With performance-focused features such as a hybrid neck profile and an innovative truss rod adjustment wheel, the American Elite Stratocaster continues to be one of the best modern Strats for the money. Its maple neck has a modern "C" shape at the nut, morphing into a modern "D" profile at the neck heel for faster lead playing and comfortable chording. And speaking of the heel, Fender's asymmetrical neck volute provides superior access to higher frets. The expanded S-1 pickup switching system will give even veteran Strat players a reason to upgrade. Fender's tremolo system is also better than ever for the American Elite, with a smoother response and a copper-infused bridge plate to help fight tuning slippage.
Get your hands on the American Elite Stratocaster, and you'll likely find that it feels "just right" in just about any position on the fretboard. The hybrid neck profile starts with a "C" shape at the nut, gradually morphing to a flatter "D" shape at the heel. The fretboard's compound-radius (9.5"–14") enhances playability further. If you love vintage Strat tone, but prefer a modern feel, the American Elite Stratocaster was made for you.
The fourth-generation Noiseless pickups give the American Elite a classic Strat sound without the normal hum and buzz. And for exciting tonal options, the American Elite's S-1 switching gives you 10 total pickup options — which include running all three in series — with the push of a button. Music Experience Strat purists appreciate that Fender built the S-1 switch discreetly into the volume knob for an unmodded, timeless look.
If you're a gigging guitarist (or even if you're not), truss rod adjustments are a fact of life, and the American Elite Stratocaster makes them easier than ever. The truss rod adjustment wheel allows you to insert a small screwdriver, Allen wrench, or other tool to tweak the truss rod.
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.
These easy-grip knobs make on-the-fly volume and tone adjustments a breeze.
Enjoy lightning-fast, easy re-stringing and enhanced playability from the new locking short-post tuning machines. Not only do they provide increased break angle at the nut, they also increase tuning stability.
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Finish||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape||Compound, modern "C" to "D"|
|Fingerboard Inlay||Pearloid dot inlays|
|Number of Frets||22, Medium Jumbo|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||Two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with pop-in arm|
|Tuners||Locking short-post tuning machines|
|Neck Pickup||4th generation Noiseless Single-coil|
|Middle Pickup||4th generation Noiseless Single-coil|
|Bridge Pickup||4th generation Noiseless Single-coil|
|Controls||1 x volume (S-1 switch series/phase configurations), 1 x tone (neck), 1 x tone (middle, bridge), 5-way blade pickup switch|
|Case Included||Elite Hardshell case|
|Manufacturer Part Number||0114001708|