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Fender American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster Electric Guitar

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The Fender American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster Electric Guitar is instantly comfortable, with irresistible tone and playability. You won't believe your ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classy Strat with a classic ash body.

The Fender American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster Electric Guitar is instantly comfortable, with irresistible tone and playability. You won't believe your fingers and ears. The ultimate in high-performance electric guitars, this premium model has an ultrasmooth, sweet neck with hand-rolled edges to make it play fast, smooth, and sweet. SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) pickups dish out vintage Strat sounds without the hum, while a hot bridge pickup and S-1 switching provide versatility, extra punch, and sustain. Classically contoured ash body fits like a glove. Other features include polished chrome, 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 have been striving to develop the ultimate noise-free single-coil replacement pickup. In pursuit of as little 60-cycle hum and extraneous noise as possible and the classic bell-like tones and fidelity of the original Fender designs, Fender has poured their energy into discovering a new world-class 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.

FEATURES
  • Premium contoured ash body
  • Modern C neck shape with slick finish and hand-rolled edges
  • 3 Fender SCN pickups
  • 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
  • Schaller strap-lock ready
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4.8

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Quality Guitar

This is a beautiful guitar. On mine, I put a pearloid pick guard... With those abalone dots on the neck, I could look at it all day. I'm proud to own...Read complete review

This is a beautiful guitar. On mine, I put a pearloid pick guard... With those abalone dots on the neck, I could look at it all day. I'm proud to own this guitar and add it to my collection of quality guitar gear. I tell you, beyond this, you are simply paying for an artist's signature or for it being made custom for you... Or from the custom shop. Otherwise in my opinion, this is the ultimate strat.
I bought a 2011 American Standard which I had for 2 weeks before returning it to get this Deluxe Strat. The standard would squeal at high gain and the pickups were so noisy. The p/ups on the deluxe are truly noiseless. I like the strap locks. The locking tuners make sure it stays in tune pretty well. The S-1 switching gives you some extra sounds... Although I haven't found a use for most of them, I like the dark sound of the bridge pickup for when I play jazz. I didn't think the curved heal at the back would make that much of a difference, but after having owned an American standard for 2weeks and now this one, I see and feel the difference.
Those that are comparing the Deluxe Ash to an American standard... I will not understand. The difference in quality is just obvious just by holding the instrument. The wood grain and the finish on the Deluxe Ash is just so beautiful. I own some quality PRS guitars and this guitar fits right in that league. I owned a MIM deluxe players' strat which I traded to upgrade to an MIA standard then to this one... Although the MIM was really good for the price, you can feel like difference in quality in your hands. The MIM Deluxe players strat is not far behind the MIA standard in feel and quality, but it is far behind the MIA deluxe ash. This deluxe ash strat is just so beautiful especially in the aged cherry burst that I got.
Who wouldn't love it if you could pay less money for anything? But this is the price you currently have to pay to get one of these babies brand new. I think it's well worth it. This is the best strat out there in my opinion. I know preferences differ, but in terms of craftsmanship and quality, this strat is really deluxe. So I'm not complaining!

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String alignment

I recently purchased an American Deluxe Ash Telecater from Muscians Friend on line and it is perfect in every way. My wife ordered an American Deluxe Stratocaster for me for Christmas and it was...Read complete review

I recently purchased an American Deluxe Ash Telecater from Muscians Friend on line and it is perfect in every way. My wife ordered an American Deluxe Stratocaster for me for Christmas and it was beautiful until a closer look from me revealed the first high E string was/is out of alignment. Its almost off the fretboard. My wife called Muscians Friend and they sent a pick up label and plan to exchange it. I've read of this problem with others over the internet and couldn't beleive it is still happening. I pray my next one will be as nice as my Telecaster.

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5.0

The Perfect Strat

By Little Stevie from Knuclehead

from Tucson, Az.

Just purchased the deluxe Strat. I got the tobacco sunburst one. It is so beautiful if I am not playing it I am staring at it. Plays like a stick of butter in your hands. Beautiful workmanship (nut was cut just right..neck was straight) pickups don't buzz...locking keys means guitar stays in tune when you wiggle the bar. It's the best Strat I have ever played, and I've been playing Strats since the mid 70s. If it had extra jumbo frets instead of medium jumbos, I doubt that there could be a more perfect guitar. Buy one and smile.

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5.0

2 years of bliss

By John Richards

from San Francisco

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After two years with this guitar, I can tell you that it is one of the most amazing guitars you will ever play. I originally kept it in that Hendrix sharp attack mode, then I found the Clapton smooth as silk sound, and now I play in that Santana full bodied tone that the S1 switch gives. Wow, I don't think any other guitar can do that. It is so easy to play that I can compose what I hear very fast. And the overtones are so strong that you can feel the next chord change coming!!!!! I have the tobacco sunburst with a maple fretboard. I put on a tortoise shell pickguard and oh baby, it has a life of its own.

 
5.0

Quality Guitar

By Zivanai Masango

from Dallas TX

This is a beautiful guitar. On mine, I put a pearloid pick guard... With those abalone dots on the neck, I could look at it all day. I'm proud to own this guitar and add it to my collection of quality guitar gear. I tell you, beyond this, you are simply paying for an artist's signature or for it being made custom for you... Or from the custom shop. Otherwise in my opinion, this is the ultimate strat.
I bought a 2011 American Standard which I had for 2 weeks before returning it to get this Deluxe Strat. The standard would squeal at high gain and the pickups were so noisy. The p/ups on the deluxe are truly noiseless. I like the strap locks. The locking tuners make sure it stays in tune pretty well. The S-1 switching gives you some extra sounds... Although I haven't found a use for most of them, I like the dark sound of the bridge pickup for when I play jazz. I didn't think the curved heal at the back would make that much of a difference, but after having owned an American standard for 2weeks and now this one, I see and feel the difference.
Those that are comparing the Deluxe Ash to an American standard... I will not understand. The difference in quality is just obvious just by holding the instrument. The wood grain and the finish on the Deluxe Ash is just so beautiful. I own some quality PRS guitars and this guitar fits right in that league. I owned a MIM deluxe players' strat which I traded to upgrade to an MIA standard then to this one... Although the MIM was really good for the price, you can feel like difference in quality in your hands. The MIM Deluxe players strat is not far behind the MIA standard in feel and quality, but it is far behind the MIA deluxe ash. This deluxe ash strat is just so beautiful especially in the aged cherry burst that I got.
Who wouldn't love it if you could pay less money for anything? But this is the price you currently have to pay to get one of these babies brand new. I think it's well worth it. This is the best strat out there in my opinion. I know preferences differ, but in terms of craftsmanship and quality, this strat is really deluxe. So I'm not complaining!

 
5.0

Fender convert...

By metrobytes

from piedmont, CA

i went through several gibsons & a hamer before i tried the Fender. Wish i'd tried the Fender 1st, i could have saved some time & $. Great value, great tone. great feel & workmanship. For sting guages, try: 9 12 16 26 36 46. The S1 pickup switching feature combined w/the "noiseless" pickups provides the best of both worlds: single coil bite & humbucker warmth. alternately of course, not at the same time. i'll buy another as soon as i can afford it.

 
5.0

A better mousetrap (licktrap)

By Atrix Wolfe--multiple man

from West Coast

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Like many other profession musicians or just outright wailers, I thought that Leo pretty much had perfected the Strat when it came out in 1954. My last strat (I play both Fenders and Gibsons, or any great instrument) was a Strat+-- the roller nut, lace sensors and locking tuners were nice, but it was still just a strat. I was recently at a music store in my hometown looking for an additonal 12" speaker cab for my Mesa Nomad 45, and after playing a couple of guitars thought I would try one of these deluxe ash deals out and see what this s-1 switching was all about. I was completely floored. Not only was the detail work and neck smoother and obviously more hand-worked than any Fender I'd owned (there have been a few in 18 years), but when I hit that button on the volume knob the beefy but gorgeous tone that came out was outrageous. I've always liked to use the bridge pick-up on a strat sometimes when soloing (usually with the treble rolled back a bit), but this was out of hand-- I busted out my Albert Collins licks and nearly caused an earthquake. Needless to say, I had to put the thing on layaway that day. Sure, I had to sell two of my best guitars, one US made, one not, to get it, but it was worth every penny. I thought the Strat could only be changed now and then, new finishes, etc, but the noiseless pickups, the coil-tapping and the gorgeous fit and finish of this guitar are a giant leap for fretkind. Truly a better licktrap. A stunning instrument, and for someone who does as much studio work as I do, a tremendous boon. I may even leave the .09s on there, and I ALWAYS play at least .10s. I just paid the balance today and can't wait to get home and plug it in. Jimi would have loved this guitar. Oh yeah-- it's just about as heavy as a Les Paul-- a good thing in my book, and made of ONE solid piece of bell-ringing ash.

 
4.0

sweet and sour

By Me

from western new york

This guitar rocks. The pickups are amazing and the finish is beautiful. After laying down this much money it isn't the dream machine I expected, but it is still one of the nicest guitars I have played.

 
5.0

King of Strats

By stratfreak88

from Michigan

I bought one of these in Cherry Sunburst, Rosewood Fretboard.. Mine is a 60th anniversary. The guitar is amazing. The SCN pickups and S-1 Switching make it possible to obtain an infinite amount of tonal arrays. In addition, the modern c-neck is smooth and fast. The locking tuners and floating bridge are heaven. If you set the thing to the neck picups, roll down the vol, but up the tone.... very SRV.... Set to the bridge, roll up the vol, cut the tone down to 7-8... amazing modern hardrock/metal tone can be achieved... This guitar is extremely versitle. Has that classic look of a strat with some subtle, yet effective contemporary upgrades. I strongly recomend!

 
5.0

A thing of beauty

By Colonel Forbin

from NJ

While it only took me a few notes to realize that this is the exact guitar i was looking for, i had a hard time putting it down and as a result ended up playing it for approximately 45 minutes. The finish is gorgeous and the neck is smooth and easy to play. The tone not only sounded absolutely incredible, but on a spiritual level it felt as if the sounds were being generated deep in my bones and then were sent to the amp directly from my soul, almost no intereference from the medium (the guitar). My only complaint is that the guitar is built to fit the tension of 9 gauge strings. The bridge was noticably raised when I put on 10 gauges. I was aware of this issue when I restrung it but I figured I would experiment to see what was effected other than the visual change of the bridge. The action was significantly higher and i will now sitck to 9 gauges. Overall the guitar is bar none the best I have played.

 
5.0

The only Stratocaster you'll need

By Beauregard Hooligan

from Stockton, Ca.

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I'm 56 and have been playing guitar since I was 12, and have quite a few guitars. I have a little 5 piece band that does country rock and classic rock, and this guitar has become my main gun. The neck is amazing, the resonance of the ash body is beautiful. The noiseless pickups are the best I have ever heard at canceling hum without affecting tone. I don't use the S1 switch, as in the music I play, the tones I want are there with the original 5 way switch. In the time since I have had this guitar I have played almost every Friday and Saturday night as well as jam sessions, and nothing has gone wrong yet. The set up stays solid, the neck hasn't needed adjustment, no sloppy tuners, noisy pots, or creeping frets; and it has been handled kindly but not coddled. This is a working musician's guitar. I still take my American Standard HSS Strat along to play slide, and think of it as an emergency back up, but haven't needed it except for that occasional broken string. This guitar is always "good to go".

 
5.0

One of a kind!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I had been searching for that special guitar, you know the drill. I've played for 21 years but never owned a top of the line Axe. I have an aniversery "jap-strat" that I put noiceless pickups in (a huge improvement),but it left me longing. I thought about an ES 335 but decided it was'nt in my price range. I researched and chose a american HSS which I ordered. I love the S1 switching. Then I saw "IT" hangin on the wall. An american deluxe ash. Transparent blue body, black pickups and guard, and ebone dot-free fingerboard. Wow!! I was hooked. It sounds fantastic! (Although I do like the HSS sound just a little more). Never the less it has become my favorite Axe. Very unique! Mine has a few flaws though. The fretboard has a small crack in it from the 19th fret through the 22nd. And I don't know why the American made strat.s have rough edged frets, while Jap.,Mex.,and even Kor. models are silky smooth. I Rated this Guitar a 9 do to the less then perfect details. I will take it to good luthier, and keep it. Oh! one more thing. What's up the bright orange case lining? It really clashes with the blue guitar.

 
5.0

Best Decision Ever

By chomputer

from Columbus, OH

What a truly versatile guitar. What can't you do on a Strat?? I only wish that Fender would redesign the location of the volume knob so that you can do palm muting without having your pinky in the way or accidentally messing with the volume settings. Other than that, it is an amazing guitar and I have no complaints. I got the vintage cherry sunburst with rw fretboard and words do not do justice to how beautiful it looks. I have it hooked up to a Fender Cyber Twin. I was hesitant to spend the money, but I have absolutely no regrets. I bought it from this site, they got it to me reasonably quickly and it arrived in perfect condition. Very satisfied.

 
5.0

Better

By billicopter

from Auckland, New Zealand

I am 15 years old and have been playing guitar all my life. I have also been saving all my life, to buy a Fender. And I am not disappointed. I was originally going to buy a standard but after playing with the S-1 Switching I knew I had to have the deluxe. I can highly recommend this guitar. It is so easy and fun to play. I will be recording with my band soon (hopefully) and will have no hesitation in using this.On the down side it was very expensive and if you are looking for a cheap, easy guitar then this is not the guitar for you.Overall, the features are fantastic, it is awesome to play and sounds incredible. Although it is good value for the sound it makes, it is still an expensive guitar. You wont be disappointed.

 
5.0

Is this guitar the answer?

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had this guitar for about a month now, I wanted to make sure that I gave this thing a proper roggering before I reviewed it. This is obviously a very high quality guitar, I have brown burst finish and the maple neck. The playability is just so smooth, and the sustain just sings. The finish is beautiful, this a well crafted guitar, no blems. The pickups give a wide palate of tones from crunchy strat blues, that classic punchy strat tone, and the hot bridge pickup that distorts beautifully. The S-1 adds alot of versatility and another chapter to the strats tone legacy, it gives a much fuller, fatter sound. The tremolo system is good, I had to get mine adjusted. I enjoy the vibrato bar, you can really make those bends sing. The lock in tuners really help this thing stay in tune, I couldnt be a happier man.

 
5.0

supersize it

By The Dine Hunter

from Red Valley, AZ

This guitar was what i was looking for. the notes just ring super. the action is great. what more can i say about.

 
5.0

It's My Baby

By Thaddeus-ddUHb

from Zanesville, OH

This guitar is the perfect strat. I have had it for about 1 1/2 years. It does not have so many bells and whistles that a bunch of things go wrong, but it does have the nice upgrades - S-1 and handrolled neck - that make it worth the buck. I do wish the 2007's had the neck rolled like the 2008's, but I will wear it into shape in no time. I would definitely recommend this guitar - tobacco burst - rosewood fretboard.

 
5.0

Butterscotch for a reason

By Leopold Butters Scotch

from Morro Bay, California

I will keep this short and sweet: This is the best guitar I have ever played. I always thought it was B.S. when people said better equipment makes you better because I always equated that with an unfair advantage, even cheating. Yet I find myself now in absolute heaven with the easy playability and features. Personally, I don't think the S-1 is all that great of a new thing nor did I enjoy removing the film on the pick cover, but that's all the negative I can say. Using my old strat before playing this new Butterscotch masterpiece is about as close to swinging a weighted bat on the warm-up deck before stepping up to the plate with two hands full of smooth and light lumber. Unbelievable! :)

 
5.0

Classic Strat Returns

By Fatal

from Syracuse NY

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This reinstituted Classic Ash-Bodied Stratocaster is what the Strat began as way back in 1954, before the body wood was changed to a cheaper type wood (Alder) in 1956. This guitar has the classic Strat sound and more, with all of its new inovations, Cobalt Noisless PU's, hand-rolled Neck edges, locking tuners, and the two point tremolo system .....they all work perfectly together on this bad boy to give you an incredible strat sound. I'm a Gibson man, myself, but this Strat brings a whole different world to my ears, not to mention an unbelievable low action. Play it clean or with some gain, doesn't matter, this guitar will put a smile on your face no matter what way you choose to play it.

 
4.0

Beautiful looking & sounding guitar w/ versatility

By ILoveThisGuitar!!

from San Diego, CA

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The guitar sounds incredible and is very quiet. W/ the S1 switch in use, the sound gets distorted unless you put it into the 2nd input on the amp. The case is cheap and made in China. My whammy bar does not pop in but easily falls out. That and the case are my only complaints. The rest I am in love with. The neck is so smooth and easy to play. I love the contour on the back of the guitar to reach the high frets. Amazing guitar with great features and value!

 
5.0

You won't find a better axe,esp for this price!

By Notz

from Near KC, MO

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This is simply the best guitar buy on the market. You won't find a better guitar for this price.You'll be hard pressed to find a better guitar at any price, & this includes those 10k PRS's.Sure, you can find more exotic woods, & pricey inlay, but we all know that doesn't make the guitar sound any better. Where are you going to find a better deal

 
5.0

Amazing guitar

By dji

from Boca Raton, FL

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Bought the aged cherry sunburst. Beautiful color. Wish there was a picture. The ash is great for it's look and sound qualities. Plenty of tone and options with the S1 switching. The pickups are awesome. No hum and no tone loss. The locking tuners are also a nice feature. Haven't stopped smiling since I bought it. Worth the money for the extra goodies.

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