Externally the American Elite Stratocaster has Fender’s timeless style, but under the hood it’s an entirely new breed of guitar designed for 21st-century players who constantly push the envelope. With... Click To Read More About This Product
Externally the American Elite Stratocaster has Fender’s timeless style, but under the hood it’s an entirely new breed of guitar designed for 21st-century players who constantly push the envelope. With over a dozen new innovations, each guitar is a true performer with eye-catching style, exceptional feel and versatile sound from the very first moment you plug it in and play.
• Double cutaway electric guitar
• Three all-new fourth generation Noiseless single-coil Stratocaster pickups
• S-1 switching for even more tonal versatility
• Compound profile neck; redesigned contoured neck heel
• 9.5-14 in. compound radius fingerboard
• Locking short-post tuning machines; speedy soft-touch control knobs
• Includes redesigned ABS Elite Molded Case with TSA locks
All-new American elite neck and neck heel
Designed for 21st-century players, the American Elite Series sports a new compound neck profile designed for comfort and the ultimate playability. A modern "C"-shape at the nut, the rear of the neck morphs along the length of the neck to a modern "D"-shaped profile at the updated neck heel that blends into the asymmetrical neck volute, providing plenty of ergonomic support and comfortably enhanced playing feel.
All-new 4th generation Noiseless pickups
With the all-new 4th generation Noiseless pickups, exclusive to the American Elite Series, we’ve achieved the sonic equivalent of cold fusion—authentic vintage-style Fender sound combined with noise-free performance. A quantum leap in pickup technology, these bleeding-edge pickups are the pinnacle of our pickup designs, offering crisp, clear cleans as well as gigantic overdriven tones that are bursting with pure rock power.
New double action truss rod adjustment wheel
The new double action truss rod adjustment wheel makes it a snap to adjust the instrument's neck relief without any special tools.
The S-1 switch activates alternate wiring options for even more tonal variations. Discreetly placed atop the volume control, it engages or disengages at the tap of a finger for on-the-fly adjustments.
When not in use, the S-1 switch doesn’t affect standard Stratocaster wiring, which is:
Position one: bridge pickup only
Position two: bridge and middle pickups wired in parallel
Position three: middle pickup only
Position four: middle and neck pickups wired in parallel
Position five: neck pickup only
The S-1 switch offers five additional pickup wiring options when engaged:
Position one: all three pickups wired in series
Position two: bridge and middle pickups wired in series
Position three: middle and neck pickups wired in series
Position four: bridge and neck pickups wired out of phase, with a special tone capacitor
Position five: bridge and middle pickups wired in series and out of phase, in parallel with neck pickup
New soft touch knobs
These easy-grip knobs make on-the-fly volume and tone adjustments a breeze.
Locking tuning machines with all short posts
Enjoy lightning-fast, easy re-stringing and enhanced playability from the new locking short-post tuning machines. Not only do they provide increased break angle at the nut, they also increase tuning stability.
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Ash
Body finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Orientation: Right handed
Neck shape: Compound, modern C to D
Neck wood: Maple
Scale length: 25.5 in.
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Satin Urethane
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 22
Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
Neck: 4th Generation Noiseless
Middle: 4th Generation Noiseless
Bridge: 4th Generation Noiseless
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: S-1 switching, No-load tone control
Control layout: Master volume, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 5-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: 2-point synchronized
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Electronics
Case: Hardshell case
Country of origin: United States
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Comments about Fender Limited Edition American Elite Stratocaster with Matching Headcap Rosewood Fingerboard:
As the years have passed, I've moved from a MIM Stratocaster to American Standards, and I was wanting to check out a Custom Shop guitar and see if I could rationalize spending that kind of money on a guitar. Lo and behold, I found this Elite model with some of the features I wanted, and minus the cheesy relic'ing. I love the color of this guitar, and I love how playable it is. I really like the S1 selector switch in the volume knob that gives you an extra 5 voicings with pickup-configurations, and the 4th Generation Noiseless pickups are simply amazing. Every detail of this guitar is fantastic. It is absolutely a steal for the money, compared to spending %75 of the price on an American Professional... or %50 on a Made In Mexico Standard guitar. It is thousands times better quality for the money. I was so glad with this Stratocaster that I went ahead and traded in two Telecasters to get one Elite Tele. The Elites are seriously excellent guitars.
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