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Fender instruments have always been about great simplicity and convenient modularity—no other guitars are easier to personalize with new parts and hot-rodded features into truly individual declarations. The remarkable new American Deluxe Strat® Plus guitar is the next step in the evolution of that great tradition, giving you three Stratocaster guitars in one with an innovative design featuring easily interchangeable “personality cards” that instantly give you a wealth of versatile pickup and circuitry configurations.

One card comes in the guitar and delivers standard Stratocaster pickup wiring; two extra personality cards are included and let you “re-wire” the guitar with specialized pickup and circuitry modifications quickly and easily. Simply pop the color-coded cards in and out of the easy-access compartment in the back, and you’ve just modded your Strat in record time. Further, the American Deluxe Strat Plus features fully solder-less electronics that literally make other great circuit mods a snap.

Other fine features include a maple neck with comfortable “modern C” profile and satin finish, compound-radius maple fingerboard (9.5”-14”) with 22 medium jumbo frets, and three single-coil N3 Noiseless™ Strat pickups with five-way switching. The guitar also has a three-ply mint green pickguard and aged white control knobs, two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with bent steel saddles, Micro-Tilt™ neck adjustment mechanism, staggered deluxe locking tuners and nickel-chrome hardware. Accessories include a convenient carrying case for the two extra personality cards, hard-shell case, guitar strap, cable and polishing cloth.

BODY

Body Material: Alder

Body Finish: Gloss Urethane

Body Shape: Stratocaster®

 

NECK

Neck Material: Maple

Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck, Gloss Finish on the Face of the Headstock

Neck Shape: Modern "C"

Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)

Fingerboard: Maple

Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)

Number of Frets: 22

Fret Size: Medium Jumbo

String Nut: Synthetic Bone

Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)

Position Inlays: Black Dot

Truss Rods: Bi-Flex™

Neck Plate: 4-Bolt with Micro-Tilt™

 

ELECTRONICS

Bridge Pickup: Noiseless™ N3 Single-Coil Strat

Middle Pickup: Noiseless™ N3 Single-Coil Strat

Neck Pickup: Noiseless™ N3 Single-Coil Strat

Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)

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

Pickup Configuration: SSS

Special Electronics: 100% Solderless Electronics; Interchangeable Personality Cards Allow Plug and Play Strat Modifications

 

HARDWARE

Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles

Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome

Tuning Machines: Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Locking

Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green

Control Knobs: Aged White Plastic

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Strings: Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)

Unique Features: Bi-Flex™ Truss Rod, Aged White Plastic Parts, 4-Bolt Neckplate with Micro-Tilt™, Rear Mounted Personality Card Dock, Large Strap Buttons, Single "T" Roller String Guide

Included Accessories: Two Additional Personality Cards with Wallet, Strap, Cable, Cloth, Owner's Manual, Hardshell Case

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For GearTunes, reamping allows me to record a track where the guitar "hears" the amp in the room, but initially only the guitar or guitar and effects signal is recorded. This allows me to spend additional time perfecting amp tones and mic placement once I have the performance I'm looking for. One of the byproducts of this process is the creation of GearTunes DI Clips which enable you to play select guitars and effects through your amp by using your mobile device or computer as a reamp device.

For GearTunes DI Clips - and Gear Tune DI Clips ONLY (always found under the DI clips tab for gear that has one), you can play our guitar and effects through your amp. Simply use an unbalanced cable that terminates with an 1/8th inch jack on one end and a 1/4 inch jack on the other. Connect the 1/8th jack to the output of your mobile device or computer and the 1/4 inch jack into the front of your amp. Start off with your amp volume at zero and your mobile device (or computer) volume all the way up to ensure you hit the front end of the amp with enough signal, and then gradually increase the volume of the clean channel on your amp until you reach a level that is not capable of causing damage to your ears or equipment. GearTunes accepts no liability for the use, abuse or misuse of these clips, and playing them into your amp is done exclusively at your own risk.

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