Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar  

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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS, called by some a Fat Strat, is an electric guitar that is instantly comfortable, and it gives you irresistible tone and playability. You won't believe your... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS, called by some a Fat Strat, is an electric guitar that is instantly comfortable, and it gives you irresistible tone and playability. You won't believe your fingers and ears. The ultimate in high-performance, this premium model Strat has an ultrasmooth neck with hand-rolled edges to make it play fast, smooth, and sweet. Already loaded with all the impressive Deluxe series appointments, the American Deluxe Strat takes it to another level with a Fat Strat-style hot humbucker at the bridge, an LSR roller nut, and S-1 switching for even more versatility, extra punch, and sustain to spare. SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) pickups (2 single-coils) dish out vintage Strat sounds without the hum, and the contoured alder body fits like a glove.

Other features of the Stratocaster HSS 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 Fender hardshell case.

Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups

It's no secret that pickup designers at Fender have been striving to develop the ultimate noise-free single-coil replacement pickup. In pursuit of both as little 60-cycle hum and extraneous noise as possible and the classic bell-like tones and fidelity of the original pickup designs, Fender has poured their energy into discovering a new world 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.

Features
  • Premium alder body
  • Modern C neck shape with slick finish and hand-rolled edges
  • 3 Fender SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) pickups: 2 single-coils, one humbucker
  • 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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4.8

(based on 23 reviews)

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Fat Strat is where its at!

The American deluxe Strat has a totally fat tone with a less than Les Paul weight. This axe really stands out amongst the other guitars in the thousand dollar price range because of its...Read complete review

The American deluxe Strat has a totally fat tone with a less than Les Paul weight. This axe really stands out amongst the other guitars in the thousand dollar price range because of its tonal diversity. I plugged straight into my Mesa Boogie Dual Recto, and I can?t say I?ve ever heard a more beautiful noise. You can get nearly any sound out of this thing, from Telecaster twang, to Les Paul Chunk. The S-1 switching system provides just about every tone a working musician might need. The Bridge position humbucker really lays the crunch on thick in the overdrive channels of my Dual Rectifier. The neck pickup gives a great clean sound for rhythm playing, and can provide a nice SRV grit for blues playing with the s-1 switch down. For a great mellow sound, flip to the middle pickup (I personally favor this sound in my recordings). Another great feature is the LSR nut, which gives a near Floyd Rose level of tuning stability. No other guitar I?ve seen has a similar feature. The LSR nut works with the locking tuners to provide a confidence inspiring setup. With these two pieces of hardware, I only have to tune up once in a gig. String changes are a breeze as well because the locking tuners eliminate the need for wrapping the string. You just have to pull the string tight, and lock it down. It's comfortable live, and provides a phenomenal range of tones in the studio (mainly because of the S-1 switching). Overall, one of the best and most practical instruments in its price range!

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Poor tone -poor fret work

Ive been playing for over 40 years and I have a vast collection of guitars. I have owned this model three times and each time I wind up selling it off for two reasons...Read complete review

Ive been playing for over 40 years and I have a vast collection of guitars. I have owned this model three times and each time I wind up selling it off for two reasons , poor tone and poor fret work. To me the Samarium noiseless pick ups are brash sounding and I cant seem to get a true clean balanced tone from them . Too much high mid- range tone . The DH humbucker is ok , nothing to write home about , a Seymour duncan or Dimarzio is is far superior. Even the S1 swithching doesnt correct the tone issues,I play all my guitars through a variety of amps and I use the POD XT to give them all a fair shot at the best sound possible.The quality of the finish and construction is very good , but on all three that Ive owned in the past 5 years the frets are poorly finished in that they are rough on the edges and stick out to far away from the neck ( I find the Mex Fenders are actually finished better) . So when you put all this together I say other guitars do the heavey rock thing much better. I bought three in past few years because I like Strats and I want this to work. So I wound up with a MEX HSS Strat that I honestly must say I like the feel better, I customized the pick ups and thats my fat strat. AND I paid a lot less for the guitar and the pups combined.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best General Purpose Guitar I've Ever Played

By Slick Rhoads

from Boise, ID

I own a bunch of guitars including a Les Paul Standard and a Les Paul Special. If all my guitars burst into ashes, this would be the first guitar I'd replace. It seems to me that most other guitars have one trademark sound that people go for. This guitar has pretty much every style of music covered. Rock, metal, blues, country, jazz, you name it. And it's not that it CAN play them, it's that it plays them and sounds really good. Strats in general have the best clean sound you will find in a mass-produced electric guitar. Beats a Les Paul hands-down in my opinion. There are so many good things about this guitar. It's light. It's the most comfortable neck I've played on. Stays in tune like a charm. Is easy to restring with the locking tuners. It's just a fantastic instrument. I love this guitar and would recommend it to anyone who's looking for an amazing all-around guitar. I can't say enough good things about it. ~Slick

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Honest Opinion

By Blake

from Parker, CO

I love guitars, and I bought this guitar for versatility and playability. Well it definitely has both. I think the worst part about this guitar is the pickups. Mine stopped working right after a year after the warranty went up and my guitar tech said sometimes they just have to replace the SCN pickups. I extremely dislike the pickups. They are muddy and have no clarity when playing with overdriven tones, and have an ear piercing high end quality (and it's not my amp, trust me). Also, I hate (HATE) the pop-in tremolo arm. One reason I was so excited to get this guitar was for the floating trem. The bar pops into place, but when you use it, it hits the side of the hole where the bar is supposed to go, creating this metal "chinking" sound that the pickups pickup, making it useless. Other than that, great guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow. good job fender

By karmapolice

from Jersey

this guitar is awesome, tones are absolutely amazing. even makes my little frontman 15g amp sound awesome. i absolutely LOVE the fretboard its so smooth and easy to move on. the humbucker pickup sounds reallllly good especially when you throw on the distortion the humbucker kills the sound!! i love the S1 switching feature it gives the guitar a great fat tone reminiscent of gibson, u know that heavier ballsier sound that only comes from having more dense wood...or an S1 switch. the only NEGATIVE i can say about the guitar is that there is some fret buzz on the low e and the a string and if you pluck it hard enough it will show up on the amp but for the most part its not a problem. bottom line-- great guitar: stays in tune extraordinarily well, awesome noisless and humbucker pickups, great feel on the fret board, and because its an american fender it'll last forever (knock on wood) negatives: some fret buzz, medium/jumbo frets make it a little difficult to do solos and stuff, but whatever it doesn't bother me

 
5.0

Star of the Strats

By Dicky Will

from Hartford, CT

I was in a quandry about whether to buy this Strat or a Les Paul, and am very happy I made this choice. First of all there is the price, without sacrificing quality. The locking nut keeps it in tune in a way you can never achieve on the angled Les Paul neck. The S-1 pick up gives you that full humbucker feel when you need dark and heavy, and the neck has the great playability you get with a strat. I have seven guitars [sigh...including a high-end Gibson ES-137 Custom] and this is by far the favorite right now.

 
5.0

The most versatile guitar ever

By Mason van Kraayenburg

from H-town

If you are looking for a guitar that will meet all of your musical needs, then this is the guitar you want. I have always been a strat man, simply because of the versatility. This guitar provides 9 different pickup configurations, all of which can be tampered to your desires. i have played guitar for 7 years, and i have never seen such a high quality/versatile guitar in my life. there is simply no guitar on the market right now that will match the American deluxe HSS, especially for the price. The hand rolled edges make for invigorating smooth play, and the LSR roller nut allows you to use the whammy with minimal tune interference. This guitar is also as light as can be, the work put into this baby is clearly noticeable. I have played every guitar you can think of, and this one is just hands down annihilating the competition.

 
5.0

WOW. Can't put it down.

By David

from Livingston, Louisiana

I recently purchased an American Deluxe Strat HSS with the S1. This is my 1st electric guitar and I am thrilled beyond belief at how smooth playing this strat is. I have been playing a little over a year now and made the mistake of borrowing a friend's strat. After this experience I was hooked. I tried many other guitars and various stores, but once this strat was in my hand I knew I had to have it. I don't know all the technical language, but I do know what sounds good and this strat is it. I have several friends that are professional musicians and every one of them recommends the American Strat; even those that do not use a strat for their primary guitar. Obviously Fender has made a name for itself not by promotion, but by building a quality product. This strat is no exception. If you are looking for an awesome, great sounding and just plain fun to play guitar, look no further. Thanks Fender.

 
5.0

Versatle Deluxe Fat Strat

By Charlie P

from Florida

I love this guitar, it is versatle and light and easy to play. I bought this guitar about 2 months ago and have been playing the hech out of it. I rarely have to re-tune it and the action was set up great right from the factory and intonation too! Mine is the pearl and it stands out among my dark colored guitars. I have a Gibson LP and a Gretsch 5120 also. Each of these guitars sound great but the weight and size of the Fat Strat make it easiest to handle. It has ample tone to compete with the others. This guitar needs a good sounding amp to go with it. I have a Marshall MG250DFX and it makes this guitar open up. Tried it on some lesser amps and wasn't happy with the sound. So if you buy it try it out on a good amp. Once I got home and plugged it into my MG250 I knew I had made a great choice. I still love the sound of my LP but play both equally. This is a great guitar so if you buy it you can't go wrong.

 
5.0

buy it, play it , love it

By Rocker Bob

from Grosse Ile, Michigan

This is a great guitar. The feel weight distribution, balance. The only thing I had a problem was getting the action on the strings low enough, the factory setting is way to high. Buy this guitar and you will have a hard time putting it down. Well worth the money, S-1 button, action all great, Tuner locks are great. Buy it now. My Gibson still has better action.

 
3.0

Poor tone -poor fret work

By Vinny guitarman

from NYC

Ive been playing for over 40 years and I have a vast collection of guitars. I have owned this model three times and each time I wind up selling it off for two reasons , poor tone and poor fret work. To me the Samarium noiseless pick ups are brash sounding and I cant seem to get a true clean balanced tone from them . Too much high mid- range tone . The DH humbucker is ok , nothing to write home about , a Seymour duncan or Dimarzio is is far superior. Even the S1 swithching doesnt correct the tone issues,I play all my guitars through a variety of amps and I use the POD XT to give them all a fair shot at the best sound possible.The quality of the finish and construction is very good , but on all three that Ive owned in the past 5 years the frets are poorly finished in that they are rough on the edges and stick out to far away from the neck ( I find the Mex Fenders are actually finished better) . So when you put all this together I say other guitars do the heavey rock thing much better. I bought three in past few years because I like Strats and I want this to work. So I wound up with a MEX HSS Strat that I honestly must say I like the feel better, I customized the pick ups and thats my fat strat. AND I paid a lot less for the guitar and the pups combined.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What more could you want?

By Infamous Steve

from Concord, CA.

I have been around for a while and I think I have played almost every guitar that is commercially available in the U.S. This guitar has great sound, style, neck, pick-ups, electronics, the works. And it stays in tune when you use the whammy bar! As "all around" an instrument as you could possibly need or want. Impecable craftsmanship for a mass produced piece, and fairly well priced (remember the old adage " you get what you pay for!) If you can't be happy with this guitar you need to have one custom built for you!

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