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Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard 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 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 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 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 or Ash (depending on finish)
  • 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: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderAmerican Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Solid electronics (15)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good pick up (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (13)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Strat I have played hands down

Well I love the neck! That was the first wow factor. Played it acoustically and oh man....I thought I can't wait to plug it in. I'm not much of a strat...Read complete review

Well I love the neck! That was the first wow factor. Played it acoustically and oh man....I thought I can't wait to plug it in. I'm not much of a strat guy so I didn't know anything about the pickups. I bought it purely because it felt and sounded good...With that said I absolutely love these pickups.. Stacked up against these vintage alnico single coils they sound every bit as good...now the bad......I bought the cherry burst finish. With that finish fender should not have 3 pieced the body together...some of the guitars I had to go through look like a joke. The reason for the 4 star. A 2 piece is acceptable but lets keep it right down the center.....some of them looked like they glued a 2x4 to the side of a 2x8...just ridiculous for the cost...All in all if you go through enough of them you can find a nice one......

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

almost bought a lemon

I just left the local music store where I just played an elite fender strat,unplugged.I went up past the 12th fret and the notes just cut out to a screeching halt,,I almost...Read complete review

I just left the local music store where I just played an elite fender strat,unplugged.I went up past the 12th fret and the notes just cut out to a screeching halt,,I almost bought this on line and glad I did not after salivating over it as the bucket list of a long list of guitars that I own,the guitar dept head seemed more interested in stuffing his face than explaining why this guitar is in the room...I have many strats. Don't spend the bread..I purchased a yamaha pacifica..1/3 the price,and blows the fender away!!!

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Electric Guitar

By DickBanks

from Olathe, KS

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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 Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard 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!

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Best Strat I have played hands down

    By Schoppkeeper

    from Traverse City, Michigan

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      Well I love the neck! That was the first wow factor. Played it acoustically and oh man....I thought I can't wait to plug it in. I'm not much of a strat guy so I didn't know anything about the pickups. I bought it purely because it felt and sounded good...With that said I absolutely love these pickups.. Stacked up against these vintage alnico single coils they sound every bit as good...now the bad......I bought the cherry burst finish. With that finish fender should not have 3 pieced the body together...some of the guitars I had to go through look like a joke. The reason for the 4 star. A 2 piece is acceptable but lets keep it right down the center.....some of them looked like they glued a 2x4 to the side of a 2x8...just ridiculous for the cost...All in all if you go through enough of them you can find a nice one......

      (4 of 4 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 Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard 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!!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a gorgeous guitar!

        By Frank

        from Shawnee, KS

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard 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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This guitar is the best Fender makes!

          By 2ndfret

          from Akron, Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Amazing Neck
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Intonation is dead on
          • Perfect right out of the box
          • Solid Electronics
          • String height is perfect

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Church Musician

            Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

            I have owned Fender Stratocasters since I began playing at age 12. I have performed with national recording artists, large venues and small venues. Every (previously owned) Stratocaster required my own setup. I had to put my own pups in, add special noise cancelling equipment to eliminate the 60 cycle hum, add titanium saddles, add locking tuners, bone nut and strap locks...so I beasically had to strip the "stock" Stratocaster and make it fit my personal preferences.

            This guitar is amazing. It's called "Elite" for a reason and it definitely lives up to its name. The tone is amazing. There is no 60 cycle hum. It plays like a well broken in guitar. The C to a D neck with the cutaway on the back makes this guitar a real player. It is so fun to play and it sounds amazing.

            I play for a very large church, so the noiseless pups are critical to the style of music that I play. The tonal options are incredible and launches this guitar to the top of the list. This is the best guitar I have ever owned and that is saying something after owning 100's of guitars. I've been playing for over 33 years. I have an extensive background in professional performance and have played in large venues. Trust me...this guitar is as good as it gets.

            I chose Mystic Black with a maple neck. Mystic Black is amazing. I usually go for the sunburst, but I'm so glad I chose Mystic Black. It has a little sparkle to it when viewed up close. The vintage colored knobs and pickgsurd really set this guitar apart. It comes with an above average strap - not the cheesy old Fender straps. Also included are strap locks, a manual to show pickup variations, a sweet case and many yeas of enjoyment.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Classic sound and great feel!

            By Dustin S

            from Cleveland, OH

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            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 Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard 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 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Awesome for what it's for

              By Milez

              from Calgary, Canada

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Best out of the shop intonation
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Neck
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Imitating the great fender players
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                30 plus years player. I've been mainly Les Paul guy my entire "career". I'm starting an act that has a lot of David Gilmour, Hendrix, and blues and rock players that have a lot of string bend in their playing. I was doing fine with my LP, but tonally it was just a bit off. I did a lot of research on the Gilmour strat and decided I would get a strat, and the elite seemed to come closest to Gilmour's custom specs. This really brought the tone of what I was playing to an exceptionally authentic sound. The maple neck is clearly a string benders dream and make pitch perfect bends much easier. It's a very nice looking guitar although I still prefer the look of the LP. I would have given 5 stars except that in certain light and just a specific angle, you can see all the lamination lines underneath the clear coat. In Canada, when you add taxes and exchange rates, this guitar can push the $3000 range. A guitar in this range should show no flaws. I'm not returning the guitar. I've bonded with it at this point, and it is quite difficult to see the flaws. I only notices because sometimes a run scales while tilted back in my lounge chair watching TV and there is a lamp in just the right angle to reflect the flaws. I could have gone years without noticing if it weren't for this peculiar way of practicing. If you are looking to get the sounds of Fender's greatest players, this is the best you can do without getting into the Fender Custom Shop and doubling the price.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Elite Strat surpasses all

                By Geodude

                from Laredo, TX

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Plays effortlessly compared to others
                • Solid Electronics
                • What a great compound neck from Fender

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Solos

                  Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                  The absolute best about this guitar is the compound neck with the smooth satin finish, S1 control system, and the noiseless pickups. The locking tuners are great, but the previous three make the guitar. There are such variations in the tonal sound from the three pickups, 5 position switch, and the S1 controls covering a wide venue of selections.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love this guitar

                  By Randall29

                  from Maryville TN

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                    Plays very well.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love this Strat

                    By Eric

                    from undisclosed

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                    Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard 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.

                     
                    5.0

                    I can't wait to buy this guitar

                    By Jess The Unicorn

                    from Oak Park, IL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Being a straight up guitar god
                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                      I played this guitar at Chicago Music Exchange. I'm only 13 but when I pick up my guitar I'm an iconic legend.

                       
                      5.0

                      best strat I ever owned

                      By vinvee

                      from detroit

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                      Pros

                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                        This is absolutely the best sounding, quality feel, stay-in-tune fender I have ever owned. I got the maple fretboard version and it is truly flawless. I have not touched my old guitars, both American and mexican strats, since getting this one.

                         
                        5.0

                        Build to play and practicing 24/7.

                        By Bouhus3

                        from White Plains NY

                        About Me Novice

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                          Great neck, great pickups noiseless, in fact great everything. This Strat is dedicate for playing and practicing none stop.

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Deal For A Beautiful Guitar

                          By CDUB

                          from Hilliard, Ohio

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone
                          • Solid Electronics

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording
                            • Rock Concerts
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                            This is the 3rd Strat I've owned and is by far the best. The tone is outstanding clean or dirty. I love the feel of the neck. I purchased this as an open box product. the only blemish I can find on it is a couple of very small dents. They are only visible if the light hits it just right.

                            Service and delivery comments:

                            Very quick delivery

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                            1.0

                            almost bought a lemon

                            By shorty

                            from port jervis ny

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Fret Buzz
                              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                                I just left the local music store where I just played an elite fender strat,unplugged.I went up past the 12th fret and the notes just cut out to a screeching halt,,I almost bought this on line and glad I did not after salivating over it as the bucket list of a long list of guitars that I own,the guitar dept head seemed more interested in stuffing his face than explaining why this guitar is in the room...I have many strats. Don't spend the bread..I purchased a yamaha pacifica..1/3 the price,and blows the fender away!!!

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great experience, will purchase from Muicians Friend again.

                                By MLS

                                from CT

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                See all my reviews

                                Verified Buyer

                                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 Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                                  I use this stat for both studio recording and live performance. Chose the Elite model for both pickups and S1 switch. I love the tones from the additional pickup configuration.

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  LOVE this strat

                                  By kinky

                                  from Seattle

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Fender American Elite Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

                                    First a little background on myself I have been playing guitar/drums for 35 years and have owned many, many guitars and this is one of the best guitars I have ever owned. I would give it 5 stars but, the only problem I have is that the volume knob is so close to the strings that I find myself hitting it and turning it down, it is right were I do most of my strumming and I notice that I am constantly hitting it turning it down, I can learn to adapt but it will take practice, it is the only guitar that I have ever had this problem with but it is well worth changing the way I play.

                                     
                                    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 Stratocaster Maple Fingerboard 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!

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