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Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar Mystic Black

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Mixing modern sound and a plethora of innovative features with traditional visual style, the American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker doesn’t just push the envelope—it completely annihilates it. Des... Read More

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Mixing modern sound and a plethora of innovative features with traditional visual style, the American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker doesn’t just push the envelope—it completely annihilates it. Designed for modern players who need tonal variety on tap, as well as unprecedented performance and supple playing feel, this top-notch performer delivers every single time you plug it in and play.

This American Elite HSS model combines a powerful Shawbucker open-coil humbucking bridge pickup with the exclusive New 4th generation Noiseless pickups, which represent a quantum leap in pickup design. The new Noiseless pickups’ hum-free vintage- style sound and the Shawbucker’s snarling midrange creates pristine cleans and gigantic overdriven tones for multidimensional classic Stratocaster sound turned up to 11. Push-push switching enables the “passing lane”, which instantly rerouts to your bridge pickup signal, bypassing the tone circuit, kicking your tone into overdrive with enhanced overtones and high output.

Designed for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck with a 9.5”-14” compound radius fingerboard 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. In a vintage-inspired touch, the new truss rod adjustment wheel has been moved to the butt end of the neck for easier access, making neck relief adjustments a snap.

Fender is renowned for mind-blowing style, and this guitar is no different—from therefined, sleek and deeper contours that hug the player’s body to the black chrome headstock logo, new modern string tree, large pearloid fret markers and unique new colors this instrument will dazzle the audience with classic aesthetics. The American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker is a bold new guitar for progressive players setting out to explore new musical frontiers. 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: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: Compound
  • Fret size: Medium-jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HSS
  • Neck: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Middle: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Bridge: Shawbucker
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: Yes
  • Special electronics: S-1 switching, Push-Push Passing Lane Switch to Engage Bridge Pickup and Bypass Tone Controls
  • 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: Die-cast locking
  • 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 Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By MB

from Greenville, SC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar. I had a Squier Stratocaster before buying this one. It was a very good guitar, but this one is superior in every way. Great sound and looks awesome.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a great guitar!!!

By Loopio

from Tucson, AZ

Pros

  • Looks gorgeous
  • Perfectly made
  • Tunes superbly on every fret

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    I have this guitar since 4/12/16 and I wrote a review about it; however, I placed my review under maple neck... I am so excited about this guitar. It sounds so beautiful from clean to very distorted sound on every pickup. I honestly don't believe how many tons this guitar has. I use it with Fender Blues Deluxe amp and it sounds incredible with no effects as well as with effects. I play it every day and I am in love with this guitar. My wife is jealous. LOL

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow...what am I going to do with my Les Paul?

    By Henry

    from Great Falls VA

    Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    Beautifully made to the last detail. This has got to be one of the finest production guitars I have ever played. The tones, noiseless pick-ups, comfortable neck are amazing. A perfectly clear sound without compression or equalizer that can cut through when you want to. String it up with my array of effects pedals and any sound I can imagine is possible. Olympic Pearl - I'm loving it!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is the Statocaster to Buy

    By Chris

    from Alexandria, VA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Classic Fender tone
    • Comes with high quality case, strap, and cable
    • Fender's best bang for your buck
    • Modern upgrades

    Cons

    • Strap locks included but don't work well

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      The American Elite Stratocaster HSS has amazing modern upgrades that include:
      Newly reworked truss rod more in the style of the Fender produced EVH
      New wiring options that run pickup selections in series controlled via the S1 Switch
      New push button cuts out the volume and tone pots sending the full humbucker output to the jack
      New locking short style tuners
      New saddles that keep intonation spot on with pop-in tremolo/whammy
      New rubber lined volume and tone knobs
      New body and neck joint contours
      New case, TSA friendly, and stackable with other like cases

      The Shawbucker allows increased versatility from great warm Fender brights to harder rock that you just can't play on a conventional Single Coil Strat, thus the name HSS (humbucker, single, single). For a guy who was never sold on Fenders in the past this is the one that brought me over and I'm loving it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Phenomenal Guitar. Best Strat I've ever played.

      By Don

      from Hudson, NH

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • great look
      • Great sounds
      • Light
      • playable right out of the box!

      Cons

      • Absolutely none!

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        I used it two days after arriving at a gig. I played it for almost the entire night. The tones were amazing and so distinct!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        yes

        By robert

        from bakersfield ca

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        first off I never give reviews,ive been a Gibson guy since the mid 70s a old sg and a 1975 gold top deluxe that I still have. I bought a American fender strat standard liked the feel of the neck and the humbucker but it had some static not hum but static so I took it back to have it checked out salesman showed me the new elite that had just came in.I really liked it so he let me turn in the standard and upgrade to the elite, ordered it got it in two weeks and I love it,well worth the extra money if your going to get one get the best,my les paul still in the case been loving my elite fender strat hss. the new neck design is great the more I play it the more I like it

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        • No

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Clean

        By Classic Rocker

        from Matthews NC

        Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        Give this one a try, I found excellent clean tones here.. The small push push switch engaged lifted the volume (all pickups on, all tone pots bypassed) for a very clean tone. that you just would not want to alter.. pure.awesomeness. The volume S1 switch enabled all sorts of tonal options with the 5 way.. see the youtube videos... it is all there waiting for you. Oh yea.... all this with No Noise!!! put this in front of an amp of choice for a variety of goodness from clean on a VOX to something more heavy with other amps. Feels good, looks good..sounds good. Enjoy

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