2018 Fender Stratocaster Elite

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Externally the American Elite Stratocaster has Fender's timeless style, but under the hood it's an entirely new breed of guitar designed for 21st-century players who constantly push the envelope. With over a dozen new innovations, each guitar is a true performer with eye-catching style, exceptional feel and versatile sound from the very first moment you plug it in and play.

Featured on all American Elite instruments, the new fourth generation Noiseless pickups are only available in this series, and represent a quantum leap in pickup design. Combining vintage-style sound with effectively noise-free performance, these are the pinnacle of Fender's noiseless pickup designs, offering pristine cleans and fat, overdriven tones that scream with pure rock 'n' roll power. Designed for fast playing and effortless position changes, the compound profile neck is ideal for all playing styles. A modern "C"-shape at the nut, the profile morphs along the length of the neck to a modern "D"-shaped profile at the updated neck heel, providing plenty of comfortable support for fret hand antics. New locking short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the synthetic bone nut for buzz-free performance while the smooth two-point modern tremolo adds emotive touches to your performance without sacrificing your tuning.

Fender is renowned for head-turning style, and this guitar is no different - from the redesigned sleek back and forearm contours that hug the player's body for an enhanced playing experience to the black chrome headstock logo and large pearloid fret markers this instrument will dazzle the audience with elegant style. The American Elite Stratocaster is a bold new guitar for the brave new guitarist who is setting out to cross uncharted musical terrain. Includes a redesigned Elite Molded Case with TSA locks to provide increased protection for your cherished instrument.

Product Specs

Auxiliary Switching

S-1 Switch On: Pos. 1. Bridge in Parallel w/ Mid and Neck pickups in Series, 2-Bridge in Series w/Mid and Neck pickups in Parallel, 3-Bridge and Mid in Series, 4-Mid and Neck in Series, 5-All three pickups in Series.



Body Finish

Gloss Urethane

Body Shape



2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm

Bridge Pickup

4th Generation Noiseless™


Tobacco Sunburst

Commodity Code




Control Knobs

Aged White Soft Touch Knobs


Master Volume (with S-1™ Switch), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. No-Load Tone Control (Bridge Pickup)

Country Of Origin



6.50x17.00x43.00 IN



Fingerboard Radius

9.5" to 14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)

Fret Size

Medium Jumbo

Hardware Finish


Middle Pickup

4th Generation Noiseless™

Model Name

American Elite Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Tobacco Sunburst (Ash)

Neck Finish

Satin Urethane with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face

Neck Finish

Satin Urethane with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face

Neck Material


Neck Pickup

4th Generation Noiseless™

Neck Shape

Compound Back Shape, Modern "C" to "D"

Number of Frets


Nut Material


Nut Width

1.685" (42.8 mm)




3-Ply Mint Green

Pickup Configuration


Pickup Switching

5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup

Position Inlays

Large Black Pearloid Dots

Refinement Neck Material


Refinement Pickups


Scale Length

25.5" (64.77 cm)


American Elite

String Nut



Fender® USA 250L Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges), PN 0730250403

Truss Rods

2-Way Adjustable

Tuning Machines

Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking (all short posts)

World Wide Shipping

Dayton Vintage Guitars

Call or text 937-613-0690