Fender instruments have always been about great simplicity and convenient modularity—no other guitars are easier to personalize with new parts and hot-rodded features into truly individual declarations. The remarkable new American Deluxe Strat® Plus HSS guitar is the next step in the evolution of that great tradition, giving you three humbucking pickup-equipped Stratocaster guitars in one with an innovative design featuring easily interchangeable “personality cards” that instantly give you a wealth of versatile pickup and circuitry configurations.
One card comes in the guitar and delivers standard Stratocaster HSS pickup wiring; two extra personality cards are included and let you “re-wire” the guitar with specialized pickup and circuitry modifications quickly and easily. Simply pop the color-coded cards in and out of the easy-access compartment in the back, and you’ve just modded your Strat in record time. Further, the American Deluxe Strat Plus HSS features fully solder-less electronics that literally make other great circuit mods a snap.
Other fine features include a maple neck with comfortable “modern C” profile and satin finish, compound-radius rosewood fingerboard (9.5”-14”) with 22 medium jumbo frets, single-coil N3 Noiseless™ Strat neck and middle pickups, a Twin Head humbucking bridge pickup and five-way switching. The guitar also has a three-ply mint green pickguard and aged white control knobs, two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with bent steel saddles, Micro-Tilt™ neck adjustment mechanism, staggered deluxe locking tuners and nickel-chrome hardware. Accessories include a convenient carrying case for the two extra personality cards, hard-shell case, guitar strap, cable and polishing cloth. Available in Mystic Black and Mystic Three-color Sunburst gloss finishes.
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I spent hours testing various Strat and competitor guitars in search of my first. Thankfully the salesman was patient. This model didn't exist yet, the sales staff knew nothing about it. I knew I wanted an HSS, the sound choices tweaked my ears, so I rooted around the Fender site and stumbled across this model.
Two color choices; black or 3-tone. Hmmm... I wasn't sure, and neither thrilled me. The user settable cards for internal rewiring seemed evolutionary, this was the start of something that was going to be big. Soderless connections, plug-n-play, the sound adjustment options were something I was after.
I went back to the store with a printout. "Get me one in 3-tone please" What I ordered wasn't even available yet, too new. So I waited, somewhat impatiently. What arrived a month later left me slack jawed upon opening. The color and finish was beyond amazing, the tiny sparkles embedded in the 3-tone are subtle and I couldn't take my eyes off it. The pictures don't do it justice, it has to be seen to be appreciated.
The salesman looked at the programming cards with skepticizm. What I saw was little switches, tiny surface mount resistors and capacitors, and a circuit board. No digital electronics, nothing but smaller versions of the same components used for the past 60 years. I took it home and plugged it in, eager to hear what Fender had evolved into. The sound was clean and amazing, the cards simply rewire the pickups. The switches on the cards affect the tone settings, and swapping cards is effortless. I told the salesman what I heard, and bragged on the paint too. He admitted he was closed minded, thinking Fender had internals to digitally modify sound. When I explained that this was old school with a twist, he got excited. Now he's pleading with me to bring it in. Maybe I will, after my excitement wears off a little. You're gonna want this, go in and hear it for yourself...
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|Model Name:||American Deluxe Strat® Plus HSS, Rosewood Fingerboard, Mystic Black|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.6875" (42.8 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||White Dot|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt with Micro-Tilt™|
|Bridge Pickup:||Twin Head Humbucking|
|Middle Pickup:||Noiseless™ N3 Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Noiseless™ N3 Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Special Electronics:||100% Solderless Electronics; Interchangeable Personality Cards Allow Plug and Play Strat Modifications|
|Bridge:||2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Locking|
|Pickguard:||3-Ply Mint Green|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White Plastic|
|Switch Tips:||Aged White|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Bi-Flex™ Truss Rod, Aged White Plastic Parts, 4-Bolt Neckplate with Micro-Tilt™, Rear Mounted Personality Card Dock, Large Strap Buttons, Single "T" Roller String Guide|
|Included Accessories:||Two Additional Personality Cards with Wallet, Strap, Cable, Cloth, Owner's Manual, Hardshell Case|
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