Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster is instantly comfortable with irresistible tone and playability. You won't believe your fingers and ears. The ultimate in high-performance, this premium Fender ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster is instantly comfortable with irresistible tone and playability. You won't believe your fingers and ears. The ultimate in high-performance, this premium Fender Strat model has an ultra-smooth, 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 provides extra punch and sustain. S-1 Switching delivers an extended range of tonal flavors. The classically contoured Stratocaster alder body fits like a glove.

Other features include polished chrome hardware, locking machine heads, American Deluxe tremolo with polished steel saddles, highly detailed fret and nut work, abalone dot inlays, and aged plastic parts. Includes molded Fender Stratocaster hardshell case.

Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups
It's no secret that pickup designers have been striving to develop the ultimate noise-free single-coil replacement pickup. In pursuit of as little 60-cycle hum and extraneous noise as possible and the classic bell-like tones and fidelity of the original Fender designs, Fender has poured their energy into discovering a new world-class pickup for the ages. With open minds and a willingness to seemingly question everything, Fender partnered with legendary pickup designer Bill Lawrence. The pickup that was birthed from this extraordinary partnership is the Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickup. It has no hum, no microphonics, close to zero magnetic interruption of the string path; and the widest sonic parameters possible--from Fender classic single coils to tones not yet imagined. Truly a revolutionary design in guitar pickups.

  • Premium contoured alder body
  • Modern C neck shape with slick finish and hand-rolled edges
  • 3 Fender SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) 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
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Most Liked Positive Review


Hold on to This One

I bought one of these babies six or seven years ago, but had to sell it to pay my rent this Summer. I swear to God I almost cried. It was the most...Read complete review

I bought one of these babies six or seven years ago, but had to sell it to pay my rent this Summer. I swear to God I almost cried. It was the most beautiful guitar I ever owned, both visually and in sound. The only problem that I ever had with it was that I had to have some of the hardware resoldered after four years or so, but that was probably my fault anyway. I will say that whoever complained about the plating on the tuning keys coming off is right. Mine wasn't too bad, but it tarnishes easily if you don't take care of it. As soon as I am no longer broke, I plan to buy another Am. Delux Strat immediately and keeping it until I'm an old, old man.


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Nice guitar; not quite worth the money

I'm of the opinion that this price is too much to pay for a bolt-on guitar. If the quality was absolutely top-notch (it isn't), the cost would be *almost* justifiable.A graphite nut...Read complete review

I'm of the opinion that this price is too much to pay for a bolt-on guitar. If the quality was absolutely top-notch (it isn't), the cost would be *almost* justifiable.A graphite nut would help this guitar to stay in tune. As it is, you better use graphite powder if you want to use the vibrato at all (locking tuners do not help with this, as many people think).The fretwork was a bit shabby and the holes in the pickguard do not align very well with the holes in the body (you can see large gaps next to some of the screws).Sound-wise it is very quiet, but the pickups do not produce that strat chime/cluck very well, and they are rather cold sounding to me. I replaced them with Kinman Woodstocks, which was an improvement.I do like the guitar, but I don't feel like I got my money's worth.

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fender american deluxe stratocaster (maple fretboard)

By jim jimmy

from Greece

A really necessary guitar which can plays from classic rock to heavy metal ! If you have a tube amp the SCN sound amezingly good.
fender american deluxe stratocaster (maple fretboard)


This guitar rocks ! The SCN's sound is perfect . What i like most of this guitar is its fretboard. I really like its feel. I should not disregard the S1 which is just perfect . I recommend this guitar for the professional and the amateur. Try a gibson and then this guitar. You will see the difference. With having paid a great price, you have a more comfortable and a more great sounding guitar. More to the point its materiels are very good. Try a maple fretboard ( it's much better than the rosewood in that version ) and you will understand ! I got crazy with this guitar ! It is just perfect !

The olympic pearl looks much better live than on images ! Please don't refuse it !
A really necessary guitar which can palys from classic rock to heavy metal. If you have a tube amp the SCN sound amazingly good.


THE Strat

By BlaKe-QqnGv

from New York City

As the title says, just THE GREATEST STRAT i?ve ever played. A must for stratocaster fans and one of the greatest strats that has come out from the the Fender factory in the U.S.A. This guitar has the best authentic vintage strat sound i?ve ever heard from new strats and if you want my advice, don't buy the new american deluxe stratocaster for 2010, it is such a disappointment for Fender. I mean it has a great modern strat sound but if you are a vintage fan like me search for this deuxe strat with the SCN pickups and everything else.Don?t waste your money.This is the best strat.


Great guitar!! Super upgrade

By jimbob

from Phoenix

This really is a great guitar but was in desperate need of a setup. After that it played PERFECT!!! Dont fool yourself thinking you can get it in the mail ready to play. Fender doesnt have the time or resources to devote to a proper intonation and set up right out of the factory and that i can understand at this price. I really like the S1 switching- It offers a lot more tonal options. The pickups are great too!! They are noiseless and still retain that classic Strat sound. Like the other posts I cant say enough about the neck- smooth and the hand rolled edges are amazing.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


i dont get it

By southernsam

from jax bch , fl

played the deluxe American strat at a well known chain store and i did not get it. played and sounded like a mid dollar strat and it has a bolt on neck. i dont think any bolt neck guitar is worth more than 500 dollars no matter whose name is on it.


Incredible Guitar!!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is just amazing, plays very well, sounds really good the SCN pickups are just great, stays in tune very well. the neck feels great. It looks really nice and the S-1 switching is just an awesome feature. overall this guitar is just great feels good and plays like no other guitar. i highly recommend this guitar to anyone. im going to buy one very soon. fender you made an excellent strat!!

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Strat vs Les Paul

By Tone Seeker

from Madison, WI

For those who have been comparing the American Deluxe to various Gibsons, it like apples and oranges...they both taste different, neither is neccesarily better or worse than the other. I've been playing seriously for 50 years, (I started when I was 6). I've owned, one Les Paul Custom, two Les Paul standards, one ES335, a Paul Reed Smith McCarty, and several Strats, including a Lone Star, a special edition ash, and and an American Deluxe. They've all gotten a lot of play. During the last few years I streamlined my collection to the only two electric guitars I need, (or will ever need, which are the American Deluxe Strat, and a ES335). Take my word for it, when dialed in right, they'll do it all. While I have owned a couple of Fender Twins, Marshalls, and Mesa Boogies, I currently only use a NOS tweed Blues Jr with a Jensen. With I should add that I don't play metal, and never have, so I suppose there might be something different needed for that racket. Maybe an airhammer or chain saw.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


An amazing guitar!

By Aaron

from Renton, WA

I've been playing guitar for over 26 years. I've played lots of guitars, many very good, but somehow I never found the perfect guitar. **Until Today!** The American Deluxe Strat is, truly, a great guitar. It stays in tune, it plays easy, and sounds amazing. Yes, they are a little spendy, but please believe me: it is money well spent. This is a real electric guitar, a guitar that you can be proud of and play with confidence. If you're serious about playing the electric guitar, get one of these. Don't wait 26 years like I did!


Great Guitar

By Sam-dDjZy

from Iowa City

I got this guitar yesterday and i havnt put it down since. it feels and sounds amazing. the S-1 switch is awesome, its ads something special when youre soloing. right when i got it i put new strings on it and once i got them in tune i havnt had to tune them since. the locking tuners are amazing. my only complaint is that the shrink wrap on the pickgaurd was really hard to get off and it left the pickgaurd sticky so theres a bunch of stuff stuck on it but it still sounds great so i dont care that much about it.


I'm a believer!

By USMCGuitarHero

from Cherry Point, NC

Having played guitar for 14 years now, I've never considered myself a Fender fan in any capacity... but this one blew my mind.The broad array of tones is perfect for any style of music: the electronics are nothing short of flawless and the playability is unparalleled (I may never play on another rosewood fretboard again!)Encountered some problems with spontaneous string breakage (with no apparent cause) and the wiring underneath the jackplate came undone and had to be re-soldered right before a gig. The floating bridge design also causes intermittent intonation problems...But absolutely worth it!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


American Deluxe Strat rocks

By Bill

from NJ

I bought the Olympic Pearl American Deluxe Strat, alder body, rosewood fingerboard. Bought it through a local Guitar Center which saved me several hundred dollars from the online list price. It is absolutely beautiful. I have not touched the factory set-up, and the intonation is perfect. Love the S-1 switching and tone control for the bridge pick-up. I am not an aggressive tremolo user, but only gripe may be lack of the roller nut on the "non-fat" Deluxe Strat. Would definitely recommend this guitar. Great versatility.

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