Fender AM Acoustasonic Strat Nat

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
  • Controls: Master Volume and "Mod" Knob
  • 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: Natural
  • Gig bag included
  • Made in USA

Further Information

Colour Natural
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? With its natural top, the 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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Großer Wurf mit leichten Macken
Dr. Werner sen. , 28.11.2020
Meine Erwartung:

Schon länger beobachte ich den Markt für neu entwickelte Modelling-Akustikgitarren, die einen authentischeren Sound bringen als die (nicht mehr erhältliche) Line6 Variax Acoustic 700, die ich seit über 10 Jahren live und im Homestudio spiele.

Sound:

Was die Akustiksounds angeht, ist Fender hier ein deutlicher Sprung gelungen. Sowohl bei der Anschlagsdynamik als auch beim Nachschwingen der Saiten ist das was aus dem Lautsprecher kommt wesentlich näher an einer realen Akustikgitarre als mein bisheriges Instrument. Ein Traum wäre natürlich, auch noch eine 12-String-Emulation in gleicher Qualität zu haben!

Wer allerdings erwartet was Fender verspricht, nämlich auf Knopfdruck einen ebenso guten E-Gitarrensound zu bekommen, wird ziemlich herb enttäuscht. Was einem da so entgegenknallt, hat mit der Eleganz einer echten Strat wenig zu tun. Vielleicht sollte man diese Erwartung besser gar nicht erst wecken.

Eigentlich müsste ich bei "Sound" differenzieren können, zwischen 5+ Sternen für die Westerngitarre und 2 für die E-Gitarre.

Verarbeitung:

Hier verhält es sich ähnlich: Überwiegend sehr wertig und gefällig, superleicht, hervorragende Bespielbarkeit bis in die hohen Lagen.

Dazu überhaupt nicht passen wollen gewisse Kleinigkeiten, die den guten Eindruck beeinträchtigen: Im Wesentlichen sind es scharfe Kanten. Bundenden, die vor allem an der Halsunterseite hervortreten; ebenso kantige billige Drehknöpfe, die beim Drehen auch noch etwas eiern, ein spitziges Eck am Sattel und eine nicht versenkte scharfkantige Abdeckplatte auf der Rückseite Richtung Hals.

Fast alles ließe sich relativ leicht beheben. Warum verlangt Fender nicht ein paar Euro mehr und liefert dafür ein perfekt verarbeitetes Instrument ab? Ein Freund von mir hat die Gitarre probegespielt und fand die genannten Macken nicht so schlimm. Für mich spielt eben das haptische Erlebnis eine größere Rolle :-)

Fazit:

Für meine Kaufentscheidung hat der überwältigende Akustiksound und die überwiegend solide Verarbeitung den Ausschlag gegeben. Die verbauten Akkus haben ihre Bewährungsprobe erst in ein paar Jahren hinter sich...
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