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Fro
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Froman
Mar 27th, 2016 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought the HSS in the orange finish. The pickups sound great and the neck shape is an improvement on the American Deluxes.

ecfan

New Jersey USA

I-IV-V
Mar 27th, 2016 03:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tried one in a store; it had a maple cap neck and no skunk stripe. The compound radius neck was not to my liking; I prefer the straight 9.5" radius that is on my two Strats. Didn't like the looks of the truss rod adjusting wheel at the neck heel. The young salesman remarked: "It's a Fender with a Charvel neck!" I don't know Charvels, but I thought that was pretty funny.

Bigfoot
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Indy

The floor is getting farther away...
Mar 27th, 2016 05:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

But wait, it has a rosewood neck and alder body!

Actually, looks like a very refined Strat.

ecfan

New Jersey USA

I-IV-V
Mar 27th, 2016 08:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"But wait, it has a rosewood neck and alder body!"

???

The Elites all have maple necks with either a rosewood or maple fingerboard. The maple boards are not part of a one piece neck/fingerboard, as in vintage and many modern Strats. The maple fingerboard is a cap on the maple neck, just like the rosewood boards. Some late sixties Strats were made this way.

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Mar 28th, 2016 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The pickups sound great and the neck shape is an improvement on the American Deluxes."

Which year of American Deluxe? The later period Am Dlx Strats have compound radius fretboards.

Or are you referring to the neck profile?

Moose0130
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DOAIHPS
Mar 28th, 2016 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Disclaimer: I have virtually NO guitar maintenance skills other than an ability to drive to a guitar shop when needed.

The truss rod adjustment wheel seems like it would be very convenient at the expense of aesthetics.
As a personal preference I would not make that trade-off.

Are people adjusting their truss rods with some regularity? I'm not sure I have ever had one adjusted (perhaps during an initial setup?). Strikes me as a convenience I don't actually need.
[see disclaimer at the top]


5Strats
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AXE VICTIM
Mar 28th, 2016 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tweaked the truss rod on my 1991 Jeff Beck Strat over the weekend. Having the truss rod tweaked just right is vital to having a good set up.

I probably do truss adjustments on my guitar about once a year or so, assuming its needed.

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Mar 29th, 2016 02:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Same truss rod adjustment as the EVH Series.

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Apr 6th, 2016 05:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The bullet truss adjust on 70's Strats was a functional improvement over the original design...too bad it was so ugly and the rest of the system was such a failure!

Guitar makers have been trying for years to come up with the next best thing, yet there have really been no new designs since the early 60's. Earlier it was mentioned that new guitar players don't idolize the same players. I am not so sure that's true; if you try to come up with a list of true, new guitar virtuosos from the last 15-20 years I bet you could only come up with a scant handful, and most if not all of those would be players of those same traditional designs we all know and love.

Mister G

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Apr 6th, 2016 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got my new American Elite Shawbucker from Sam Ash a few weeks ago. I chose the Sunburst finish w a maple neck....I am a novice musician, I play on the church worship team and I don't own a lot of guitars like many of you. my other strat is an American standard with the Gilmour EMG sa pickups. I really like my new guitar, the finish of the guitar is impeccable, the wood grain shows through the stain really nice. I do agree with above posts: the passing lane switch seems pretty worthless. But this guitar has a whole bunch of tonal possibilities and the new Humbucker bridge has some really rich darker tones. I really like the bridge/middle pu positon with the button in the volume knob pressed on....I would appreciate any comments, also, something I noticed on the volume control knob which I contacted fender about: I use the volume know while playing to roll the volume up and down and I ve noticed on my new strat that when the volume is turned all the way down, I have to turn the volume up about 1/16-1/8 turn before any volume happens. my other strat has instant volume when I turn it up and fender tech said it is just a characteristic of the new setup.....I don't care for this aspect, but I suppose I will get used to it....otherwise I really like the guitar. I had it sent to 13th street guitar in HB to get it plekked, but im not sure that was necessary, it came from the factory set up really well except I got rid of the 9's with some 10/46s. Please comment all......

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Apr 6th, 2016 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have to turn the volume up about 1/16-1/8 turn before any volume happens"

I ride the volume knobs all the time on my Strats and would hate this feature/issue.

Can you even do the violin thing with the new volume knob?

MARSMAN

LALA Land

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Apr 6th, 2016 11:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've played the snot out of mine for three days now and like everything but the fourth position; it just doesn't have the definition it should. I've adjusted the pickups up and down but the classic position four tone isn't there. I love each pickup by itself and the bridge and middle sound fantastic but the middle and neck sound like mud. I won't use the S-1 function as those aren't really Strat tones (although they certainly give more tones to those who want them). I definitely like the neck profile, the fretwork is the best I've had outside an Anderson/ Suhr/ Moore, etc. and the finish looks great for poly. The locking tuners are almost as good as the Floyds I have on other guitars and much better than the old LSR setup. All in all its a great guitar for the money (especially with the new hardshell case).

I may wind up building another pickguard loaded with aftermarket or CS pickups to see if I like that better, we'll see.

Fro
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Froman
Apr 7th, 2016 05:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Which year of American Deluxe? The later period Am Dlx Strats have compound radius fretboards.

Or are you referring to the neck profile?"

Yes, I'm talking about the neck profile. I like the feel of the back side of the Elite neck more than the straight C shape of the latest American Deluxes. If they had a bit more of a soft V at the cowboy chord area it'd be even better.

L. Nedmundo

Philadelphia

Apr 7th, 2016 03:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried one of these today, and loved it. The pickups sound better than any Fender noiseless Strat pickups I've tried, and I think I liked the neck more than any Strat neck I've tried. The compound radius fretboard is awesome IMO. No question it would be an upgrade from my American Series Strats for playability, but I'm not sure the N4 pickups -- good as they are -- match the mighty Lace Hot Golds in my 2004.

I'd really like an HSS variant, but since I'm mostly a bassist, I recently bought a G&L Comanche, and these Elites are darned expensive, it ain't happening.

Purple Valley
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Apr 7th, 2016 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a question: If the compound radius is as good as all that, why not make it standard on all (or most) of the non-vintage neck models, like many boutique builders already do?

I'm pretty sure it doesn't cost any more to produce a compound radius neck, once the machines are programmed.

I realize this would go against Fender's desire to have a dozen slight variations of everything at all times, but it does seem kind of a no-brainer.

Same with the contoured neck heel. If it's such a blasted great idea, why not maybe make some of the other 173 Fender models that way too?

Just saying.

(This message was last edited by Purple Valley at 10:54 PM, Apr 7th, 2016)

5Strats
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Apr 8th, 2016 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Because all Strats would cost more then.

RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

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Apr 8th, 2016 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think I will stick with my Eric Johnson Strat, thank you.

Hard to beat at any price point, imho.

super mario
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tone to the bone no other way
Apr 16th, 2016 07:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good read on the new Strat. Thought as well that the "heel wheel" adjustment looks like Fender is complimenting Peavey (my Firenza has this type of heel adjustment) and others. Compound radius neck - can see where the shredder types will like the flatter neck in the upper frets to give room for bends and such. Love the looks, but there is no burn in my soul for one....at least not at the moment.

HenryJ

Bogue Falaya River

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Jul 9th, 2016 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am looking into one. What about the sound, when S-1 switch is down, that has all three pickups together? Could some of you comment on this?

I've always wanted a Strat that could play the neck and bridge together, that also has a humbucker bridge pickup.

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