The Fender 2016 American Elite Stratocaster MN Electric Guitar in Olympic Pearl combines classic Strat-style with modern appointments - as well as some cleverly executed improvements -, to create a USA-built dream. Whether you're new to the guitar, or have many years experienced under your fingertips, the Stratocaster is a model that has been at the top of its game for decades, and when you play one, you'll instantly appreciate why.
Classic Strat Style
The body is shaped to the instantly recognisable double-cutaway Strat design, with smooth curves that have made this iconic instrument so comfortable to play for so many years. The American Elite series models are crafted using alder, a lightweight and tonally balanced wood that Fender has favoured in the production of Strats for decades. The body has been given an Olympic Pearl finish, which is protected by a layer of gloss polyurethane, guaranteeing resilience in the face of changes in humidity and/or temperature (perfect for those looking for an ideal touring partner).
Redesigned Neck Profile
If you've ever played a Strat, chances are you'll already appreciate how joyful they are to glide along, thanks in no small part to the slender and accommodating feel of the modern "C" profile. Fender have taken this comfortable playing feel a step further by creating the modern "D" profile, which extends the slender shape all the way along the neck. This meets the updated neck heel, which partners beautifully with the double-cutaway body profile to guarantee easy access to each and every fret.
Double-Action Truss Rod
The double-action truss rod can be easily accessed via the thumbwheel at the base of the fingerboard, allowing you to make adjustments as you please to aid in setting your desired string action precisely, whilst optimising intonation. At the top of the neck the synthetic bone nut partners up well with the deluxe cast/sealed locking tuners to uphold tuning integrity throughout the most enthusiastic of performances. The silky smooth, single-piece maple neck is paired with a sumptuous 22-fret maple fingerboard, and black dot position inlays guide your way in style.
N4 Noiseless Pickups
The newly designed N4 Noiseless pickups are exclusive to the American Elite series, combining the best of both worlds - vintage tones with modern performance. Whether you're performing bright and lively country, hard and heavy rock, smooth blues chops - you get the idea -, the Noiseless pickups translates the textured timbre of the tonewoods without unwanted hum, so you're left with a pristine output.
Control comes in the form of a five-way pickup selector switch that allows each pickup to be selected individually, or create neck/middle and middle/bridge combinations for a fuller tone. There is a master volume pot with a S-1TM switch, as well as a neck tone pot, and a middle and bridge tone pot with no-load circuitry that enables you to dial back the highs, without introducing unwanted low-end to the signal for a tighter-sounding output.
The body carries the 2-point deluxe synchronised tremolo with pop-in arm, which creates a seamless connection between the strings and body for optimised intonation and sustain, as well as smooth vibrato control. Each model is supplied with an Elite moulded case to protect your new pride and joy, whether it remains at home or travels the world with you. As if that wasn't enough, Fender has included strap locks, a deluxe leather strap, a 10-foot cable, and adjustment wrenches with every model.
Manufacturer Fender Model 2016 American Elite Stratocaster MN Electric Guitar Body Material Alder Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Maple Pickup Configuration SSS Bridge Tremolo Neck Profile Compound Back Shape, Modern "C" to "D" No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Black Dots Tuners Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking Bridge/Tailpiece 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm Active/Passive Passive Pickups Neck/Middle/Bridge: New 4th Generation Noiseless Controls Master Volume (with S-1TM switch) Tone 1 (Neck Pickup) Tone 2 (Middle and Bridge Pickups No-Load Tone control) Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup Position 3. Middle Pickup Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup Position 5. Neck Pickup Finish Olympic Pearl Included Accessories Elite Moulded Case Strap Locks Deluxe Leather Strap 10 foot cable Pop-in Trem arm Adjustment wrenches
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