FREE 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping (edit) Get Details

More Info About Free 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping

Close Window
Top Seller

Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

Item #: 
1500000000003166
  • Write a Review

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... Click To Read More About This Product

Choose Style:
Please Select an Option
  • Aged Cherry Burst

    $1,999.99 Top Seller

    In stock

  • 3-Color Sunburst

    $1,899.99 Top Seller

    In stock

  • Mystic Black

    $1,899.99 Top Rated

    In stock

  • Olympic Pearl

    $1,899.99 Top Rated

    In stock

  • Sky Burst Metallic

    $1,899.99 Top Seller

    In stock

  • Autumn Blaze Metallic

    $1,899.99 Top Rated

    In stock

  • Tobacco Sunburst

    $1,999.99 Top Seller

    Ships By 4/28/17

Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Price:
$1,89999.00 - $1,99999.00
  • (Most Popular)
+ Add to Wish List
 
Ship to Store Available in: 3-7 Days (estimated) Denver, CO (5.5  mi) View More Stores For Availability


,
SUN:11AM-7PM
MON-FRI:10AM-9PM
SAT:10AM-8PM

QUESTIONS?
Connect with an expert instantly.

Call us: 866-498-7882

  • Pro Coverage Eligible
  • Free Shipping
  • Easy Returns
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
Warranty

GUITAR CENTER'S PRO COVERAGE
Pro Coverage gives you added warranty protection for your new gear. Stepping in where the manufacturer's "normal wear and tear" coverage ends, our Pro Coverage program offers you upgraded coverage if your product ever fails Read More.

Pro Coverage includes
  • Accidental damage protection (new gear only)
  • Expedited repair
  • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% coverage for commercial use
  • Extended return period
  • Extended price protection
  • No lemon guarantee
  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to three years from date of purchase
  • Repair authorization-toll-free by phone or via the web
  • Customer Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
FenderAmerican Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Reviewed by 8 customers

Displaying reviews 1-8

Back to Top

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar, I love it!!!

By Charles

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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!!!

(5 of 5 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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Guitar!

By Charley

from Saint Stephen, S.C.

Verified Buyer

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

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender found a way to improve a classic.

By mickgts

from Connecticut

Verified Buyer

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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great service, wonderful guitar

By TAS

from Lincoln, NE

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Guitar was delivered quickly without issue. Wonderful playing strat

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Seems like a great new guitar!

By JB

from Portland, Oregon

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      The new Elite Strat is definitely a nice machine. The new elements seem like good changes in the evolution of the Strat. If you're all about old school...this ain't your guitar. It looks new, it feels a little different, and sounds less "Straty" than some. The extra set of sounds available from the volume pot button strike me as interesting, but not all that great...at least thus far. I find myself sticking to the tried and true...but I've only played it for a few days. If you like your old vintage quacky Strat sound, the new 4th generation noiseless pickups may not completely satisfy you. I'm still deciding, but it's definitely a trade off...no PU buzz vs a slightly flatter sound. I have noticed that the PUs are responsive to attack. Hit it hard, and it starts to quack more. Go soft, and it will flatten the sound. The satin finish on the compound radius neck is really nice. Neck feels great. Comes with 42s. Mine is headed over to my favorite guitar repair tech to get it set up nicely with a floating trem. Not exactly perfectly set up out of the box. Neck has a little too much relief, action is high, trem is high. Fret finish is pretty good. I've felt others at the store that I would not have bought b/c of the rough fret edgework. So far, I'm very happy with it. It's the antithesis of the roadworn/vintage style. It's new, modern, and a little different.

      (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Product is awesom but pathetic shopping experience

      By Chhattresh

      from Overland Park, Kansas

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Based on my shopping experience I would recommend not to buy anything from Guitar center (online or shipping at home). It will be better to buy it from some other store or directly from Fender if possible.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Like it even better than I expected.

      By Spurs

      from New Mexico

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I've played a Les Paul for many years and thought I would live and die being a Les Paul guy. I am loving the tone, action, overall playability of this guitar.

        Displaying reviews 1-8

        Back to Top

        You are changing the Ship-To country.

        Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.