Fender's American Deluxe Stratocaster® Ash guitar has the distinctive grain pattern and spanking tone of an ash body, with all the cool specs of the American Deluxe Stratocaster. The compound radius fingerboard allows effortless string bending anywhere along the neck. N3 Noiseless™ pickups provide improved Stratocaster tones for sparkling bell-like chime with no hum, and reconfigured S-1™ switching offers even more distinctive tonal options. Other features include staggered locking tuners, two-point synchronized American Deluxe tremolo bridge with pop-in arm, and beveled neck heel.
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I started playing guitar in 1994 and I had never played a Fender. The closest I got was a Squier but it was all worn out when I purchased it. Until earlier this year a friend of mine wanted to get a vintage Fender (japanese) and asked me to accompany him. We went to a shop in Hong Kong (Im from hk) tried out several Fenders ranging from MIJ 1994/2012 62 reissue; Malmsteen signature to 62 reissue Custom Shop by John English (we also tried a PRS custom 24 but I liked Fender's sound better). After an hour we both bought the MIJ fenders. These were our 1st Fender and we loved it.
A week later, this friend of mine bought a Jeff Beck Artist Model and the sound was totally different and better. This made me thinking if I should also get a better Fender Strat and this had led me to get my American Deluxe Ash ACB.
I bought it online via a japanese musical instrument store (their service and packaging were awesome btw) and once I plugged it in, I was totally ecstatstic. 1st, the finish was incredible, the wood grain on my aged cherry burst strat was so beautiful. 2nd S-1 switch was a great design, a package with 10 sound options. 3rd, the neck. I loved its compound radius design which gives me more playability especially on the high frets.
For those who are deliberating whether or not to get this guitar, I can just tell you that you will never regret getting it but will regret getting it too late.
For the record, I own an Ibanez, Squier, Steinberger, MIJ 62 reissue and the AM Deluxe ASH. This is my 5th guitar and my best.
claude owns this item
I finally decided it was time to get a new gigging guitar when my faithful '73 tri-bolt Strat (purchased in 1989) was "adopted" by my daughter. I decided that my new guitar would be a Telecaster, due to the fact that I play mostly country now and wanted the classic Tele sound. While at the local GC, I played an American Deluxe Tele that I just fell in love with. It was the Aged Cherry Burst with a maple fret board and it played like a dream. I loved the bound top and the compound radius neck. I was certain that this would be my new Fender guitar. About a week later, I visited another local Fender dealer to see if he had an American Deluxe Tele in stock. No dice. But...he did have an American Deluxe Strat in white with a maple fret board. I played it for about 30 minutes or so and it felt great! I've been playing a Strat for almost 25 years so it just instantly felt like it really fit me. I hung it back up on the wall and decided to think about it for a few days.
The following Saturday, I stopped at yet another local shop to try out an American Standard Tele. It was a nice guitar, no doubt, but it didn't move me the way the Deluxe did. That was it. I immediately drove to store #2 and dropped the cash on the Deluxe Stratocaster.
I have now owned this guitar for about three weeks and I simply can't put it down. The versatility of having the S1 switch with the three pickup configuration gives you almost endless tonal possibilities. I can get great Tele like tones as well as blues or anything else I might be looking for. The fit and finish are flawless. The staggered locking tuners and the two point tremolo system work together as advertised. I didn't even know that mine had an ash body until I got it home and actually read the label! Beautiful!
All in all, you just can't go wrong with this guitar. Sit with one for a while. I really think you'll be impressed!
elbohead owns this item
After owning a Gretsch G6120 Setzer model I thought I'd be pretty hard-pressed to find a guitar that measured up to the functionality and purpose it was intended for, plus extend boundaries. That is until I unwrapped my 2013 American Deluxe Ash Strat. Right out of the box this guitar did not disappoint! It was shipped to Canada from California and arrived in tune and set up ready to rock. The finish and ash grain were superb and it was pretty hard not to drool over the beautiful ash grain pattern. The compound radius C-neck lends itself extremely well to fast chord changes and arpeggios and the rosewood fretboard was awesome to look at as well. The 3 N3 pickups give such a range of sound options when used in conjunction with the tone knobs, switching and S-1. I have such reach now and can "kiss the sky" with Hendrix, Knopfler, Clapton and Vaughn all with one guitar. My advice to anyone considering a Strat is scrape your coin together and invest in one of these beauties. They are well worth the extra cost above a standard Strat and will let you soar to reach dreams!
BigsBbender owns this item
Grew listening to Jimi and everybody back then. Saw Clapton playing with the Blues Breakers. Always wanted to buy and play a strat, and just never got one...until a couple years ago. Ultra late start, will never be able to really wail, but got one, and goodness is this a nice one! I love the looks, the feel, the sound... I played a lot (!) at the shop, and this one did all the things I wanted. I especially like the crisp snap that the Ash body gives it, that the other strats just didn't have. The response is so fast, and has an almost acoustic quality to the sound? Happy strater! And LOVE the red-wine finish. Went out and bought a bottle of merlot to celebrate!
daniel mantey owns this item
I have been a Gibson and Ibanez man since the beginning of time. They have always felt just right in my hands. Not to say they are perfect but there is just something about them that allows me to play with more control. Pick attack position, effortless palm muting and neck shapes/fretboard radius that just seem very natural to me. However I have always liked the trademark chime and sparkle of the Strat and the looks are just downright sexy. I always wanted to have a Fender and I tried repeatedly to forge a bond with the Strat, but alas it just never took. I had bought then sold 6 Strats in my day and try as I might to love them but it just didn't take. I really tried cuz I wanted to add that tone/look to my arsenal. Even though I had bought top grade new American Strats and even one vintage 1960, they all failed miserably in my hands. The neck always felt too small for my hands and while picking, my control was off because my pick kept hitting the pickups when I tried to anchor my hand at the bridge for reference.
I had given up hope and just assigned myself to a coil splitting Strat-less future. Still, every time I went to the local music shop I'd give another one a try with the same disappointing results. Then a couple of months ago while grabbing some strings I saw this beautiful aged cherry Ash American Deluxe/Rosewood fretboard that was flawless. As I picked it up I asked if it was new and I was informed that a Father had bought it for his son as a graduation gift and for whatever reason the kid never played it so it sat in the case under his bed for almost 7 years untouched. The father decided to try to recoup his investment by putting it out for consignment. Long story short I made an offer of $750 and it was mine. Nice molded case with all the original case candy, Fender strap, cord, toolkit, warranty, extra strings, winder, bumper stickers, polish...the Works!.
Initially it felt different in my hands than any Strat I had tried before, finally I found one that had a shot. After I brought it home I commenced giving it a thorough spanking and before I knew it 5 hours had passed. The bridge was smooth and comfortable under my palm. The neck felt great (I came to find out it was because of the compound radius) and the contoured back with room for my beer gut along with the tapered forearm lower bout and contoured neck heel made it feel like an old friend at first touch. Add to that the steel sustain block with the smooth steel bridge saddles, noiseless Sumerian cobalt pickups, the S1 switching system, locking tuners and Schaller straplocks all stock, left me with nothing to bitch about. Even the fit and finish were flawless...Alright I guess that I should say that I prefer Nitro finishes if for nothing else than the way that they age so gracefully. Still it won't be for 20+ years that I would have a legitimate gripe.
That just leaves tone. This functional art masterpiece has tone for days. All the spank, chime and sparkle you could ask for with a respectable fat humbucker tone using the S1 switching. This thing feels as if it has a soul. It's like it comes alive in your hands. You can actually feel it respond to your will, much like a supercharged engine instantaneously responds to the slightest touch. As good as the neck felt, I can't sleep at night knowing that it is not absolutely perfect. So as with all my guitars I bring them to Mike Lull (this guy is AMAZING and has many famous -i.e. Heart, Journey, Pearl Jam- repeat customers nationwide) in Seattle for a professional set-up and Plek service. Come to find out that the neck required NOTHING, it was perfect. Mike told me he had only seen 2 other guitars in his lifetime that had perfect necks. He did however say that the nut was way out of whack. So as with every guitar I own, I had him install a legal Pre Ban Genuine Elephant Ivory nut to make what was an already exceptional guitar into a Strat that could share the spotlight equally with the finest Strats on the planet. I have 2 vintage Goldtop Les Pauls, a 69 SG, a Custom Shop ES 355, a Gibson Korina Flying V, an Ibanez Iceman, an Ibanez Korina Destroyer, 2 Martins and a partridge in a pear tree and still I find myself playing the Strat about 50% of the time now. I don't know if that will wear off soon, but for now, I'm having fun trying to wear these frets out so I can put some new Stainless steel ones on it.
It took a while but Fender finally got me.
galleryg owns this item
This is another fine Strat. I chose this one because of the more versatile S-1 pickups and Jackson-like gradient neck radius. I can get everything from traditional Strat to brutal leads from this ax. People are very generous with their praise for the Metallic Siena Burst too! I would give it a five star rating, but it took me and Center Coast Guitars 2 months to figure out what was wrong with my pick ups. Once we found the problem, Fender did the right thing and replaced them. I have had no problems since and would buy another one of these exact guitars if I needed a spare onstage.
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I bought this guitar in aged cherry burst with a maple neck about two years ago after saving my money for five years. It was well worth the money and the wait. I own six guitars and this is by far the best. It has incredible tone, and thanks to the S-1 switch, is very versatile. It sounds absolutely incredible through my HR Deluxe, and pretty good through my little practice amp.This guitar also looks just as good as it sounds, you can really appreciate the craftsmanship. I know this is a durable guitar and I will likely have it for the rest of my life.
j_rockr91 owns this item
In tobacco burst with a maple board it looks absolutely fantastic and it plays like a dream. It may not be vintage correct but it stays in tune and is perfectly intonated. It also, at least to my ears, has fantastic tone played through a decent valve amp
steveted owns this item
This is a great guitar. It's easy to play, has fantastic sound and multiple tone options, and is very well made. I bought my first Fender guitar in 1964 and this one is better.
Wick owns this item
Great guitar.Easy to play everywhere thanks to the compound radius. I really like the tone of the N3 pickups, wide range of tones from bluesy to more heavy ''humbuckers like'' with the s-1 switch.This is my first american strat.I owned a mexican one that i sold to by this baby and she's a solid sexy guitar!
frankouille owns this item
This Strat is an absolute beauty to look at, feel and importantly play. The fretboard is silk like and a dream to play. The tone is pure Strat with the added advantage of the S1 switching which throws you into another dimension. I have 5 guitars now, and this one is right up there...
CJ owns this item
I've played a few Strats in my time and this one has it all - tone, play ability, and sweet strat looks. I can get pretty much get any sound I need with the versatility of the pickups. And no annoying pickup noise! I've had several players remark about the great tone.
fabgear5 owns this item
This is my go to ax for gigs and practice. The quality and workmanship that goes into this guitar is amazing. It feels very comfortable in my hands and can play it for hours on end. The flexibility that the S-1 switch offers comes in real handy when playing tunes that should have more of a that humbucker sound and less of the single coil tone. It stays in tune really well when using whammy bar which i know we can all appreciate. Oh, and weight wise, your back will thank you.
socal323 owns this item
I bought an American Deluxe Ash Strat several months ago and have been delighted with it. Apart from the classic Strat tone and playability, it is also a beautiful looking guitar. I paid extra for the Ash model because I wanted the Tobacco Sunburst finish, and ordered it with the Maple fingerboard instead of the Rosewood. Everyone who sees it seems to think it's as cool as I do. The new N3 noiseless pickups are great, and all I have to do now is improve my playing until it's worthy of this great guitar.
EnglishExile owns this item
|Model Name:||American Deluxe Stratocaster® Ash, Rosewood Fingerboard, White Blonde|
|Body Material:||Premium Ash|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|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:||1.685" (42.8 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Pearl Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||1/8" American Series|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt with Micro-Tilt™|
|Bridge Pickup:||Noiseless™ N3 Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||Noiseless™ N3 Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Noiseless™ N3 Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume (with S-1™ switch), Tone 1 (Neck Pickup), Tone 2 (Middle and Bridge Pickups; No-Load™ Tone control)|
|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:||S-1™ Switch|
|Bridge:||2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-in Arm|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||Pop-In Deluxe Tremolo Arm|
|Tuning Machines:||Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Locking|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White Plastic|
|Switch Tips:||Aged White|
|Auxiliary Switching:||S-1 Switch On: Pos. 1. Bridge/Mid/Neck Pickups, 2-Bridge/Mid, 3-Mid/Neck, 4-Bridge/Neck Out-Of-Phase/In Series w/ Tone Cap, 5-Bridge/Mid In Series/Out-Of-Phase/In Parallel with Neck Pickup|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bullets® 3250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Compound Radius Fingerboard, New Noiseless™ N3 Strat® Pickups, Reconfigured S-1™ Switching, Locking Tuning Machines, Contoured Heel|
|Included Accessories:||Hardshell Case, Cable, Strap, Straplocks|
|Strap Locks:||Schaller® Strap Lock System|
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