Fender American Elite Stratocaster - Mystic Black with Maple Fingerboard

6-string Electric Guitar with Select Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Noiseless Single-coil Pickups - Mystic Black
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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 Mystic Black
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 0114002710

Customer Reviews

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A real Elite instrument!!

I own an American Standard strat and the one big difference is the neck. The neck feels the same in the first frets and once you start playing up it flattens out and it feels real comfortable to play. Its so subtle you dont even notice it. Color is awesome sparkly and not overly done. Action low and playable as soon as I got it. There are a lot of tone options im still exploring but loving it. Pickups are really quiet compared to my CS 69 pickups. You can add some gain to these pups. Overall always great experience buying a guitar with SW.

Great guitar

So I originally got an American Special HSS. I was quite disappointed in the lack of tuning stability and I ended up exchanging it for the Elite. I'm a recreational player who has never owned really great guitars, but this definitely qualifies as one! You could hand this to a professional and they could go do a gig with it right out of the box as everything about this instrument is superb. The action is low and playable with minimal to no fret buzz. The locking tuners work like a charm and are easy to use. The tremolo is extremely smooth and creates no tuning issues whatsoever. The S-1 switching is a lot of fun as it gives you access to new tones. The new neck shape feels fantastic. It you're in the market for a Strat, this is probably the one to get.
Music background: lifelong hobbyist guitar player

Superb Instrument

I am blown away by this guitar. First thing was to change out the strings to a set of Gibson Vintage nickel wounds 10-46. This required a lot of tightening of the tremolo block springs, some truss adjustment and then, of course, the pickup adjustments. Now, all together to my liking, this baby sings! The S1 switch paired with the 4th generation noiseless pickups is very impressive. I'm getting some blues tones through my Vox AC-15 that I haven't been able to get from my SG Standard or Epiphone LP Standard. (I know, get the Gibson LP!) I am really impressed by the C to D transition of the neck. Wait until you play up and down for a while. You will appreciate this new design. The body contour is certainly deeper now and I like it. I worried that it might thin down the tone a bit but I can't hear anything other than a nice, full sound from the Alder tonewood. Definitely go for the Elite if you are going to buy a Strat. There is really a big difference between the playability of the Elite versus the Standard. I also want to say thank you to Sweetwater for being incredible. I initially ordered the 3-Color Sunburst. When I received the guitar, I really didn't care for the grain and a bird's eye on the neck. I always seem to end-up with black guitars, so Sweetwater had no problem, at all, and shipped a replacement (Mystic Black) post-haste. I'm much more comfortable with the look of this guitar. The Sunburst was beautiful, don't get me wrong. I just don't feel so comfortable with my guitar looking like a piece of furniture. On the other hand, my Taylor - That should look like a wood instrument and it does. Anyway, get this Strat if you are on the fence. These new pickups and neck design will blow you away. A powerful statement from Fender.
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars