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Guitar Of The Day

Fender has created a whole lot of awesome guitars. But oddly enough, they’ve never produced anything quite like the new Deluxe Power Strat. First off, you’ll be pleased at its affordable Sweetwater price, but that’s just for starters. See, this new Strat has the popular HSS (humbucker/single-coil/single-coil) pickup combination, which many players feel is the most versatile, since you can go from a slinky “out-of-phase” sound, to an SRV-flavored blues tone using the single-coil neck pickup or go all out with a screaming solo sound using the bridge humbucker. And for your more sensitive side (hey, we know you have one), you can dial in a surprisingly credible acoustic guitar sound by using the onboard Fishman Power Bridge piezo pickup.

It all starts like any other Strat, with a lightweight alder body. Nothing special there. The trademark Fender maple neck has a comfortable modern “C” shape and a traditional rosewood fingerboard. Still no surprises. But then you see that the Power Strat has a brown tortoiseshell pickguard, which is definitely breaking out of the classic Fender mold. And then you spot that humbucker in the bridge position. Yup, your blood pressure just shot up about 50 points. Pick this guitar up and start to play. Sounds like a really nice Strat with the added bonus of that bridge humbucker, plus those two slightly hotter Tex-Mex single coils in the neck and middle positions. But now we’re going to make your day, because lurking under that deceptively normal-looking tremolo tailpiece is the Fishman 6-saddle Power Bridge piezo pickup. It may surprise you to know that this is actually the very first Strat to offer this particular feature.

Add it all up: Affordable, versatile pickup configurations, superbly playable…seems Fender has another winner on its hands. The best part is that you can call today and order one for your own two hands. It even includes free shipping!

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