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Guitar of the Day: Fender American Deluxe Strat Plus

The Strat’s history shows it to be one of the most modded, hot-rodded, deconstructed, and reconstructed electric guitars, especially the electronics. There are enough wiring diagrams, after-market products, and urban legend available on this topic to fill the remainder of your spare time. Thank you, Fender, for helping all of us tweakers realize our dreams faster, easier, and more efficiently with the American Deluxe Strat Plus (in this case in the stunning Mystic 3-color Sunburst)! Even if you’ve never considered modifying a guitar’s electronics, this is a great way to see what all the fuss is about with no special skills or tools required. Fender’s latest Strat offering accomplishes this in two ways; fully solder-less electronics and “personality cards” that pop into the back of the guitar in less than 30 seconds.

“Fully solder-less” is exactly that, no soldering required. Hallelujah! Electronic modifications to the guitar can be made cleaner and faster than ever. Anyone who has ever slaved over a hot soldering iron trying to get that last wire on a tone pot knows exactly how tedious wiring a guitar can be. The American Deluxe Strat Plus makes wiring mods a breeze.

Fender’s personality cards are even easier to use; they simply pop into an easy-access compartment located on the back of the guitar. Personality cards actually change the functions of the guitar’s switch and volume and tone controls. All American Deluxe Strat Plus guitars come with three color-coded cards, each with different wiring configurations. The first card provides traditional Strat wiring. The second card, called “Cutter,” turns the Strat’s two tone controls into master treble and bass controls. The “Blender” card turns the middle tone control into a master tone and the bottom tone control into a pickup blend control, mixing in the bridge or neck pickup in positions two, four, and five for even more tonal options. Additionally, the Cutter and Blender cards have DIP switches that allow you to activate a treble-bleed volume mod and to change the treble cut of the tone knob.

Does that quench your Strat thirst? No? Then how about N3 Noiseless pickups with classic Strat tone, a compound-radius fretboard, and a “modern C” profile neck to round out the feature set? If that’s not enough, then take a look at the Mystic 3-Color Sunburst’s finish, with its “you-have-to-see-it sparkle in the color.

Fender’s American Deluxe Strat Plus — Mystic 3-Color Sunburst is far from “just another Strat.” It’s an invitation to Strat-mod nirvana.

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