Fender FSR Limited Edition American Performer Stratocaster with Raw Ash Satin Finish

Classic tonewood meets eye-catching aesthetics with this addition to the American Performer range

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Elliot Stent

The Fender American Performer Strat is one of the most affordable US-made guitars available in Fender's catalogue. This instrument beautifully displays Fender's class-leading craftsmanship in all of its glory.

With the typical features that you'd expect on a Stratocaster, the Raw Ash American Performer boasts some thoughtful modern appointments to bring it up to scratch. Sporting covered Yosemite pickups, the desirable 'Greasebucket' tone circuit and of course a satin Raw Ash finish, this is a truly standout workhorse instrument.

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Fender's long-established tonewood combinations remain intact with the American Performer Strat. The original Ash body ensures balanced lows, lively mids and a crisp top-end, serving as the perfect tonal foundation for the bright-sounding single-coils. With the grain left exposed and a satin finish, this Strat is a real head-turner.

The body is paired with a satin Maple neck, accentuating the highs even more to allow your playing to really cut through in a mix. The bolt-on construction also gives notes a definitive snap, so that you can play with plenty of articulation.


The Raw Ash Performer Strat comes with a trio Fender's new Yosemite single-coils in a similar styling to Lace Sensor pickups. These pickups are designed to project rich and expressive tones. With flat-staggered pole pieces that increase their output, these pickups also have a shellac coating that controls feedback without choking their sound. 

You also get a push/pull tone control that lets you add the neck pickup in any switch position, for even more tonal possibilities. Finally, the 'Greasebucket' tone circuit lets you roll off the top-end without adding any bass frequencies, so you can use your tone controls in a dynamic way.


While the electronics will appeal to contemporary players, the hardware leans more towards tradition. A 6-screw vintage-style synchronised tremolo and Fender ClassicGear tuners offer a smooth feel, precise pitching and total control over your expression.



  • Body Material: Ash
  • Body Finish: Satin Polyurethane (Raw Ash)


  • Neck: Maple, Modern “C”
  • Neck Finish: Satin Polyurethane
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Frets: 22, Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Black Dots
  • Nut (Material/Width): Synthetic Bone, 1.685” (42.8 mm)
  • Tuning Machines: ClassicGear
  • Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)

Electronics & Hardware

  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
  • Pickups: Yosemite Single-Coil Stratocaster (Bridge/Middle/Neck – covered)
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup (Push/Pull Switch upon Tone 2 adds Neck Pickup in Parallel), Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup (Push/Pull Switch up on Tone 2 adds Neck Pickup in Parallel), Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck & Middle Pickup), Tone 2. Grease-bucket Tone Circuit (Bridge Pickup)
  • Control Knobs: Aged White
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome


  • Strings: Fender USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
  • Case/Gig Bag: Deluxe Gig Bag
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