I understand enough to know the humbuckers Eliminate the 60c hum, but what about the sound? } Thanks for the reply and encouragement. Unfortunately the used scene in my area hasn't looked to promising. background: url(https://guitar.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Fender-American-Ultra-Strat-Headstock-12@1400x1050.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; Other body sculpting is as expected, with the Stratocaster featuring the plunging ribcage contour and forearm chamfer that Fender got so spectacularly right back in 1954. I will def have to try out the HSS when I start shopping as zz top and acdc are both among my favorites. background: url(https://guitar.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Fender-American-Ultra-Strat-Knobs-10@1400x1050.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; Does the HSS limit my styles all or would it still be pretty versatile? With all this talk of treble content, you’d be forgiven for expecting eyeball-slicing Tele tone, but plugging in reveals a classy, hi-fidelity take on Leo’s time-honoured design. Please excuse another rookie question. Thanks. But if it’s country, indie, soul, power-pop, funk, punk or 60s R&B tones you need, the American Ultra Telecaster will take care of business in style. In our final part of our look at the stylings of the legendary Three Kings, we tackle the searing style of Freddie King. Being Fenders, they’ll almost certainly hold their value better than some of the boutique competition, too. background: url(https://guitar.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Fender-American-Ultra-Strat-Pickups-7@1400x1050.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; Here, S-1 toggles between series and parallel twin-pickup voices to deliver the series tone often found on Telecasters with four-way wiring, although you don’t have to grapple with a slightly disorientating four-position lever. The humbucker is only really important in 1 of the 5 pickup positions. Isn't the humming also eliminated with switch in 2 & 4 position on SSS? For 2020, Fender’s flagship American Elite line has been superseded by a new series: American Ultra.Although American Elite instruments were only introduced to the catalogue at Winter NAMM 2016, at the launch of Fender’s Songs learning app in New York back in October, Fender CEO Andy Mooney explained that the company had streamlined its product lifecycle from seven to four years. Both guitars are acoustically vibrant with a long, even decay and plenty of harmonic interest – all the right ingredients for an impressive amplified performance, but more on that later. Although some of these features have been inherited from the previous Elite models, throughout the Ultra range, the aesthetics, sonics and playing experience all seem to have gone up a notch or two, which simply makes for sexier, sharper-looking and more desirable musical instruments. Guitar.com is the world’s leading authority and resource for all things guitar. There's not a lot of examples of the different sounds, because still the majority of pickups there are single coils. There are plenty of D-profiles out there with flatter backs and fuller shoulders, but you soon forget about nomenclature and measurements once you start auditioning either of these guitars. Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Agent00Vic, Sep 6, 2011. The Ultra series features a sparkling range of new metallic finishes mixed with these heavily contoured bodies in mind, with several of the colours taking on slightly different hues depending on light conditions. The pedal is based around the searing tones of Tony Iommi. It’s almost like your Nashville soirée suddenly transitioned from trading Luther Perkins licks in a honky-tonk on Broadway to an all-night jam at Easy Eye Sound with Dan Auerbach. Other than some slightly rough edges in the bridge and control-plate cutouts of the Telecaster’s pickguard, both Ultras appear to have been built with the kind of laser-precision you’d hope for – but don’t always get – at this price point. But if a guitar comes with a Fender logo on its headstock, the sense of responsibility must weigh heavy during the design process. The Australian guitarist on her Gibson signature model, Flying Vs, fuzz and why she didn’t sweat the small stuff on new album, O. } The Ultras are £60 more expensive than their Elite equivalents, but they offer much more than a 3.3 per cent upgrade on the class of 2016. Justin Norvell agrees. Experienced players tend to have rather visceral reactions to neck shapes but it’s important to remember that what initially feels inviting might not seem quite so comfortable an hour into a 90-minute live set… however, that’s probably a bigger discussion for another day. “The idea of modifying the body shapes is not one that we take lightly,” he asserts. ... American Professional II Stratocaster® HSS. The November 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! This means a big difference in sound when the first position of the pickup selector is engaged. #tdi_175_36f .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item3 { Technical modern rock players are well catered for. Should music style or taste be a factor in that decision? #tdi_175_36f .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item6 { This is excellent help. In combination with medium-jumbo frets, the compound 10-14” radius does its job without feeling excessively flat or jarringly modern. This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene. The American Professional II Stratocaster® HSS draws from more than sixty years of innovation, inspiration and evolution to meet the demands of today’s working player. }. We take a look back at Elephant – the duo’s heavy-hitting 2003 garage-rock masterpiece that unleashed rock’s last truly world-conquering riff. Country music superstar Brad Paisley has a new signature Fender guitar - an Esquire with a secret weapon. Can you give some more good recognizable examples of SSS sounds? Which of those solutions you favour is a matter of personal preference, but we can all agree they both provide easier access for neck relief tweaks than having to pop the neck off, vintage-style. What is the diff in sound on HSS vs SSS? #tdi_176_f35 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 { The September 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. Perhaps it’s because there’s no transition between finished and unfinished wood, but the Tele’s satin ’board edges have an even smoother feel than the Strat’s, and as a result the single-cut is the more addictive of the two guitars here. HSS is better if you're using heavy distortion. background: url(https://guitar.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Fender-American-Ultra-Strat-Fretboard-8@1400x1050.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; The most dangerous time of year for your wallets is here. Main Stratocaster Guitar Discussion Forum, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. For 2020, Fender’s flagship American Elite line has been superseded by a new series: American Ultra. The Telecaster also gains a little huggability thanks to a substantial belly-cut of its own. It’s a smart move given the current omnipresence of offset-body guitars. Time to remind ourselves of just 20 of his countless great guitar moments. It's a collaboration with keyboard player David Garfield. Fender literally wrote the book on electric basses, laying the foundation for musical innovation and evolution. Fender has now gone through five generations of its Noiseless pickups but it regards the new Ultra Noiseless units as the best it has ever produced. So far, so frictionless. Removing our review guitars from their stackable moulded hard cases reveals that the asymmetric heel idea has been carried over from the Elite series, but now the heel tapers to approximately 13mm at its thinnest point under the neck plate. In a Strat, SSS absolutely. The American Ultra Strat’s two-point vibrato and floating set-up won’t be for everyone – we clearly can’t get away with the faux-pedal-steel country shenanigans we enjoy so much with a Bigsby – but there’s an awful lot of expression on tap here for everything from woozy Hawaiian-style glissandos to whinnying pinch harmonics. There’s still no better noodling platform than a Stratocaster neck pickup into spring reverb and this is no exception, with all the subtle variations of your right-hand attack coming through, whether you play with a pick, fingers, or both. The latest guitar news, reviews and features delivered to your inbox. If you like the strat sound yet need a humbucker, go HSS. The enjoyable woody bite of the neck position is a real highlight, and the series mix introduces an altogether raunchier personality when you start to add overdrive. I may play a little country on it but most likely I'll use my acoustic when I'm in the country mood.