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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Schaller strap-lock ready
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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

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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 !!


Fender strat american deluxe 2002

By Petemerc

from Montreal


  • Was great new off the rack and still great


    Best Uses

      I bought my American deluxe strat in 2002 it was great then and still is today. I made some changes as even if I loved the noiseless pickups I made myself a new control panel with the Eric Johnson pickups. I put heavier strings on it and locked the vibrato and I have to say I have never thought I could own such a fantastic guitar especially being lefthanded this is an unbelievable instrument with an unbelievable feel to it I am 65 years old been playing since I was 10 I hope that my daughter will keep this guitar and all its accessories for a long time as it will become a super vintage in time


      Sweet Amber

      By Dr. Ruff

      from Atlanta, GA

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      While BB may have Lucille, I have my sweet Amber (Sunburst). The new Fender Strat Deluxe, with S-1, is the sweetest GTR I have owned, and I have more than two hands full. Fast neck, diverse tones, and great feel. My wife bought me one for Christmas. I've ALWAYS favored the maple neck, but after an hour of playing this one (Rosewood) it was mine. For those thinking about buying consider this: it has the 50th Anniversary logo on the neck plate, it is the first year Fender issued the "Deluxe Strat" (mine is (#550), and it can do anything required. The single coils sound better with my Marshall 50, but the humbucker comes alive thru a POD when recording. I'm in Love!


      Swiss Army Guitar

      By Chummy Joll

      from St Louis Park, MN

      See all my reviews

      This guitar is very versitale. You can play any style of music possible and sound great doing it. The only issue I may have is the humbucker could be a little hotter and less muddy at high volumes. It is much heavier than my other strats - not sure why. The tremelo stays in tune very well with in reason. I have the Amber on (every one calls it butterscotch) and it looks really cool. Its not my main axe but it such a great guitar I always bring it along for gigs and rehearsals. Note I kept always breaking the same A string over and over so there is always one or two flaws they never catch before the instruments leaves the factory. This is the case for most of the instruments I have bought of the shelf in my many years of playing. So overall if your looking for a great guitar with a cool looks and versitality then go no further.


      Solid guitar for the money

      By GrokMoo

      from Washington, D.C.

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      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.


      sunburst deluxe HSS

      By jim barnes

      from fremont, california

      I never was a strat fan. I play a Gretsch arch top and a martin acoustic for my regular guitars for years. I was looking to upgrade an old solid body when I decided to look at this one. I was immediately impressed with its playability. I am classically trained and lean to a wider, flatter neck than most. I played this was like it was meant for me. The sound variations are immense (to me anyways) and I was sold on the spot. The quality and lack of a locking nut with allen screws was a plus, as I hated messing with my old system on the other guitar.You must try one of these, I think you will be hooked.


      American Deluxe Strat HSS

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      I tried quiet a few ax's before finally deciding on this badboy. I got the HSS in montego black. The pick guard was abit crumby (1ply) and gold. It looked like a New Orleans Saints issued guitar. The humbucker pickup in mine was horrid. It had no depth, no fat bottom. It sounded very winey. Not what you would expect from a humbucker. The noisless single coils are the best I have ever heard. In fact with the S-1 swithched pushed in and using either s-coil, it blew the humbucker away.I went ahead and 86'd the humbucker and put the Duncan Invader in for my humbucker. Now this bad boy is a mega-beast. Versatility is its first, middle and last name. You can take it to church and belt out grandma's top 10, then rush acroos town and plug it up to a Mesa and do Slayer proud. The blues tones you can get, know the Strat and its blues capabilities. Good buy for the money, needed some mods to to become monsterous.



      By Dave-z8j6x

      from Small town USA

      Simply the best production Fender yet!! If you play different styles or covers. This guitar has you covered. From fit & finish to sonic palette. Mine is the Olympic White Pearl. HSS Roller nut etc.. Love the fact of no string trees. Bravo!! S1 switching opens a whole new world of sounds. If you are looking for the best, buy it!! I own 11 other guitars and 5 are Fenders. This one has moved to the front of the pack.


      total absolute mega 6 string from above

      By shredlordmaster9000

      from Cali

      Let me tell you something that is for sure. HSS stands for Hottest Scorching Sonics! I took this to my guru's guitar amp layer which has AC30's dangling from suspension wires and JCM800's in the bathroom and pantry. You can plug in anywhere in the house for maximum rock n'roll convenience. When we sent this all AmericanPride HSS strat through his holy rig we were sent into cosmic Euphoria. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to reach a higher state of consciousness via Fender Stratocaster.


      Most Versatile Strat

      By Grateful Ed

      from Alabama

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      I just bought this guitar today. I'm so happy I did. I've been playing for about 23 years and own a Clapton Artist Series Strat, a Les Paul Custom and a mexican made standard Telecaster. This guitar can make all the sounds the Clapton Strat AND the Les Paul can make and then some! I told my wife, I might as well put the other strat and les paul up for good. My only gripe is personal as I have small hands. The neck on this guitar is 1 11/16" at the nut and I got quite used to the 1 5/8" width on my other guitars. It's only a 1/16 of an inch, I know, but it will take some time for me to get used to it. The contoured heel makes up for it when playing high on the neck. This is a very versatile and well made guitar.



      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      I've owned this guitar for about 3 or 4 years and it is the best guitar I have ever owned. This is the only electric I play at all right now. I use this guitar with blues. The only thing is that it isn't great with more rocking stuff. For rock you should go for a Gibson Les Paul. My friend likes the feel of Epiphone Les Pauls better though so it's really preference but this guitar is the best guitar I have ever owned.


      IT'S HOT

      By Jim T

      from Upstate New York

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      I just received this yesterday and can not put it down. It impressed me so much that I called in sick today so I could play it all day without anyone bothering me. To start, I have the Antique White and it looks fantastic, the workmanship and finish are perfect, as it should on an American made guitar. The sound/tone is so sweet, and the range using the S1 switching gives me any sound I want. I play through a Vox and the sound just blows me away. The rosewood fret board and frets are perfect, making it play like butter. I traded in my Rickenbacker and Gretsch for this and feel it's the best deal I made in my life. I could go on about this guitar but I can't find the right words to describe how good it really is. I do realize that it's alot of green, but compared to the Highway One, or the standard American Strat, it's no contest, pay the extra cash and have the guitar of your dreams. You will never grow out of it.


      Perfect guitar

      By Brycetopher

      from Baton Rouge, LA

      There is one thing I woul like to challenge Fender. To make a better, more versatile guitar than this. Because they cant. This guitar is perfect in every aspect. From the versatility, to the asthetics, and to the incredible feel. This is overall the best guitar Fender can make.


      Perhaps the World's Most Versitile Guitar!

      By scotty-8JAgI

      from Texas

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      I recently purchased this guitar, mainly for rhythm work in my light rock band. It plays as smoothly and easily as ANY guitar I've ever played and the finish (mine is amber) is beautiful. The single coils produce authentic strat sound (I use the neck and middle pickup mainly for rhythm) and the bridge humbucker nice if you want a warmer sound. While I do play mainly rhythm guitar, the humbucker and the AWESOME S-1 switching system (on the voulume knob) can produce great lead sounds, as good as any Les Paul, in my opinion. And the S-1 also allows the guitar to sound a pretty or as mean as you like. I have not yet wanted a sound I could not produce with this guitar.I highly recommend this guitar, especially if you do not have the money for both a Strat and a Les Paul or SG but want to produce a variety of great sounds! Feel free to e-mail me at if you have any questions.


      Very Pleased

      By Guitar Man-zju6f

      from Kentucky

      I was very carefull to select this Guitar. I have been playing guitar since 1959 and have owned and played many guitars and played and performed with many musical groups. I am no longer an "active"musician but I still do play everyday in my home. I decided to get another guitar in my mind I knew what I wanted. I knew I wanted a "Strat" type guitar. I thought at first I might take a G&L type Strat. But after following up on them I found the current models didn't quite fill the bill on what I was looking for. My main interest was "Tone". I guess I'm a "tone freak" from way back. So many of the newer guitars with the new "hot" humbuckers have that "hard" crisp treble sound and when you try to add the bass tone to cut it down it starts to sound "muddy". So, I wanted basically sigle coil pick-ups with a good wide tone band that could be tweeked and shaped to my liking. I saw Fender Deluxe HSS Stratocaster in one of the local Music shops and tried it out I was Amazed immediately at the tone that "rolled out". After playing it a few minutes and switching the pick-up positions I was really impressed. I then started to check out the other features on the guitar like the SLR Roller nut, the locking tremollo, and the Schaller Locking Tuners. I then realized how great this guitar was set up. I left the store and went home to think about it for a couple of days then I decided to place the order for the guitar. I placed the order and recieved the guitar three days later. I ordered the Three Tone Sunburst. After unpacking and opening the case I saw a beautiful finishes guitar with a very high gloss. Everything was perfect. The set-up was very good. And this guitar sounds great with my Fender Twin Reverb Amp. As I said before "I have owned and played many guitars" but I say this is the best one yet.If you are looking to buy a guitar I highly reccomend this one. Regardless of your playing style and music type this guitar is capeable of doing it all.


      strat vs. Les Paul

      By Mumpy

      from Temecula, CA

      I bought this guitar in November 04. The reasons were the price, appearance (i have the sienna sunburst), and playability. This guitar is easy to play. I have had the action lowered, and the bridge tightened up, as i don't use tremolo. This guitar is versatile. Last week, i traded it in an bought a Les Paul Standard with a 60's neck (for twice the money as the strat). I liked it, but returned it and got my Strat back. LP's are great, but not versatile enough for what I play. To get the sound of the Lp, I just hit the s-1, fire up all the pickups, and adjust my amp. great buy at a good price.



      By RiffMaster93

      from Fort Worth, TX

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      This guitar is great. The humbucker in the bridge is a great addition. The nut and tuners are great. And if you are a palm muter like me, then you will find that the bridge is very comfortable. The Sumarian Cobalt Noiseless pickups are great. I have a MIM Strat and I can't afford this beauty. However, I am, definitley dropping some of those pickup in my strat. I might even have to replace the neck with the deluxe neck.


      Perfect Blues/Rock Guitar

      By 80sMetalChick3

      from Massachusetts

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      This guitar has so many different sounds you can get, just from selecting different pickup(s). I have this in Olympic White Pearl, and let me tell you, it is the most impressive looking guitar I own. The finish is gorgeous, with sheen that is not cheesy and sparkly, it's classy. This guitar is easy to play, and easy to re-string. My only problems have been that towards the higher frets, sometimes the notes buzz. This is a problem I have had on almost every guitar I have owned, and it is a characteristic of strats. It does not affect the playability though, as it is only a few frets, and this is a problem with most strats, it's just the way strats are. It's a sacrifice you make for the playability of this smooth playing guitar. The other problem is more of a preference problem, this guitar just doesn't get much harder than classic rock. It sounds great for jazz, blues, and classic rock, but you can't get harder than that. I bought this guitar before I got into 80s metal though, so I bought according to my tastes at the time.


      Beginners luck?

      By tonematterz

      from Oklahoma City, OK

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      Long time rock n roll fan (47 years young) with a limited but untapped musical background. This is my first axe. This one is simply too awesome for me. I hope I can grow into it. The quality alone is reason enough for anyone who appreciates quality to spend a little more for the features. Friends were trying to convince me to buy a Mexi Strat as a first guit. I said no way, I'll save and get the deluxe American. Best musical choice I ever made. I don't think this axe is capable of letting a bad sound ring out. I paired it with a Fender FM25 amp. The old lady in the apt. above me is about to lose her wig and her sanity from the sonic energy rising up. I'm so stoked with this rig. Feel like Jimi is trying to live through me when I fire it up.

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