When Fender created this limited-edition American Elite Stratocaster, their goal was to make a nearly irresistible instrument. By taking the classic visual style that's kept the Strat at the forefront of electric guitars for over 60 years, and combining it with a modern feature set, they've succeeded beyond their wildest expectat... Click To Read More About This Product
When Fender created this limited-edition American Elite Stratocaster, their goal was to make a nearly irresistible instrument. By taking the classic visual style that's kept the Strat at the forefront of electric guitars for over 60 years, and combining it with a modern feature set, they've succeeded beyond their wildest expectations.
Starting with an almost three-dimensional translucent finish on a gorgeous quilted maple top, it could win on looks alone. The top and the subtle burst finish accentuate the traditional Strat body curves, setting this guitar apart from the crowd. The maple also carries subtle tonal effects, adding an overlay of brightness and sustain to the solid alder body. Some players also feel that maple adds some extra liveliness to the guitar's response. While that's an individual opinion, you will want to simply pick this guitar up and play, because it just looks so good.
Playability gains an added boost from the maple on maple neck. While many modern guitars boast a compound-radius fingerboard, the American Elite Strat goes one further with a compound-profile neck for added comfort and ease of playing. Combining a 9.5" radius and a modern-"C" profile at the nut, it smoothly moves to a "D" profile and a 14" radius by the time it reaches the updated, contoured neck heel.
Locking short-post tuners ensure proper break angle over the synthetic bone nut, delivering buzz-free playing performance and stable tuning, no matter how hard you work the two-point fulcrum tremolo. So whammy away, as subtly or as overtly as you need, because this guitar has you covered.
The electronics package is an extra-special feature. With the latest 4th Generation Noiseless pickups in the neck and middle and an open-coil Shawbucker in the bridge, the American Elite Strat can easily go from a subtle, intimate vintage-voiced whisper to a full-throated scream. When you need that extra little bit of totally over-the-top tonal boost, a push-push knob switch moves you into what Fender calls the "Passing Lane," where the bridge pickup bypasses the tone circuit and its full signal is sent directly to the output jack. This provides enhanced overtones, extra output and a new surge of adrenaline.
The entire package is designed precisely for the modern player who desires tonal versatility and exceptional performance and playability. Every time you plug this guitar in, you'll discover something new, and it's so comfortable and easy to play, you'll just keep picking it up again and again. The American Elite Strat HSS with quilt-maple top includes a premium hardshell case.
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