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The Elite Stratocaster improves on the Legend in a number of intelligent, practical and creative ways. It’s still very much a Strat but there are some great details here to improve... read more
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What we say:The Elite Stratocaster improves on the Legend in a number of intelligent, practical and creative ways. It’s still very much a Strat but there are some great details here to improve your experience of playing.
The neck itself is worth talking about: the compound profile goes from the familiar ‘Modern C’ shape at the nut to a D shape up in the nosebleed area to make extended fretboard excursions more comfortable and ergonomic for you. On the fret side of the neck, the radius is also a compound: 9.5” at the nut end for nice easy chording and 14” up at the top to allow big wide bends over the flatter radius. All of this translates into an essentially invisible but instantly felt improvement across the entire neck, front to back and top to bottom.
And that’s just the neck! The pickups are the newly redesigned Noiseless models, now more organic sounding than earlier iterations. The S1 switch - a Fender favourite for many years now - is included, as is a great new switch called the ‘Passing Lane’ switch. Engaging this little push-push switch reroutes your bridge pickup straight to the output of the guitar, passing by the tone circuit altogether. This actually adds more output and sizzle to your bridge pickup’s output.
On top of all of this, you also get a great new hard case, locking tuners and an easy access truss rod adjustment heel. What a package!
Featured on all American Elite instruments, the new 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—fromnewly 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 new 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
Series: American Elite
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5”-14” Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
Position Inlays: Large Black Pearloid Dots
Nut (Material/Width): Synthetic Bone, 1.685” (42.8 mm)
Tuning Machines: Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking (All Short Posts)
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
Pickups: New 4th Generation Noiseless (Bridge, middle, neck)
Pickup 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
Controls: Master Volume (with S-1TM switch), Tone 1 (Neck Pickup), Tone 2 (Middle and Bridge Pickups; No-LoadTM Tone control)
Control Knobs: Aged White Soft Touch Knobs
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Case/Gig Bag: New Elite Molded Case
Other Features: New Modern String Tree, Asymmetrical Neck Heel, Black Chrome Fender Headstock Decal
Neck: Maple, Compound Back Shape, Modern “C” to “D”
Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
Bridge: 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)