It can be a fine line – remember Gibson’s embrace of Robot Tuner models in 2015? Meet the most affordable USA Strat Who is the best acoustic guitarist of 2020? The curved heel joint and contouring around it was seen on the Elite before and is something of a revolution for the Strat design. For that it lives up to the Ultra name. • Frets: 22, medium jumbo The Elite also had a wheel adjusting truss rod, but the Ultra moves back to a traditional adjustment located behind the bone nut. MusicRadar verdict: All these Ultra features tools at your disposal add up to a really impressive and versatile Strat, and that’s the standard we’d expect for this money. Thank you for signing up to Musicradar. The Fender American Ultra Stratocaster is a powerful, advanced, super-versatile axe for the modern player! The radius taper is also subtle and that nod to aiding comfort and speed is complemented at the back too. • Controls: 5-position pickup selector switch, master volume control (with S-1 switch and treble bleed), tone 1 (neck & middle), tone 2 (no-load pot) • Left-handed models: No Subscribe to our newsletter to receive regular updates. They may have Fender’s golden era in their DNA, but these high-performance instruments have been built for contemporary players who want to make music on their own terms . Among the new revamped features is the modern D neck shape, which was previously a ‘C-to-D’ on the Elite series. MusicRadar is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. This Stratocaster arguably benefits the most from that too. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Visit our corporate site. impressive and versatile Strat, and that’s the standard we’d expect for this money", The 10 best Stratocasters A few have succeeded, but only because they had the shoulders of the Fender giant on which to stand upon. How to keep such a classic, timeless, and culturally ingrained instrument true to its heritage, whilst not isolating die-hard vintage-purist fans, yet still pursuing innovation and growth? On commence par la Fender American Ultra Stratocaster HSS (2139€) dont le micro humbucker Ultra Double Tap en position chevalet nous place tout de suite dans le registre de la modernité. Upon opening the case, there was no initial surprise. The curved heel joint and contouring around it was seen on the Elite before and is something of a revolution for the Strat design, • Fender American Performer Stratocaster And yet still, amid a mind-boggling sea of choices for aspiring and professional guitarists alike, the Fender Strat reigns supreme. Details like the gold logos and the gorgeous finishes immediately identify these guitars with an image of luxury. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? 20th December 2019. There are very few guitars in the world that elicit such palpable responses as the Fender Stratocaster. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Fender American Ultra Stratocaster review: Tone. Share. They’re also as quiet as you’d realistically hope. Chris Vinnicombe. And looking at the specs across the American-made Ultra Series, it’s undoubtedly Fender’s most contemporary. BA1 1UA. By the fourth generation, found on the Elite series, shielded wire was used for even more effective noise reduction, along with higher output Alnico 5 magnets, Pressing a subtle switch on the volume control activates S1 switching that adds the neck pickup into series when activated in positions 1, 2 and 3; position 1: bridge and neck, position 2: bridge, middle and neck, position 3: middle and neck. Fender American Ultra Stratocaster Review. Buyers' guides to all the best music gear, 8 best keyboards for beginners and kids 2020: Start playing today with these top beginner keyboards, The best DAWs 2020: the best digital audio workstations for PC and Mac, Free music samples: download loops, hits and multis from SampleRadar, Bidding starts at $1 million, as Eric Clapton's 1954 Fender Stratocaster ”Slowhand” is up for auction, Arturia responds to Behringer’s KeyStep MIDI keyboard lookalike Swing: “This is not fair competition”, The 30 greatest synth players of all time: keyboard wizards, programming gurus and sound design legends. Email. Twitter. It is the guitarists guitar, a timeless classic. • Case: Deluxe moulded hardshell included Released over 70 years ago, it is still as versatile and as unique as the day it came out. The idea is it gets flatter as you go up. With the Elite series Fender is moving forwards It is the guitarists guitar, a timeless classic.