Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Electric Guitar (Rosewood, with Case)

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Kick out high-octane tones with this HSS Strat. Fender's articulate Shawbucker bridge pickup perfectly complements the 4th-generation Noiseless single-coils.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Alder body Light weight with a wide tonal range
Maple neck Bright tone, full sustain and strength
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Fender Shawbucker pickup Created by renowned humbucker builder, Tim Shaw

Mixing modern sound and a plethora of innovative features with traditional visual style, the American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker doesn't just push the envelope -- it completely annihilates it. Designed for modern players who need tonal variety on tap, as well as unprecedented performance and supple playing feel, this top-notch performer delivers every single time you plug it in and play.

This American Elite HSS model combines a powerful Shawbucker open-coil humbucking bridge pickup with the exclusive new fourth 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 reroutes your bridge pickup signal, bypassing the tone circuit. This kicks 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. New locking short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the new genuine bone nut for buzz-free performance read more while 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 redesigned sleek contours that hug the player's body for an enhanced playing experience 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.


- Double cutaway electric guitar
- Two all-new fourth generation Noiseless single-coil Stratocaster pickups; single Shawbucker open-coil humbucking bridge pickup
- Push-push switch enables "passing lane" mode
- Compound profile neck; redesigned contoured neck heel
- 9.5"-14" compound radius fingerboard
- Locking short-post tuning machines; speedy soft-touch control knobs
- Includes redesigned ABS Elite Molded Case with TSA locks
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- 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, 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
- Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
- Position Inlays: Large White 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)
- Bridge: 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm
- Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green (700,710,796), 4-Ply Tortoiseshell (723)
- Pickups: Shawbucker(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-1 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
- Included Accessories: Strap Locks, Pop-in Trem arm, Adjustment wrenches

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-488-1818

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted May 12, 2018 by Michael T in Chula Vista, CA

"Simply Amazing"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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In my 20+ years of playing, I’ve played and owned many Strats. I currently own an American Special, an American Pro, and most recently this American Elite HSS. I also owned a Deluxe a feed years back, and now it looks like Fender has replaced the Deluxe series with the Elite series. This is an all around fantastic guitar. I absolutely love it! You have so many different tonal possibilities thanks to the push switch located on the volume knob which gives you 5 extra pickup configurations with the 5-way switch. You also have a push switch located between the two tone knobs which bypasses the volume and tone knobs and goes straight to the Shawbucker. It’s basically like a built in boost in my opinion. It’s nice to have. You also get the wonderful locking tuners (a must have for all my Strats), and a new dual action truss rod located at the heel of the neck which makes neck adjustments a bit simpler and more efficient. For me, the ALL STAR feature of this model the new neck! All I can say is WOW! It’s the most comfortable neck I’ve ever played. Not just on a Strat, but on any guitar. Period. Most modern Strats come with a C shaped neck. This new Elite model comes equipped with a C shaped neck which morphs into a D shape towards the heel of the neck. I know everyone is different and everyone has different preferences, but for me, it’s amazing! To be honest, I didn’t notice too much of a difference when I initially started playing the guitar. Don’t get me wrong, read more I immediately thought to myself that it was extremely comfortable to play, but I didn’t really think too much as to why that was. I suppose I was more enamored with all of the other feature at first. It wasn’t until a few weeks later, when I picked up my American Pro for the first time since getting the Elite, that I truly noticed a huge difference in the neck feel. My American Pro almost felt foreign to me. It kind of sucks in a way because now I want ALL of my Strats to have the same neck as my Elite. That’s probably the only downside to this guitar. It’s just so wonderful, that it takes a bit of the magic away from my other great guitars. I have to say that my Elite arrived with a fairly decent set up. Which is somewhat rare. Normally when I purchase a new Strat, I have to make several adjustments to make it play comfortably for my preference. However, I didn’t have to make many adjustments with the Elite. It was almost perfect right out of the box. Perhaps I got lucky, I dunno. Anyways, if you’re looking for a higher end guitar, it would behoove you to give this Elite Stratocaster a whirl. I love it and I can honestly say that’s it’s the best Strat that I’ve ever played or owned. For me, it’s absolutely perfect and amazing in every way. I’m extremely happy that I decided to go with this model. Also, a big shout out to zZounds. I’ve been doing business with them for several years, and they never cease to amaze me. These guys are awesome! I mean, where else can you get top quality gear and make payments with ZERO interest? I love them for offering the option to pay for your purchase in installments! They also don’t seem extremely picky about the people they approve. Back when my credit was shot, I had been turned down by every credit card company and every music store that offered credit. Then I discovered zZounds and they approved me instantly for a $1500 purchase with 12-month installments. I was shocked! Ever since then, it’s been a match made in heaven and I only deal with them exclusively. I recommend them to everyone! I can’t thank you enough zZounds.

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