Fender American Elite Strat HSS Shawbucker RW Olympic Pearl
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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
Manufacturer's ID: 0114110723
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!
It's perhaps fair to say that there is no guitar out there more versatile than a Stratocaster with a bridge humbucker. The Elite model has the recently released Shawbucker in it's bridge position. The Shawbucker, named after it's creator Tim Shaw, is designed to be an open and transparent humbucker that goes well with single coils, tightly wound to avoid feedback and offer great chunk to guitar exactly like this Strat!
This American Elite HSS model combines a powerful ShawbuckerTM open-coil humbucking bridge pickup with the exclusive New 4th generation Noiseless pickups, which represent a quantum leap in pickup design. The new Noiseless pickups’ hum-free vintage- style sound and the Shawbucker’s snarling midrange creates pristine cleans and gigantic overdriven tones for multidimensional classic Stratocaster sound turned up to 11. Push-push switching enables the “passing lane”, which instantly rerouts to your bridge pickup signal, bypassing the tone circuit, kicking your tone into overdrive with enhanced overtones and high output. Designed for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck with a 9.5”-14” compound radius fingerboard 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. In a vintage-inspired touch, the new truss rod adjustment wheel has been moved to the butt end of the neck for easier access, making neck relief adjustments a snap.
Fender is renowned for mind-blowing style, and this guitar is no different—from the refined, sleek and deeper contours that hug the player’s body to the black chrome headstock logo, new modern string tree, large pearloid fret markers and unique new colors this instrument will dazzle the audience with classic aesthetics. The American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker is a bold new guitar for progressive players setting out to explore new musical frontiers. 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: Maple, Compound Back Shape, Modern “C” to “D”
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
Fingerboard: Rosewood or Maple, 9.5”-14” Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
Position Inlays: Large White Pearloid Dots (Rosewood), Large Black Pearloid Dots (Maple)
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 (700,710,796), 4-Ply Tortoiseshell (723)
Pickups: ShawbuckerTM(Bridge), New 4th Generation Noiseless(Neck+Middle)
Pickup Switching: S-1 Switch Up: Position 1. Bridge Pickup. Position 2. Bridge/Middle Pickup. Position 3. Middle Pickup. Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup. Position 5. Neck Pickup
Special Electronics: Push-Push Passing Lane Switch to Engage Bridge Pickup and Bypass Tone Controls
Controls: Master Volume (with S-1TM Switch), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2 (Middle and Bridge Pickups)
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
Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
Bridge: 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm