With performance-focused features such as a hybrid neck profile and an innovative truss rod adjustment wheel, the American Elite Stratocaster continues to be one of the best modern Strats for the money. Its maple neck has a modern "C" shape at the nut, morphing into a modern "D" profile at the neck heel for faster lead playing and comfortable chording. And speaking of the heel, Fender's asymmetrical neck volute provides superior access to higher frets. The expanded S-1 pickup switching system will give even veteran Strat players a reason to upgrade. Fender's tremolo system is also better than ever for the American Elite, with a smoother response and a copper-infused bridge plate to help fight tuning slippage.
Get your hands on the American Elite Stratocaster, and you'll likely find that it feels "just right" in just about any position on the fretboard. The hybrid neck profile starts with a "C" shape at the nut, gradually morphing to a flatter "D" shape at the heel. The fretboard's compound-radius (9.5"–14") enhances playability further. If you love vintage Strat tone, but prefer a modern feel, the American Elite Stratocaster was made for you.
The fourth-generation Noiseless pickups give the American Elite a classic Strat sound without the normal hum and buzz. And for exciting tonal options, the American Elite's S-1 switching gives you 10 total pickup options — which include running all three in series — with the push of a button. Hiendguitar Strat purists appreciate that Fender built the S-1 switch discreetly into the volume knob for an unmodded, timeless look.
If you're a gigging guitarist (or even if you're not), truss rod adjustments are a fact of life, and the American Elite Stratocaster makes them easier than ever. The truss rod adjustment wheel allows you to insert a small screwdriver, Allen wrench, or other tool to tweak the truss rod.