Modern upgrades for a classic icon.
The American Deluxe Stratocaster electric guitar maintains its traditional look and feel while introducing upgrades that include three N3 Noiseless single-coil pickups that still produce their revered sparkle and snap and-with noiseless design-no annoying hum.
The S-1 switching system adds additional pickup combinations beyond those provided by a standard five-way switch including new combinations of series and parallel wiring for a dazzling array of tonal choice. The compound radius fretboard that modern guitarists demand ensures strings won't fret out even with extreme bending.
Other improvements include the high-mass tremolo block that increases sustain; locking tuning keys; and a molded case with glass-reinforced latches and TSA locks.
Fender N3 Noiseless pickups
N3 Noiseless pickups deliver the best of yesterday and today, because they deliver landmark vintage Fender tone and response without the hum that can plague single-coil pickups. Using an improved stacked coil-coil design, N3 Noiseless pickups are specially tailored for each Stratocaster and Telecaster pickup position. The insulated metal core of each pickup position type differs in thickness and composition for enhanced tone, and Fender has fine-tuned the sized, shape, and wire gauge of the coils to balance the magnetic responsiveness essential to great tone. N3 pickups represent a welcome return to the warmth and clarity of alnico magnets. An Alnico 5 magnet is used in the bridge position, Alnico 2 in the middle position, and Alnico 3 for the neck position. Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.
Pickup switching: 5-position blade and S-1 push/push
S-1 switch up:
Position 1. bridge pickup
Position 2. bridge and middle pickup in parallel
Position 3. middle pickup
Position 4. middle and neck pickup in parallel
S-1 switch down:
Position 1. bridge pickup in series with middle pickup
Position 2. bridge pickup in parallel with special capacitor and in series with middle pickup
Position 3. bridge/middle/neck pickups with neck and bridge pickups in parallel and in series with middle pickup
Position 4. neck pickup in parallel with special capacitor and in series with middle pickup
Position 5. neck pickup in series with middle pickup
- Body shape: Double cutaway
- Body type: Solid body
- Body material: Solid wood
- Top wood: Not applicable
- Body wood: Alder
- Body finish: Gloss Urethane
- Orientation: Right handed
- Neck shape: C modern
- Neck wood: Maple
- Joint: Bolt-o
- Scale length: 25.5"
- Truss rod: Standard
- Neck finish: Satin Urethane
- Material: Maple
- Radius: Compound
- Fret size: Medium jumbo
- Number of frets: 22
- Inlays: Dot
- Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
- Configuration: SSS
- Neck: N3 single-coil
- Middle: N3 single-coil
- Bridge: N3 single-coil
- Brand: Fender
- Active or passive: Passive
- Series or parallel: Series
- Piezo: No
- Active EQ: No
- Special electronics: S-1 switching
- 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: Synchronized tremolo
- Tailpiece: Not applicable
- Tuning machines: Locking
- Color: Chrome
- Number of strings: 6-string
- Special features: Pickups
- Case: Hardshell case
- Accessories: None
- Country of origin: United States
Order today and get the Strat that's rooted in the past while racing into the future.
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Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:
I have a bad finger and sometimes the maple fretboard can bring the pain quicker, but it's like playing on glass. You have great reach and can get some great Clapton tones right off the bat. With my Demeter boost/overdrive, I get a great bluesy sound with the booster which is supposed to throw some p90 in the sound . . . with the overdrive all the way near fuzz territory, "wind cries mary" is pretty sweet.
This isn't my practice guitar though sometimes I bring it out for weeks as a change up from my practice guitars around the house. The pickups are noiseless and sweet . . . they retain a bit of the fender tone, but are a bit more transparent than a traditional fender pickup. I have the sunburst finish which I figured would be better for resale, but I'll never sell it.
I have apt. insurance and if it was stolen, I'm unsure if I'd replace it. I have a few guitars including a Baja California Tele . . . but that's the only single coil left in my arsenal the other three are humbuckers. I guess I would think hard because you can really reach down on the high pickups, easily have the Clapton sound with nothing, he doesn't use much . . . but, I might look at less expensive models as the price as crept up since I bought mine. It's interesting that I can quite easily get some Cream going with a Blues Driver.
Hey, if you have money, I'd certainly try this guitar out with a fender amp . . . . works nice with the demeter I mention, a modded blues driver, a guyatone tz2 fuzz and some other pedals. I use it with a Marshall myself. I guess the one knock might be to buy the Clapton Strat with the mid range boost . . . that's why I have the boost/overdrive . . . i just bought an inexpensive equalizer so, I'll have to try that too . . . need to bring the mids and the treble for sure up.