Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker - 3-color Sunburst with Rosewood Fingerboard

6-string Electric Guitar with Select Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Noiseless Single-coil Pickups with Shawbucker Humbucker - 3-color Sunburst
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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
  • Rosewood 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 3-Color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Compound, modern "C" to "D"
Radius 9.5"-14" compound profile
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay 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 0114110700

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The Pinnacle Flagship Strat - Add to Cart

If you're considering buying this mastercrafted modern US Stratocaster, don't hesitate, buy it now. You won't regret it. Fender has merged the beauty and quality of a vintage Strat with none of the quirks and all the modern tech of today's best guitars. This instrument represents years of development making it a flagship player's guitar. You won't need another either. Forget hauling two or three guitars around for different tones. It's extremely versatile. The HSS version gives you added versatility too. In humbucker mode it's the perfect Les Paul or SG sound. Switch to single coil and you have classic Stratocaster or Tele tones. Ten switch modes gives you an array of guitars in between. Locking tuners, stainless hardwear, newly designed neck, electronics, so many modern improvements. Easy to play and sounds incredible. For the price, you can't beat the quality and workmanship. Plays and sounds twice the price. I can't say enough about this fine instrument. I love the Fender Elite Stratocaster. Perfect, 5 stars, highly recommended.

Elite HSS All The Way

I've played many guitars over the years and currently own another Stratocaster as well as a Les Paul in my collection. But I must say, Fender has really out done themselves with this HSS Elite. With this guitar you can virtually put all your other guitars aside and go with just this one. With all the tones and sounds you can create, why keep switching from one guitar to another. I've tried both the rosewood and maple fret board and I've found that the rosewood creates a much softer more solid sound where as the maple will give you a crisper sharper sound that is more in line with what Fender is noted for. I went with the rosewood for the reason I mentioned above, to combine the Stratocaster and Les Paul sounds into one guitar. I truly want to commend Nick Huskins of Sweetwater for the time he spent with me in my guitar making decision. He was very professional and made my buying experience enjoyable. Sweetwater is the only way to go.
Music background: Professional

Fender American Elite HSS

Fender hit a home run on this guitar. It looks and plays like custom shop, the tone and fill is awesome.
Music background: Ive been playing fifty years, cover bands.

Love it ..!!

Love this guitar. The build quality really stands apart from the Standard series and its worth the money. More important was the buying experience and customer service. Robby was very friendly and helpful. Worked with me on the price, inspection and careful packaging and shipping. No second thoughts on where I would buy my instruments if I cant personally go to a store test it out.Thank you Robby, and thank you Sweetwater

I've been reborn

I have finally joined the Straophiles, and my new Strat has far exceeded my expectations. I have owned more than 30 guitars but I never owned a Fender. I loved the Fender amps but I never liked the guitars. My purchase was truly a leap of faith. I was persuaded by the video demos and bought it for the incredible range of sounds. I never expected the amazing playability. I didn’t think anything could compare with the expensive hand crafted guitar that I normally play, but now all I play is this Strat. It’s full of surprises, I love it, and for the price, this guitar is a steal (don’t tell Fender).
Music background: Former professional musician
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