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Fender Limited Edition American Professional Stratocaster Ebony Fingerboard 50's Burst

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Often copied, but never surpassed, the Stratocaster is arguably the world’s most-loved electric guitar. Electrifying the music world since its debut ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic with modern upgrades and rescued ebony fretboard.

Often copied, but never surpassed, the Stratocaster is arguably the world’s most-loved electric guitar. Electrifying the music world since its debut in 1954, its natural, versatile sound made the Stratocaster the benchmark for exceptional guitar tones. The American Professional Stratocaster isn’t a re-imagining of the classic design; it’s the authentic original model, evolved.

The choice of musical legends since its release, the Stratocaster feel and sound set the world on fire, powering music movements from electric blues to EDM, and everything in-between. In your hands this Strat is ready to navigate the creative twists and turns of your music, inspiring you to express yourself in new ways through your playing.

Developed by pickup master Tim Shaw, the brand-new V-Mod single-coil pickups are voiced specifically for each position, mixing alnico magnet types to produce powerful, nuanced tones with original Fender sonic DNA. Retain high end clarity when adjusting the volume controls, thanks to the new treble-bleed tone circuit that lets your tone shine through in all its glory.

The new modern “Deep C”-shaped neck profile feels just right in your hand while the narrow-tall frets make it easy to bend strings accurately and play perfectly intonated chords. This stunning Limited Edition model is uniquely appointed with Ebony Fingerboard for The best of yesterday and today, the American Professional Stratocaster is the latest form of electric inspiration from Fender. Step up and stake your claim to a legend.

Key features
• Rescued ebony fingerboard; exclusive ‘50s Burst finish
• Three V-Mod single-coil Stratocaster pickups
• 9.5 in.-radius fingerboard; 22 narrow tall frets
• Two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with bent steel saddles and pop-in tremolo arm
• Treble-bleed circuit; five-way pickup switching
• Includes hardshell case

Rescued Ebony Fretboard
There’s a story behind this wood. Basically, the MI industry, while looking for perfectly black Ebony fretboards, has been leaving 9 out of 10 trees unused and left behind on the forest floor. This has decimated the Ebony forests because the trees left behind don’t allow for natural reforestation. Fender is supporting an initiative to have guitar manufacturers and consumers get past this need for purely black ebony and get used to, even appreciate, striped, variegated, and multi-colored Ebony. The goal is to use every tree cut down, not just one of ten.

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 deep C
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 25.5 in.
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Rescued ebony
Radius: 9.5 in.
Fret size: Narrow tall
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm)
Pickups
Configuration: SSS
Neck: V-Mod Single-Coil Strat
Middle: V-Mod Single-Coil Strat
Bridge: V-Mod Single-Coil Strat
Brand: Fender
Active or passive pickups: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Master volume with Treble-Bleed, tone 1, tone 2
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
Bridge design: 2-point synchronized with Bent Steel Saddles and Pop-In
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
Color: Nickel/chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Tonewoods
Case: Hardshell case
Accessories: None
Country of origin: United States

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FenderLimited Edition American Professional Stratocaster Ebony Fingerboard
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Recording (3)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A nice blend of classic and modern

By Jon

from New Hampshire

Pros

  • All around comfortable neck
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great pickups

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Limited Edition American Professional Stratocaster Ebony Fingerboard:

      I wasn't sure what to expect from a "rescued" ebony fretboard. I'd imagine there's some variation from one guitar to the next, but what I received was nearly flawless. There is just a bit of a lighter tone showing through if you look carefully, but it is nearly indistinguishable from the ebony fretboard on my Les Paul. The "50's burst" color, with its darker black edges, looks great along side the ebony.

      The fretboard, paired with the new neck shape and taller frets, makes for a smooth, easy to play guitar. The pop-in tremolo arm is a nice improvement as well - it has just enough tension to not flop around, but it's not hard to move out of the way. The pickups seem to have a bit more distinction between them than previous models - the neck is mellow but not muted, and the bridge is bright but not too harsh.

      The only change I think I'll make on this one is swapping out for locking machines (it needs them).

      This is a great instrument. It has just enough character to give it a story, while still being a legit Strat.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Had to put a lot of unnecessary extra work to it.

      By Randop

      from Detroit

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Limited Edition American Professional Stratocaster Ebony Fingerboard:

      It came to me with the tremolo bridge so loose you could see it physically move when fretting. Of course changing pitch on every note. After sending it to my guy it works great now but he had to do a lot.
      Fix the bridge
      Buzzing frets
      10th fret was loose and had to be reset
      Neck adjustment
      Intonation was way out.
      Super bad quality control. No way did they even checked it before it went out. We all expect to do some tweaking to any guitar or sometimes not but, this is inexcusable.
      After the fixes I couldn't be happier. Great guitar but it shouldn't have been this way.
      I understand the pros and cons are confusing. Didn't want to send it back because it is the very one I always wanted. After sending it to a pro it's awesome. Point is never should have left the factory or warehouse.

       
      5.0

      A Beautiful Guitar

      By General_Tso

      from Melbourne, FL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender Limited Edition American Professional Stratocaster Ebony Fingerboard:

        I bought one in November to replace a MIM strat that didn't quite feel right anymore. The moment I opened the case this strat has the wow factor. It looks fantastic and the ebony on mine is jet black with no flaws. When you pick it up, the guitar just feels right. The neck allows me to play naturally and is extremely comfortable. The v-mods sound great. I was coming from Texas Specials and thought I might want to switch them out, but nope.

        My only gripes on the guitar are that it came set up a bit too high. Also, I'm on the fence about the narrow tall frets. I played primarily acoustic for many years and am pretty heavy handed with electric guitars. I tend to use a death grip when fretting chords and with these frets it throws of the intonation of the notes until I lighten up. That didn't happen with the old medium jumbos. I've played it through a Blues Junior, 68 Deluxe Reverb Reissue, Twin Reverb, and a JTM 45. Sounds great on all of them. If you can't make this guitar sound good, it's not the guitar.....

         
        5.0

        A fantastic Strat

        By JoeK.

        from Indiana

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        Pros

        • A solid, well built guitar

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Making the noises that makes you happy :-)

          Comments about Fender Limited Edition American Professional Stratocaster Ebony Fingerboard:

          I was just browsing around Strats here and found this limited edition. In terms of looks it had everything I liked, and since I didn't have a Strat with an ebony fingerboard, I went ahead and ordered one. The newly designed pickups also helped me in deciding to order this model.

          When my Strat arrived and I took it out of its hardshell case (it's a pretty nice case too: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/fender-deluxe-molded-abs-strat-tele-guitar-case) I was pretty darn excited. Fit and finish is excellent, as is the fretwork. It's a beautiful guitar, but I do have to mention the ebony fingerboard. MF has a paragraph explaining this concept of "rescued ebony." Make sure you read and understand what they are saying about the ebony fingerboard on this limited edition. If you zoom in as close as possible on the fingerboard in the pics, you can see some variation in the color. I think it will come down to your personal preferences in your guitars on if you like or potentially don't like the "rescued ebony" fingerboard. Personally, I like bursts or trans finished guitars because I love the look of a nice slab of wood. It doesn't have to be a fancy figured top or anything like that for me to dig it either; the burst over the alder body on my Strat is just pure goodness to me. Anyway, I've included a couple of pics of the fingerboard on my Strat so that you can see exactly what I received. And needless to say, I totally dig it; from both aesthetics and playability.

          The factory set up on my Strat gave me nothing to complain about; string height and intonation were on, and the neck is straight and level. Like I said earlier fit and finish on my Strat is excellent. I also like playing the new pickups. They produce all of the traditional Strat tones, but there's "more" of that tone, if that makes sense. They are very dynamic, very "full" across all positions.

          I am going to replace the stock tuners with locking tuners. Overall though, just a fantastic Strat.

           
          5.0

          yes

          By the rocker

          from kite ky

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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 Limited Edition American Professional Stratocaster Ebony Fingerboard:

            great guitar

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