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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / American Deluxe V Neck

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Back Creek, MD

"When I cannot sing my heart...."
Jul 30th, 2006 02:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi gang. This is a follow-up to my post in the Strat forum.

I've had the guitar for about 4 days now, and continue to be quite smitten. As I was hoping when I selected this particular model, she's kind of the best of both worlds--modern electronics and hardware, classic feel to the neck and body.

The body and neck are poly finished, the neck in a tinted matte, with a gloss finish on the top of the headstock. Mine's in Honeyburst Blonde, which is kinda of a very light mocha, with a dark copper-colored single-ply pickguard. Neck/body joint is perfect, and the body finish is as well.

I did, just today, notice a slight flaw on the fingerboard. In a certain light, I noticed a thin, staggered line running almost the width of the fingerboard between the 4th and 5th frets. It almost looks like someone (or the machine) tried to lay a fret in the wrong place. It doesn't affect play at all, and I might have gone months without noticing it depending on the lighting. Although it bothered me a bit upon noticing it, I don't think I'm going to do anything about it. The guitar is otherwise perfect, and if I returned her, well, you get the point--when you buy long distance you always take a little bit of a chance. Having said that, this blemish is so hard to see it's unlikely I would've noticed it even in a shop. The place I bought it from ordered her direct from Fender (they didn't have one in stock), and they obviously didn't see it either. (I can be a bit A-R with these kind of things, but I'm working on it ;-).

I guess even MIA Fenders can have minor flaws--but they needn't detract from the overall picture.

Other than that, the neck is perfect--the rolled edges feel great, the fat frets are very friendly to my not-so-huge hands.

The SCN pickups sound very good to my ear--and I'm like a kid in a candy store trying different sounds out with the S-1 switching. I don't screw around with the trem much, but trying it out, it's very well done; the push-in trem arm is a bit shorter and thicker than other Strat trems I have seen, and there's no cap (similar to what G&L has been putting on their guitars). It's also a push in, vs screw-in arm--more like a JM or Jag trem arm, although it appears to pop back out pretty easily.

Some misc observations....despite the specs on the Fender page, she came in a G&G Tolex square case (not the plastic-molded case referenced). This case is not quite as well-appointed as those that come with the A/V series (I guess those are the 'deluxe' cases)--it has a smaller accessory pocket, different latches, etc.; but still a nice improvement over the molded case.


Honey Blonde V

(This message was last edited by Tartansailor at 07:59 PM, Aug 5th, 2006)

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Syracuse, NY

Aug 5th, 2006 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought the same guitar in 2 tone burst about 10 days ago, while I was in Pittsburgh on business. I had been looking for a couple months for a second Strat in addition to my 88 Strat Plus. The new Strat will be my primary guitar and I assumed I would want a C neck and a rosewood fingerboard since that's what I've played for over 40 years. After trying a bunch of guitars the guy handed me the V neck and I assumed I wouldn't like it ... but it just felt right. I played it for about 1/2 hour, or more, and couldn't buy it right then because I couldn't believe I liked it that much. Thought about it over night and went back the next day and bought it.

It has been a honeymoon ever since. I play in my basement with a HRDX and a Boss ME-50 and the sounds are great ... especially compared to the "mellow" sound of my Strat Plus with 3 Gold Lace Sensors. With the S-1 button down the pups really drive and boosts the volume and I find myself turning the volume down a little when the button is down. But for surf music and stuff like the Ventures or Shadows, it gives me just what I want. I don't use any distortion, so I can't speak to that.

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San Antonio, TX

Aug 5th, 2006 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What they hey, I'll add a bit here...I've had my AmDlx for almost a year now. The other day was the first time I've really gotten aggressive with the trem (I've got other guitars for that purpose), and I was surprised that the guitar stayed perfectly in tune - no sticking G-string or anything.

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Back Creek, MD

"When I cannot sing my heart...."
Aug 5th, 2006 07:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool, congrats guys! I continue to be very impressed with the versatility of the S-1, and well, the whole package.

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Syracuse, NY

Aug 12th, 2006 09:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I've officially been converted. Although some people complain, one great thing about GC is the return policy. Above I stated that I couldn't believe I liked the V neck and the Maple fretboard that much. Well, I always knew I could return it if I didn't like it. But after a few weeks going back and forth with the Strat Plus, I definately prefer the Am Dlx V Neck and have no intension of returning it. The fingering is faster and the v neck fits just right. The pups and the S-1 are unbelieveable.



Aug 27th, 2006 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I also just picked up a 2-tone burst. I went to GC to look for a Jimmie Vaughan, but there were none in stock. There was, however, a mint used Am Dlx. The Serial # says '05, but theres a "60" button on the back of the headstock. Did they make those in '05?

Anyway, it was set up like a dream. I didn't have a chance.


vancouver, canada

Jan 26th, 2007 12:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thanks for the review...i agree nice ones! :-)

edited to add: b.t.w. the first one i tried was a 2 tone burst v neck but i was so overwhelmed with how nice the neck and board felt it was only when the sales guy said "oh b.t.w. that's the "v" neck dlx." that i realized...i had been looking for a 3 tone r.w., (i always played r.w. "c" necks), but i saw way up high a beautiful 3 tone burst that happened to have a maple neck and i asked if that would be a "c" neck dlx....the guy got on the rolling stairs and checked , "yes", he said and brought it down...again the neck was amazing and i just found the maple so fast and smooth i was converted then and there.

However i often wonder, what if the salesman had said nothing initially, i could very well be the owner of a 2 tone "v" neck dlx instead of the "c" i have, as both felt great...it's been a long time now so i'm scared to even go back and retry the "v" neck for fear of regret...LOL...however i doubt it would happen...i'm a happy camper :-)...and congrats on your "v"!

(This message was last edited by otis71 at 12:31 AM, Jan 26th, 2007)


South Central KY

Greg Williams
Apr 27th, 2007 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought a 2 tone burst and the guitar is everything and more than I expected. It's just perfect!

The bad news is Fender has made a really poor business decision to put a beautiful instrument like this into a piece of Chinese junk! This poor excuse for a case is an insult to the buyer. The latches are so poorly aglined, it is almost unusable. I bought from MF and have complained. I guess I'll wait and see if they will do anything about a replacement.

The guitar can stay, but the case has to go!

A.J. Love
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May 1st, 2007 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got an American Deluxe Strat that is fantastic, however I am changing out the pickups and electronics on it, to take it to another level (for me). It is getting Lollar Blackface pickups


vancouver, canada

May 12th, 2007 08:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i agree and i stated this in the strat forum, that the cases are junk...the av '62 at the same store was the exact same price tag and it came with the classic tweed case...much nicer i.m.o..


USA / Newport News,

Dec 17th, 2007 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought my Am Dlx and it came in the Chinese plastic hard-bag... but the latches worked fine, and I sold it with a Peavey Strat-o-clone (cause it fit perfectly). Put my Dlx in a Tweed G&L case (separate purchase).

All that said, the Chinese case wasn't that bad quality-wise; didn't really have any complaints. I believe that's "Globalization," and you'll see more, not less of it. C'est la vie, n'est pas?

Good choices all (above) - mine's a Tobacco burst (2-tone) with a "C" neck (Rosewood board); the most comfortable guitar I've ever played. My Epiphone Sheraton takes 2nd billing because of the size/weight issue... and it's also got a PERFECT neck.


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south Florida

Oct 19th, 2008 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still loving my TSB V-neck.
Neck is developing a very distinct amber color.
Still completely stock. Very resonant and lively when played unplugged. Got around to placing it on my Wife's digital scale, 7 lbs 10.25 oz.
What is everyone else's weghing?

'07 American deluxe V-neck

(This message was last edited by Fenderookie at 07:56 PM, Nov 1st, 2008)



Nov 14th, 2008 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Picked up my mint condition Honey Blond on Ebay for less than an AmStd. Have loved every day I've had it. The neck feels soooooo right and the pickups and S1 will stay. I don't know why people buy them and then take them out. In the normal position it sounds as good as any Strat i've ever played WITHOUT THE NOISE. And in the in position the bridge pu just howls and even sounds great through my Wah.



Jan 5th, 2009 08:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

is the V on that neck real soft or more pronounced?
Is it a thick neck like Classic 50-s?

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Jan 16th, 2009 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the Candy Apple Red 'V' Neck Dlx. I would say it is soft and of medium thickness.

I've compared it to an EC Signature and a '57 AVRI and it certainly feels thicker and softer than either of those. However, I have a Custom Shop '56 with a '57-style soft-V which is much chunkier than the Dlx V. Apparently, this was how they actually were back in the day.

The Dlx V is still one of my favourite necks!


M.V. Southern Cal

Sep 14th, 2009 01:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got one 11/24/07 at GC, a tobacco sunburst two tone and I love it more everyday. It is my favorite guitar for sound, playability and beauty. Definitely my favorite electric now. I baby the heck out of it. Sounds bitchen through any good amp. I take great pride in owning this fine Stratocaster!

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