Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Review

The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS is for guitarists demanding the same quality and craftsmanship that has been assiciated with Fender Stratocasters, but want or need the extra kick in the pants when they crank up the distortion.The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS is for guitarists demanding the same quality and craftsmanship that has been assiciated with Fender Stratocasters, but want or need the extra kick in the pants when they crank up the distortion. The compound-radius fingerboard makes bending the strings effortless anywhere along the neck. The two Fender N3 noiseless single-coil pickups give you greatly improved stratocaster tones and the DH-1 humbucking bridge pickup delivers all the gain you need to rock.

Some of the Deluxe features on this Stratocaster include a reconfigured S-1 switch, which gives you a wider array of tonal options, staggered locking tuners, an LSR rolloer nut, 2-point synchronized American Deluxe tremelo bridge and a beveled neck heel. The all-new “passing lane” switch instantly routes your signal from any pickup position to the bridge position with the tone circuit bypassed, blasting overtones and volume straight into the Strat-osphere. This strat is a must for strat lovers wanting more output!

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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Features:

  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple or rosewood fretboard
  • 2 noisless N3 single-coil pickups
  • 1 DH1 Humbucking pickup
  • Compound radius fretboard
  • LSR roller nut
  • Reconfigured S-1 switching
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Review, 9.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
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  1. FenderBender says:

    Just purchased this guitar in Sunset Metallic w/ maple fretboard from Musicians Friend. I had been searching for the right combination of playability and affordability and I have found it! This is my 2nd American made Strat, and I am very pleased. The quality of this guitar is amazing at this price point, and easily exceeds my 2008 American Standard. I had heard mixed reviews about the bridge humbucker in previous years American Deluxe HSS guitars, but I found the tone to be aggressive and lively in this years offering. The new SC pickups in the middle and neck position sound great, but lack perhaps a little bit of volume as compared to the Bridge HB. Be careful when engaging the Bypass, as you might irritate your neighbors!

  2. John Anderson says:

    I took the plunge and bought this because I wanted a good American Made Strat. I own way too many guitars, but none are USA. First off, the finish and craftsmanship is superb. It plays great and stays dead in tune despite not having the DLX locking bridge that earlier Deluxes have. My only issue is with the pickups. The single coils seem a bit soft – particularly the neck. The humbucker in the bridge is great and the middle is OK in position 2 (Bridge + Middle). By itself, it’s not so hot – same with the neck pickup. I usually rewire all my strat type guitars to make position 3 Neck + Bridge, but am a bit Leary to dive into this one due to the complex S-1 wiring. The “Passing Lane” button is a nice touch and really generates a much more aggressive tone than switch position 1 – amazing how much tone is lost when the pots are in the mix – even when wide open. I guess my biggest issue is the S-1 switching – I like some of the sounds with it up and others with it down so it can get cumbersome to switch quickly. Not a flaw I guess, just a byproduct of the design. I’m on the fence about keeping this due to the switching and pickups, but it’s the best playing strat I’ve ever run across.

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