Unboxing the Seafoam Mystic Fender American Special Stratocaster
Recently I decided it was time for me to find a decent American Stratocaster. After buying a couple American Special Telecasters, I started looking at the Fender American Special Stratocaster. I really love the throwback headstocks, with the chunky, fat Fender Stratocaster decal and bell bottom headstock. Again, the price was a big factor, you can score these Fender American Special Stratocasters for $650 to $750 bucks used or $1000 new. This is a pretty great deal when there are Mexican and Asian made Fenders that run near the same price range. Here are some of the specs of the Fender American Special Stratocaster:
- Maple neck with “C” profile and “large” headstock
- 9.5″-radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets
- Three Texas Special™ single-coil Stratocaster pickups
- Five-way pickup switch
- Greasebucket™ tone circuit (rolls off highs without adding bass)
- Vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge
After a little looking around I found a strange eBay listing with a strange colored Fender American Special…
The first thing I noticed about the listing is that the title didn’t mention Stratocaster and that may mean less eyes on the auction. Did some Googling and found that Adorama sells this guitar in this color and lists it as “Mystic Seafoam.” Around Christmas they were selling this for as low as $700 but today you’re going to pay $1000.
I liked that the guitar was basically brand new, with stickers still on the pickguard and it seemed to be in mint condition. I think the color is super rad and unique so I kept an eye on this guitar and ended up winning it for $649. After using a few eBay bucks I laying around and with shipping my total, out the door price was $678.59.
I plan to use this guitar for future videos and a little Stratocaster project I have in mind.
Check out the video below for the unboxing and my first impressions.