Fender American Elite Stratocaster
Fender American Elite Stratocaster

American Elite Stratocaster, STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the American Elite series.

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[NAMM] Fender American Elite Stratocasters

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Fender introduces new models of guitars and basses in their American Elite series, including of course new Stratocasters.

A replacement for the American Deluxe series, American Elite instruments are growing popular and Fender enriches their rosters with several new models to be introduced at the NAMM, among which these new Stratocaster models.

Announced as "an entirely new breed of guitar designed for 21st-century players who constantly push the envelope", the American Elite Stratocaster indeed features over a dozen new innovations (including all-new fourth generation Noiseless single-coil Stratocaster pickups, compound profile neck, redesigned contoured neck heel for improved upper register access, and S1 switch to activate alternate wiring options for even more tonal variations), all while keeping the traditional appearance of the legendary model.



  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster


  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
  • Neck Shape: Compound Back Shape, Modern "C" to "D"
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood or Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Large Pearloid Dots
  • Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable
  • Truss Rod Nut: Heel-Mounted Spoke Wheel Adjustment


  • Bridge Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Middle Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Neck Pickup: New 4th Generation Noiseless
  • Controls: Master Volume (with S-1 switch), Tone 1 (Neck Pickup), Tone 2 (Middle and Bridge Pickups; No-Load Tone control)
  • 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
  • Configuration: SSS


  • Bridge: 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking (all short posts)
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
  • Control Knobs: Aged White Soft Touch Knobs
  • Switch Tip: Aged White
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Asymmetrical
  • Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)


  • Case/Gig Bag: Elite Molded Case

A left-handed version will also be released (in a 3-color sunburst finish only, compared with 8 available finishes for the right-handed model), and both version are announced at an MSRP of $1,799.

Fender American Elite Stratocaster


Fender American Elite Stratocaster LH : AmElStratLH

 The American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker is a humbucker-equipped variation on the classic Stratocaster model. Equipped with a Shawbucker double-coil pickup in the bridge position, it is available in four different finishes (but no left-handed version is announced).

It also will retail for the same $1,799 price tag.

Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker


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