This is it, the Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster is the top of Fender’s American made production Stratocaster line. The Fender American Deluxe represents the latest in Stratocaster technology. It’s loaded with Fender’s most cutting edge Strat innovations and these innovations definitely put the American Deluxe Stratocaster a cut above all the other Strats. Let’s talk about a few of the features the make the American Deluxe such a fantastic Strat. All the following features come standard on the American Deluxe Stratocaster.
Probably the biggest innovation on the American Deluxe Strat are the Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Pickups. These pickups solve the age old Stratocaster problem of 60 Cycle hum being caused by traditional single-coil pickups. The Samarium Cobalt pickups use Samarium Cobalt magnetic material along with traditional magnets and a stacked coil design to give you a traditional Strat tone without the annoying hum. As I said, standard equipment on the American Deluxe Stratocaster.
The next award winning innovation is the cleverly placed S-1 push/push switching system. It’s a push-button switch that’s cleverly hidden in the 2nd Tone control. With a push of the button you get 5 more pickup combinations in addition to the traditional 5 pickup combinations you get with the 5-position blade switch. Here’s a look at all the pickup combinations you get on the American Deluxe Stratocaster:
S-1 Switch Up:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Parallel
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup in Parallel
Position 5. Neck Pickup
S-1 Switch Down:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 2. Bridge Pickup in Parallel with Special Capacitor and in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 3. Bridge/Middle/Neck Pickups with Neck and Bridge Pickups in Parallel and in Series with Middle pickup
Position 4. Neck Pickup in Parallel with Special Capacitor and in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 5. Neck Pickup in Series with Middle Pickup
As you can see, that is an amazing variety of tonal options brought to you by a simple, well designed push button switch. Again, S-1 switching is standard equipment on the American Deluxe Stratocaster.
You also get excellent Schaller designed, staggered locking tuners on the headstock. Locking tuners make changing strings on the American Deluxe Stratocaster and absolute breeze. It’s as simple as inserting the string through the bridge, pulling the string through the locking tuner, tightening the lock, clipping the string and turning the tuner about a quarter turn to get your guitar in tune. No more hassle with slipping string windings, or strings popping out of the tuner while you’re trying to get them to grab hold of the string. The fact that they’re staggered means your strings are pulled properly across the nut and it eliminates one of the two string trees found on older Stratocasters. This means the guitar plays better and stays in tune easier. Locking tuners are standard on the American Deluxe.
You also get the well engineered two-point tremolo system with solid stainless steel block saddles. The two-point tremolo greatly decreases the amount of friction found in the old 5-point tremolo system which means is stays in tune much better when doing more radical bends. This is the same tremolo that Jeff Beck uses and you know how much he uses his. The solid stainless steel block saddles have more mass than the cheaper bent-steel saddles found on the lesser Strats which means more sustain and a better anchor to the bridge. The tremolo also has a pop-in tremolo arm instead of the screw-in type making it much quicker to set up.
You also get your choice of a C-shape or V-shape neck. A lot of people say the V-shape fits better in your hand but it really comes down to personal preference. I have have one of each neck and I personally do prefer the V-shape neck. What I really love about the necks though, are the smooth rolled edges that make the guitar feel silky smooth when you play it. The frets are perfectly dressed right to the edge of rolled neck without any hanging over to snag your hand. It’s really a gorgeous neck with Abalone dot inlays on either Rosewood or Maple fingerboards.
The neck pocket is also contoured to fit your hand more comfortably when playing the higher frets on the neck. It’s just a nice detail to have and Fender is really paying attention to player comfort by adding this feature to the American Deluxe Stratocaster.