One touch of Fender’s new American Professional Stratocaster and you’ll know you’re in the presence of a legend! Gorgeous looking and awesome sounding, Fender’s secret sauce to making this guitar so exciting was to build a Strat that was guaranteed to take your music to new heights. The guitar was designed to be extremely versatile, but still ring true as a Strat. Plug in and feel the power of the new V-Mod pickups as they push your amp to the extreme. Rich sustain and bell-like tones ring loud as you work your way up the neck. You can shred, bend and wail your way to the top with the all new Fender American Professional Stratocaster.
Since 1987, Fender’s American Standard was the benchmark Strat, but now the American Professional series replaces the 30 year run of the Standard, refining it to today’s player specs. Evolution and change are why Fender has been in the game as long as they have, and it’s no surprise that the Fender Stratocaster is the world’s most cherished guitar! The American Professional Stratocaster is the classic USA-built Strat, elevated, and tuned to the modern guitar players’ needs. It boasts numerous modifications from its predecessor; new pickups and a new modern neck, yet still maintains its traditional good looks, sound and feel. The new color palette is also a refreshing change for the guitar line. With its snazzy looks and legendary sound, The American Professional Stratocaster is the Strat of today!
New for the American Professional Strat are the V-Mod single-coil pickups. Designed by Tim Shaw (known for his Shawbucker pickup), the V-Mod single-coils use a mixed-magnet configuration, highlighting the treble and bass response. Shaw focused on reversing the magnets of the middle pickup so that alnico II is on the bass and alnico V is on the treble. Thus you’ll hear crystal clear clean-voiced Strat tones that can range from ultra-bright to dirty and warm, with positions two and four maintaining their unique characteristics. Along with the pickup changes, the American Professional Strat uses a new treble-bleed circuit that enables the player to dial in the high-end sounds at lower volumes.
The “Deep C”
If you are familiar with Fender’s C-shaped neck, you’ll notice some subtle changes when you first play an American Professional Stratocaster. The modernized neck is now called the “Deep C” primarily because of the deeper back to front ration and slightly fatter shoulder. The fuller neck lends itself to more resonance and a bigger sound, in addition to comfort and playability.
The American professional Strat comes in alder or ash, with either maple or rosewood fretboards. The sound, if compared to previous models is brighter, with a bit more snap to it. The overall tone of the guitar is cleaner and offers more sustain than in previous Strats. Its pickups are smooth and responsive, and sound great no matter which position. Other new touches include a genuine bone nut and narrow-tall frets as compared to the American Standard. Guitarists have been smitten with the Strat since 1954, and over 60 years later the guitar is still regarded as one of the finest instruments ever made. While the Strat has seen tons of tweaks and changes over the years, the new American Professional Stratocaster brings a whole new dimension to the instrument. Once in your hands, the combination of killer good looks and modern-vintage tone prove that the American Professional Stratocaster carries the flame for the Fender brand.