Fender American Elite Stratocaster

By January 21, 20162016, New Release

Fender introduces a new level of performance guitars with its American Elite series. Externally the Fender 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…

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) launches its most high-performance electric guitar and bass line, the American Elite Series. Built on the Fender tradition of iconic design and craftsmanship, the 2016 American Elite Series is the embodiment of Fender’s commitment to innovation.

Featured on all American Elite instruments, the new fourth generation Noiseless pickups are only available in this series, and represent a quantum leap in pickup design. Combining vintage-style sound with effectively noise-free performance, these are the pinnacle of Fender’s noiseless pickup designs, offering pristine cleans and fat, overdriven tones that scream with pure rock ‘n’ roll power. Designed for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck 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. New locking short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the synthetic bone nut for buzz-free performance while the smooth two-point modern tremolo adds emotive touches to your performance without sacrificing your tuning.

Fender is renowned for head-turning style, and this guitar is no different—from the redesigned sleek back and forearm contours that hug the player’s body for an enhanced playing experience to the black chrome headstock logo and large pearloid fret markers this instrument will dazzle the audience with elegant style. The American Elite Stratocaster is a bold new guitar for the brave new guitarist who is setting out to cross uncharted musical terrain.

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  • Series: American Elite
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
  • Body Material: Ash
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Orientation: available in Left & Right-hand models
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Shape: Compound Back Shape, Modern “C” to “D”
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5″-14″ Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.685″ (42.8 mm)
  • Truss Rod Nut: Heel-Mounted Spoke Wheel Adjustment
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Asymmetrical
  • Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Position Inlays: Large Black Pearloid Dots
  • Bridge Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Middle Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Neck Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Controls: Master Volume (with S-1™ switch), Tone 1 (Neck Pickup), Tone 2 (Middle and Bridge Pickups; No-Load™ Tone control)
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SSS
  • Bridge: 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm
  • Tuning Machines: Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking (all short posts)
  • Control Knobs: Aged White Soft Touch Knobs
  • Colors: all new Autumn Blaze Metallic and Sky Burst Metallic. Other colors include the 3-Color Sunburst, Mystic Black, Olympic Pearl, Aged Cherry Burst, and Tobacco Sunburst
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