Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker - Mystic Black with Maple Fingerboard

6-string Electric Guitar with Select Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Noiseless Single-coil Pickups with Shawbucker Humbucker - Mystic Black
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Timeless Style Updated for the 21st Century

Over a dozen new innovations, like fourth-generation noiseless pickups and high-mass, full-sustain saddles, conspire to make the American Elite Stratocaster one of the best modern Strats for the money. The classic tone cocktail of an alder body and maple neck provides the same punch, bite, and twang that built Fender's empire, but the expanded 10-way S-1 pickup switching system and onboard Shawbucker humbucker with Passing Lane boost will give even veteran Strat players reason to upgrade. Fender's tremolo system is also better than ever for the American Elite, with a smoother response and a copper-infused bridge plate to help fight tuning slippage.

Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Fender Stratocaster: the look and sound of rock 'n' roll
  • Two noiseless single-coils plus a Shawbucker humbucker for versatile tone options
  • No-slip tremolo bridge adds texture to chords and leads
Fender Stratocaster: the look and sound of rock 'n' roll

The Fender Stratocaster has helped shape the sound of rock 'n' roll for the past 60 years, from psychedelia and surf rock to punk rock and metal. The Fender American Elite carries on that tradition today with the classic build players love - a comfortable, lightweight alder body and fast maple neck for superior tone and playability - with over a dozen new innovations to continue to inspire great music for the next generation.

Two noiseless single-coils plus a Shawbucker humbucker for versatile tone options

Sweetwater Fender fanatics are impressed with the arsenal of tones found in this Strat. Fourth-generation noiseless single-coils give the American Elite the classic Strat sound without the hum and buzz. And for a gutsier tone, the onboard Shawbucker bridge humbucker, created by Fender pickup guru Tim Shaw, delivers vintage-inspired heft and thickness. The American Elite's S-1 switching gives you 10 total pickup options - which include running all three pickups in series - with the push of a button. And when you need a boost, a Passing Lane button near the tone pot connects the Shawbucker directly to the output jack for mind-melting leads.

No-slip tremolo bridge adds texture to chords and leads

The quintessential Fender tremolo is now even better. The American Elite moves from shimmery chords to distinct vibrato and beyond with a natural response that won't strain your hand. You can dive-bomb confidently thanks to a set of locking tuners on one end and a high-mass, copper-infused bridge plate on the other to help fight tuning slippage.

Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar Features:
  • Fender noiseless single-coil pickups (4th generation) in neck and middle positions
  • Shawbucker bridge humbucker delivers vintage-styled beefiness
  • S-1 switching provides 10 pickup options for exciting new tones
  • Passing Lane button bypasses tone and volume pots for controlled chaos
  • Select alder body for light weight and a punchy, balanced sound
  • C-shaped compound maple neck with a fast satin finish and heel contour
  • Maple fretboard provides a woody tone and quick response
  • Tremolo bridge adds texture to chords and leads
  • High-mass saddles for added chime and sustain
  • Locking tuners for tuning stability and quick string changes
  • Includes strap locks, pop-in trem arm, and adjustment wrenches
Unlock your playing potential with the Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Color Mystic Black
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Compound, modern "C" to "D"
Radius 9.5"-14" compound profile
Fingerboard Material Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Large black pearloid dot inlays
Number of Frets 22, medium jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.685"
Nut Material Synthetic bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with pop-in arm
Tuners Locking short-post tuning machines
Neck Pickup Fourth generation Noiseless single-coil
Middle Pickup Fourth generation Noiseless single-coil
Bridge Pickup Shawbucker open-coil humbucker
Controls 1 x volume (S-1 push switch), 2 x tone, 5-way blade pickup switch, push-push "passing lane" bypass mode button
Strings Fender USA NPS, 9-42
Case Included Elite molded hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 0114112710

Customer Reviews

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Awesome guitar

I made right the decision on Fender Elitemail as my next guitar.

Better than expected

I've never spent this much on a guitar and kept telling myself I was crazy for ordering it online. Based on previous reviews, I expected great customer service and a great product, but my expectations were exceeded. Thank you Josh Strid for personally confirming my order and offering to help/answer questions over the phone and via e-mail. This is more than an instrument, it is a sacred artifact that I will cherish my entire life.

Everything I hoped for and more!

Love this guitar! The lace sensor pickups are phenomenal and the shawbucker humbucker is the icing on the cake. I have an 89' American standard strat, which I love, but can't stand the noisy pickups when I crank it up. My bands style ranges from funk to hard rock and I needed something to cover all bases. This is the answer. I'm actually considering selling my other guitars!

Just Buy It

Don't think about it just do it. I own many top shelf guitars and love them all but I can say that this is the finest Stratocaster ever made by Fender. I own a Les Paul Custom, a 1974 Strat, an american made Tele, amongst other guitars. There has never been a guitar this versatile, with this many tones available in one guitar. No need to haul multiple guitars to gigs anymore, just grab this. Perfect set up right out of the box. Yup, it took me three years of looking at it before I jumped and boy am I glad I did.

Custom Shop Strat @ American Elite Price!

This is the finest guitar I've ever owned and I've owned an ES-339, an American Deluxe Strat, a PRS Custom 24, a TVL Jazzmaster, and an American Elite Telecaster Thinline among others. I'm sure you've perused the specs on this thing, but if you haven't picked one up and played it, then you haven't lived! This thing is an awesome tone monster. The number of tone combinations you can come up with in this guitar is unbelievable and the Shawbucker just puts it over the top! Top this off with the best Noiseless Pickups that I've ever heard. As a matter of fact, these are the only noiseless pickups I've ever liked! You can play anything on this guitar with the right amp. I run mine through my Hot Rod DeVille ML 212 and Quilter MP200 and I play the gaumet - Blues, Jazz, Punk, Rockabilly, Rock - everything but Metal, but I guarantee you I can shred through my ML 212 no problem. I cannot say enough good things about this guitar. Locking short post tuners, compound C to D neck, compound 9.50 to 14 radius, 4th Gen Noiseless pickups, Shawbucker, S-1 swwitch, No Load Tone Control, Passing Lane switch... If you want one guitar that covers it all and does it great, then you want this guitar! And if you want the best customer service ever, then you MUST buy it from Sweetwater. I buy everything from them, unless they don't carry it. 5 stars to Sweetwater as well!
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