Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster

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Whether you want to lean more towards the blues-based sounds of classic rock or move towards a heavier direction, the Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster is an axe that can do no wrong. Listing what branches of classic rock it’s good for in such a constrained space doesn’t seem to do it justice, as it’s been used on classic recordings by guitar legends all over the map. The Deluxe takes this legendary sound and feel, and augments it with some improvements that make it a must-own for guitarists today.

The single-coil pickups of the Stratocaster have been one of the more defining attributes of its tone, but one can’t forget that this pickup configuration historically presented its own set of problems (namely the presence of a buzzing hum). Thankfully, N3 noiseless pickups replicate all of the positive factors of this pickup without any of the drawbacks, eliminating all hum. A push-button S-1 tone switch allows you to seamlessly jump between pickup settings simply by tapping the master volume knob now you can draw from a tone that uses all three pickups, out of phase sounds, and more. And the modern C-style neck was implemented with comfort in mind, allowing players to easily move up and down the neck to hit spitfire riffs or switch chords with grace and precision.Rating: 5/5

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