Externally the American Elite Stratocaster has Fender’s timeless style, but under the hood it’s an entirely new breed of guitar designed for 21st-century players who constantly push the envelope. With over a dozen new innovations, each guitar is a true performer with eye-catching style, exceptional feel and versatile sound from the very first moment you plug it in and play.
Designed for 21st-century players, the American Elite Series sports a new compound neck profile designed for comfort and the ultimate playability. A modern “C”-shape at the nut, the rear of the neck morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel that blends into the asymmetrical neck volute, providing plenty of ergonomic support and comfortably enhanced playing feel.
With the all-new 4th generation Noiseless pickups, exclusive to the American Elite Series, we’ve achieved the sonic equivalent of cold fusion—authentic vintage-style Fender sound combined with noise-free performance. A quantum leap in pickup technology, these bleeding-edge pickups are the pinnacle of our pickup designs, offering crisp, clear cleans as well as gigantic overdriven tones that are bursting with pure rock power.
The new double action truss rod adjustment wheel makes it a snap to adjust the instrument's neck relief without any special tools.
The S-1 switch activates alternate wiring options for even more tonal variations. Discreetly placed atop the volume control, it engages or disengages at the tap of a finger for on-the-fly adjustments.
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|Body Material|| ||Alder|
|Body Finish|| ||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Material|| ||Maple|
|Neck Finish|| ||Satin Urethane w/Gloss Urethane Headstock Face|
|Neck Shape|| ||Compound Back Shape, Modern "C" to "D"|
|Scale Length|| ||25.5|
|Fingerboard Material|| ||Rosewood|
|Fingerboard Radius|| ||9.5"-14" Compound Radius|
|Frets|| ||Medium Jumbo 22|
|Nut Material|| ||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width|| ||1.685|
|Inlays|| ||Large Black Pearloid Dots|
|Truss Rod|| ||2-Way Adjustable Heel-Mounted Spoke Wheel|
|Pickups|| ||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|
|Bridge|| ||2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm|
|Tuning Machines|| ||Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking|
|Pickguard|| ||4-Ply Tortoiseshell|
|Control Knobs|| ||Aged White Soft Touch Knobs|
|Neck Plate|| ||4-Bolt Asymmetrical|