Fender American Elite Stratocaster - 3-Color Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard

6-string Electric Guitar with Select Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Noiseless Single-coil Pickups - 3-color Sunburst
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Timeless Style Updated for the 21st Century

Over a dozen new innovations, such as 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 comfortable compound-radius neck 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 Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Fender Stratocaster: the look and sound of rock 'n' roll
  • Fourth-generation Fender noiseless pickups with S-1 switching
  • 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.

Fourth-generation Fender noiseless pickups with S-1 switching

Fourth-generation noiseless pickups give the American Elite the classic Strat sound without the hum and buzz. And for exciting tonal options, the American Elite's S-1 switching gives you 10 total pickup options - which include running all three in series - with the push of a button. Sweetwater Strat purists appreciate that Fender built the S-1 switch discreetly into the volume knob for an unmodded, timeless look.

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 Electric Guitar Features:
  • Fender noiseless single-coil pickups (4th generation)
  • S-1 switch provides 10 pickup options for exciting new tones
  • 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!

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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 Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Black 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 Fourth generation Noiseless single-coil
Controls 1 x volume (S-1 push switch), 2 x tone, 5-way blade pickup switch
Strings Fender USA NPS, 9-42
Case Included Elite molded hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 0114002700

Customer Reviews

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Simply the best i've ever tried

I have tried a lot of custom shop and vintage stratocasters, but no one did better then this. It's simply the best, a work of art. It plays better than any fender, the neck joint is awesome, the C to D is also a wonderfull ideia. The pick-ups deserves a book to explain them, they are not trying to copy any of the previous pick-ups from the past, they just sound like awesome fender single coil (the problem of the previous noiseless doesn't exists anymore). The S-1 switch i don´t use very much, for me, the good point is that they sound like a humbucker when you put them in series, but it has nothing to do with gibson's, Seymour Duncan or whatever, they sound life fender, trully original. So, if you want a stratocaster that does it all and play better than you can dream about, prepare your wallet!
Music background: BLUES-FUNK-ROCK N' ROLL

The best guitar

The best guitar

Ultimate Rock n Roll Icon

Began my pursuit of the modern Stratocaster rendition of the iconic 50's& 60's rock and roll guitar in May 2016. Started with reviews on Sweetwater site. Researched Fender site. Looked at Asian and Mex Strats but wasn't exactly where I wanted to land. Then looked at American Special and was almost sold and then I looked at the American Standard and was almost sold. AND then I compared them with the American Elite and decision was finalized. Nothing was really wrong with either the Special or the Standard, but as I went up the food chain for what each level offered in features for a small increase in price over the other, I was sold on the Elite. Locking tuners, compound C/D neck, S-1 switching, gen 4 noiseless pick-ups, easy trussrod adjustment, improved tremolo bridge----I was done! All of these features are definitely worth the price upgrade. You can't get a better iconic Strat with out going to the Fender Custom Shop. The Elite is affordable with Sweetwater and playability is great. I was so impressed that I am on waiting list for another Elite.I deem it that good. Thanks to my personal sales engineer Jeff Jent for his guitar expertise guidance.
Music background: Trumpet for years. Re-uniting with the guitar after years away.

Home Run

Fender hit it out with this one. Everything I've ever wanted in a modern Strat. New neck is smooth and comfortable. Trem system stays in tune well. New noiseless pickups sound amazing, especially on a clean channel. I've got nothing but high praise for this guitar. Love the finish and the locking strap buttons are a nice touch. And the setup was great right out of the box as expected.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars