Fender Announce New Elite Series

New neck, noisless pick-ups and more. Fender unveil Elite series for 2016…

Fender elite

Fender never disappoint when it comes to new product reveals and this year their appearance at NAMM 2016 has set guitar lovers in a tailspin. With the introduction of the new Fender Elite series of guitars and basses comes a variety of fantastic options, improvements and an all new style of pickups, namely the new Deluxe Noiseless™ Pickups. Here we look at a selection of highlights from the Fender Elite series.

The lowdown

The main changes and upgrades to the Fender elite series include:

  • New Double Action Truss Rod – This means easier access and adjustment, no more messing around. Get the job done quickly and accurately.
  • New Elite Compound Neck Back Shape – an asymmetrical heel volute offers superior comfort and performance and can help reduce playing fatigue.
  • New Cutaway Neck Heel – meaning easier fret access and a more ergonomic feel
  • All New Deluxe Noiseless™ Pickups – the same Fender tone without any hum
  • All new case – new cases included to keep your guitars protected

Here we take a closer look at a selection of the new designs from Fender Elite series.

Fender 2016 American Elite Stratocaster RW Guitar - Tobacco Sunburst

Fender 2016 American Elite Stratocaster RW Guitar – Tobacco Sunburst

Taking over from the Deluxe series, the Fender Elite models provide a host of improvements that will no doubt satisfy purists yet address the needs of the modern player. Made from Alder – a lightweight balanced wood full of tone, like the rest in the series, the Fender 2016 American Elite Stratocaster pictured here in Tobacco Sunburst is very easy to play and less heavy on the shoulder. Equipped with N4 Noiseless pickups which are exclusive to this series, players get that signature Strat tone without the hum regardless of your musical palette. Plus, what’s not to love about that Tobacco Sunburst finish?!

Fender American Elite Tele Thinline MN 3TSB

Fender American Elite Tele Thinline MN 3TSB

The Fender Elite Telecaster guitar is a favourite of country players, right the way to post rock due to its gorgeous clean tones and of course resounding crunch when coupled with a little distortion. New for 2016, the Fender American Elite Thinline Tele, pictured here in 3 tone sunburst includes the new N4 noiseless single coils as well as the new modern compound shape C to D neck which allows for more comfort when busting out those chords in the lower registers.

Fender American Elite Tele RW ACB

Fender American Elite Tele RW ACB

The Fender American Elite Telecaster in Aged Cherry Burst with Rosewood fretboard is a gorgeous addition to the Fender Elite series, not only does it play well with the introduction of the noiseless pickups, but it also just looks awesome. White binding partnered with a gorgeous aged cherry burst finish make this guitar a beauty to behold. Players will also notice buzz free performance thanks to the locking all short-post tuning machines and a more comfortable feel thanks to a deeper, sculpted body contouring.

2016 American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker, Rosewood Fingerboard, Olympic Pearl

2016 American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker RW Olympic Pearl

The N4 Noiseless pickups, exclusive to the American Elite series really sing, especially when Fender have gone and coupled them with a Shawbucker pickup – designed by the legend that is Tim Shaw. Featuring a push-push tone control bypass switch that allows you to bypass the tone controls, the Shawbucker adds a tonal depth to be reckoned with. You have that coveted Fender single coil sound with the added option of really opening up the guitar when you engage the Shawbucker. Go from sweet blues tones to roaring riffs in an instant. The Shawbucker coupled with the N4 noiseless pickups on the Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker is a match made in guitar heaven.

Fender American Elite Precision MN Bass Guitar - Tobacco Sunburst

Fender American Elite Precision MN Bass Guitar – Tobacco Sunburst

The Elite series also includes a range of bass guitars, including this Fender American Elite Precision Bass Guitar with Maple neck. This precision bass has that familiar P Bass look but with a few extra improvements that really change the game. There are a range of different controls at your fingertips allowing you to really take advantage of the N4 noiseless pickups – aside from the master volume pot you have treble boost/cut, bass boost/cut, midrange boost and an active/passive mini-toggle switch to allow for a variety of different tonal styles. However, it’s the inclusion of the mini toggle switch that really sets this Elite series bass apart from it’s predecessors. This toggle allows you to switch from a passive output to a glowing 18V active EQ powered output in an instant. It’s your perfect bass sound every time.

View the new Fender Elite series of guitars and basses here.

About Lee Glynn

Lee Glynn is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Liverpool, England. After moving to the UK from Perth, Australia, Lee enjoyed a successful career as guitarist in Liverpool based rock band Sound of Guns.
After releasing two albums, a myriad of EP’s/singles and touring extensively around the world for 6 years including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, as well as the coveted Reading & Leeds Festivals, Lee decided it was a time for a change of scenery.

Utilising his experience in music journalism, Lee now works within the web team at Dawsons Music, where he can still relay his passion for music by producing great content for the Dawsons blog and social media. Lee is still an avid guitar player and writer.

Here are some fun facts:

  • Before moving to the UK, Lee used to host a radio show in Australia at the age of 18. Lee presented the unsigned bands segment at Twin Cities FM in Perth, WA.
  • Sound Of Guns enjoyed a short but successful career in music with many of their songs being used in television adverts, sports channels and the extremely successful videos Road Bike Party and We are Not Crazy We are Amazing.
  • He also can’t play bar chords due to an accident so learned to play power chords by studying Black Sabbath songs and Tony Iommi’s playing style.