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American Deluxe Fat Strat FMT in Bing Cherry Trans
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American Deluxe Stratocaster "V" Neck in Montego Black
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American Deluxe Teleczster QMT in Amber
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American Deluxe Jazz Bass Vt QMT in Bing Cherry Trans
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In January of 2004, Fender will introduce the all new American Deluxe Series of electric guitars and basses. These will be the first instruments to feature Fender's new Samarium Cobalt Noiseless (SCN) pickups.

Designed by legendary pickup designer Bill Lawrence, who worked closely with Fender's engineering team,, the new SCNpickups utilize miniature Samarium Cobalt magnets and special alloy pole pieces to create a noiseless pickup that is both responsive and articulate, according to the company. Combined with the S-1 switching system, which comes equipped on every guitar in the American Deluxe Series, the new SCN pickups bring a wide array of tones and pickup configurations that even further defines that "Fender sound."

Visually, the guitars and basses in the American Deluxe Series boast stunning new finishes, including both quilted and flame maple top options. The 1/8" solid maple tops on these guitars are hand selected, and then hand bent over the contours of alder bodies to compliment the visual and tonal qualities of both woods. New transparent and solid colors have also been added as options on the American Deluxe Series.

Additional new features and options for the American Deluxe Series include premium solid ash or alder bodies, a variety of new pickguard colors, detailed fretwork, and a locking bridge with LSR roller nut and locking tuners on certain models.

The lineup:

Deluxe Series Fat Strat QMT & FMT

  • Solid Alder Body
  • Modern "C" Shape Maple Neck with Satin Polyurethane Finish
  • Deluxe 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo w/Stainless Steel Saddles and Pop-In Arm
  • Deluxe Staggered Locking Tuners
  • LSR Roller Nut
  • Dot Abalone Inlays
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 2 Single-Coil Hot SCN Strat Pickups (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless)
  • 1 DH-1 Humbucking Pickup
  • New Fender S-1 Switching
  • Colors: Amber, Tobacco Sunburst, Cobalt Blue Transparent and Bing Cherry Transparent
  • $1599.99 U.S. Suggested Retail

American Deluxe Series Strat Ash

  • Solid Ash Body
  • Modern "C" Shape Maple Neck with Satin Polyurethane Finish
  • American 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo w/ Stainless Steel Saddles and Pop-In Arm
  • Deluxe Locking Staggered Tuners
  • Dot Abalone Inlays
  • Rosewood or Maple Fingerboard
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 3 Single Coil Strat SCN Pickups (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless)
  • New Fender S-1 Switching
  • Colors: Aged Cherry Burst, Butterscotch Blonde, Tobacco Sunburst
  • Also available in Left-Handed models
  • $1570.99 U.S. Suggested Retail

American Deluxe Series Strat HSS

  • Modern "C" Shape Maple Neck with Satin Polyurethane Finish
  • Deluxe 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo w/ Stainless Steel Saddles and Pop-In Arm
  • Deluxe Stagggered Locking Tuners
  • Dot Abolone Inlays
  • Rosewood or Maple Fingerboard
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 1 Single-Coil SCN Strat Pickup (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless)
  • 1 Single-Coil Hot SCN Strat Pickup (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless)
  • 1 DH-1 Humbucking Pickup
  • Colors: 3-Color Sunburst, Montego Black, Amber, Candy Tangerine, Chrome Silver
  • $1427.99 U.S. Suggested Retail

American Deluxe Series Stratocaster HSS LT

  • Solid Alder Body
  • Modern "C" Shape Maple Neck with Satin Polyurethane Finish
  • Deluxe 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo w/ Stainless Steel Saddles and Pop-In Arm
  • Deluxe Staggered Locking Tuners
  • LSR Roller Nut
  • Dot Abolone Inlays
  • Rosewood or Maple Fingerboard
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 1 Single-Coil Strat SCN Pickup (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless)
  • 1 Single-Coil Hot SCN Strat Pickup (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless)
  • 1 DH-1 Humbucking Pickup
  • Colors: 3-Color Sunburst, Montego Black, Amber, Candy Tangerine, Chrome Silver
  • $1427.99 U.S. Suggested Retail

American Deluxe Series Strat "V" Neck

  • Solid Alder Body
  • Soft "V" Shape Maple Neck with Lightly Tinted Finish
  • Deluxe 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo w/ Stainless Steel Saddles and Pop-In Arm
  • Deluxe Locking Staggered Tuners
  • Dot Abalone Inlays
  • Maple Fingerboard
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 3 Single-Coil Strat SCN Pickups (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless)
  • New Fender S-1 Switching
  • Colors: 2-Tone Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red, Honey Blonde
  • $1427.99 U.S. Suggested Retail

American Deluxe Series Stratocaster

  • Solid Alder Body
  • Modern "C" Shape Maple Neck Satin Polyurethane Finish
  • Deluxe 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo w/ Stainless Steel Saddles and Pop-In Arm
  • Deluxe Locking Staggered Locking Tuners
  • Dot Abalone Inlays
  • Rosewood or Maple Fingerboard
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 3 Single-Coil SCN Pickups (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless)
  • New Fender S-1 Switching
  • Colors: 3-Color Sunburst, Montego Black, Amber, Candy Tangerine, Chrome Silver
  • Also Available in Left-Handed Models
  • $1427.99 U.S. Suggested Retail

American Deluxe Series Telecaster QMT & FMT

  • Solid Alder Body
  • 1/8" thick Hand Bent Premium Figured Maple Top
  • Modern "C" Shape Maple Neck with Satin Polyurethane Finish
  • Deluxe Hardtail bridge w/ Stainless Steel Saddles
  • Deluxe Stagggered Cast-Sealed Tuners
  • Dot Abalone Inlays
  • Ebony Fretboard
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 2 DFH-1 Humbucking Pickups
  • New Fender S-1 Switching
  • Colors: Amber, Tobacco Sunburst, Cobalt Blue Transparent, Bing Cherry Transparent
  • $1,599.99 U.S. Suggested Retail

American Deluxe Series Telecaster Ash

  • Solid Ash Body
  • '52 Style Shape Maple Neck
  • Vintage Tint Neck
  • American Tele Stainless Steel Chrome Plated Brass Saddles
  • Deluxe Staggered Cast-Sealed Tuners
  • Dot Abalone Inlays
  • Maple Fingerboard
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 2 Single-Coil SCN Tele Pickups (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless)
  • New Fender S-1 Switching
  • Colors: 2-Color Sunburst, Butterscotch Blonde
  • $1641.99 U.S. Suggested Retail

American Deluxe Series Telecaster

  • Solid Alder Body
  • Modern "C" Shape Maple Neck with Satin Polyurethane Finish
  • American Tele Stainless Steel Chrome Plated Brass Saddles
  • Deluxe Staggered Tuners
  • Dot Abalone Inlays
  • Rosewood or Maple Fingerboard
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 2 Single-Coil Tele SCN Pickups (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless)
  • New Fender S-1 Switching
  • Colors: 3-Color Sunburst, Montego Black, Aged Cherry Sunburst, Candy Tangerine
  • $1499.99 U.S. Suggested Retail

American Deluxe Jazz Bass QMT & FMT

  • Available in both 4-String and 5-String models
  • Body: Premium Alder with Bent Figured Maple Top
  • Neck: Graphite Reinforced Maple, Modern "C" Shape with Satin Polyurethane Finish
  • Rosewood or Maple Fingerboard(9.5" Radius/241 mm)
  • 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
  • Width @ Nut: 1.500" (38 mm)
  • Gold Plated Hardware
  • Deluxe Gold Plated Steel Bridge Plate, (Strings-Thru-Body or Top Load), with Gold Plated Brass Saddles
  • 2 Dual-Coil SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) Jazz Bass Pickups
  • Pickup Switching: Pan Pot
  • Controls: Master Volume, Pan Pot, 3-Band Active EQ with: Treble Boost/Cut: +/- 10 db @ 8kHz, a shift in the cut frequency, and about a 2dB slope per octave. Mid Boost/Cut: +10dB, -15dB @ 500Hz, and a wide band slope. Bass Boost/Cut: +/- 12 db @ 40 Hz, with a 4dB slope per octave.
  • Colors: Amber, Bing Cherry Transparent, Tobacco Sunburst
  • $2199.99 U.S. Suggested Retail
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