Fender launched the new American Acoustasonic Stratocaster at NAMM 2020, just a year after originally launching the American Acoustasonic Telecaster. Now, the new guitars are finally available for purchase — so if you’re interested, you can get them for yourself straight from Guitar Center.
The new guitar from Fender is available with five different color finishes to choose from: Dakota Red (pictured above), Natural, Three-Tone Sunburst, Black, and Transparent Sonic Blue. All of which deliver a very earthy tone that maintains both its acoustic and electric energies. Much like last year’s Telecaster model, the Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster includes electronics made by the Fender Stringed Instruments Resonance System, and collaboratively designed pickups by Fishman and Fender. The pickup also incorporates Fender’s Noiseless magnetic technology, allowing the player to blend its tone with the Acoustic signal to achieve a sound like never before.
We now also know that the Acoustasonic Stratocaster offers the standard five pickup positions, as well as two distinct modes players can jump into while on each position. Now that we know this, here is a more in-depth look into its five available pickup positions, and what they have to offer in both A and B modes:
1st Position: Full Electric
A Mode — Fender Electric Fat / Semi-Clean
B Mode — Fender Electric Dirty
2nd Position: 50/50 Acoustic & Electric Blend
A Mode — Engelmann Spruce/Rosewood Dreadnought Acoustic
B Mode — Fender Electric Clean
3rd Position: Percussion & Advanced Harmonics Acoustic
A Mode — Sitka Spruce/Rosewood Auditorium
B Mode — Adds Body Pickup to “A Mode” Voice
4th Position: Alternative Acoustics
A Mode — Sitka Spruce & Walnut Small-Body Short Scale
B Mode — Sitka Spruce & Mahogany Americana Dreadnought
5th Position: Core Acoustics
A Mode — Sitka Spruce & Mahogany Dreadnought
B Mode — Sitka Spruce & Rosewood Concert with Slotted Headstock
Finally, the American Acoustasonic Stratocaster brings new tone-woods into the mix, as well as a classic mahogany Stratocaster neck, so it really feels like the user is strumming on a traditional Strat. This model is now available for purchase since it’s announcement in January. Fender is expecting a lot of success with this model, based on the continued growth in sales of last year’s Acoustasonic Tele. This is definitely a welcomed and thrilling next move from the company, and we certainly hope to see more growth in its Acoustasonic series in the years to come.
This isn’t the only acoustic-electric announcement out of NAMM 2020. Martin also introduced the SC-13E, which blends characteristics of acoustic and electric guitars. You can re-visit all of our NAMM 2020 coverage here.