Since 1954, the Fender Stratocaster has taken over the music scene and the hearts of guitar players with no signs of stopping. Through those many decades, it’s gone through various iterations but has managed to maintain what makes it truly iconic: a familiar and comfortable silhouette, as well as its signature and adored tone. Within the past year, our friends from Fender (Friend-ers, if you will) have given the world a whole new selection of Stratocaster models. Whether you want a certain pickup configuration, neck profile, types of pickups, or anything else, there’s a good chance there’s a Stratocaster for you!

American Professional II Stratocaster

Fender American Professional II Stratocaster

The brilliant minds at Fender took over 60s years of knowledge, experience, and craftsmanship to create one of the finest guitars that’s ever come out of the factory for any discerning guitarist: the American Professional II! While at first glance it may seem like any Stratocaster hanging on the walls of a Sam Ash Music store, there’s more than meets the eye when held in your hands and, of course, plugged in.

Before you plug one of these in, you’ll notice it has a sculpted neck heel perfect for guitars who want to reach those high notes without the discomfort that traditional Stratocasters tend to have. Move your hand down the neck and you’ll feel an incredibly comfortable, Super-Natrual satin finish, deep “C” neck profile with a hand-rolled fingerboard edge; incredibly smooth and comfortable for any musician’s hands. Also, if you’re a fan of playing with the tremolo bar but worry about tuning issues and setting up your guitar, worry no more! Fender has a wonderfully designed 2-point tremolo bridge with a cold-rolled steel block so you can play your favorite Jeff Beck tunes and not have to necessarily reach for a tuner afterwards. Bonus points for better sustain and high tones while playing!

We’d be remised if we didn’t mention the V-Mod II Stratocaster pickups equipped in all of these guitars. Fender made it a point to make some of their best, most balanced pickups yet great for any style of music you’re playing. While traditional Stratocasters allow only 5 pickup switch options, push-push switch on these models allows you add two new pickup configurations to give you more tonal possibilities.

This model is also offered in an HSS model where the bridge pickup is a humbucker.

Fender American Professional II Stratocaster Fender American Professional II Stratocaster Lefty

 

 

 

Features of SSS:

  • Three V-Mod II single-coil Stratocaster pickups
  • Upgraded 2-Point Tremolo with Cold-Rolled Steel Block
  • Deep “C”-shaped neck profile with rolled fingerboard edges
  • Bone nut; 22 narrow-tall frets for easy bending
  • Treble bleed circuit maintains highs when reducing volume
  • Includes Deluxe Molded hardshell case
  • Available for left-handers

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Fender American Professional II Stratocaster HSS

 

 

 

Features of HSS:

  • Two V-Mod II single-coil Stratocaster pickups
  • Double Tap™ Humbucking Bridge Pickup
  • Upgraded 2-Point Tremolo with Cold-Rolled Steel Block
  • Deep “C”-shaped neck profile with rolled fingerboard edges
  • Bone nut; 22 narrow-tall frets for easy bending
  • Treble bleed circuit maintains highs when reducing volume
  • Includes Deluxe Molded hardshell case

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American Acoustasonic Stratocaster

Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster

This is not your parent’s acoustic-electric guitar. You may be familiar from the Telecaster version of this guitar that was released a year prior, but now Strat lovers can have one of their own!

Right out of the box, this still performs as a fantastic acoustic guitar worthy of bonfire performances or practicing in your room. However, if you want to plug in and play, this guitar sounds fantastic through any speaker thanks to the Acoustic Engine developed in part by Fender and Fishman. This comes in handy also when you activate the electric guitar sounds. Between changing the Mod Knob and the Voice Selector switch, you can get all of the following tonal options:

  • Position 5: Core Acoustics
    • A: Sitka Spruce/Mahogany Dreadnought
      • Full midrange with a deep bass voice, works well for rootsy strumming or fingerstyle.
    • B: Sitka Spruce/Rosewood Concert with Slotted Headstock
      • Articulate, dynamic and focused, perfect for any full band setting.
  • Position 4: Alternative Acoustics
    • A: Sitka Spruce/Walnut Small Body Short Scale
      • Intimate, vintage-inspired voice that’s articulate and bright, best for fingerstyle.
    • B: Sitka Spruce/Mahogany Americana Dreadnought
      • Dry, earthy and organic tone, great for Americana-style flatpicking.
  • Position 3: Percussion & Enhanced Harmonics
    • A: Sitka Spruce/Rosewood Auditorium
      • Tighter and brighter for a more modern/pop sound and detailed midrange, perfect for strumming or fingerstyle.
    • B: Adds body pickup to the above voice
      • All of the above plus a percussive top and enhanced harmonics that pop.
  • Position 2: Acoustic & Electric Blend
    • A: Engelman Spruce/Rosewood Dreadnought
      • Deep bass meets strident trebles for a traditional acoustic voice, great for big bold strumming.
    • B: Fender Electric Clean
      • You won’t believe your acoustic guitar can do this.
  • Position 1: Electric
    • A: Fender Electric Fat/Semi-Clean
      • You really won’t believe your acoustic guitar can do this.
    • B: Fender Electric Dirty
      • What just happened – call all your friends.

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American Ultra Stratocaster

Fender American Ultra Stratocaster

The American Ultra is a no-nonsense guitar for the guitarist looking for features that maximize the instrument’s playability and sound. Unlike most Strats in Fender’s selection of instruments, the standout feature of these instruments is the new and improved body contours on the guitar’s body, including tapered neck heel and rear body contour. Both of these features are designed for maximum comfort while holding the instrument as well as playing since you have easier access to the higher frets. As far as the neck, you have a modern “D” neck with ultra rolled fingerboard edges, along with a smooth satin finish so you’ll be flying up and down the neck with comfort and ease! We can’t forget to mention the 10”-14” compound radius that has a rounded fingerboard near the nut and flatter neck towards the upper register. Whether you’re strumming chords or solo, you’ll have a blast doing so without straining your hands! You don’t have to worry about string changes and tuning stability thanks to Fender’s easy-to-use locking tuning machines!

Obviously, the most important attribute of any instrument is its tone and you have nothing to worry about with these instruments! Similar to the Deluxe models, these come stocked with Noiseless vintage pickups (dubbed “Ultra Noiseless” on these models) so you can have that clear, crisp Fender tone without that distracting hum. Adding to the electronics are the S-1 switch which offers something different depending on the model you choose:

Fender American Ultra Stratocaster

  • American Ultra Stratocaster – Before you activate the S-1 switch, your pickups work as intended. Once activated, you can then add the neck pickup to any pickup configuration you choose with the highs staying at the same volume as it were without the switch activated.

 

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Fender American Ultra Stratocaster HSS

  • American Ultra Stratocaster HSS – Before you activate the S-1 switch, the humbucker works as intended. Once activated, the humbucker splits pickup into a single-coil pickups with the highs staying at the same volume as it were without the switch activated.

 

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Vintera Stratocaster

The Vintera series from Fender is everything you love about vintage Fender Stratocasters made for the common musician’s price point. Whether you choose a ‘50s or ‘60s model, you’ll be getting pickups designed to replicate the tone of its time, as well as period-correct neck profiles that when held transport you to the decade of its inspiration.

 

Vintera ‘50s Stratocaster

Vintera ‘50s Stratocaster

The decade where it all started! If you’ve listened to classic rock n’ roll records of the ‘50s, there’s a good chance you know this tone all too well! The tone of these pickups are bright and crisp, without too much bite. While traditional late ‘50s necks have a sharp V neck, Fender “softened” the feel of the V by rounding it off slightly for the comfort of the modern guitar player, as well as 21 vintage-style frets and a 7.25”-raidus fingerboard. Continuing on with the period-accurate specs, you’ll also get a vintage-style tremolo and tuning machine combo.

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Vintera ‘50s Stratocaster Modified

Vintera ‘50s Stratocaster Modified

If you like the ‘50s Strat but want some modern upgrade, this might be the guitar for you! Instead of a “soft V” neck like on the ‘50s, you’ll notice a “Modern C” profile for added comfort, along with a satin back finish for faster movement up and down the neck. Flip it over to the fretboard and you’ll notice unlike the previous guitar, it has a 9.5”-radius fingerboard with medium-jumbo frets so you can do much wider bends. The pickups on this guitar have a lot going for them! For instance, it’s stocked with “Hot ‘50s” Strat pickups which are similar to the un-modified version tonally except for a higher output of tone, giving it a tiny bit of bite. Switching between the pickups also allows you to add the neck pickups in the first and second position thanks to the S-1 switch, allowing you to add some low-end to round out your tone, not common on most Stratocasters. The bridge offers a two-point tremolo system for even better intonation and easier use of your vibrato.

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Vintera Road Worn ‘50s Stratocaster

Vintera Road Worn ‘50s Stratocaster

Don’t let the looks of this guitar fool you; this guitar sounds and plays great! It’s a mixture of features of the ‘50s and ‘50s Modified to make a guitar that has the best appointments of the era for those that want the feel of a vintage guitar but the sound of a modern guitar. Just like the ‘50s model, you’ll get a soft “V” neck, period-accurate fingerboard, and a vintage-style tremolo system. As far as the features it has in common with the ‘50s Modified, you’ll be getting those Hot ‘50s Strat pickups to get that beautiful clean tone with some punch! The feature that makes this guitar stand out among the other two models is the nitrocellulose lacquer finish which along with the distressed look it has out of the box, the finish will wear over time so you can add your own signature look to it over the years!

Vintera ‘60s Stratocaster

Vintera ‘60s Stratocaster

Prefer the Strats of the ‘60s? If so, Fender has got you covered! Regardless of the genres you’re pursuing, this guitar can do it all! Tonally, you’ve got some revoiced ‘60s pickups which give you the beautiful single-coil tone Fender has been known for but tweaked to emulate the unique sound Strats had during that decade. Additionally, if you love the feel of the necks on guitars from that time, you’ll love the “Mid ‘60s C” shape neck with a 7.25”-radius fingerboard. Additionally, it has a thinner neck by the first fret and thicker one by the twelfth making it easy to play chords and an awesome grip when soloing! Don’t forget the vintage-style six-point tremolo system and tuners to wrap it all up in a nice bow!

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Vintera ‘60s Stratocaster Modified

Vintera ‘60s Stratocaster Modified

Like the ‘50s Modified to the ‘50s, the ‘60s Modified takes the best of the ‘60s Stratocaster and gives you some updated features to modernized the classic instrument. For instance, you still get the same tone from the pickups like the ‘60s Strat but these well be “hotter” to give the sound more “umph”, hence the “Hot ‘60s” name for these pickups. Like the ‘50s Modified, these also sports a “Modern C” neck profile, modern 9.5”-radius fingerboard, medium-jumbo frets, and the S-1 switch for more tonal combinations (read the ‘50s Modified for more details on the S-1).

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Vintera Road Worn ‘60s Stratocaster

Vintera Road Worn ‘60s Stratocaster

Unable to choose between the ‘60s and ‘60s Modified? Get the best of both worlds with the Road Worn ‘60s! With these guitars, you’ll get the Mid 60s “C” shape neck, vintage-style tremolo system and tuning machines, and period-accurate fingerboard of the ‘60s Strat, as well as the Hot ‘60s pickups from the ‘60s modified. What makes this unique compared to the other guitars is it has the Road Worn nitrocellulose lacquer finish that gives it a “road worn” look and will naturally wear with age to give it an aesthetic completely unique to the player!

 

American Original ‘50s Stratocaster

American Original ‘50s Stratocaster

When Fender burst onto the scene, they did so with an iconic instrument that’s silhouette could be recognized by musicians and non-musicians alike. While beautiful by design, it’s sound is what captured the attention of guitarists all over the world.

If you’re one of those guitarists who wants the look and feel of playing a ‘50s era Stratocaster without having to put a mortgage on your home to afford one, this is the way to go!

First and foremost, every spec to make it like those guitars of yesteryear is as close as one can possibly get for you to have the most authentic experience. For instance, depending on your preference, you can choose between getting either an Alder or Ash body. Regardless of your choice, these guitars come coated with nitrocellulose lacquer. which allows for it to resonate well and age and wear similar to the ones your favorite Strat players use. Tonally, each guitar has a set of Pure Vintage ’59 pickups voiced to give you the tones that Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, Carl Perkins, and many other guitarists of the time helped make popular. Lastly, you’ll notice a “soft V” shape which was common for those guitars at the time, giving you comfort for either rhythm chops or lead guitar riffs.

American Original ‘50s Stratocaster Left-handed

 

 

 

Features:

  • Alder or ash body (White Blonde only) with lacquer finish
  • Three Pure Vintage ’59 single-coil Stratocaster pickups
  • Thick “Soft V”-shaped neck profile; 9.5″-radius fingerboard
  • Vintage-style hardware; six-point synchronized tremolo bridge
  • Includes vintage-style hardshell case
  • Available for left-handers

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American Original ‘60s Stratocaster

American Original ‘60s Stratocaster

Ah, the ‘60s; the season of love. One of the many things we loved back then (and still to this day) are the Strats that came from that era of music. Although it’s similar to the ‘50s original in many respects, there are some subtle changes the guitar made back then that were implemented into this new and improved guitar.

Most importantly, the pickups are voiced completely different. With the Pure Vintage ’65 pickups stocked in this model, you’re going to find it has a smoother tone that the harsh twanginess of the ‘50s original. Not better or worse; simply different. Additionally, you’re going to have a rosewood fretboard instead of an all-maple neck which will also help you with that sweet tone ‘60s Stratocasters have been known for all these years. Lastly, the neck shape will have a “’60s C” shape which is a common, comfortable shape most Fender players are used to feeling.

American Original ‘60s Stratocaster Left-Handed

 

 

 

Features:

  • Alder body with lacquer finish
  • Three Pure Vintage ’65 single-coil Stratocaster pickups
  • Thick “’60s C”-shaped neck profile; 9.5″-radius fingerboard
  • Vintage-style hardware; six-point synchronized tremolo bridge
  • Includes vintage-style hardshell case
  • Available for left-handers

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American Performer Stratocaster

American Performer Stratocaster

If you’re looking for a guitar that blends the best of Fender’s craftsmanship of the past and present, then the American Performer is definitely something worth checking out!

At first glance, you’re getting an Alder body great for resonance and weight, along with a Satin-finished “modern C” shaped neck for comfort and smoother playability when moving across the neck. On the fretboard, you’ll also notice jumbo frets for wider and more expressive bending of your notes. With the new Yosemite pickups, you’ll be getting even volume regardless of pickup combination while still getting awesome tone. To add to the classic look and playability of these instruments, they come stocked with ClassicGear tuning machines for smoother and more accurate tuning of strings. as well as the famous silver ’70s logo slapped on the big headstock just like Fenders of that decade.

The Push/Pull pot on these guitars offer the ability to add the neck pickup in position 1 and 2. However, depending on whether you get the American Performer Stratocaster of the American Performer Stratocaster HSS, the Push-Pull knob has a different use for the remaining pickup configurations:

American Performer Stratocaster

American Performer Stratocaster – On HSS Doubletap Humbucker becomes single coil on push-pull position 1 and combines single coil bridge and middle pickup in position 2.

 

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American Performer Stratocaster HSS

American Performer Stratocaster HSS – “Greasebucket” tone circuitry to cut treble without losing gain or getting a muddy sound out of your guitar.

 

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Deluxe Stratocaster

Deluxe Stratocaster

If you’re looking for a Strat that has power and flexibility, the Deluxe series is something to keep your eye on as your next instrument! They’re made in mind for the Strat player looking for tonal versatility that doesn’t have the noise many Strats are commonly known for. For instance, one of the stand-out features is these guitars come stocked with vintage noiseless pickups so you get that classic tone of a single-coil pickup without the bothersome hum. Additionally, these guitars boast incredible tuning stability, thanks to the two-point tremolo bridge with vintage-style saddles. Furthermore, the tuning stability is heightened thanks in part to the locking tuning machines which also make changing strings a breeze! Unlike some of the previous Strats we mentioned, this boasts a 12” fingerboard radius which gives you a flat neck that has a slight curvature allow for wide bends without worrying you’ll fret out. Lastly, the S-1 Switch allows you to add even more tonal options. However, depending on the model you have, this switch does different things:

Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster

Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster – Before you activate the S-1 switch, the guitar offers a built-in premamp and V6 switch that allows for 6 unique tonal characteristics. When activated, all of those features are bypassed to give you the classic Fender Strat tone you know and love.

 

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Deluxe Stratocaster HSSDeluxe Stratocaster HSS – Before you activate the S-1 switch, the humbucker in the bridge works as it’s supposed to, giving you an awesome, robust tone. When activated, you split the humbucking coil so it acts as a single coil giving you the famous single-coil bridge tone only a Strat can deliver.

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Player Stratocaster

Player Stratocaster

If you’re looking for a fantastic Strat that does everything you need while still at an affordable price point, the Player series is where it’s at! Within the series, there’s a variety of pickup options to choose from, each in stunning colors and styles. From first glance, this looks like standard Stratocasters that has come off Fender’s assembly line. However, some distinct features should be noted.

For instance, the pickups on these guitars are specifically designed for these instruments to give a more crisp and articulate tone to the sound unlike previous Stratocasters. Additionally, unlike most Stratocasters on the market where one tone knob changes the brightness of the neck pickup and the other the brightness of the middle pickup, these guitars have a dedicated tone knob for the bridge pickup so you can dial in the tone better both for that pickup, as well as the neck and middle pickup. For those that love the two-point tremolo system, you’re in luck as each of these guitars come stock with them giving you easy-to-manipulate tremolo action. Lastly, the neck on these guitars are incredibly comfortable with it’s “Modern C” shape neck with not 21 but 22 frets, giving you more notes for soloing!

The Player Stratocaster come in a variety of pickup configurations to choose from:

Player Stratocaster Player Stratocaster Left-HandedPlayer Stratocaster – three single-coil pickups with a maple fingerboard. Also available for left-handers.

 

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Left-Hand Model

 

 

Player Stratocaster Plus TopPlayer Stratocaster Plus Top – Same as the Player Stratocaster, however you have option of two flame tops: Aged Cherry Burst and Tobacco Burst

 

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Player Stratocaster HSHPlayer Stratocaster HSH – a humbucker in the bridge, a single-coil in the middle, and another humbucker in the neck, combined with a Pau Ferro fingerboard

 

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Player Stratocaster HSSPlayer Stratocaster HSS – a humbucker in the bridge with a single-coil in both the middle and neck, combined with a maple fingerboard

 

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Player Stratocaster HSS Plus TopPlayer Stratocaster HSS Plus Top – Same specs as the Player Stratocaster Plus Top with an HSS pickup configuration instead

 

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Player Stratocaster Floyd Rose HSSPlayer Stratocaster Floyd Rose HSS – Same pickup configuration as the Player Stratocaster HSS, however this has a Floyd Rose locking system and bridge so you can do crazy bends while staying in tune. Additionally, this has a Pau Ferro fingerboard unlike the maple on the Player Stratocaster HSS

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Custom Shop

The holy grail of Fender Stratocasters! Whether you want a copy of your favorite Stratocaster players guitar, a replica of guitar from a specific year, or a guitar completely unique to you, Fender either has it available or can make it for you!

If you’re interested in a Fender Custom Shop instrument, check out our wide selection on our Guitars Of Distinction page. If you don’t see what you’re looking for or are interested in a guitar all your own, contact us and we’ll order the guitar of your dreams from the Fender factory! Feel free to call us at 1-800-4-SAMASH, contact one of our service reps at https://www.samash.com/help/help-center, or visit your local Sam Ash store to get the guitar of your dreams!


 

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