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Fender Deluxe Stratocaster HSS - Blizzard Pearl with Maple Fingerboard Reviews

5.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from Ohio May 28, 2017Music Background:
    30 years mostly acoustic


    First, I LOVE working with Sweetwater. For three years I have purchased products only here. Thanks Greg S. for the consistent, personal service! I think this is a beautiful guitar. The color, finish, feel is unmatched. I have a standard Tele, Strat, and Coronado. On this Deluxe I noticed how much better the neck feels: smooth, comfortable, butter! The addition of the humbucker - with the coil tap - just adds so much versatility. I customized an option of adding a blend switch to blend the humbucker in positions 4&5. I play country and jazz and love the sound I get from this guitar!

  • from Michigan May 25, 2017Music Background:
    rock, alt rock, folk, church band

    wicked awesome gitfiddle

    This guitar is one of the best I've ever owned. It's got a wide variety of tonal options, what with the single coil pups and the humbucker. Add the coil split feature and you've got quite the arsenal of sound.

    I like the coil split button on the volume knob, this is a huge step up from the awful push/pull knobs you see all the time. Those aren't practical at all.

    The only issue I had with this guitar was the paint job. Every screen I viewed it on it made it look silver. I thought I was buying a silver guitar. "Pearl" should be taken more seriously. The color is more of a super light tan/off white. My mistake. Not a huge problem though, just took me by surprise. I've come to really enjoy the look of it.

    This was my first time buying a guitar online. I was anxious about having it shipped, but I'd read so many good reviews of Sweetwater's handling I decided to take the chance. It arrived well packed with no damage. It was also set up better than any of my other guitars.

    I've already taken this to the studio for recording and it sounds just awesome.

  • from April 28, 2017

    She has her own bed.

    Lol she sleeps in the spare bedroom!

  • from ABERDEEN, WA August 6, 2016Music Background:
    Guitar, Bass, Hobbyist for 50 years

    The Most Generous Offering Fender Has Ever Made

    Locking tuners, 2 point modern trem, 12 in fingerboard radius, S-1 switching, noiseless single coil pickups. If all those features have value to you will NEVER get a guitar with this much value at this price again, brand new.

    The 12 in radius on the fingerboard seems to make the chords easier to finger without muting them in the first position. I usually need a wider nut width to accomplish that. My fingertips are like cigar butts. So don't let the nut width deter you from buying or trying this guitar out.

    The S-1 switching is a very usable modification and I like having the new tone option.

    The tuning stability is excellent. Once you are in tune, just use your trem bar to knock it back if any string goes out , but it will be rare that you need to. Fender still hasn't come around to using self lubricating nuts for some strange reason so some graphite powder or shavings in the string grooves on the nut will probably work for months or with every EZ string change as insurance to completely eliminate that problem.

    The noiseless pickups are great, and the overdriven sounds with them are a great as well. The slight compression you get with them is well worth the noiselessness and all the chime you still get. Too big of a deal is made I believe, in the trade off that has to occur somewhere. Stacked single coils are really humbuckers without all the 'hair'. And to me that represents the very best of both worlds. S-1 switch combined puts it on steroids.

    I returned this particular model because the pink in it was 2-3 shades more prominent than in the picture but I purchased another Strat with the same features and the thinline tele model as well for $100 more.

    Fender is famous for its limited run guitars that never return. You really do need to buy this one. It plays exactly like a MIM Nashville Tele I played for 10 years but with a premium hardware update that is impossible to say no to.

    I now have 2 noiseless Fender guitars with almost all the premium features of the Elite models for less than one of them.

  • from Denver October 5, 2016

    Great guitar, great value

    I purchaced this guitar with the thought that I may have to change the pickups one day, but not have to worry about the rest of the components. It arrived promptly and in perfect condition, though I'll have to set it up for heavier strings. I like the slightly thinner nut width and the satin finish on the neck feels great in my hands. The 12" radius makes the fretboard feel very flat, which is different then my other guitars and I'm finding it to be a good thing. The finish is very unique, an earlier review noted it has a pinkish hue. I noted that mine tends to reflect its environment, on my red rug in the home studio it's slighltly pink, upstairs on my green carpet its silver. I love it, but the color may not be for everyone. As for the pickups, I don't think I'm going to upgrade them any time soon, the stock set exceeded my expectations.

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