amplifier models such as the Bassman, Twin, Deluxe or Princeton enjoy a stellar reputation. The company not only nurtures its classic portfolio, however, but continuously develops new products that make Fender a driving force of today’s music industry.

Gigging Pro Or Couch Potato

All you need to get started is a Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster and a full-range speaker (acoustic amp, PA). You may want to add a touch of reverb or chorus, and a USB charger: this guitar includes a battery loaded using a standard phone charger or powerbank. If you need more high-gain tones, you might want to add a multi-effect pedal with speaker simulation. Whatever you do, don’t underestimate the acoustic capabilities of the Acoustasonic Stratocaster. The sculpted port mounted into the sound hole produces a characteristic acoustic sound without an amplifier. It might not be the loudest acoustic guitar sound ever, but it’s a rounded and authentic tone. It’s an ideal way to play a bit of guitar when you’re decompressing after work or watching some TV...

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Arftown, 24.05.2020
Gleich mal eines vorweg: Ich habe mir die Fender Acoustasonic Strat NICHT für Gigs etc. gekauft - dafür wird sie ja oft empfohlen. Für Auftritte bin ich (noch) nicht gut genug :-)

Für mich war entscheidend die hervorragende Ergonomie: Kleiner/schmaler als jede normale Westerngitarre und viel leichter als meine normale Strat oder gar meine Les Paul. Längere Übungs-Sessions auch stehend sind viel angenehmer mit der Acoustasonic als mit meinen anderen Gitarren. Ich sitze beruflich schon viel - da brauch ich das nicht auch noch bei meinem Hobby!

Der Klang kommt natürlich nicht an die original Vorlagen heran, ist aber wirklich sehr gut und macht richtig Spass. Besonders die Akustik-Simulationen sind sehr gelungen.

Zu den Features: Besser hätte Fender den Ladeanschluss machen können: Wieso kein USB-C? Wir haben das Jahr 2020. Auch eine wenigstens einfache Anzeige des Akku Ladezustandes wäre gut. Auch habe ich keine Infos gefunden ob es möglich sein wird Firmware Updates zu machen. Klingt vielleicht komisch bei einer Gitarre - aber wenn die Möglichkeit besteht ein Produkt mit der Zeit besser zu machen ist das ja gut. Und bei vielen anderen eher klassischen Produkten ist das ja mittlerweile auch auch möglich.

Alles in allem: Eine tolle Gitarre die sehr gut klingt, sich richtig gut spielen lässt und einfach Spass macht!! Mit dem richtigen Anwendungsfall sogar ein absolutes Hammer Brett!

Jetzt kann ich extra viel üben und dann klappt's auch bald mit den Gigs... :-)

Ergänzung am 5-August 2020:
Die Acoustasonic Strat ist mittlerweile meine am meisten gespielte Gitarre. Bin nach wie vor begeistert von der Ergonomie (leicht etc.) und der Sound ist klingt auch ohne Verstärkung richtig gut und ist vor allem von der Lautstärke perfekt zum üben zu Hause: Lauter als eine E-Gitarre (ohne Verstärker) aber nicht so laut wie eine richtige Akustik Gitarre. Perfekt! Habe den Sound daher auf 5 Sterne erhöht.
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