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Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst

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The American Elite Stratocaster is a progressive guitar for 21st-century musicians. Designed for players who push the envelope every night, this guitar is a true performer that leaves others in the du... Read More

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Overview

The American Elite Stratocaster is a progressive guitar for 21st-century musicians. Designed for players who push the envelope every night, this guitar is a true performer that leaves others in the dust with eye-catching style, exceptional feel and versatile sound from the very first moment you plug it in and play.

Featured on all American Elite instruments, the new 4th generation Noiseless pickups are only available in this series, and represent a quantum leap in pickup design. Combining vintage-style sound with effectively noise-free performance, these are the pinnacle of Fender’s noiseless pickup designs, offering pristine cleans and fat, overdriven tones that scream with pure rock ‘n’ roll power.

Designed for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck is ideal for all playing styles. A modern “C”-shape at the nut, the profile morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of comfortable support for fret hand antics. Locking, all short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the bone nut for buzz-free performance. The smooth two-point modern tremolo adds emotive touches to your performance without sacrificing your tuning.

Fender is renowned for head-turning style, and this guitar is no different—from newly refined, sleek and deeper contours that hug the player’s body to the black chrome headstock logo and large pearloid fret markers this instrument will dazzle the audience with elegant style. The American Elite Stratocaster is a bold new guitar for the brave new guitarist who is setting out to cross uncharted musical terrain. Includes a redesigned Elite Molded Case with TSA locks to provide increased protection for your cherished instrument.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Modern C to D
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • 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: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Middle: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Bridge: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive electronics: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: S-1 switching No-load tone control
  • 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: 2-point synchronized
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: New Modern String Tree, Asymmetrical Neck Heel, Black Chrome Fender Headstock Decal
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Strap locks, Deluxe leather strap, Cable, Pop-in tremolo arm, Adjustment wrenches
  • Country of origin: United States
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FenderAmerican Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
5.0

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5.0

Great Guitar, I love it!!!

By Charles

from undisclosed

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Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have owned several American Strats, but this one is the best one so far. The neck is exceptional. The C to D design is really nice. However, I'm most impressed with he pickups. Every other Strat or Tele that I own/owned, I immediately replace the pickups becuase the stock Fender pickups are so noisy and not very good sound wise (especially the bridge pickup). These 4th generation noisless pickups are absolutely amazing. They are super quiet and have a really great sound. I play this guitar in all 5 positions whereas I only played my other Strats in 2 or 3 positions. I haven't quite figured out the S-1 switching yet, and am undecided on the sounds, but it's just another 5 options for the pickups and sounds. I bought the "Sky Burst Metallic" finish, and I absolutely love it! I hate to admit it, but part of the reason I bought this particular model was so I could get this finish. It looks different colors in different light situations. I get comments about the color/finish all the time. The case is also something to write about. The TSA approved case is great and rivals the TSA cases that I bought for my EVH and Charvel San Dimas Guitars. Overall, it's a great guitar from Fender. If I had one complaint, it would be the price. I think the price, even in Guitar Center is a little steep, but you can't have everything the way you want it I guess. Great Guitar, I love it!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender found a way to improve a classic.

By mickgts

from Connecticut

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Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I've owned and played many different Strats, this one is by far the best one I've ever played. I sold my favorite Am.Std many years ago, but always regretted it. The Elite came along and I had to check it out. From the moment I picked it up in the store I could tell it was a great guitar. Fender has taken a classic, and drastically improved upon it. From the satin finished morphing C to D shaped neck, and improved heel, to the new noiseless pickups. This guitar is so much fun to play. So much thought and effort was taken to make a great guitar and, and it shows. Great weight, improved contours, easily adjustable truss rod, newly designed case, I can't find anything I don't like about it. I have no idea how they will find a way to out do this creation.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Guitar!

By Charley

from Saint Stephen, S.C.

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Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I bought my first Strat in 1968. I love strats and this one is a jewel!

You will not be disappointed.

I love it

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great service, wonderful guitar

By TAS

from Lincoln, NE

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Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Guitar was delivered quickly without issue. Wonderful playing strat

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING

By Em

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

As long as I have been playing guitars, I have never liked strats...until I played the American Elite. Plays like butter, gets great tone, and looks beautiful (I got the sky blue burst). I also have never been a fan of maple fretboards until I played this guitar. Perfect for the serious musician that records and gigs often.

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