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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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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 38 reviews)

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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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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really Great Work by Fender

By Bradley

from Oklahoma City America

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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.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All I can say is "wow"

By Caaren Cerise

from MT

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Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This is the best guitar I have ever played. It just feels like it is made for me to play. The balance is amazing. It contours to the body, it has a comfortable neck. It almost plays itself in some ways. It rings when I play it.

I really like the compound neck. It makes a huge difference; when I'm playing low on the neck, it doesn't fret out. The notes ring out more clearly than with any other guitar I own.

I love that it stays in tune. I have gone 3 days without tuning it.

Once everything settled in and the guitar is used to being played, it is just a great guitar to play. I can pick her up and play her without having to continually retune and worry about how it sounds.

I don't feel worthy when I am playing her.
There is NOT a non-usable tone in this guitar.
After playing Mexican strats, this guitar is SOLID!
I think it's a little high-priced, but it didn't stop me from buying it.

(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lots of possibilities

By Ironmike

from Keller, TX

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Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I like my MIM, but love my American Deluxe. If you can find a used one, get it and you won't regret it. I would love to see what a master like SRV could have done with this guitar.
I have an 2008 Olympic White with rosewood fretboard. The S-1 Switching system provides at least 10 different base tones for a greater variety musical styles. I am not normally a fan of the tremelo because they seem to always pull the strings out of tune. I can generally play several songs with hard tremelo and have no tuning isses (unlike my MIM of whic I replaced with a Fender Custom Shop flame hard tail and Texas Special Pickups). The tuning keys are great and my first experience with the string lock feature, it makes changing strings so much easier. The guitar also came stock with strap and strap locks. The custom fit HSC is light and takes up little space when transporting.
The guitar came very playable out of the box. I gauged up the strings to 12's and keep it tuned down a half step (a al SRV). These changes did require a setup adjustment. I play it through a 40W '93 Fender Blues Deluxe and have no issues with the tone of the guitar. I personally do not like the tone when not playing in the "noiseless" mode (seems a little tinny).
The guitar is great but seems a little bit overpriced now. I was fortunate enough to get mine before the big price increase in 2009.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Am Deluxe 2011 Review

By Brian

from Jacksonville, FL

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Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I own both a 2005 American Deluxe with Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups and the 2011 American Deluxe with N3 pickups (as well as other Strats with regular pickups and Fralin pickups). The new 2011 American Deluxe is a definite improvement over the 2005 model, and the N3s are definitely more "Strat-like" than the SCN pickups. Additionally, the new compound radius neck solves the string bending issues of the 9.5 in radius up and down the 2005's neck. As such, I can get the action lower without fret buzzing and without tone canceling when bending strings. I like the improvements A LOT, and while the N3s are not perfectly the same as a standard Strat, they are VERY VERY CLOSE.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar

By Jon Paske

from New Zealand

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

It would have been 10 out 10 all round but as there was a paint chip/crack on the guitar body and rough wood patch on neck, I think it would have been better in the "Gently Used" catogory not "Mint" as this would have saved me around $100.
That being said I really appreciate the quick reliable service and especially the free frieght.
I would certainly buy from here again and recommend them. I think I might have just been a little unlucky that mine did not quite match it's description.
It is still a wonderful guitar and I'm proud to own a piece of classic Americana.
Excellent pick ups and S1 control gives huge selection of tones. Beautiful feel and look to guitar.
A couple of flaws in the paint and wood work let it down but plays beautifully and feels wonderfull.
Certainly the N3 pickups are great for noise reduction.
Maybe a little over priced if it is a seconds guitar, would have been better in the "Gently Used" catogory.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT AMERICAN GUITAR

By krh316

from Sahuarita, Az

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Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Guitar has so many versitle tones with the N1 Switching. The Fender sound is all over it.
What can you say, a Fender is a Fender. A beautiful guitar. Has American quality all over it. Set up was perfect right out of the case. The finish perfect. Sound quality, it's a Fender. The N3 noiseless pick-ups work very well, they accomplished what they were intended to do.
What you would expect from an American made Fender. Excellent.
You get what you pay for. Guitar is priced just right for the quality you get and the Name behind it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You will NOT be disappointed!

By FenderBender-a_ghF

from Puyallup Wa

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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!

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BEST GUITAR OUT OF THE BOX

    By Rank Frank

    from Orange County

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    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.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gibson Guy Likes This Strat

      By Rob-52cTz

      from Rochester N.Y.

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      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I've been a die hard Gibson guy for the past 14 years. I have had many strats including an original Deluxe when they first came out. My complaint has been with the necks and the pickups on the fenders lately. The neck on mine is awesome and the fret work flawless. I chose a Tungsten with a rosewood fretboard. I love the medium jumbo frets.The pickups are what drew me to this guitar. I was visiting a local music store and heard someone playing one. I had to see what it was. The N3 pickups sound great and the S1 system allows you to get some great new sounds. My only complaint is both models I played buzzed out of the box but a setup will fix that.Kudos to Fender for a job well done!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster

      By Jammingmopar

      from Ohio

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      Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Over all I love the Guitar and would buy it again. I would recommend it to anyone. Fender has a winner here! I would also recommend Musicians Friends, Staff was very good on the phone and had my guitar send out right away, at a good price.
      I have the Sunset Metallic, with Rosewood fretboard, and It's sexy as hell !
      Love the S-1 Switching, Guitar came with very nice case and strap locks. The pickup are very good, lots of treble. Locking turners are awesome ! The only feature missing is a bridge with tuners on it. I may upgrade to a Floyd Rose. However the bridge that came on the guitar works fine, and stays in tune. It will only bend a half step though and doesn't really go up at all.
      Quality on the neck, frets, and body are perfect. I had one very light scratch on the bottom horn, but nothing to worry about. Paint was wonderful ! When the Guitar came the bridge was set real high and the neck needed slight adjustment. I had the guitar professionally setup, and the man who adjusted it, fell in love. The string are now super low, with no buzz what- so- ever.
      A bit pricey but worth it.

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