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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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Product# 423685
OVERVIEW

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

FEATURES Body
  • 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
  • Neck shape: C modern
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-o
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin Urethane
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: Compound
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
  • 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
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: Synchronized tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Locking
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • 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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FenderAmerican Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good pick up (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (13)
    • Practicing (13)
    • Recording (12)
    • Rock concerts (11)
    • Small venues (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (9), Experienced (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Musician's Friend as Always....The Best!

    Bought Fender Stratocaster American DeLuxe. Saved an additional 30% by purchasing a Used Condition #2, but instrument appears new, with all case candy and protective clear layer and stickers on pickguard. Set up...Read complete review

    Bought Fender Stratocaster American DeLuxe. Saved an additional 30% by purchasing a Used Condition #2, but instrument appears new, with all case candy and protective clear layer and stickers on pickguard. Set up by David Higginbotham at Templar Instrument Repair. He said it had the best finish he had ever seen on a Strat, noiseless pickups have great tone, S-1 switching is very useful,and neck perfect for his hand. Stock aged white hardware matched the aged white pearl pickguard I selected. All this plus locking tuners, tight tremolo arm, and bullet-proof case. Fender and Musician's Friend are a great team. Can not be beat!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Where's the Tone?

    Like other reviewers, I found the pickups on the deluxe model thin, with no distinctive tone, no matter the witch position and the S-1 switching. For $1500.00 one would think that fender...Read complete review

    Like other reviewers, I found the pickups on the deluxe model thin, with no distinctive tone, no matter the witch position and the S-1 switching. For $1500.00 one would think that fender would provide great sounding pickups. Although the guitars is beautifully finished, I for one do not care for the compound radius neck, because it makes barre chords more difficult, going way down the fretboard. further, I never heard anyone complain about note bending on a American Standard Strat, with its 9.5" neck radius. To me the American Standard is what the Strat is all about. Save yourself $500.00 and get one instead.

    Reviewed by 34 customers

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    5.0

    You will NOT be disappointed!

    By FenderBender-a_ghF

    from Puyallup Wa

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Purchased this guitar as "Used Condition 1" after returning a American Standard. The guitar arrived truly untouched with plastic still on the pickup covers. This is the best out of the box setup I have ever seen. The action was low without fret buzz and the intonation was perfect. The N3 Pickups are fantastic honestly. I would consider myself a bit of a tone snob, insisting on Mogami platinum cables and tube changes every 6 months. I can honestly say that the N3s sound as good or better than any Texas Specials or Duncans I have ever played. The fit and finish are simply amazing for a guitar at this price. Buy this guitar, you will not be disappointed!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really nice strat

      By studiodave

      from Wolcott Ct

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • All Around Excellent Fend
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Im a fender guy.Sold my last strat ,what a mistake.This one plays fine .More fun than I deserve.

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        5.0

        Versatile

        By BaldFatWhiteGuy

        from SLC, UT

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          for the price, the greatest guitar one can buy. The playability is awesome. The neck is smooth, the frets are smooth. The bridge combined with the locking tuning pegs work super well for tuning stability. The tone options on the pick-ups are almost endless due to the s-1 switch. Personally my favorite guitar when playing live, and that's with owning a Gibson ES-339. Give on of these a try!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Truly Remarkable Stratocaster

          By Musicman2112

          from Kennett, MO

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Smooth Playable Neck
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I looked at several different Stratocasters before finally deciding on the American Deluxe. Fender has done it again with this model! The playability of the maple neck is smooth as butter. The clarity and tone of the N3 pickups are amazing. With the addition of the S1 switch there are an array of sounds for your tonal palette. I also have a SSH Strat, and an Epiphone Les Paul, but the sound from a SSS pickup Stratocaster is truly unique! The sparkle and snap of the pickups are amazing! There is nothing like a USA made Strat! You cannot go wrong with this guitar. I have always wanted a Fender Stratocaster and am very pleased with this model. Time to jam!

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sweet Guitar

            By Steve

            from San Antonio, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I selected the 3-tone sunburst with rosewood fretboard. For the past 6 years I've owned and played Fender maple fretboards, exclusively. I recently rediscovered the rosewood on the C shape neck and had to get it back into my arsenal. The S-1 in this 2014, is different from the S-1 in my primary electric, a 2010 V neck w/maple fretboard. I have all the tone I can use, now. Well built, beautiful, feels good & sounds great! It's everything I asked for. Thanks Fender & Musician's Friend!

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              5.0

              AWESOME AXE

              By pokey

              from L.I. N.Y.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                A great guitar that has considerable versatility

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Musician's Friend as Always....The Best!

                By Zoot Fenster

                from Oregon

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      Bought Fender Stratocaster American DeLuxe. Saved an additional 30% by purchasing a Used Condition #2, but instrument appears new, with all case candy and protective clear layer and stickers on pickguard. Set up by David Higginbotham at Templar Instrument Repair. He said it had the best finish he had ever seen on a Strat, noiseless pickups have great tone, S-1 switching is very useful,and neck perfect for his hand. Stock aged white hardware matched the aged white pearl pickguard I selected. All this plus locking tuners, tight tremolo arm, and bullet-proof case. Fender and Musician's Friend are a great team. Can not be beat!

                      Comment on this review

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      BEST GUITAR OUT OF THE BOX

                      By Rank Frank

                      from Orange County

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      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 Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                        I am very skeptical about buying on line because you can't feel playability or quality of the guitar. My Fender American Stratocaster Premium came to me set up and in tune and the finish was perfect. I sold my Stratocaster Custom Shop to buy my new Premium Stratocaster and pocketed the change. This plays and sounds much better than my very expensive Custom Shop and Musicians Friend turns out to have the best pricing on line so they really are my friends.

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Tone No Noise.

                        By Rob

                        from Asheville, NC

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Defective Middle Pick-up

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                        The compound radius neck is great, and notes bent beyond the 14th fret have great sustain with no buzzing or dead spots.The locking tuners keep this guitar in tune even after aggressive playing and tremolo bar action. The tone is great, and after I dialed in my pick-up height, it sounds as good as my other Strat that has 57/62 pick-ups, but without the hum. The only gripe I have is that the middle pick-up died after about 3 years, and the warranty didn't cover it. Other, than that, I have found this guitar to be well worth the money!

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                        5.0

                        Really Nice Strat

                        By Mike

                        from Southern Maine

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Ask me a question

                        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 Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                          When you play a strat with a decent tube amp, ( I use a Fender Blues Jr. and a small Bugera) you won't have any excuses to not sound good. It's all up to you to play well. I've owned 4 other strats in the past including a 25th anniversary and I enjoyed all of them but this strat has the best action (I've been able to adjust it low), and it looks so sharp with it's amber ash color and white pearloid pickguard. I get compliments often. While I also love playing an Epiphone ES 175 for it's distinctive tone and classic look, this strat is easy on my fingers through 3 or 4 sets and has that wide selection of tones using the different pickup combinations. I had a Squire Tele which is a great guitar for that price but I still felt like I missed having a strat. I got mine used in a store and when I tried it, my knees went weak.

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