The Fender American Elite Stratocaster takes the classic Strat platform, arguably the most ubiquitous and innovative instrument of its kind since its introduction in 1954, and dresses it up with a serious list of upgrades and new appointments. Improvements include 4th-generation Noiseless pickups, refined bridge and tremolo system, and a compound maple neck with new heel contour. 10 possible sounds come from the S-1 switching system atop the volume control for a range of sounds that make the American Elite Strat somehow more versatile. As usual, these Strats are available in a range of finishes and with your choice of maple, rosewood, or ebony fretboard. Also available Left-Handed.

Product Specs

  • American Elite Stratocaster
  • 2-Color Sunburst
  • 3-Color Sunburst
  • Aged Cherry Burst
  • Aged Cherry Sunburst
  • Autumn Blaze Metallic
  • Champagne
  • Mystic Black
  • Ocean Turquoise Metallic
  • Olympic Pearl
  • Satin Ice Blue Metallic
  • Satin Jade Pearl Metallic
  • Sky Burst Metallic
  • Tobacco Sunburst
  • 2010s
Made In
  • United States
Body Material
  • Alder
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Finish Style
  • Gloss
  • Metallic
Fretboard Material
  • Ebony
  • Maple
  • Rosewood
  • Medium Jumbo
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Strings
  • 6 String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 25 1/2"

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  • fantastic...

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    As the owner of various Strats, I can truly say that the Elite plays like no other...it has a "something' that is very special. I find myself using vibrato in ways I have never done before. There's just a quality to it that surpasses even the Deluxe model...to say I love it is an understatement.

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  • Fender American Elite Stratocaster

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    Amazing sound. All guitars from Sylvan sound amazing

  • Buy it. Trust it. Play it your way.

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    Distinct devoted craftsmanship blend seamlessly with the rugged and enduring Strat traditional design. Like every well-made instrument, the Elite Stratocaster is designed and ready for musical expression. One more thing: If there are any guitarists out there as mediocre as I am, you can rest assure…

  • Great Elite Strat

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    Elites are the high-end Stratocasters. This is a solid model with quality hardware all over. The sound is beautiful. I ended up buying this 2016 because I think Fender discontinued the Mystic Black color which is what I wanted. I also made some other aesthetics changes to it. The S-1 switch is som…

  • Shweet!!

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    Beautiful guitar, sounds awesome too. Beautiful sheen on cleans and nice swoosh on funk. Buy one