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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar   

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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS, called by some a Fat Strat, is an electric guitar that is instantly comfortable, and it gives you irresi...Read More

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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS, called by some a Fat Strat, is an electric guitar that is instantly comfortable, and it gives you irresistible tone and playability. You won't believe your fingers and ears. The ultimate in high-performance, this premium model Strat has an ultrasmooth neck with hand-rolled edges to make it play fast, smooth, and sweet. Already loaded with all the impressive Deluxe series appointments, the American Deluxe Strat takes it to another level with a Fat Strat-style hot humbucker at the bridge, an LSR roller nut, and S-1 switching for even more versatility, extra punch, and sustain to spare. SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) pickups (2 single-coils) dish out vintage Strat sounds without the hum, and the contoured alder body fits like a glove.

Other features of the Stratocaster HSS include polished chrome hardware, locking machine heads, American Deluxe tremolo with polished steel saddles, highly detailed fret and nut work, abalone dot inlays, and aged plastic parts. Includes Fender hardshell case.

Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups

It's no secret that pickup designers at Fender have been striving to develop the ultimate noise-free single-coil replacement pickup. In pursuit of both as little 60-cycle hum and extraneous noise as possible and the classic bell-like tones and fidelity of the original pickup designs, Fender has poured their energy into discovering a new world pickup for the ages.

With open minds and a willingness to seemingly question everything, Fender partnered with legendary pickup designer Bill Lawrence. The pickup that was birthed from this extraordinary partnership is the Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickup. It has no hum, no microphonics, close to zero magnetic interruption of the string path, and the widest sonic parameters possible--from Fender classic single coils to tones not yet imagined. Truly a revolutionary design in guitar pickups.

  • Premium alder body
  • Modern C neck shape with slick finish and hand-rolled edges
  • 3 Fender SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) pickups: 2 single-coils, one humbucker
  • 5-way pickup selector
  • S-1 switching system
  • Polished chrome hardware
  • String-thru-body bridge with polished stainless steel saddles
  • Deluxe die-cast machine heads
  • 22 medium-jumbo frets

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I received my Fender American Deluxe HSS about two weeks ago. I have played acoustic for about 3 years and this is my first electric. I couldn't be more happy with my purchase.So as...Read complete review

I received my Fender American Deluxe HSS about two weeks ago. I have played acoustic for about 3 years and this is my first electric. I couldn't be more happy with my purchase.So as for the guitar, it is flawless in my eyes. I put slinky regulars on and followed the instructions for setting up the guitar. It was well set up for the lighter gauge that came with it.. but I wanted a bit thicker. There are zero scratches or flaws that I can find. I do suggest that you get fret doctor if you have a rosewood fretboard. Mine had been sitting for a while so the board was a little light colored. I put some of the fret doctor on and you could see the wood slurping it up. It is now smooth and dark. The tone is fantastic and I love every detail. The locking tuners are sweet. I don't have to screw around with tying a good knot when stringing. And it is very fast to change. It also looks very clean as you can cut the excess right at the peg. I feel that the deluxe appointments are well worth it and they do say on the site that the deluxe has "select alder" as opposed to "alder" that is listed for the non-deluxe. This might be a typo.. but I have a feeling that the deluxe instruments probably get a little extra care during manufacture.This is my first electric so I can't really say too much about the different tones or the s-switch. I can hear differences.. but I am not skilled enough yet to evaluate them. I should mention that some people have said that it has 10 tones, but it really only has 9. Position 5 is the same with the s-switch on or off. Also.. some have said the humbucker is not up to their standards. For me. I like it so far. But the nice thing with a strat is that you can switch anything out you want and change to a different humbucker later if you want.I gave everything a 5.. except value. I think this really is a 5.. but it is a bit steep. But if you think about it, a fine instrument is not cheap. Look at violins. This is not too much for an instrument that will probably last years and years. So I am totally fine with the price.So yeah.. beautiful sound, zero flaws or scratches.. this is a great choice if you are looking for a strat that will last you a long time.


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I just got the guitar- I had ordered it via the Guitar Center, Tempe AZ. I took about two weeks to come in. Five days ago, while waiting for my new guitar,...Read complete review

I just got the guitar- I had ordered it via the Guitar Center, Tempe AZ. I took about two weeks to come in. Five days ago, while waiting for my new guitar, I went back to the Guitar Center and took the serial number of another Strat Delux HSS they had for display, just like the one I had ordered. When I went to pick up my new guitar today, I checked its serial number againts the number I had written five days ago. To my surprise, the serial number of the "supposed" new guitar matched the serial number of the one that had been for display and the serial number of the box where the new guitar came in matched the one that was now for display. You can call this voodoo or......

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Still Awesome

By Chevelle SS396

from New Bern, NC

I have owned this guitar for over 2 years now and still love it. I play it at least every other day for sometimes several hours, and have no problems. The locking tuner feature really helps the guitar stay in tune, and you can do divebombs and such without worrying about tuning to much, just don't go Mick Mars crazy. The humbucker sounds awesome on distortion, especially for a hard rock type distortion, I could not be more pleased, and it is hot! It doesn't sound too good on the clean side, but that's not what it's meant for. The 2 single coils sound awesome on clean or dirty. I usually use the humbucker for distortion and the single coils for playing clean and use the occasional overdrive for leads. The tone is very hard to beat, and I would never think of swapping out the single coils.I have the olympic white with tortoise shell pickguard and rosewood neck. Out of all the guitars I've played, I still say this one's the best!

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I recently picked up a Olympic White Deluxe HHS, and I have a hard time pitting it down. The action is amazing, the machine heads are perfectly precise and the tone options are far beyond anything else I've ever worked with. Not too mention, this guitar is gorgeous! the LSR Rolling Nut sustains like nothing I've ever heard. I can honestly say I will have this guitar FOREVER....and its value should only rise !!


This is the one I've been looking for

By Lundocaster

from Lansing, Mi

I've been playing American Strats for over 30 years now. I have finally found the perfect instrument. I got my amber deluxe a little over a year ago after my 1985 Strat was ripped off after a gig. This guitar plays and sounds better than any that I've owned. I need a wide variety of sounds and don't want to be switching guitars all the time. The S-1 feature and all of the add other upgrades are well worth the extra money. If your looking for a great axe, this is it.


Best Fender ever....

By Marcus2323

from Ottawa, Canada

After 25 plus years I wanted to get a new guitar. I finally settled on this. Mine is the 3 tone Sunburst with the Rosewood fretboard. The this plays and looks fantastic. The S1 switch provides such tonal range that it will be a while before I find out when and where to use it. The tremolo with the LSR roller nut is the perfect combination. It never goes out of tune. The electronics are very quiet and the neck is ultra smooth. It comes with a nice hardshell case, strap, strap locks and a patch cord. I was able to get mine before the prices went up but it's still well worth the money.


Strat Perfection

By WVGuitar

from Parkersburg, WV

I obtained a brand new Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat in 2004, so it's a 50th Anniversary edition. If I could have ordered a custom-made Stratocaster, it couldn't have been any better than this. This guitar has everything I want in an instrument: slim neck with a rosewood fretboard, locking tuners, a roller nut, vibrato (whammy) bar, a great pickup combination of two single coils and one humbucker (bridge), and of course the additional tones afforded by the S1 switching feature. The pickups are super quiet and hotter than traditional single coils. It played like a dream when I first picked it up, and it's just an all-around beautiful and well-made instrument for a great price (I own the amber model). I do not use it live because I want to keep it from getting banged up, but I used it on my first all-instrumental guitar CD "read between the lines," and it will be the primary electric guitar on my current project as well. I love Les Pauls and other guitars as well, but there's just something about a Strat (I own five of them, so I guess I'm a true fan). Great value, too ... check one out when you get a chance!


Continue to be impressed

By strat32541

from Northwest Florida

I've owned this guitar for a year now and each time I pick it up I'm impressed with the workmanship and feel. I own the Olympic White with tortoise shell pickguard. The upgrades the deluxe strat offers are $ well spent. The roller guide nut, locking tuners, & S1 switch are great upgrades. I'm puzzled at some of the comments re: the S1 switch. Its pretty easy to figure out with the schematic offered by Fender. It essentially adds 5 more pick-up combinations to the 5 way switch. The humbucker adds a crunchy tone to the guitar while the neck and middle noiseless single coils preserve that unique stratocaster sound. I recommend this axe without reservations. Play it through a Blues Junior NOS and you'll have trouble putting it down I promise you.


The best non-CS strat you can get.

By PacerMedic

from Central Ohio

To Strat purists, this one might be too big a departure from the norm. For the rest of us, this guitar drips quality and performance. Every worthwhile mod has been done for you by Fender. You simply cannot buy a better strat, period. The custom shop models might have some different options, but what they don't have is a guitar this well appointed for this price. I have owned & played lots of Stratocasters and nothing else in the history of Fender hits this price point with so much to offer.


Awesome Strat!

By Keith Lenn

from New York Area

This guitar is simply an amazing isntrument worthy of any pro guitarist. I have never really liked Fender Strats mainly because of the single coils - no knowck against single coil pick-ups, but I have always preferred the Humbuckers, which fit more evenly with my playing style. When I want my guitar to sound like an SG I switch down to the bridge position for the Humbuckers. When I need that bluesy solo to cut through the bass and drums, I throw it into the bridge pickup for a captivating Clapton kind-of tone. And everything else in between is in the other settings. The S1 tap switch has a subtle quality to it - sometimes I will be playing and I have the tone close to what I want but I can't exactly find it...a tap on the S1 often brings me closer to what I need at the moment...the subleties of the S1 make the guitar that much more versatile. Some claim the S1 switching is useless. Maybe those people have a faulty S1 switch or do not hear the subleties...but it is an awesome feature. Even though I have always preferred Gibsons, this axe has become my main practice and gigging guitar with my SG a very close second. This axe is worth the money - my only complaint, as it is on all Fenders, is that I hate the tremolo...oh well...


I just couldn't be happier

By LockSmithDon

from WA

I've read about 3 pages of the reviews on this awesome instrument so my comments are in the context of the other reviews.I've owned the Olympic Pearl/Rosewood version for a few weeks now and couldn't be more thrilled with it.What I agree with. The finish is truly phenomenal. The locking tuning pegs are REALLY nice (surprised ALL guitars aren't shipping with equivalents by now). The tones are just simply delicious, and yes, the neck really does feel like butter. I also can't get over the level of quality for the money.The S1 Switch. I also have a Les Paul Classic 1960 re-issue, which I LOVE, but this strat is no LP - maybe in terms of quality, but not tone. I personally like the S1 switch and the humbucker. It fattens up the sound more than your typical strat, but not as much as a LP, which is really nice IMO. I find it handy when I'm searching for a thicker tone but don't want to go get the LP out of the case. I still use both equally, but this is much more versatile when it comes to the diversity of tones they are each capable of (at least the way I play them).Hope this was helpful.


Solid guitar for the money

By GrokMoo

from Washington, D.C.

I picked up one of these about a month ago and have been playing around with it quite a bit. With the humbucker in the bridge it is a very versatile instrument. This in spite of the fact that the S-1 switch seems fairly useless. I have tried playing around with it a lot but just can't seem to find a use for it.This guitar comes with a lot of very good modern features like the roller nut and Strap locks. One feature I am undecided on is the whammie bar - it doesn't screw in but instead just sort of sits in the bridge. It is nice in that it falls out of the way quickly, but if you aren't careful it will fall completely out of the guitar.Build quality of this instrument is pretty good with a few caveats. The finish looks great. The setup from the factory was just about perfect and this guitar keeps perfect tune. The electronics could be slightly higher quality, as switching pickups can be slightly noisy. Also, while the noiseless pickups are indeed very low noise, the 2 individual pickups comprising the humbucker are not individually noiseless. This means that selecting middle / bridge has essentially no noise cancellation as you are only using one half of the bridge pickup, and the middle pickup is noiseless (so it doesn't act as a humbucker with the half bridge pickup). So, that is quite annoying as this makes pickup selector position 4 MUCH noisier than any of the other positions.Playability is good, and while I prefer a somewhat fatter neck, this neck still feels very good. Upper fret access is of course excellent.Overall, this is a very good value for what you are getting. I am thinking of rewiring this guitar, removing the S-1 switch and replacing the bridge humbucker to solve my caveats above. However, most people would probably be satisfied with the guitar as-is.

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