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Fender American Elite Stratocaster - Mystic Black with Maple Fingerboard Reviews

5.0 stars based on 3 customer reviews
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  • from San Antonio, TX March 25, 2017

    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.

  • from Myrtle Beach, SC October 21, 2016Music Background:
    lifelong hobbyist guitar player

    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.

  • from West Palm Beach, FL February 15, 2016

    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.

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