800-ZZOUNDS (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 20L-MYZ2
close [x]
Hours of Operation (EST)
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 7:30AM - 11:30PM
  • Sat, Sun 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Free shipping on every order: no minimum, no exclusions. Fast 2-day shipping: free on 90% of orders.

Rating and Reviews: Fender Elite Stratocaster

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

User Ratings
Ease of Use
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
| | |

"Simply Amazing" submitted May 12, 2018

By Michael T in Chula Vista, CA
Ease of Use
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Back to Product Information
zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Overall: 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, 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.
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 20L-MYZ2. Llame Gratis en Español: 844-432-7449
Lunes-Domingo de 9AM a 7PM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Follow zZounds on:
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2019, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as you Pay® installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as you Pay® plans.

zZounds payment plans details »

2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. Nobody Beats zZounds‘ Fast & Free Shipping

At zZounds, we know you want your gear fast, and shipped to you free of charge. That‘s why we have absolutely free ground shipping on every single order shipped within the continental United States. This includes heavy and oversized items. No minimum purchase required. No exclusions. We also ship over 90% of our orders with FREE 2-day shipping. We pull it all off with our strategically placed, coast-to-coast warehouses.

zZounds.com shipping details »

4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $59+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay® checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
no minimum

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
close [x]

A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!