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Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar   

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Melding traditional style with modern sound and appointments.

The American Elite Stratocaster is a progressive guitar for 21st-century musicians. Designed for players who push the envelope every night, this guitar is a true performer that leaves others in the dust with eye-catching style, exceptional feel and versatile sound from the very first moment you plug it in and play.

Featured on all American Elite instruments, the new 4th generation Noiseless pickups are only available in this series, and represent a quantum leap in pickup design. Combining vintage-style sound with effectively noise-free performance, these are the pinnacle of Fender’s noiseless pickup designs, offering pristine cleans and fat, overdriven tones that scream with pure rock ‘n’ roll power.

Designed for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck is ideal for all playing styles. A modern “C”-shape at the nut, the profile morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of comfortable support for fret hand antics. Locking, all short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the bone nut for buzz-free performance. The smooth two-point modern tremolo adds emotive touches to your performance without sacrificing your tuning.

Fender is renowned for head-turning style, and this guitar is no different—from newly refined, sleek and deeper contours that hug the player’s body to the black chrome headstock logo and large pearloid fret markers this instrument will dazzle the audience with elegant style. The American Elite Stratocaster is a bold new guitar for the brave new guitarist who is setting out to cross uncharted musical terrain. Includes a redesigned Elite Molded Case with TSA locks to provide increased protection for your cherished instrument.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Modern C to D
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • 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: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Middle: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Bridge: 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive electronics: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: S-1 switching No-load tone control
  • 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: 2-point synchronized
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: New Modern String Tree, Asymmetrical Neck Heel, Black Chrome Fender Headstock Decal
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Strap locks, Deluxe leather strap, Cable, Pop-in tremolo arm, Adjustment wrenches
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderAmerican Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

Excellent Electric Guitar

By DickBanks

from Olathe, KS

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Masterful Set-Up
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I bought the American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar, Sky Metallic Blue, New.

    I'll start out by saying--the "box opening" experience for this guitar was unbelievable. I also own a MIM Standard Strat that I bought brand new, and there was a HUGE difference in the setup quality between these two instruments. I do my own setup, and was prepared to do so for the Elite Strat, but it needed no adjustments. The guitar arrived perfectly intonated, string height set at 3/64 with NO buzzing frets, frets perfectly leveled and polished to a mirror finish. Fret ends honed perfectly, and the nut was also filed beautifully.

    The MIM strat required adjustments and work to all of the above areas I mentioned. Not that I mind doing all of that, I actually enjoy it--but there is something to be said for a guitar that players so well right out of the box.

    So I don't know who did the setup (MF or Fender Corona, or both) but they really know what they are doing.

    Now, the tone. The first thing I noticed--this guitar is acoustically loud and clear un-amplified! I plugged into my Marshall JCM-800 with 4x12 cabinet. With the S1 switch set to parallel (up position) you get a sweet quack from 5-way positions 2 and 4. Positions 1, 3, and 5 are absolutely noiseless, and of course positions 2 and 4 are as well. Pressing the S1 switch adds some "phasy grunge," especially at positions 2 and 4--almost a Les Paul sound--of course most of the "quack" goes away.

    Kicking on my Lone Wolf Audio Minotaur Silver box, this guitar dirtied-up sweetly--huge harmonics, crazy sustain. I gave this floating whammy a workout, and the strings stayed with 2 cents to pitch (I tune to E-flat). I also should say that I changed the 3 wound strings to Diaddario Flat wounds (26, 32, 38) because I don't like round-wound strings, and in my opinion, sustain and tone are better with the flats (your mileage may vary).

    I could say much more--out of characters.

    Great guitar--well worth the price!

     
    5.0

    Classic sound and great feel!

    By Dustin S

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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 Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This is the cream of the crop for sure! I bought the black model and was in love with it when I got it. It has a great feeling neck (I mean really amazing). The N1 switching adds some spice to the standard 5-way set up, and it can be fun. The look of the guitar is great when it comes to the black model. It isn't the straight black I thought it was either. It has a metallic flaking in the paint job that really is cool to look at up close. The knobs feel pretty good, and would come in handy if you gig and get sweaty. The sound is key here and BOY DOES THIS SOUND GOOD! I mean it lives up to the Fender sound, and I love it. Great addition to the collection for sure.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Phenomenal!!

      By Rojbo

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I just picked up one of these bad boys, and all I can say is WOW!! The neck alone is worth the expense. Honestly, it is the most comfortable neck I have ever played. I'm still playing with the S-1 switching, and getting the hang of the tone, but the new pickups are excellent. I purchased this "Open Box" from Musicians Friend, and was quite worried about it, but with the heavy discount, 45 day return policy, and a 10% off coupon, I figured it was worth a shot. As another reviewer stated, it was listed as light scratches, but they were just in the plastic covering the pick guard. This guitar is absolutely flawless, and in mint condition!! Hats off to Fender, and to Musicians Friend!!

         
        5.0

        Fender hits a home run with the American Elite Strat

        By Guitar4Life

        from Wilmington, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I have been playing for 36 years. I only listed the pros that I have experienced with this guitar in the last 30 days, but the list will grow larger! Fender hit a home run with this neck design! I am glad that I decided to pay the extra to try the new neck, the very comfortable Elite Bridge and the locking tuners. The 4th generation noiseless pickups work. Add that to the different tones you can get with the large combination of single or multiple pickups via the 5 blade switch, and the button hidden in the volume control for different combos of series and parallel pickup arrangements and this guitar is extremely diverse in tones, but they are all Fender! BTW, my Sky Burst Metallic was heavily discounted and advertised as a level 2 return. There were some light scratches, but they were on the protective covering on the pick guard! I removed it and this guitar is MINT! The case candy had not even been opened.

          I have always loved the Fender USA Strats. Such a versatile and well made guitar. I bought my first Strat from my LGS new in 1984. I had to sell my 1978 Les Paul to fund the purchase. I bought a 1957 Vintage Strat reissue that came in a tweed case. 22 years later In 2006 I decided I wanted to know more about the guitar. It had never been taken apart, and I was apprehensive and exercised extreme caution. I took my time and carefully removed the neck, and it was signed and dated in pencil. I then removed the pick guard for the first time to see the electronics and specifically the pickups. Between the serial number, the signature and date from the neck, and the electronics it that this guitar that I loved was special She is a 1983 Fullerton! My point: You cannot go wrong purchasing a US made Fender guitar! I will never be so fortunate as with the Fullerton, but this guitar is special today, and is another keep for life Fender!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a gorgeous guitar!

          By Frank

          from Shawnee, KS

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recording

            Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            This guitar was deeply discounted and advertised as a 'blem'. However, I cannot find a scratch, scuff, or smudge on it. The action is correct, neck is straight and perfectly aligned with the strings. The guitar is perfect. The case is perfect.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this Strat

            By Eric

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Fender American Elite Maple Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            A great USA made Strat. I'm a little surprised that the fret edges stick out a bit, not as well finished as my Malmsteen Strat's frets.

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