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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar
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Modern upgrades for a classic icon.

The American Deluxe Stratocaster electric guitar maintains its traditional look and feel while introducing upgrades that include three N3 Noiseless single-coil pickups that still produce their revered sparkle and snap and-with noiseless design-no annoying hum.

The S-1 switching system adds additional pickup combinations beyond those provided by a standard five-way switch including new combinations of series and parallel wiring for a dazzling array of tonal choice. The compound radius fretboard that modern guitarists demand ensures strings won't fret out even with extreme bending.

Other improvements include the high-mass tremolo block that increases sustain; locking tuning keys; and a molded case with glass-reinforced latches and TSA locks.

Fender N3 Noiseless pickups
N3 Noiseless pickups deliver the best of yesterday and today, because they deliver landmark vintage Fender tone and response without the hum that can plague single-coil pickups. Using an improved stacked coil-coil design, N3 Noiseless pickups are specially tailored for each Stratocaster and Telecaster pickup position. The insulated metal core of each pickup position type differs in thickness and composition for enhanced tone, and Fender has fine-tuned the sized, shape, and wire gauge of the coils to balance the magnetic responsiveness essential to great tone. N3 pickups represent a welcome return to the warmth and clarity of alnico magnets. An Alnico 5 magnet is used in the bridge position, Alnico 2 in the middle position, and Alnico 3 for the neck position. Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Pickup switching: 5-position blade and S-1 push/push

S-1 switch up:
Position 1. bridge pickup
Position 2. bridge and middle pickup in parallel
Position 3. middle pickup
Position 4. middle and neck pickup in parallel

S-1 switch down:
Position 1. bridge pickup in series with middle pickup
Position 2. bridge pickup in parallel with special capacitor and in series with middle pickup
Position 3. bridge/middle/neck pickups with neck and bridge pickups in parallel and in series with middle pickup
Position 4. neck pickup in parallel with special capacitor and in series with middle pickup
Position 5. neck pickup in series with middle pickup

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar Features:

  • Body
    Body shape: Double cutaway
    Body type: Solid body
    Body material: Solid wood
    Top wood: Not applicable
    Body wood: Alder
    Body finish: Gloss Urethane
    Orientation: Right handed
    Neck
    Neck shape: C modern
    Neck wood: Maple
    Joint: Bolt-o
    Scale length: 25.5"
    Truss rod: Standard
    Neck finish: Satin Urethane
    Fretboard
    Material: Maple
    Radius: Compound
    Fret size: Medium jumbo
    Number of frets: 22
    Inlays: Dot
    Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
    Pickups
    Configuration: SSS
    Neck: N3 single-coil
    Middle: N3 single-coil
    Bridge: N3 single-coil
    Brand: Fender
    Active or passive: Passive
    Series or parallel: Series
    Piezo: No
    Active EQ: No
    Special electronics: S-1 switching
    Controls
    Control layout: Master volume, tone 1, tone 2
    Pickup switch: 5-way
    Coil tap or split: No
    Kill switch: No
    Hardware
    Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
    Bridge design: Synchronized tremolo
    Tailpiece: Not applicable
    Tuning machines: Locking
    Color: Chrome
    Other
    Number of strings: 6-string
    Special features: Pickups
    Case: Hardshell case
    Accessories: None
    Country of origin: United States




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  • What a Strat should be

    As reviewed by shovelhead on 12/20/2010

    I played both the Deluxe and the Standard for comparison prior to making my decision. Even playing through a solid state amp at the music store the decision was easy. I didn't even employ the S-1 switching before making my decision so I was truly comparing apples to apples. The S-1 switching clearly adds to the tonal palette if you?re looking to muddy things up a bit. The craftsmanship of the Deluxe is top of the line for a production model and the setup was super easy per the instructions. The bridge works flawless and stays in tune. I love the pop in whammy bar as opposed to the old thread in style. The locking tuners are beautiful, easy to use, and probably a big help keeping this thing in tune with heavy whammy use. Oh, and strap locks included. What a deal. What I didn?t like was removing the protective coating off of the pickguard. It didn?t peel like it was supposed to and took a fair amount off effort to clean it up good. BUT??that has nothing to do with craftsmanship or tone. Playability, well, this thing plays like butter. No fret buzz, super comfortable neck, it just feels right in my hands. As far as sound. I play through a VOX AC15 using a Fulltone Dejavibe, and the Deluxe just sings beautifully through any pickup combination. Today, I decided to run it through my sons DSL 401 Marshall. THAT was the sound I wanted!!! Just incredible. The Deluxe just lights the Marshall right up. Throw in a TSA approved hard case, no regrets buying this one. Well worth every penny I also play a Gibson Les Paul, and a Gibson Firebird. The Deluxe easily compares to both of those, but in a single coil sort of way.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful.
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  • Tremendous Guitar

    As reviewed by MITCH on 6/30/2014

    I played both the American Standard and the Deluxe prior to making my decision. I was able to test them out using a Vox AC30CC2, which I use at home. The Deluxe felt the way I expected a Strat should feel. The frets were conditioned such that there were no rough edges (unlike the the AS). The neck allowed me to play with ease. The bridge was solid and didn't vibrato just by resting your hand on it. But, most importantly, it sounded AMAZING. It was like it was singing just for me. Every song I attempted sounded the way I imagine they should sound in my head. It came via UPS in a couple days, all set up by Fender, from the GS Warehouse. Great Transaction. It brings a smile to my face everytime I strap it on. It is spectacular.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • The best!

    As reviewed by Ryan on 8/15/2011

    I have been an Ibanez head all my life and the last Strat I played was in 95. Didn't care for them then, figured I wouldn't like them now. When it was time to purchase a new guitar, I decided to buy my dream guitar. An ESP standard series, I didn't look at anything else. When I got it, I realized the neck was not what I was after all along. I returned it (thanks Guitar Center!) and headed to my local GC to try out some new guitars. I played over 20 guitars in 2 hours (MusicMan, several LPs, Ibanez etc). I decided to play a new American strat just for the hell of it, didn't think I would like it at all. When I flew up and down the neck at ease, I knew it was for me. I immediately ordered an American Deluxe and still can't believe how well it plays. I play faster on this guitar, than any other guitar I have ever owned or played. The new compound radius neck is AMAZING! My particular guitar needed some minor setup out of the box, as I had some buzz on the lower frets. Added a bit of relief and adjusted action a bit and it was good to go. I'm playing through a Mesa Boogie Single Rec w/Marshal 2x12 cab (slightly boosted) and it is the exact sound I was going after. All in all my experience with Guitar Center has been exceptional. They never give me any issues about returning products I just don't like. And they have given me several discounts, even after the promotional period was over. I am a customer for life

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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