Fender American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster HSS [1998-2003]
Fender American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster HSS [1998-2003]

American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster HSS [1998-2003], STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Stratocaster series.

iamqman 08/08/2011

Fender American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster HSS [1998-2003] : iamqman's user review

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Fender is a great American classic guitar. They have been building guitars for more than half a century. These guitars have been played by almost every musician in the world at one time or another. Fender has a reputation of soul and quality when it comes to there equipment. They have a great deal of respect by the brightest and the best in the business. They have been played all over the world from beginner learning guitar players to the best professionals in the world. The Fender Stratocaster is easily the most recognized guitar and one for the most versatile guitars in the world.


Body Select Alder
Neck Maple, Modern “C” Shape, Satin Urethane Finish
Fingerboard Maple or Rosewood, Compound Radius 9.5” – 14”
Scale Length 25.5" (648 mm)
No. of Frets 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
Width @ Nut 1.6875" (43 mm)
Machine Heads

Fender® Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Locking Tuning Machines

1 Fender Atomic™ Humbucking Pickup (Bridge); 2 New Noiseless™ N3 Strat® Pickups (Neck/Middle)
Pickup Switching

5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1™ (See Switching Function diagram for details); “Passing Lane” Switch - instantly routes your signal from any pickup position to the bridge position with the tone circuit bypassed.

Master Volume (with S-1™ Switch), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. No-Load Tone Control (Middle and Bridge Pickups)
Pickguard 3-Ply Mint Green On 3 color sunburst
Bridge Fender Deluxe 2 Point Synchronized Tremolo
Unique Features

Compound Radius Fretboard, New Noiseless™ N3 Strat® Pickups (Neck/Mid), Atomic Humbucking Pickup (bridge), Reconfigured S-1 Switching, Locking Tuning Machines, Contoured Heel


The tone from this guitar is very good. This guitar is one fine classic instrument. It can get beefy with the humbuckers and lighten it up for some single coil action. This is an extremely versatile guitar with the 5 way selector and humbucking and single coil operation. You will still need to replace all of these pickups in this guitar as they are garbage. I suggest using Seymour Duncans as I have found good use of those pickups in all my guitars. They aren't boutique but they sound just as good in my opinion.

My two favorite wood combos are the Alder with Maple and the Alder with Maple and Ebony fret board. This fortunately has the first which is the best wood combination out there. I understand the need and desire for exotic woods and the allure for how beautiful they are, but when it just to straight players guitars needing to rock then there really isn't anything more simple and better than an Alder body and a Maple neck....perhaps a one piece alder body.


You can pic these guitars up new for right at around $850, which is even less than the three single hums. This is a great price for an American made Fender Stratocatser HSS guitar. You get a wealth of versatility with this pickup setup. The added humbucker is a plus to this guitar and adds a great amount of depth tot he versatility.