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Fender Exotic American Acoustasonic Stratocaster

Fender Exotic American Acoustasonic Stratocaster  ·  Source: Instagram/Fender

Fender’s new Acoustasonic Stratocaster Exotics model takes the company’s Strat-shaped acoustic-electric hybrid and offers it in a combination of exotic woods. Both new versions will still have the fancy electronics and hardware of the standard model.

Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster Exotic

Fender has just announced a new version of its Acoustasonic Stratocaster that was unveiled earlier this year. The new Acoustasonic Stratocaster Exotic models follow on from a similar run Fender did with the Telecaster version, where the standard model received an exotic wood treatment.

Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster in Ziricote

Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster in Ziricote

Exotic Tone

There are two variations on offer, either a Cocobolo body with White Limba neck, or a Ziricote body and a Black Limba neck. Both have the Fender and Fishman-designed Acoustic Engine which offers 10 different tonal combinations, in conjunction with a trio of pickups that includes the under-saddle piezo, internal body sensor, and the N4 magnetic.

Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster in Cocobolo

Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster in Cocobolo

A different take on the acoustic?

These acoustic models will certainly appeal to anyone that likes a more interesting looking guitar, and/or needs to amplify their acoustic without the normal issues associated with that process. I do wonder how much, if at all, acoustic purists have taken to them since their release. Though a number of big name players like Kenny Wayne Shepherd are using them live, so it’s possible they will eventually become more accepted, as we get accustomed to seeing them being played.

It sure is an interesting design, and if you’ve been thinking of getting one for yourself, maybe try out one of these exotic versions. They aren’t exactly cheap, but they do appear to cover a lot of bases.

Do you think all the features on this guitar justify the cost? Let us know in the comments section below.

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