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Fender Introduces New American Deluxe Series Guitars and Basses

The new American Deluxe feature compound radius fretboards, new N3 Noiseless pickups, and reconfigured S-1 switching.

Scottsdale, AZ (March 30, 2010) – Fender has announced the latest incarnations of their American Deluxe series Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass, designed to deliver high-tech cutting-edge tone, tradition and innovation to modern musicians.

All ten—four new Stratocaster models, two new Telecaster models, the American Deluxe Precision Bass, American Deluxe Jazz Bass and the American Deluxe Jazz Bass V—are conceived as tonally sophisticated modern iterations of both timeless instruments.

Stratocaster & Telecaster
All American Deluxe Stratocasters and Telecasters feature a trio of groundbreaking advances—new compound radius fretboards for exhilaratingly effortless string bending anywhere along the neck (never before offered on a Fender instrument), quiet new N3 Noiseless pickups for supercharged Stratocaster sparkle and Telecaster spank with no hum, and reconfigured S-1 switching for even more pronounced tonal options.

The American Deluxe Strat also includes a two-point synchronized American Deluxe tremolo bridge with pop-in arm, beveled neck heel and staggered locking tuners, as does the American Deluxe Ash Strat, which features the distinct grain pattern of an ash body. The American Deluxe Strat V Neck also shares these features, plus a classic tinted maple neck with a 1950s “V” shape. The American Deluxe Strat HSS has all the features of its siblings and a DH-1 humbucking bridge pickup, LSR roller nut and new “passing lane” switch that instantly routes the signal from any pickup position to the bridge position with the tone circuit bypassed, which will increase complex overtones and volume.

The American Deluxe Tele and American Deluxe Ash Tele both present the 21st century editions of Fender’s classic original. They too feature compound radius fretboards, N3 noiseless pickups, reconfigured S-1 switching, staggered locking tuners and beveled neck heels. Both also feature six chromed brass bridge saddles. The American Deluxe Tele has a bound-top contoured body; the American Deluxe Ash Tele has a traditional ash body.

Precision Bass & Jazz Bass
The American Deluxe Precision Bass, American Deluxe Jazz Bass and American Deluxe Jazz Bass V feature a wealth of groundbreaking advances, including powerful-yet-quiet new N3 Noiseless pickups, improved electronics that result in increased headroom and tighter low-end response, and an active/passive toggle switch and passive tone control (for passive mode).

All three also feature an A-string “stealth” string retainer on the headstock (low B string on the Jazz Bass V model), high-mass vintage bridge, tinted neck with Posiflex graphite neck support rods and contoured heel for easier access to upper frets, five-bolt neck plate, rolled fingerboard edges, highly detailed fret work and genuine bone nut, flat head battery compartment screws (for changing easily using a coin or pick), and black pearl or white pearloid fretboard inlays (dot inlays on Precision model, block inlays on both Jazz models).

Both Jazz Bass models have classic-looking neck binding. And in a major new first for a Fender bass guitar, the Jazz Bass V model boasts a compound radius fingerboard and asymmetrical neck profile for fast action and smooth playability all the way up the neck.

The new American Deluxe series guitars and basses are shipping now and are priced as follows:

Fender American Deluxe Series Guitars
American Deluxe Strat - $1,999.99
American Deluxe Ash Strat - $2,149.99
American Deluxe Strat V Neck - $1,999.99
American Deluxe Strat HSS - $2,099.99
American Deluxe Tele - $2,199.99
American Deluxe Ash Tele - $2,249.99

Fender American Deluxe Series Basses
American Deluxe Precision Bass - $1,999.99
American Deluxe Jazz Bass - $2,099.99
American Deluxe Jazz Bass V - $2,199.99

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