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

The American Elite Strat represents a refined interpretation of the Fender legacy. The Shawbucker perfectly complements the 4th generation Noiseless pickups. (3) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Features: What it does for you:
Alder body Light weight with a wide tonal range
Maple neck Bright tone, full sustain and strength
Fender Shawbucker pickup Created by renowned humbucker builder, Tim Shaw
Fender 4th Generation Noiseless Pickups Single-coil tone free of unwanted hum

Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS

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 fourth generation Noiseless pickups, which represent a quantum leap in pickup design. The 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. Locking short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the genuine bone nut for buzz-free performance while the smooth two-point modern tremolo adds emotive touches to your performance without sacrificing your tuning. In a vintage-inspired touch, the 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, modern string tree, large pearloid fret markers and unique colors this instrument will dazzle the audience with classic aesthetics. The American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker is a bold guitar for progressive players setting out to explore musical frontiers. Includes a redesigned Elite Molded Case with TSA locks to provide increased protection for your cherished instrument.

Features:

- Double cutaway electric guitar
- Two 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: Maple, 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
- Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
- 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)
- 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), 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: Elite Molded Case
- Included Accessories: Strap Locks, Pop-in Trem arm, Adjustment wrenches
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Overall: This is my first American Stratocaster and I’ve gotta say it’s definitely a tone master. I’ve heard complaints that the noiseless pickups just make the guitar sound weak but I definitely disagree. The features on this guitar allow for you to create some cool sounds. The neck of this guitar is extremely comfortable and just makes playing it super easy. This guitar is for mordern players who want to create more tones than just the traditional strat sound. I recommend this guitar for mordern musicians, not for people trying to chase vintage tone. My only complaint is the input on the guitar came unsoldered before ever seeing a gig. Possibly a factory error, who knows? But it was an easy fix. Also you can see where the neck shape changes because the color of the neck (on mine) changes dramatically towards the middle of the neck. Not sure if this was an error in making mine as well or not. Overall I really love this guitar. It is definitely my go to.
Style of Music: Rock, Reggae, Indie, Blues , Folk.
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Overall: At this price I expect a setup that is at least decent, zZounds needs to start inspecting and setting up guitars over a certain price point. I had to pay a local shop to give this guitar a work over because the action was high, tremolo was an 1/8 inch off the body, tuning machines were loose, neck was over bowed, and intonation was way off. I could have done some of it myself but I wanted to make sure nothing else was wrong.After a setup though it was pleasure to play and have no complaints so far. One thing to note, it doesnt seem as though Fender is including a strap and guitar lead with the 2018 model, not a big deal as most have enough leads and straps can be subject to personal tastes. The include hard case doesnt fit as well as a Gibson case, read as the guitar flops around inside if you move it side to side while carrying it closed.
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