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Modern upgrades for a classic icon.

In the newest evolutionary step for the American Deluxe Stratocaster electric guitar, it 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.

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.


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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar Features:

  • Select alder body with contoured heel and body
    Rosewood or maple neck
    C-shaped profile
    22 medium-jumbo frets
    Compound radius fretboard (9-1/2" at the nut, 12" at the 12th fret, and 14" at the 15th fret)
    Three N3 Noiseless single-coil pickups
    S-1 switching system
    High-mass tremolo block
    Locking tuning keys
    Upgraded, molded case




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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.

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  • 2011 American Deluxe Stratocater S/S/S

    As reviewed by billy staggs on 4/2/2013

    I have been playing off and on for 30+ years and have owned several guitars ranging from Fender Lead II (1979), Les Paul Custom (1981), PRS Custom 24 , American Standard Stratocaster, MIM Nashville Telecaster. Without hesitation, this is the guitar I like the most in all those years. It is really a high quality instrument. The build quality is easily better than the late 90s American Standard I had, and although it doesn?t? have the same visual impact as my 10 top PRS, it is every bit as flawless. I have the maple fret board, S/S/S, Sunset Metallic and although I might not have picked that finish from a picture (it?s a little flashy for my taste), I quickly overcame my reluctances after playing it for a few minutes. It retains its Stratness while adding some modern amenities such as medium jumbo frets, pop in trem bar, noiseless pickups, S1 Switching, strap locks, etc.. Bear in mind that I was/am a big fan of the Strat Plus and Ultra. The case is really nice, though I think it?s made by SKB. The compound radius neck is awesome, as is the contoured heel. After having the S1 Switching I can?t imagine not having it. The locking tuners are very good, no more ?vintage? tuners for me thank you very much? There is a lot of negative buzz about the N3 noiseless pickup, but for the life of me I can?t figure out why. I mean they sound great in most every position and they are DEAD quiet. Does it sound like a 1954 Stratocaster? No, but neither does a 1970?s Strat or a split humbucker for that matter. I am not a fan of the typical humbucker sound at all (I got over that in the 80?s) and while the N3?s may not actually be true single coils, they sound great. The N3?s married with the S1 switching makes this one extremely versatile guitar. The N3 pickups sound much more full than normal single coils when play individually. Position 2 & 4 sound pretty much like a good sounding strat to my hears. I would like to see some blindfold test with all the naysayers, as I seriously doubt most could tell them from conventional single coils. Do keep in mind that I like Lace Sensor pickups Fender used in the Plus and Ultra, so it could just be my ears. I am looking for a good tone, not necessarily a ?vintage? one. In the past I have sold several guitars looking for something new/better, but I have vowed that nothing sort of an economic collapse will cause me to sell my 2011 American Deluxe Stratocaster. Very Happy indeed!!!

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  • Look before you leap

    As reviewed by Heather Byers on 9/23/2012

    I'm gonna start of by saying this thing is definitely impressive, and worth the money, but... if you're looking for anything with true, raw power, i'd go for a gibson, or even a Fender Jazzmaster. The sound quality on this thing is phenomenal, especially when you're playing clean, though don't get me wrong, this baby will sound great with some distortion or overdrive. I can get some Hendrix, and Beck sounds outta this thing easily, but for lead, that's really all it's gonna be able to do for you lead wise. For rhythm this thing is a versatile masterpiece, but if you're mainly a lead guy, or are looking to be a lead guy, i'd recommend going for a guitar with some bite, like a gibson, or maybe putting some texas special pickups on this thing. This thing is perfect for some cosmic blues, and dive bombs, and feedback, but if you really wanna play solos driven by power and tone, definitely go for les paul. I mainly use this for rhythm and some songs i need the amazing whammy on, while i use my Gibson Les Paul for killer, tonal leads.

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