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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar

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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS, called by some a Fat Strat, is an electric guitar that is instantly comfortable, and it gives you irresistible tone and playability. You won't believe your fingers and ears. The ultimate in high-performance, this premium model Strat has an ultrasmooth neck with hand-rolled edges to make it play fast, smo...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS, called by some a Fat Strat, is an electric guitar that is instantly comfortable, and it gives you irresistible tone and playability. You won't believe your fingers and ears. The ultimate in high-performance, this premium model Strat has an ultrasmooth neck with hand-rolled edges to make it play fast, smooth, and sweet. Already loaded with all the impressive Deluxe series appointments, the American Deluxe Strat takes it to another level with a Fat Strat-style hot humbucker at the bridge, an LSR roller nut, and S-1 switching for even more versatility, extra punch, and sustain to spare. SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) pickups (2 single-coils) dish out vintage Strat sounds without the hum, and the contoured alder body fits like a glove.

Other features of the Stratocaster HSS include polished chrome hardware, locking machine heads, American Deluxe tremolo with polished steel saddles, highly detailed fret and nut work, abalone dot inlays, and aged plastic parts. Includes Fender hardshell case.

Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups

It's no secret that pickup designers at Fender have been striving to develop the ultimate noise-free single-coil replacement pickup. In pursuit of both as little 60-cycle hum and extraneous noise as possible and the classic bell-like tones and fidelity of the original pickup designs, Fender has poured their energy into discovering a new world pickup for the ages.

With open minds and a willingness to seemingly question everything, Fender partnered with legendary pickup designer Bill Lawrence. The pickup that was birthed from this extraordinary partnership is the Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickup. It has no hum, no microphonics, close to zero magnetic interruption of the string path, and the widest sonic parameters possible--from Fender classic single coils to tones not yet imagined. Truly a revolutionary design in guitar pickups.

Features

Premium alder body
Modern C neck shape with slick finish and hand-rolled edges
3 Fender SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) pickups: 2 single-coils, one humbucker
5-way pickup selector
S-1 switching system
Polished chrome hardware
String-thru-body bridge with polished stainless steel saddles
Deluxe die-cast machine heads
22 medium-jumbo frets
Schaller strap-lock ready
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4.8

(based on 23 reviews)

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Fat Strat is where its at!

The American deluxe Strat has a totally fat tone with a less than Les Paul weight. This axe really stands out amongst the other guitars in the thousand dollar price range because of its...Read complete review

The American deluxe Strat has a totally fat tone with a less than Les Paul weight. This axe really stands out amongst the other guitars in the thousand dollar price range because of its tonal diversity. I plugged straight into my Mesa Boogie Dual Recto, and I can?t say I?ve ever heard a more beautiful noise. You can get nearly any sound out of this thing, from Telecaster twang, to Les Paul Chunk. The S-1 switching system provides just about every tone a working musician might need. The Bridge position humbucker really lays the crunch on thick in the overdrive channels of my Dual Rectifier. The neck pickup gives a great clean sound for rhythm playing, and can provide a nice SRV grit for blues playing with the s-1 switch down. For a great mellow sound, flip to the middle pickup (I personally favor this sound in my recordings). Another great feature is the LSR nut, which gives a near Floyd Rose level of tuning stability. No other guitar I?ve seen has a similar feature. The LSR nut works with the locking tuners to provide a confidence inspiring setup. With these two pieces of hardware, I only have to tune up once in a gig. String changes are a breeze as well because the locking tuners eliminate the need for wrapping the string. You just have to pull the string tight, and lock it down. It's comfortable live, and provides a phenomenal range of tones in the studio (mainly because of the S-1 switching). Overall, one of the best and most practical instruments in its price range!

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Poor tone -poor fret work

Ive been playing for over 40 years and I have a vast collection of guitars. I have owned this model three times and each time I wind up selling it off for two reasons...Read complete review

Ive been playing for over 40 years and I have a vast collection of guitars. I have owned this model three times and each time I wind up selling it off for two reasons , poor tone and poor fret work. To me the Samarium noiseless pick ups are brash sounding and I cant seem to get a true clean balanced tone from them . Too much high mid- range tone . The DH humbucker is ok , nothing to write home about , a Seymour duncan or Dimarzio is is far superior. Even the S1 swithching doesnt correct the tone issues,I play all my guitars through a variety of amps and I use the POD XT to give them all a fair shot at the best sound possible.The quality of the finish and construction is very good , but on all three that Ive owned in the past 5 years the frets are poorly finished in that they are rough on the edges and stick out to far away from the neck ( I find the Mex Fenders are actually finished better) . So when you put all this together I say other guitars do the heavey rock thing much better. I bought three in past few years because I like Strats and I want this to work. So I wound up with a MEX HSS Strat that I honestly must say I like the feel better, I customized the pick ups and thats my fat strat. AND I paid a lot less for the guitar and the pups combined.

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(55 of 55 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fat Strat is where its at!

By Mr.Catchmeif youcan

from Calimesa, CA

The American deluxe Strat has a totally fat tone with a less than Les Paul weight. This axe really stands out amongst the other guitars in the thousand dollar price range because of its tonal diversity. I plugged straight into my Mesa Boogie Dual Recto, and I can?t say I?ve ever heard a more beautiful noise. You can get nearly any sound out of this thing, from Telecaster twang, to Les Paul Chunk. The S-1 switching system provides just about every tone a working musician might need. The Bridge position humbucker really lays the crunch on thick in the overdrive channels of my Dual Rectifier. The neck pickup gives a great clean sound for rhythm playing, and can provide a nice SRV grit for blues playing with the s-1 switch down. For a great mellow sound, flip to the middle pickup (I personally favor this sound in my recordings). Another great feature is the LSR nut, which gives a near Floyd Rose level of tuning stability. No other guitar I?ve seen has a similar feature. The LSR nut works with the locking tuners to provide a confidence inspiring setup. With these two pieces of hardware, I only have to tune up once in a gig. String changes are a breeze as well because the locking tuners eliminate the need for wrapping the string. You just have to pull the string tight, and lock it down. It's comfortable live, and provides a phenomenal range of tones in the studio (mainly because of the S-1 switching). Overall, one of the best and most practical instruments in its price range!

(19 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A guitars guitar

By Bluesbrother

from Washington State

Ive been playing guitar for over 40 years and I've bought a lot of guitars in that time and I own several Strats but this Guitar has just about all of them beat hands down. This is one TONE monster. It can do just about anything from crisp and clean to gritty and dirty. The fit and finish and hardware are all excellant also. This is one awesome axe. Fender out did themselves on this one especially for the money.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

bluespower799

By bluespower799

from long island ny

i got this guitar about 2 years ago and let me tell you its amazing! Everything about is great from the woodwork at the headstock right down to the awsome floating bridge. This is a must have for fender fans out there like me. With the humbucker you can play dirty alternative rock right to warm clean sounding blues which I love. Get this GUITAR!

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Strat Wins

By Frizzle Fry

from Dallas, TX

This guitar has been my one prized possession for half a year now. It has been there for me live and recording and has never let me down and I never get over the tobacco finish. After putting it against PRS' and Les Pauls well over the price it amazed me with its great feel on the neck. The extra humbucker gives it the punch to knock out any other guitar out there.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What more could you want?

By Infamous Steve

from Concord, CA.

I have been around for a while and I think I have played almost every guitar that is commercially available in the U.S. This guitar has great sound, style, neck, pick-ups, electronics, the works. And it stays in tune when you use the whammy bar! As "all around" an instrument as you could possibly need or want. Impecable craftsmanship for a mass produced piece, and fairly well priced (remember the old adage " you get what you pay for!) If you can't be happy with this guitar you need to have one custom built for you!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth Every Penny

By RochesterLoner

from Upstate NY

I never thought I'd call a $1,200 guitar a great value, but that's exactly what this guitar is. It's worth every penny. Playing it is all but effortless. The fit and finish are excellent. I have only two minor complaints. The trem is a little over-sensitive when your palm is resting on it (I'm going to try to fix this by adding springs), and I just don't care for the SCN pickups. The humbucker is great. I replaces the SCN's with Kinmans.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Honest Opinion

By Blake

from Parker, CO

I love guitars, and I bought this guitar for versatility and playability. Well it definitely has both. I think the worst part about this guitar is the pickups. Mine stopped working right after a year after the warranty went up and my guitar tech said sometimes they just have to replace the SCN pickups. I extremely dislike the pickups. They are muddy and have no clarity when playing with overdriven tones, and have an ear piercing high end quality (and it's not my amp, trust me). Also, I hate (HATE) the pop-in tremolo arm. One reason I was so excited to get this guitar was for the floating trem. The bar pops into place, but when you use it, it hits the side of the hole where the bar is supposed to go, creating this metal "chinking" sound that the pickups pickup, making it useless. Other than that, great guitar.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My mid-life crisis

By Mickey

from Manassas, VA

I just hit the big 50 and have never played a musical instrument in my life. I love rock and roll and finally decided to give it a try. I did my homework and $ was not an issue so I settled on this piece of art. I am a Strat fanatic now, and this guitar has such a range of tones I never get bored. I dream about it a night, can?t wait to get home from work play, and spend hours on the weekends learning and jamming. I wanted a guitar that I will still love 10 years later. There is no doubt this love affair will go on forever. It came ready to go with all the extras you could think of. Check it out?you will love it too!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow. good job fender

By karmapolice

from Jersey

this guitar is awesome, tones are absolutely amazing. even makes my little frontman 15g amp sound awesome. i absolutely LOVE the fretboard its so smooth and easy to move on. the humbucker pickup sounds reallllly good especially when you throw on the distortion the humbucker kills the sound!! i love the S1 switching feature it gives the guitar a great fat tone reminiscent of gibson, u know that heavier ballsier sound that only comes from having more dense wood...or an S1 switch. the only NEGATIVE i can say about the guitar is that there is some fret buzz on the low e and the a string and if you pluck it hard enough it will show up on the amp but for the most part its not a problem. bottom line-- great guitar: stays in tune extraordinarily well, awesome noisless and humbucker pickups, great feel on the fret board, and because its an american fender it'll last forever (knock on wood) negatives: some fret buzz, medium/jumbo frets make it a little difficult to do solos and stuff, but whatever it doesn't bother me

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best General Purpose Guitar I've Ever Played

By Slick Rhoads

from Boise, ID

I own a bunch of guitars including a Les Paul Standard and a Les Paul Special. If all my guitars burst into ashes, this would be the first guitar I'd replace. It seems to me that most other guitars have one trademark sound that people go for. This guitar has pretty much every style of music covered. Rock, metal, blues, country, jazz, you name it. And it's not that it CAN play them, it's that it plays them and sounds really good. Strats in general have the best clean sound you will find in a mass-produced electric guitar. Beats a Les Paul hands-down in my opinion. There are so many good things about this guitar. It's light. It's the most comfortable neck I've played on. Stays in tune like a charm. Is easy to restring with the locking tuners. It's just a fantastic instrument. I love this guitar and would recommend it to anyone who's looking for an amazing all-around guitar. I can't say enough good things about it. ~Slick

 
5.0

Great buy!!

By Triscuit

from Cleveland, OH

When I went to try this guitar out at a local guitar center, I instantly fell in love with its great feel and playability, and decided to save the money to purchase it. It is overall the best guitar I have ever played and have absolutly no regrets for making my purchase.

 
5.0

Fender American Deluxe Strat HSS

By Country Sherm

from Yucca Valley Ca.

I'm not easily impressed, but when a friend of mine brought his axe over,and I played it, it was truly awsome.I also have a 1968 335 Gibson,and a 99 P R S.Also several lower priced Strats. This one is the greatest,frets,neck,playability,looks, feel, and especially the s-1 switching.I have the silver finish, maple fretboard. It will remain with me as long as I can play! The roller nut and the S C M pickups are the greatest Fender inovations yet.

 
5.0

SteveFender

By Steve's Fender

from Dallas, TX

Good Fender Strat tones with the S1 switch, this became my #1 guitar. The thin neck is really comfortable to play, locking tunner also a +.

 
5.0

Unbelievable Guitar!!!

By Smitty265

from North Yarmouth, ME

I have owned a Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat for about six months now. It is, without doubt, the smoothest playing guitar I have ever played. The hand-rolled, perfectly contoured neck shape is incredible. I have not played another guitar that feels so smooth for sliding my hand around and reaching chords. The 5-position HSS configuration, with the S-1 creating an effective 10-way switching configuration, allows you to select and tailor about any tone imaginable. And the bridge humbucker allows for some really hot rock tones in the overall selectability. It is capable of more bite and crunch than you would imagine coming from a strat guitar. The locking tuners are nice. I find that I only tweak the tuning maybe every 5 - 10 hours of playing. And usually it's not out by more than one tick on the tuner on one or two strings. The finish is perfect and mine came really well set up from the factory. The only thing I would say is not as high quality as everything else about the guitar is the free case that comes with it but, hey, I'm not going to ding a near-perfect guitar's review for something that's thrown in for free. I would recommend this guitar to anyone for about any playing style. It's particular wonderful for someone like myself who plays a wide range of styles.

 
5.0

The HSS Strat

By TheJakeMan

from Houston, Texas

I took my time shopping for my next guitar. I played just about everything made with in that price range. I wanted a guitar that could be versatile and to have a unique distinguished vintage sound and that?s when I discovered the Fender Strat HSS. From the moment I touched it, I had to have it. The possibilities are endless and the sound is incredible. The sustain is crazy and the C-neck is fast. Wow, the electronics are magnificent and it?s all at your finger tips. This is a guitar that every player should have. Fender I think you have out done yourself, but you need to do something about the tremolo bar it's too loose.

 
5.0

Multi purpose guitar

By Maciek from Poland

from Ustka, Poland

I bought one in Guitar Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida last december. My former Strat was Jeff Beck signature model - this is much better made. Craftmanship in all details - great! Staying in tune - very good, even after whammy bar abusing. Noiseless pickups are OK, but humbucker is beautiful. I am not very happy about pickup's configurayion after pressing S-1 switch, but maybe it's matter of my taste?... I'm goin to re-wire pickup's configuration. I am a musician working on cruise ship - about 4 hours a day and I can recommend this guitar for a hard work in many styles.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the best

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've only played on a couple strats, a couple sg's, and a lespaul. For tone, this strat takes the cake. I can flip the switch towards the knobs to get distorted tone, and flip it all the way up to get creamy blues tones. The neck feels sooo good in my hands. The s-1 switching is cool, but I don't know how much its really worth to somebody without an ear for tone. This thing looks great in 3 tone burst.

 
3.0

Poor tone -poor fret work

By Vinny guitarman

from NYC

Ive been playing for over 40 years and I have a vast collection of guitars. I have owned this model three times and each time I wind up selling it off for two reasons , poor tone and poor fret work. To me the Samarium noiseless pick ups are brash sounding and I cant seem to get a true clean balanced tone from them . Too much high mid- range tone . The DH humbucker is ok , nothing to write home about , a Seymour duncan or Dimarzio is is far superior. Even the S1 swithching doesnt correct the tone issues,I play all my guitars through a variety of amps and I use the POD XT to give them all a fair shot at the best sound possible.The quality of the finish and construction is very good , but on all three that Ive owned in the past 5 years the frets are poorly finished in that they are rough on the edges and stick out to far away from the neck ( I find the Mex Fenders are actually finished better) . So when you put all this together I say other guitars do the heavey rock thing much better. I bought three in past few years because I like Strats and I want this to work. So I wound up with a MEX HSS Strat that I honestly must say I like the feel better, I customized the pick ups and thats my fat strat. AND I paid a lot less for the guitar and the pups combined.

 
5.0

buy it, play it , love it

By Rocker Bob

from Grosse Ile, Michigan

This is a great guitar. The feel weight distribution, balance. The only thing I had a problem was getting the action on the strings low enough, the factory setting is way to high. Buy this guitar and you will have a hard time putting it down. Well worth the money, S-1 button, action all great, Tuner locks are great. Buy it now. My Gibson still has better action.

 
5.0

Versatle Deluxe Fat Strat

By Charlie P

from Florida

I love this guitar, it is versatle and light and easy to play. I bought this guitar about 2 months ago and have been playing the hech out of it. I rarely have to re-tune it and the action was set up great right from the factory and intonation too! Mine is the pearl and it stands out among my dark colored guitars. I have a Gibson LP and a Gretsch 5120 also. Each of these guitars sound great but the weight and size of the Fat Strat make it easiest to handle. It has ample tone to compete with the others. This guitar needs a good sounding amp to go with it. I have a Marshall MG250DFX and it makes this guitar open up. Tried it on some lesser amps and wasn't happy with the sound. So if you buy it try it out on a good amp. Once I got home and plugged it into my MG250 I knew I had made a great choice. I still love the sound of my LP but play both equally. This is a great guitar so if you buy it you can't go wrong.

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