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Fender American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster Electric Guitar

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Instantly comfortable with irresistible tone and playability, this premium model has a sweet neck with hand-rolled edges to make it play fast, smooth, and sweet. SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) pickup... Click To Read More About This Product

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Instantly comfortable with irresistible tone and playability, this premium model has a sweet neck with hand-rolled edges to make it play fast, smooth, and sweet. SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) pickups dish out vintage Strat sounds without the hum, while a hot bridge pickup and S-1 switching provide extra punch and sustain. Classically contoured ash body fits like a glove. Other features include polished chrome, locking machine heads, American Deluxe tremolo with polished steel saddles, highly detailed fret and nut work, abalone dot inlays, and aged plastic parts.


Premium contoured ash body
Modern C neck shape with slick finish and hand-rolled edges
3 Fender SCN pickups
5-way pickup selector
S-1 switching system
Polished chrome hardware
String-thru-body bridge with polished stainless steel saddles
Deluxe die-cast machine heads
22 medium-jumbo frets
Schaller strap-lock ready
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(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


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By mg3419

from Dallas, TX

Never played a strat until a year ago when i received a Mex Tex Strat as a gift. Loved it! Ordered the Fender American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster for all its little goodies it has. Let me say that this is a Great guitar The pickups can get a wide range of sounds and tones...Sweet to Nasty and back. I had only one thing wrong with my order...The guitar had a big dark spot in the woodgrain below the bridge under the finish, clearly a 2nd and should of been priced...accordingly. But like a puppy, once you pick it up and play with's yours! The neck is better than any strat i have picked up. Gets the old sounds with no hum...and then some. Great guitar.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)



By stratslinger

from Seymour, TN

This Strat was purchased for one reason, (other than being another Strat for my collection) had the most beautiful finish on it I had ever seen. Fender's Aged Cherry Sunburst is something that should be studied and emulated by some other manufacturer of guitars with that finish. But the sound...WOW!!! The new Noiseless pickups are great. I still need a little noise suppression in my pedal chain, but not like I do with some of my other Strats. With features such as locking tuners, pop-in trem arm and rolled fingerboard edges, nothing else is need to make this great classic any better. I liked this one so much, I went and got a second one in the 3-color Sunburst.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


And the Angels Sang

By TrueBeliever

from Phoenix

This is quality, class, style and grace. A Bass player for over 20 years who enjoyed playing guitar, I bought the best, sweetest, most beautiful sounding, looking and playing ax I have ever touched. I have the tobacco Sunburst with Rosewood, and play it the a Vox Valvetronix AD50VT 50w 1x12 - awesome. This is a legacy instrument.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


This guitar growls

By Marty

from columbus, ohio

I was very fortunate to get the ash body, Madeira sunburst, with rosewood neck before Fender stopped making them. Finish is beautiful. Sound is clean with a capital "C". From the factory, the action and intonation is near perfect. I play it through a Vox AC30. If you belong to the Fender club, this is a must have addition to your collection. If you've never owned a Strat, buy this one. Is it the best guitar in the world? I don't know. Is it the best that I have played? Yes! And I've been playing for 50 years.



By Kevin11

from nowhere

When I first tried this guitar at the store, I knew I had to have it. When I finally got it home and plugged it into my amp, I was amazed. This guitar can give anywhere from the nitty-gritty 'Skynyrd sound, to that Buddy Guy tone we all love. Once you start playing it, it's hard to put it down.


Great Looks and Amazing Tones

By J.T.

from Virginia Beach, VA / Pittsburgh, PA

It was time for me to get a Strat and I let all possibilities on the table when I went to the store to play them, including the reasonable customs, HSS, and vintage used. Most of them sounded great but the Ash body on this guitar stood out from the rest in warmth and sustain. Since a Strat is supposed to be bright and punchy the little extra warmth really made this baby stand out from it's brothers. I played them all and just kept picking this one back up. The Tobbacco Sunburst finish looks amazing. On top of that the S-1 switching is really cool. I've had it for a week now and am starting to find what works best with my amp (Mesa/Boogie Lonestar Classic) in different situations and I find myself leaning on the S-1 tones all the time (Especially in the neck and bridge positions.) That amp has a million great tones in it as well and is a perfect match for this Strat. With ten different pickup configs there is are endless ways to get those electrons flowing through your tubes. Buy this guitar... don't try to save a few hundred by shorting yourself and your tone... sound cool, be happy


Well worth the price, a definate keeper

By Michael Sabo

from Ottawa Illinois

I've had this guitar for over a year now and it only gets better. I opted for the Tobacco Burst with Rosewood fingerboard and couldn't be happier. The Samarium cobalt pickups manage to put out all of the bite you'd expect in a Stratocaster, while cancelling the noise normally associated with single coils. The S-1 switch works just as advertised, with sounds ranging from classic Telecaster to mild humbucker thickness. The fretboard is a dream to play on with no rough edges, and the Abalone fret markers are a classy detail. The finish is flawless. All in all this is a great guitar that is not only comfortable to play, but a pleasure for the senses. Truly a modern classic that will stand the test of time if cared for properly. Well done Fender!


Simpply Irresistible

By James

from Covington

For the past two years I have been playing on a Jackson with EMG pickups and a 3 position pickup switch...for the most part it served it's purpose, mostly for metal. When I picked up the American Deluxe Strat I knew there was no other guitar for me. There is such a wide variety of tones it seems almost endless. The guitar is beautifully crafted and and for lack of better Yeah you can get ok sounds from Gibsons but have fun paying thousands of dollars for the name on the headstock. Anyways all the greatest guitar players in history played strats.


My new #1

By B.T.E.

from somewhere near Nashvegas, TN

This is the guitar I've been waiting for. Action, Frets, Playability, Sound, Looks, but hey it "IS" a ~Fender Strat~! I did do a lil' cosmetic modification on my sunburst, but.. it was awesome straight off the wall, ( I just helped make it perfect). The s-1 is a cool addition and mine has the blues tone max for the mid/bridge pup conf., way cool sound possibilities.


Couldnt find anything better.

By David

from Florida

i could not find anything i liked more than this, and i cant imagine anything better. the neck is super smooth, and it plays great. this guitar has lots of tonal options. the pickups sound great. it was hard putting it down just to write this review! lol. its a great guitar and im honored to own one. GET ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Guitar for Guitar Player's

By scotiadk

from Detroit, MI

SImply put-the best strat I have ever played, hands down. The sound of this guitar is fantastic, the S-1 switch adds quite a dimension to it, it can really help to "beef up" your sound, especially when playing in a trio when you need a little more heaviness to your tone. The neck shape is superb, and the ash body is fantastic. I couldn't be happier with this guitar!


It dont get better than this!

By Jack

from Stayton Oregon

I am so glad that I bought this guitar, I absolutely love to play it, and I dont get tired after hours of play. I have been a les paul player for 20 years and have been loyal to gibson, but no more, I will play nothing else.


fat strat cat

By Jim

from edgewater,fl

I Did'nt think it could be done,what do I know,traded american standard for the deluxe! WOW,lots of differences,The sound more crunchy,and cleaner,the action more direct note picking,Ican't put it down ,I'm serious!!!Check this out!!!



By Peter Serrano

from South Pasadena, Ca

I fell in love with the cherry burst with maple neck. It is finely crafted guitar. The feel and the looks are stunning. The fret board is super smooth - the best I've ever laid my hands on.I also own a Lonestar Strat with Seymour Duncans but it is a cut below the Deluxe but fun to play nonetheless. The sound/tone are too die for BUT the tone controls have to be all the way to 10- maxed out in order to get the shimmer and chime. I am not sure if it is because the nature of the SCN pickups or the choice of capacitors Fender used in these guitars. Lower the tone and you get a MUDDY tone. The wiring is another issue. In a non-S1 set-up the tone control cloests to the bridge pickup controls only the bridge. Not so with this guitar, the bridge tone control also controls the middle pickup so that if you playing lead with the bridge at 5 on the tone control and switch to position 2 (neck +mid pick ups), your tone will be MUDDY unless you go back and max out the bridge tone control. FENDER, ARE YOU LISTENING? If these issues are corrected,in my opinion, the Fender Strat Ash Deluxe will shame all the Les Pauls and PRS out there no matter what price tag they bear. SO GET TO WORK FENDER. Would also help if you can post the wiring diagrams of the wiring upgrade.

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