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2016 Fender American Elite Stratocaster Ash Tobacco Sunburst Near Mint w/ Case, Hangtags


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Up for sale, a 2016 Fender American Elite Stratocaster in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. The feature-rich pinnacle of the modern, non-Custom Shop Stratocaster lineup, the Elite series balances tradition and innovation.

Loaded with the original trio of N4 Noiseless single coil pickups, this guitar delivers everything from sparkling chime to thick, throaty wail. Additionally, the S1 switch located on the cap of the Volume knob unlocks another set of tones, completely reprogramming the five-way switch for incredible versatility. The tonewood complement of an ash body, maple neck, and thick slab 22 fret rosewood fingerboard ensures a palette of rich, articulate tones with an authoritative note attack and midrange complexity. The guitar weighs 8lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck features a slender "Modern C" profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and modest shoulder at the nut, filling out to a D carve in the higher registers of the fretboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The 22 fret slab rosewood fingerboard features a compound 9.5-14" radius with flawless medium jumbo frets that play cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock boasts staggered post locking chrome-plated tuning machines for optimal stability. The neck heel has a contoured four-bolt plate for easy access to the highest frets, also featuring micro-tilt functionality.

All of the electronics work as intended, with stock S1 switching and fourth generation Fender "N4" Noiseless pickups. These pickups are leaps and bounds better than earlier noiseless designs, with a truer and more lively genuine single coil tone while still providing exceptional hum-cancelling functionality. The chrome hardware is positively gleaming, and the plastic parts are near mint, with the factory clear protective film still intact on the tremolo cavity cover. A bit darker and richer than a Sienna Sunburst, Fender categorizes this finish as Tobacco Sunburst, and there's barely a scratch on the high gloss. The neck profile is equally as clean with a pristine satin finish.

The original molded Fender SKB hardshell case with TSA latches is included, along with all of the original hangtags and factory paperwork.