Left Handed Fender American Elite Stratocaster – NAMM 2016

News from winter NAMM 2016! It has been a long time (a LONG time) since Fender offered anything new to the southpaw market, so I was pleased to see that they will be releasing two fresh left handed guitars at winter NAMM.

Even if it is another sunburst Strat 😛

Left Handed Fender American Elite Series

Fender American Elite Series Left Handed Stratocasters

Available left handed is the American Elite Stratocaster, which comes in 3-color sunburst with your choice of maple or rosewood fingerboards.

In a nutshell, the new American Elite series is the replacement line for the now discontinued American Deluxe range. The line will be very similar to its predecessor, with a few key changes and upgrades:

  • A new compound neck shape with an asymmetrical heel volute
  • Easy access, double-action truss rod
  • New cutaway neck heel design
  • Deluxe Noiseless Pickups
  • New case design
  • Short-post locking tuners for improved downward string angle
  • Modern design string tree
  • Black-chrome headstock logo
  • Deeper body contouring
  • Soft-touch Strat knobs

Left Handed Fender American Elite Series Strat Maple

Here’s what Fender Has To Say

An innovative instrument melding traditional style with modern sound and features, the American Elite Stratocaster Left-Handed is a progressive guitar for 21st-century musicians. Designed for players who push the envelope every night, this guitar is a true performer that leaves others in the dust 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 4th generation Noiseless pickups are only available in this series. Combining vintage-style sound with effectively hum-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. Locking, all short-post tuning machines provide increased break angle at the nut for buzz-free performance. 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 newly refined, sleek and deeper contours that hug the player’s body to the black chrome headstock logo and large pearloid fret markers this instrument will dazzle the audience with elegant style. The American Elite Stratocaster Left-Handed 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.

Left Handed Fender American Elite Series Strat Rosewood

More From Fender at NAMM?

In case you are keeping your eyes peeled for more left handed Fender action at NAMM, this is all we’re getting i’m afraid!

Many stores are already listing the American Elite models for sale, so why not get your pre-order in now to secure yours?

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  1. Chris MacDonald
    Chris MacDonald says:

    nice to see such a selection of colors on the left handed models. fantastic, sunburst or sunburst… awesome.

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