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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar  Sunset Metallic Rosewood

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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

Modern upgrades for a classic icon.

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 37 reviews)

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    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (17)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Solid electronics (16)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good pick up (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Recording (13)
  • Rock concerts (11)
  • Small venues (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (10), Experienced (9)

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.

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5.0

Couldn't be happier with my new Scratch & Dent AM Deluxe

By EJ

from Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Got the scratch and dent model for under a grand and I am pleased as punch with he purchase. I absolutely love the 2015 Deluxe as it is such a sweet ride with all the bells and whistles. not to mention wood and finish is beautiful and it plays fantastic with the modified c and rolled edges on the neck. Played pretty decent right out the box but like most I have a certain way I like my git-fiddle setup and dialing it in was relatively painless. Fit and finish of the guitar is excellent. As far as the scratch and dent it has a dent on the body on the front top about and 1/8' round and not deep but it is there. It took me a few minutes to spot it also has a small gash on the back corner of the case both "dents" are purely cosmetic and do not bother me in the slightest as I don't buy wall-hangers.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really Great Work by Fender

      By GeeTah

      from OKC, OK

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Nice Package of Extras
      • Solid Electronics
      • World Class Build Quality

      Cons

      • Spongy Floating Trem

      Best Uses

      • Professional Stage Axe
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I have lots of guitars and play both in a large church and in a well-known regional rock band. This Strat is up there in quality with my Gibson Custom Shop stuff, James Tyler stuff and Tom Anderson stuff. I've had lots of Strats over the years and generally keep one to do "that sound" that only a true Strat will do. I can say that - for sure - this Strat with the S1 switching system and the N3's is the best "out-of-the-box" Strat I've had - all things considered. This is the only guitar I own with a compound radius neck and wow! Bends up high never fret out due to having low action. Mine is the Olympic Pearl with the rosewood neck. Came with a really nice case (kinda looks like a flight case with the TSA lock - but it's not a true flight case, just a NICE case). Included straplocks, locking tuners and even a cord and a nice strap. I won't use any of that, or the case (unless I sell it down the road a few years), but thought that it was very nice touch. My only negative on this one was the floating trem springs (it shipped with 3) were really light. Made it pretty-much impossible to rest my palm on the bridge without making the Strat sound phasy... Replaced them the first day with 5 Fender vintage springs and "decked" the trem so that it is solid against the body and travels down only. You really don't lose any trem function that you'd use in the real world and it also increases the sustain. Overall, a real deal at the asking price here. Wait for a good MFriend coupon and the deal is even better. Nice work Fender and thanks MFriend for the great deal. Most pleased here.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This guitar has given an old player new inspiration.

      By Steve

      from MPLS MN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Creamy and sparkly.
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        When I first opened the case I noticed that the finish was perfect. You can tell a good electric by playing it without the amp and it had great tone resonating from it acoustically. I thought I would miss my PRS Custom of 20 years but this Amercan Deluxe Strat made me forget all about it.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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          (2 of 2 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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (4 of 4 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!

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                (3 of 3 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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

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

                    By Zoot Fenster

                    from Oregon

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    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!

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