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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst Maple Neck

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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS is for guitarists who demand more from their electric guitar. The compound-radius fretboard encourages ex...Read More

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Incorporates evolutionary advances while retaining the look and feel that has made the Stratocaster legendary.

The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS is for guitarists who demand more from their electric guitar. The compound-radius fretboard encourages exhilaratingly effortless string bending anywhere along the neck. 2 new Fender N3 noiseless pickups supercharge your sound with improved Stratocaster tones while the DH-1 humbucking bridge pickup is right there when you need to take everything up to 11—all with no hum.

Reconfigured S-1 switching offers even more knockout tonal options. The all-new "passing lane" switch instantly routes your signal from any pickup position to the bridge position with the tone circuit bypassed, blasting overtones and volume straight into the Strat-osphere. Other American Deluxe features include staggered locking tuners, an LSR roller nut, 2-point synchronized American Deluxe tremolo bridge with pop-in arm, and a beveled neck heel. Fender includes a molded Fender-exclusive SKB case with glass-reinforced latches and TSA locks, cable, and strap locks with the American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS.


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-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin Urethane
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple or Rosewood
  • Radius: Compound
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HSS
  • Neck: N3 single-coil
  • Middle: N3 single-coil
  • Bridge: Atomic humbucker
  • 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

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SPECIFICATIONS

American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar

  • Pickup switching:
  • 5-position blade and S-1 push/push, "Passing Lane" Switch
  • 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
  • Fingerboard radius: Compound radius fretboard; 9.5 " (241mm) at the nut, 12" (304.8mm)at the 12th fret, and 14" (355.6mm) at the 15th fret)
  • No. of frets: 22 medium jumbo
  • Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at nut: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
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FenderAmerican Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 32 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (7)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Strat I've Ever Played!

I upgraded to this from my Mexi Deluxe Players Strat that I loved. The enhancements made it worth the switch. The locking tuners make replacing strings a snap. The rollers in the nut...Read complete review

I upgraded to this from my Mexi Deluxe Players Strat that I loved. The enhancements made it worth the switch. The locking tuners make replacing strings a snap. The rollers in the nut are amazing! I can do a huge whammy-bar dive and it stays in tune! It is the only Strat I've ever played that I can actually use the tremolo. Normally I've only used it on the last song of the set since it will need to be tuned after its use. The upgraded tremolo with the snap-in bar is also better because it stays put. My other Strats with the threaded bar were either screwed down tight, or else flopped around when rotated a half turn to get it out of the way. The noiseless pickups will unleash my tone at one particular gig venue. The low ceiling and neon lights made my old Strat unusable without my noise gate maxed to cut the hum. That much squelch strangled the tone as well. Finally, the carved heel makes it so I can comfortably get all the way up the neck. I was looking at a 24-fret guitar so I could get up there, but nothing else plays or sounds like a STRAT. Glad they solved that for me. I love the humbucker that gives me a decent Gibson sound. That's one less axe to lug around to gigs. I tried a Les Paul with a coil-tap--still sounded like a Gibson. You can make this Strat sound like a Gibson, but can't make a Gibson sound like a single-coil Strat.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

I have many other Strats which I all love, but decided to take the next step up to the American Deluxe, mainly for the compound-radiused fingerboard, which I love.

Pros:...Read complete review

I have many other Strats which I all love, but decided to take the next step up to the American Deluxe, mainly for the compound-radiused fingerboard, which I love.

Pros: Action and fretwork are the best I've ever played. The radius is subtle, yet noticeable aand extremely comfortable. Very solid joint. Definitely feels like it will last a lifetime, which is good because it's probably one of the very few guitars I will always keep. Locking tuners and pre-installed strap-locks are a nice touch. The case is also great, and I have no hesitations about shipping the guitar in it (it's already made the Transatlantic journey once). S-1 with the HSS gives many voices. But...

Cons: The pickups. Firstly, they were set up horribly. I understand that the humbuckers are going to have more output than the single coils, but the volume difference made switching pickups undoable. As for the sound, they've definitely got a more modern sound to them. It's actually quite a "perfect" sound, but to the point of being sterile and characterless. Unfortunately it sat in the case for most of the past year because, while it was incredibly great feeling to play, it sounded pretty boring to play. Of course, that's just my opinion and others may love the tones. I've ordered some new pups to stick in there to hopefully get some more life out of it. My second major gripe has to do with the body. I got the Olympic Pearl with maple, which is a beautiful finish, but even with the opaque finish you can clearly see, and even feel, the seam where the body blanks were glued together. It's a good 0.5mm raise. I would've been surprised to see this happen this badly to a Squier, but the fact that it passed QC to an AMERICAN DELUXE is absolutely unacceptable. Unfortunately, that's just one of the risks of buying blindly online. It's still not a bad guitar because of it, and sure it's just a cosmetic issue, but for that much money I would've expected a little better. Once I get new pickups in it, this will definitely be a great guitar.

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5.0

Great guitar!!

By Truckin

from Athens Al.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Glad I finally decided to buy. So many options with this guitar. With the right amp it is good for any style of music.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Strat I've Ever Played!

By kedgel

from Bonita Springs, FL

About Me Experienced

Ask me a question

Pros

  • Carved Heel A Nice Touch
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Humbucker Boost Button--
  • Won't Allow Tone Adjust

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I upgraded to this from my Mexi Deluxe Players Strat that I loved. The enhancements made it worth the switch. The locking tuners make replacing strings a snap. The rollers in the nut are amazing! I can do a huge whammy-bar dive and it stays in tune! It is the only Strat I've ever played that I can actually use the tremolo. Normally I've only used it on the last song of the set since it will need to be tuned after its use. The upgraded tremolo with the snap-in bar is also better because it stays put. My other Strats with the threaded bar were either screwed down tight, or else flopped around when rotated a half turn to get it out of the way. The noiseless pickups will unleash my tone at one particular gig venue. The low ceiling and neon lights made my old Strat unusable without my noise gate maxed to cut the hum. That much squelch strangled the tone as well. Finally, the carved heel makes it so I can comfortably get all the way up the neck. I was looking at a 24-fret guitar so I could get up there, but nothing else plays or sounds like a STRAT. Glad they solved that for me. I love the humbucker that gives me a decent Gibson sound. That's one less axe to lug around to gigs. I tried a Les Paul with a coil-tap--still sounded like a Gibson. You can make this Strat sound like a Gibson, but can't make a Gibson sound like a single-coil Strat.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What you see is what you get

By Rj

from New Jersey

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

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

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Happy with purchase

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(1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

not for me

By pc

from ohip

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Looking Lite

Cons

  • Just Not For Me

Best Uses

  • Anything Gigor At Home

Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

very nice guitar I'm just a big big big Gibson fan

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best strat I've owned

By j-rod

from Madison, MS

About Me Professional Musician

Ask me a question

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

    I've owned several American strats over the years. The action and tremolo on this model are the best I've played. The electronics are the hottest (even tops the old HM strat). The only caution is: this electronic configuration does not provide a classic strat sound. Pick-ups are hotter and better for rock/metal. However, when used clean or with classic fuzz, sounds great too.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Is It!

    By mr. gitbox

    from OR

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Built Well
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar used from MF and got an incredible deal on it. Although it didn't come with the case candy, that's not really my thing so I didn't mind at all. Really sturdy case though, with enough room for a strap, strings, a short cable and other little tidbits.

        Anyways onto the actual guitar. Mine has the tungsten finish. At first I wasn't too keen on the somewhat shimmery silver color but now that I've owned it for about a half year it's really grown on me!
        The neck feels amazing. It's a great shape that can accommodate pretty much any style of playing, and bending up 3rds has never been easier, even with the 11-guage strings I use.

        I absolutely love the neck pickup on this baby! Nice and throaty, handles drive very well. The 4 position down (middle and humbucker i believe) is also really distinct. It's punchy and a little quacky too, perfect for funk. I thought I would have to switch out the humbucker but it's actually quite impressive. My band plays a lot of riff-loaded, drop-tuned metal and the bridge pickup cuts through perfectly! And the bypass switch is simply ingenious.. what a handy feature! Quite a lot of songs we play require me to transition from a soft mellow sound to thunderous distortion and now i don't have to stress about getting those knobs in proper position - just press the button and you're back exactly where you were. I do wish it was a little easier to reach but I'm sure I'll get used to it.
        The S-1 switching is less impressive though... Sure it fattens up the sound but I feel like a lot of the tone gets lost. Maybe with more time I'll find some uses for it, but somehow I doubt that. Doesn't really bother me too much because these pickups rock!

        Lastly, the hardware. The locking tuners live up to their name. I feel confident that at any point in time I can pick this girl up and she'll be in tune. And because of that one can actually use the whammy bar!! I kind of abuse it to be honest because outside of FR equipped guitars that's never been an option. The guitar would always badly detune. Now obviously the more you dive and whatnot the more the strings are bound to slip but this is significantly reduced by the tuners. Great job fender!

        It's not cheap but the Fender Deluxe Strat is a top-notch, reliable, and beautiful sounding guitar. If you've been eyeing it then just do it. Buy the darn thing. You will not regret it! Even if it means eating ramen for the next 3 months. Totally worth it. Cheers!

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        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BEST Strat you will ever play

        By Worship

        from Moreno Valley Ca.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Incredible Playability
        • Incredibly Musical
        • Perfect Set Up
        • Solid Electronics
        • Well priced

        Cons

        • No Accesry Box In Case

        Best Uses

        • All Experience Levels
        • All Genres
        • All Styles
        • Jamming
        • Large Venues
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

        I have played many strats over the years. Signature models, classics etc. some twice or more it's price. This guitar is by far the best Strat I have EVER played. If you want a stratocaster, this WILL NOT disappoint you. This guitar IS top of the food chain good. I am totally blown away. Pick ups are quiet twangy, bluesy, warm, bright, fat. Thin. I mean whatever you want! Seriously. The HSS Comes with a very cool roller nut and a bipass button which will route all signal to bridge humbucker full volume no cap very useful in live gigs for higher energy type vamps. Bells and whistles? Well, maybe, but will be used once you get used to it it being there. S1 switching awesome tonality, N3 noiseless pick ups, "well ya". I will debate any guitarists with any clone or classic strat, that this guitar sets the bar, period. And one more thing. Good "REAL" blows away good "fake or clone" anyday. Price point is is well below what other manufacturers price there top shelf instruments!!! Buyers remorse only applies to those who go with a different strat if they play this one after. Awesome guitar. What else can I say. Save the signatures for decoration this guitar is the guitar!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Still My Favorite After 13 Years

        By Eric Lee

        from Chicago

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Any Situation
          • Beautiful Crunch
          • Clean Neck Pickup Sound
          • Feedback

          Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is my longtime favorite and is just the sweetest ever. I love the thick glassy neck pickup sound and the smooth crunch I get with the bridge humbucker.

          I've used Mesa boogie triaxis/2:90 to Fender Deluxe (and VM), and it always sounds fantastic and always blows away every other guitar I think I want.

          I can get harmonic feedback any time I want - and I mean anytime. It's so sweet.

          I get a lot of compliments on my tone and I attribute that to this guitar more than anything else.

          I think I need another one just to be safe - it's that good,

          I'm so happy with it at this particular moment, that after 13 years, I had to look for a place to review it.

          Thanks Musicians Friend!

          - E.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One Greate Machine

          By Old guy in Gallup

          from Gallup NM

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Bite
          • Solid Electronics
          • Still A Strat

          Cons

          • Can't Find One

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

          I use this guitar for ministry. Has a great feel. I love the delux features on it. It still needs to be set up. I've been playing for over 40 years. I have a a lot of great guitars but I still go back to a strat. Great quality

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          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          OMG BEST AX EVER - AMBER/ROSEWOOD!

          By Lunk

          from Colorado Springs, CO

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Bought As Level 2 Is A 1
          • Excellent Setup
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Heaven
          • Incredible Grain Shows
          • I Will Marry This Guitar
          • Solid Electronics
          • Wicked Clean Finish

          Cons

          • None - Zero Issues

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

          I HAVE NO WORDS. I WILL TRUST MF FOREVER ON THEIR "USED" EQUIPMENT - ESPECIALLY GUITARS AND AMPS. THIS WAS A COLLOSAL SCORE. EPIC! BUY IT YESTERDAY! DON'T BUY IT, AND GIVE ME MORE TO ADD TO MY COLLECTION. SERIOUSLY, THE MF AGENT WAS A GOD - HE SHOWED ME SOME LOVE ON THIS DEAL OF MY YEAR! DEAL OF THE DECADE! I WILL NOW BUY A USED AMERICAN DELUXE TELE OVER THIS EXPERIENCE. AMEN.

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