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Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic Pearl

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.
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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
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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 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: Rosewood 
  • 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 Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

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(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic job, Fender!!!!

By Manbearpig

from University Place, WA

Pros

  • An absolute pleasure to play!
  • Beautiful
  • Fantastic range of sound
  • Fast action
  • Very clean sound and no buzzing!

Cons

  • Fender never called me to test the prototypes
  • Repeat
  • They aren't free

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Since I have a Gibson Les Paul Standard and a Fender American Deluxe (Strat), I have a little bit to compare it to in my home.
    I am so glad that I spent the hour and a half to get to the only Guitar Center in the state that had one in stock.
    When I got it home and plugged it in, I thought, "Why did I get the Stratocaster that replaced my 2015 American Deluxe? A few chords into it, along with the requisite rockstar moves, I fell in love with this guitar.
    I would not have thought that they could have improved on the American Deluxe much, but thought I'd give it a shot. I am very glad that I did.
    The sound is clean, and there is an amazing combination of settings for the tone that give a very nice variety of tones that are welcome. From Blues to Metal, and Classical to Jazz, this guitar will get you there without having to buy a different guitar for each genre. Let's face it: If we are able to afford a different guitar for every sound and every tuning, we wouldn't be writing a review ourselves. We would have people who did that for us.
    That is the point, right? Fender is the guitar for the working man & woman. That is very evident in this instrument. It cost a hair over $2,000, after tax, but is worth every cent, in my opinion.
    Did I mention that I actually had less traffic driving home from buying this guitar. It was 1 1/2 hr drive there, but only 55 minutes to get home, due to the great traffic conditions. I'm not claiming that there's a link, but I can honestly say that I have never had that happen before buying this guitar. :-) (I'll leave out the fact that this is the only time I've driven to this Guitar Center, but that's just facts that will get in the way of my compliment and inferred "happening," due to buying said instrument.)
    Enough of this. I'm now wasting time when I could be playing.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very beautiful guitar!

    By Tracy

    from undisclosed

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Classic Fender sound
    • Comes with a very secure case
    • C shape neck feels awesome
    • Noiseless pickups keeps distortion quiet
    • S-1 switch gives extra sounds

    Cons

    • Needs a complete adjustment upon arrival
    • Pickup poles are staggered
    • Pickups are not as fat as humbuckers
    • Sound is not as warm as I like

    Best Uses

    • For people who are monster solo players

    Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I have ALWAYS wanted an authentic Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster for years, but could never afford it. I finally purchased one but this one is the Elite version. It's probably the most beautiful guitar I've ever owned. The neck feels fantastic; so much so that I can wrap my whole hand around it. I have small hands, so that works perfectly. The noiseless pickups really keep the guitar/amp much quieter than before especially if you kick in a distortion petal. I play for 3 churches and a praise and worship band so I am playing somewhere every weekend! I've only had the guitar for about a week, so I am still experimenting with it. I'm a little disappointed that the sound is not as "fat" as I am used to. I was playing out of a Fender '72 Pawn Shop Series Guitar for several years and it has 2 humbucker pickups so I was expecting the Elite to have a much better sound, but it is way "thinner" than I thought it would be. I know that single coils are not the same as humbuckers, but I still expected to be "wowed" by the Elite's sound. So far, I'm not. I noticed that all 3 of the single coils have staggard poles which in my opinion, should be flat or at least even in order to get the best sound out of all the strings. I think this guitar is more suited for people who are monster solo players since it has such a high pitched sound for cutting through. So for me, I'm a little disappointed, but like I said, it's only been a few days to a week since I've had it, so it's too early to really say if this is "the one". I will give it some more time. But for the price, I really expected more.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    they nailed it!

    By Buck

    from Detroit

    Pros

    • everything just seems "right"
    • pick ups are great
    • the neck feels broken in and smooth

    Cons

    • not a fan of the pickguard on the white one
    • should of used black or aged white

    Best Uses

    • anything you want

    Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    im not a writer so i'll keep this simple,pick ups are clean with no buzz, The guitar just feels so right ,so comfortable I didnt want to put it down its was like re connecting with an old lover, the neck is smooth with great action and didnt fatigue my wrist. It didnt fall out of tune despite vigorous bends.I normally dont buy new guitars,preferring to find used custom shop ones @ half cost but, this one has me credit cars in hand with the only problem being trying to decide which finish I want..

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    The GREATEST producton stratocaster ever built, PERIOD!

    By GroundMeat

    from Braselton GA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Bought one of these in aged cherry burst from the Kennesaw GA Guitar Center a week or two before Xmas. WOW! After years and years of playing on cheap and mid-level guitars, I finally see that you really DO get what you pay for. The notes flow effortlessly from this guitar. And this particular model sounds better than ANY OTHER Fender Stratocaster, hands down. I dunno how they made these pickups, but they're as close to perfectly noiseless as you're ever gonna get while still retaining that bright chimey open sound of the non-Noiseless branded pickups. This guitar requires no upgrades at all. Anything you can think of, it's already on it... except for a roller nut... which this guitar does not need. I swear, I've NEVER had a guitar stay as absolutely dead-on in tune even after hours of playing and crazy bending. I've tested out Squiers, Mexican Standard strats, Mexican Deluxe strats, even American Standards and American Professionals. None of them compare to the American Elites. No, they're not cheap, but it's worth every penny to finally have a guitar that allows me to just PLAY rather than having a cheaper version that I know I'll have to fight with and work around it's quirks to get it to do what I want.

       
      5.0

      An amazing instrument everyone should try!

      By Steven

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I grew up on a Fender Jazzmaster, neck date stamped August 1963 which I purchased in 1964. Played it for years and still do. Since then I have purchased a Gibson Country Gentleman and a Gibson Les Paul Studio. I decided to add the new Strat American Elite to my collection and it is absolutely amazing -- like putting on an old glove from a playability standpoint, but so much more -- makes me wonder why I ever strayed from Fender. The compound neck feels like home. Pure sounds, incredible sensitivity on the noiseless pickups and beautiful workmanship. It's hard to put down. I'm so impressed with the American Elite Series, I'm going to buy the new Telecaster American Elite Ebony. No question I'll be equally satisfied. It will be a thrill to own such beautiful and playable instruments

       
      5.0

      happy

      By Patrick

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

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      5.0

      Best i have seen

      By Mwalker

      from Houston

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Fit and finish is the best I have seen. Made in America still means something! Bravo to the guys in the California factory shop. Job well done

           
          5.0

          Buying experience & Elite Strat quality initial impression

          By Mike

          from Chesapeake, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Pick up tone matching very nice!
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Buying experience was the best! Rafael at Virginia Beach Store helped me. He's professional, polite and knowledgeable. I got the impression that he helped me at the best of his ability. This is an expensive buy for me so Im glad I was given thorough help.

           
          5.0

          May be the best value for a higher end guitar

          By gray

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Playability is just exceptional & barre chords have never been easier. My guitar arrived in perfect condition almost in tune!

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good guitar

          By Lo

          from St.paul MN

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Very good guitar like it very much. Feels very good on my hand.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          PERFECT GUITAR

          By jesus

          from undisclosed

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          100% PERFECT.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Absolutely Fantastic

          By Lloydkm

          from Alamo, Ca

          Pros

          • Beautiful finish
          • wide range of tones

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender American Elite Rosewood Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I believe this guitar will be with me forever.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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