• Controls Three-way blade selector, volume and tone pots; S-1 push/push switch on volume pot The Japanese Elite series was discontinued in 1987.[1]. $419.99. • Finish Mystic Black (as reviewed), Autumn Blaze Metallic, 3-Colour Sunburst, Aged Cherry Burst, Butterscotch Blonde, Tobacco Sunburst • Scale Length 648mm/25.5” The gloss-finished headstocks sport not only a 50s-style spaghetti foil logo and a redesigned string tree but also a set of Fender’s new short-post locking tuners, which give an improved break angle over the synthetic bone nut. The satin urethane finish gives the neck maple a luxuriously smooth feel and all three of the guitars are eminently playable straight out of the box. Learn more about Fender electric basses. $259.99. We provide insight and opinion about gear, artists, technique and the guitar industry for all genres and skill levels. They’re 4th Generation Noiseless units and Fender has, in a nutshell, aimed for keeping the classic single-coil feel and tone whilst removing any pesky noise. This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene. Imagine, then, being part of the never-ending search for new and improved versions of what are widely regarded as perfect designs – Leo Fender’s Stratocaster and Telecaster. In conclusion, before we shut up and play, all of the guitars – including the Teles – feature 22 medium jumbo frets and come snug in a substantial moulded Fender ABS hardcase. Compare. Country music superstar Brad Paisley has a new signature Fender guitar - an Esquire with a secret weapon. The final thing I’d like to point out are the included strap locks on the Fender Elite Stratocaster. No such lily-livered tomfoolery for the Tele, however: its pair of knurled flat-top knobs remain traditional in design. Other features included three special-design AlNiCo 2 single-coil pickups with solid covers and an internal dummy coil[2] for hum cancellation, as well as three push-push buttons for pickup selection. Controls include a master volume, a TBX treble/bass expander[3] and an active MDX midrange booster[4] with 12 dB of gain. From teenage ‘indie’ beginnings, Johnny Marr has flourished into one of the finest guitar stylists in rock music. In doing so, it bypasses all controls to give as pure a signal as practical. There’s a bit of a secret to the formula, but we used separate pole magnet sets in the coils and then experimented with different wire gauges between the coils and different gauss strengths in the magnets until we achieved the optimal combination. • Left-handers No • Neck Width 42.8mm at nut; 51mm at 12th fret • Electrics 3x Fender 4th Generation Noiseless single coils We caught up with the man himself to talk tone, finding beauty in corners, and why there’s something very special about a black sparkle finish…, The mysterious multi-instrumentalist, producer and guitar-builder discusses his recently released EP, why guitars should look cooler than they sound, and being a body double for Sacha Baron Cohen. First introduced in 2010 on the US Deluxe HSS Strat, this, like Yamaha’s Pure Direct button – as fitted to the RGX420DZ rocker – or John Suhr’s Blower switch, gives a shortcut straight to the bridge pickup,  regardless of how any of the other selectors may be set. All three guitars play wonderfully well and certainly differ sufficiently from their counterparts in the US Standard ranges to represent a worthwhile addition to your collection, irrespective of how many more of Leo’s finest already reside there. Think Billy Gibbons meets Brian May and you’ll have an idea of how good this is. www.fender.com, Fender American Elite Series Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker They’re all-new; new bobbins, magnets, everything. • Neck depth 22.5mm at first fret, 24mm at 12th fret © 2020 Guitar.com is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. Key Features. It’s a little deflating to note that bass players have been overlooked, at least for now, but we can’t help thinking that there must be plans for an Elite Precision or Jazz secreted somewhere at Fender HQ. Some of the Elite features have been incorporated into USA-made Fender guitars and basses made after the purchase of the Fender guitar company from CBS by Bill Schultz in 1985. All Strat controls are topped with soft-touch knobs, so called due to a strip of soft rubber set around the cylindrical section intended to provide extra grip when pulling off the most minimal of level adjustments. • Contact Fender GB&I 01342 331700 The bodies of both the Strats and Teles are constructed from either alder or ash, with the latter being available with just the transparent finishes, and the vast majority of all permutations can be fitted with either a rosewood or maple ‘board to the maple necks. You can always unsubscribe (so you won't receive any more e-mails) by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each e-mail. Played clean, though, this selection is lovely and complements the perfectly defined twang that’s available from the remaining settings. 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Fender American Elite Series Stratocaster There are certainly a whole lot of tones to savour. The SSS Strat holds few unexpected surprises, which is fine by us. “The 4th Generation pickups are an entirely new design,” Norvell continues. This model was essentially identical to the right handed version, available in 3-Color Sunburst with an ebony fingerboard. OK, so it’s a small detail but one that, for us, demonstrates Fender’s desire to ensure the Elites are truly special. The name was revived from 2016 to 2019 with the Fender American Elite Stratocaster Series. The new Elite Series guitars feature redesigned pickups, compound neck profiles and refined body contours. All routing was done from the front of the guitar. Up-close, the finishing of our three examples is flawless and, while we love the appearance of both Strats, the Mystic Black Tele, reflective flakes within its finish twinkling subtly under lights like a blanket of star-strewn black velvet, is truly out of this world. A modern “C”-shape at the nut, the rear of the neck morphs along the length of the neck to a modern “D”-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of … • Neck Width 42.8mm at nut, 51mm at 12th fret • Build Alder (as reviewed) or ash body with gloss polyurethane finish; maple neck with satin urethane finish; rosewood (as reviewed) or maple fingerboard with compound C and D-profile and 241mm-355.6mm/9.5-14” compound radius; 22 medium jumbo frets; Deluxe Synchronized vibrato; synthetic bone nut; locking Fender tuners With the needs of the modern player in mind, the neck offers a 241mm-355.6mm/9.5-14-inch compound radius alongside a compound profile that transforms from a modern C-shape at the nut to a flatter D towards the dusty end. Mere production models tend to be outshone by the sumptuous morsels issued by Fender’s Custom Shop facility, and while we’re certainly not averse to the wonders of a Masterbuilt Heavy Relic Strat, instruments hailing from the regular production line in Corona continue to deserve attention. We have a great online selection at the lowest prices with Fast & Free shipping on many items! The December 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! From the minute it was released in early 2016, Fender’s American Elite Series created quite a lot of buzz. A cavity was created where the spring system would reside, and this connected to the bottom of the tremolo unit. Continuing our journey through the guitar styles of the legendary Three Kings, this time it’s the turn of Flying V-toting blue icon Albert. • Weight 3.76kg/8.3lbs This reduced production costs since it required only a single, front-sided rout on the guitar to accommodate the pickups, the tremolo, the preamp and the controls.