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Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar Olympic Pearl

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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 deliver...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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 12 reviews)

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(9 of 9 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

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(6 of 6 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

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By MB

from Greenville, SC

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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.

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  • 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!

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  • No

(3 of 3 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

    I love my new guitar.

    By Verle

    from Mesa, Az.

    Verified Buyer

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

    This guitar has some screaming sounds that you don't hear with other guitars. Pickups are great, sensitive. Has a wide variety of sounds by interchanging the pickups (play switch). It is the first guitar where I can really hear a big difference with minor movements of the tone or volume controls. I love it, it plays easily, and I would never want to trade it back for anything else now that I have it. It is like having a Les Paul or Gibson guitar for half the price. The humbucker pickup has a lot of power.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (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

      (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
         
        5.0

        I would buy again.

        By Steve

        from undisclosed

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        Verified Buyer

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

        Works like it should.

         
        5.0

        Special Strat

        By S Sutton

        from Laurel MD

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

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

          I had been wanting to get a new up line American made Strat for some time and when the new line of Elite Pros came out I spend several hours at guitar center playing the different models that were available. The HSS Strat with the S1 switch and press / press switch had all the sound and tones you could ever want along with a really great feeling and playable neck. The contoured bolt on neck was also really a nice touch and much more comfortable when playing the high end notes on the fret board. I bought the Olympic Pearl Elite Pro strat the very next day after playing it and have not been able to put it down since. It's like having the touch of satin in your hands and velvet to your ears when playing this incredible guitar.

           
          5.0

          Amazing guitar. Absolutely love it.

          By Richard

          from Pico and Westwood, Los Angeles

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I bought this guitar a month and a half ago in Portland and had it shipped to Santa Monica. I had some issues with an annoying buzz from my amp. I wasn't sure if it was my amps (have two) or the cable or the guitar. It also tended to go sharp on the bass strings as I went up the fretboard. I took it into the Westwood Guitar Center and the tech, Michael looked it over and confirmed that it was faulty electronics. He also found a problem with the neck. He recommended to the manager that they swap it out for a new one. It took almost a week to get the replacement and this one seems to be perfect. I love playing it and the tone is remarkable.

               
              5.0

              Best GC Sales Team in the Country, Best Fender for my needs!

              By RJ

              from Salt Lake City, Utah

              Verified Buyer

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

              Loved the help I received from McKenzie, Victoria, and Vaughn. I take lessons from Victoria and she influenced me to pick up a new Strat. She knew her stuff inside and out so when she handed me over to the Sales Team, they had very little selling to do. Once I played the axe, I was hooked. Great sound, feel, and looks on this one. Guitar Center has not only highly knowledgeable people but they are all musicians in their own right who have used the gear in gigs and bands. I live in Utah, but have bought all of my 7 guitars in Redmond for a reason...these guys are friends now and know how to rock!

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