Video: Fender Unveils Acoustasonic Stratocaster | NAMM 2020

Fender has announced a brand-new addition to its still relatively new instrument family with the American Acoustasonic Stratocaster.

The new model (not to be confused with the mid-2000s Acoustasonic Strat) is an evolution of the marriage between acoustic and electric seen in last year's Acoustasonic Telecaster. Like that model, this new guitar brings together electric pickup tones, natural acoustic resonance, and the digital impulse responses of various acoustic body shapes through Fender's Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS). The range of tonal options include everything from a dreadnought to a dirty electric.

Paired with the five-way tone switch and mod knob are five newly conceived voices with two modes apiece for a wide spread of onboard sounds. Crafted with true Strat tone in mind, the new voices are intended to give the touring guitarist every tone they'd need during a set, without switching between guitars. (Check out Fender's chart below to see the full range of sounds available.)

The American Acoustasonic Stratocaster is available for pre-order now for $1,999.99 USD. Watch our demo to hear it in action, as Joe Shadid plays a composition that utilizes each of the guitar's various pickup settings.

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Position 5: Core Acoustics
A: Sitka Spruce/Mahogany Dreadnought

Full midrange with a deep bass voice, works well for rootsy strumming or fingerstyle.

B: Sitka Spruce/Rosewood Concert w/ Slotted Headstock

Articulate, dynamic and focused, perfect for any full band setting.

Position 4: Alternative Acoustics
A: Sitka Spruce/Walnut Small Body Short Scale

Intimate, vintage-inspired voice that's articulate and bright, best for fingerstyle.

B: Sitka Spruce/Mahogany Americana Dreadnought

Dry, earthy and organic tone, great for Americana-style flatpicking.

Position 3: Percussion & Enhanced Harmonics
A: Sitka Spruce/Rosewood Auditorium

Tighter and brighter for a more modern/pop sound and detailed midrange, perfect for strumming or fingerstyle.

B: Adds body pickup to the above voice

All of the above plus a percussive top and enhanced harmonics that pop.

Position 2: Acoustics & Electric Blend
A: Engelman Spruce/Rosewood Dreadnought

Deep bass meets strident trebles for a traditional acoustic voice, great for big bold strumming.

B: Fender Electric Clean

You won't believe your acoustic guitar can do this.

Position 1: Electric
A: Fender Electric Fat/Semi-Clean

You really won’t believe your acoustic guitar can do this.

B: Fender Electric Dirty

What just happened - call all your friends.

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