Many of us here are smitten with the 2006 Fender American Deluxe Strat. Sure, Fender makes a shockingly diverse line of instruments, but this one just oozes some special mojo all its own. Everything starts with a sleek, supple select alder body finished in Olympic White Pearl. Several layers of polyurethane make this instrument gleam like a jewel, particularly when you’re up on stage. There are three Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Strat pickups mounted on the tortoiseshell pickguard and a deluxe 2-point synchronized tremolo with a special pop-in arm.
The 1-piece maple neck is a Fender trademark, though other companies have started using maple necks during the past few decades. It’s finished in a satin polyurethane, which many players prefer today and has the classic “C” shape, a maple fingerboard, and real abalone dot inlays. The one thing that really sets this instrument apart is the onboard S-1 switching. Naturally you get access to the Strat’s five signature sounds, but push down on the volume control and you’ll have access to five additional sounds with new pickup combinations and circuitry that helps makes this guitar one of the most versatile on the planet. Comes with a Fender hardshell case.