Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker - Olympic Pearl with Maple Fingerboard

6-string Electric Guitar with Select Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Noiseless Single-coil Pickups with Shawbucker Humbucker - Olympic Pearl
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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 Olympic Pearl
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 0114112723

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Excellent Player

I've played Strats for a very long time and I always seem to come back to them. I've owned many Strats & I have to say this is the nicest one yet. I've owned 2 American Deluxe models & was a bit bummed when Fender discontinued that model but I can absolutely attest to the fact that this model is better. Nicer neck, better pickups, nicer finish and much better truss rod system. The days of searching for the right allen wrench are over. All you need now is a phillips head screw driver to adjust it and you're set. I can't recommend this guitar enough! Again I'd like to thank my sales engineer Mark Chapman & Sweetwater for really caring about their customers & offering outstanding deals on anything in the musical realm that you could ever want. I'm a Sweetwater customer for life.
5/5

Amazing Guitar, and Amazing Service!

I had my old MIM fender strat stolen a while back, and decided to save up enough money to purchase this bad boy. I started playing with it, and I've got to say, this is the most comfortable feeling and best sounding guitar I've ever played! Huge thumbs up to Sweetwater, my sales engineer Mark Chapman, and the Setup crew who made this thing play perfect right out of the box!!
Music background: Church, 8 years
5/5

Best Strat or any guitar...ever!

I just did a count. In the last 15 years, I have bought, sold and returned 27 electric guitars in my quest for finding the right one. This is simply the best strat I have ever owned (and I have owned many). The neck is super comfortable, the pickups are outstanding and the button to over-ride all tone and volume straight to the humbucker is awesome! I could not recommend this guitar enough. What a find. I am afraid that my Les Paul and PRS is going to be listed on eBay soon. Thanks Ryan, my Sweetwater Engineer, for the awesome deal and fast shipping!
Music background: Rock, Blues
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars