The American Elite series from Fender is one of the companies most innovative lines yet, focusing on redesigns of classic guitars from Fender’s past, packed full of 21st st century technology and playability. The American Elite series are of a truly Elite quality, with unparalleled versatility paired with all the traditional Fender tone you could want.
The American Elite Stratocaster HSS brings the iconic Stratocaster design right up to date. Since its inception in the 1950’s, the Strat has been at the forefront of music making, and the American Elite Stratocaster HSS ensures it remains the go to guitar for the modern guitarist. While mostly retaining its original styling, the American Elite Strat HSS comprises a super slick compound radius fingerboard and new contoured neck heel design. The fingerboard radius moves from a 9.5” to 14” size, with the neck taking on a modern ‘C’ shape at the nut, and a more ‘D’ shaped profile towards the neck heel. This makes for a superbly comfortable playing style, with extra playability when bending notes up in the higher register.
The signature sound of a Fender Stratocaster has long been one of its most coveted elements, and the American Elite Stratocaster HSS is no different. Exclusive to the American Elite series, the American Elite Strat features three 4th generation noiseless pickups designed to offer pristine clarity, richness and depth and handle authentic vintage style overdrive in one package, all with zero of that single coil hum that has become so synonymous with Stratocasters through the ages. The HSS edition of the series also includes a Tim Shaw designed Shawbucker humbucker in the bridge position for those of us who want that extra bit of push and crunch. Paired with Fenders S1 switching system mounted to the top of the volume control, the American Elite Stratocaster can access alternative wiring options at the touch of a button, offering the most expansive tonal range of any guitar that Fender make.
A solid and dependable two point tremolo system and locking short post tuners ensure the American Elite Stratocaster is up to the task even the most energetic of players. A new minimalist black chrome headstock logo and unique American Elite Series finishes develop on the classic design of Strats from the past, ensuring the American Elite Stratocaster is at the cutting edge of style as well as tone. The American Elite series also include a deluxe ABS hard case with all instruments.
The American Elite Stratocaster is the latest iteration of an instrument that has been at the forefront of popular music since the middle of the last century, and while drawing heavily on its rich heritage the American Elite Stratocaster is the ultimate blend of classic design and modern guitar playing innovation, making it certainly one of the most versatile Fender instruments you’ll find.
Fender American Elite Stratocaster Specs:
- Body Material: Alder
- Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
- Body Shape: Stratocaster®
- Neck Material: Maple
- Neck Finish: Satin Urethane with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
- Neck Shape: Compound Back Shape, Modern "C" to "D"
- Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
- Fingerboard Material: Maple
- Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
- Number of Frets: 22
- Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
- Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
- Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
- Position Inlays: Large Black Pearloid Dots
- Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable
- Truss Rod Nut: Heel-Mounted Spoke Wheel Adjustment
- Bridge Pickup: Shawbucker
- Middle Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
- Neck Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
- Controls: Master Volume (with S-1™ switch), Tone 1 (Neck Pickup), Tone 2 (Middle and Bridge Pickups; No-Load™ Tone control)
- Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
- Configuration: HSS
- Bridge: 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm
- Hardware Finish: Chrome
- Tuning Machines: Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking (all short posts)
- Pickguard: 4-Ply Tortoiseshell
- Control Knobs: Aged White Soft Touch Knobs
- Switch Tip: Aged White
- Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Asymmetrical
- Case/Gig Bag: Elite Molded Case