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October 13, 2021

Fender American Elite Series

Built for the Pursuit

When you have an intense passion for playing guitar, just any old axe isn't going to cut it. Enter the Fender American Elite Series. As premium production model instruments, the American Elites combine traditional Fender aesthetics with enhanced electronics and build quality for an unmatched playing experience. Comfortably play in every position on the neck thanks to the compound-radius fretboard. Explore your tonal options with the S-1 switching system on guitars, or switchable active/passive electronics on the basses. Easily reach the highest frets with the cutaway neck heel. Any way you look at it, the American Elites have what you need to play your best.

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Don't let your instrument hold back your playing -- pick up a Fender American Elite Series guitar today!

American Elite Stratocaster

American Elite Stratocaster
Features:
• Alder body; maple neck
• Three 4th-generation Noiseless single-coil Stratocaster pickups
• S-1 switching for even more tonal versatility
• 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
• Available with rosewood or maple fretboard

American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker

American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker
Features:
• Alder body; maple neck
• Two 4th-generation Noiseless single-coil Stratocaster pickups; one Shawbucker open-coil humbucking bridge pickup
• S-1 switching for even more tonal versatility
• Push-push switch enables "passing lane" mode, which engages the bridge pickup and bypasses the tone controls
• 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
• Available with rosewood or maple fretboard

American Elite Stratocaster, Left-Handed

American Elite Stratocaster Left-Handed
Features:
• Alder body; maple neck
• Three 4th generation Noiseless single-coil Stratocaster pickups
• S-1 switching for even more tonal versatility
• 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
• Available with rosewood or maple fretboard

American Elite Telecaster

American Elite Telecaster
Features:
• Alder body (Ash body with Tobacco Sunburst & Butterscotch Blonde finshes); maple neck
• Two 4th-generation Noiseless single-coil Telecaster pickups
• S-1 switching switches between parallel and series pickup wiring
• Compound profile neck; redesigned contoured neck heel
• 9.5"-14" compound-radius fingerboard
• Locking short-post tuning machines
• Includes redesigned ABS Elite Molded Case with TSA locks
• Available with rosewood or maple fretboard

American Elite Telecaster Thinline

American Elite Telecaster Thinline
Features:
• Semi-hollow ash body; maple neck and fretboard
• Two 4th generation Noiseless single-coil Telecaster pickups
• S-1 switching switches between parallel and series pickup wiring
• Suspension bridge -- screwless mount for nearly endless sustain
• Compound profile neck; redesigned contoured neck heel
• 9.5"-14" compound-radius fingerboard
• Locking short-post tuning machines
• Includes redesigned ABS Elite Molded Case with TSA locks

American Elite Precision Bass

American Elite Precision Bass
Features:
• Alder or Ash body (finish dependent); maple neck
• Elite Precision Bass & 4th-generation Noiseless Jazz Bass pickups
• Active electronics with 3-band EQ, pan pot and master volume; switchable to passive
• Compound profile neck; redesigned contoured neck heel
• 9.5"-14" compound-radius fingerboard
• Fender "F" light-weight vintage-paddle tuners with tapered shafts
• Includes redesigned ABS Elite molded case with TSA locks
• Available with rosewood or maple fretboard

American Elite Jazz Bass

American Elite Jazz Bass
Features:
• Alder or Ash body (finish dependent); maple neck
• 4th-generation Noiseless Jazz Bass pickups
• Active electronics with 3-band EQ, pan pot and master volume; switchable to passive
• Compound profile neck; redesigned contoured neck heel
• 9.5"-14" compound-radius fingerboard with block inlays
• Fender "F" light-weight vintage-paddle tuners with tapered shafts
• Includes redesigned ABS Elite molded case with TSA locks
• Available with rosewood or maple fretboard

American Elite V Jazz Bass

American Elite V Jazz Bass
Features:
• Alder or Ash body (finish dependent); maple neck
• 4th-generation 5-string Noiseless Jazz Bass pickups
• Active electronics with 3-band EQ, pan pot and master volume; switchable to passive
• Compound profile neck; redesigned contoured neck heel
• 9.5"-14" compound-radius fingerboard with block inlays
• Fender "F" light-weight vintage-paddle tuners with tapered shafts
• Includes redesigned ABS Elite molded case with TSA locks
• Available with rosewood or maple fretboard

American Elite Series Features

• 4th-Generation Noiseless Pickups:
Love the single-coil tone but could do without the 60-cycle hum? These fourth generation Noiseless pickups produce the crystal-clean, bell-like tones that you know and have fallen in love with over the years -- without the noise. So go ahead, stomp on that overdrive pedal and let your guitar rip without the annoying hum.

• American Elite Neck:
Starting as a modern C-shape at the nut, this neck flattens out to a D-shape toward the heel. Bust out your most intricate chords and seamlessly transition to a ripping lead while maintaining the same level of comfort throughout the length of the neck.

• American Elite Neck Heel:
This contoured neck heel allows for incredibly comfortable playing in the upper registers of your neck. Feel free to let your solo rip without any of the discomfort of a squared neck heel.

• S-1 Switching System (guitars only):
Even though these Strats and Teles are equipped with their standard 5-way or 3-way switch, respectively, the S-1 switching system enhances the tonal possibilities of each guitar. Depending on the guitar model, you can switch between various pickup combinations, wiring schemes, and more.

• Truss Rod Adjustment Wheel:
Easily adjust neck relief without taking off any strings, or without the strings getting in the way of adjustment at the headstock.

• "All Short Post" Tuners (guitars only):
These locking tuners all have short posts, hence the name -- allowing for an increased break angle and enhanced tuning stability.