Introducing The American Ultra Series | Fender

apeekaboo

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Can't watch it with sound atm. Looks great though! The fat strat seem to have everything I already have in my Edwards Snapper, for double the price. I'm being a bit cheeky here... But if I absolutely had to have the Fender name on the headstock, I'd be interested.
 
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Just looked at them all on the Fender site. Color choices range from mundane to just plain ugly. That’s the best they could come up with. I guess “Ultra Burst” sounds better than “Almost A Clown Burst”
I'm all the way to Clown Burst, already.

One should, as Cutaway said above, buy the used Deluxe for $ 800. $ 1,200 will buy one heck of a lot of fantastic pickups.


Remember, not all new products are better than the ones preceding them.
 

COYS

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The Elite series seems to have been renamed Ultra, so these are just incremental updates.

Elite had a compound C to D neck profile - the Ultra has "Modern D"
Elite had a 9.5"-14" compound radius - Ultra has 10"-14"
Elite had N4 Noiseless pickups - Ultra has "Ultra Noiseless" pickups (a 5th generation?)
Elite had S-1 switching - Ultra has S-1 plus 'Gilmour' switching option
Additional sculpted body contours

Looks nice to me. The Elites were already great and I think this will improve them even further to the eye of those who aren't vintage purists.
 

Pongo

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I’ll be a good consumer and give the Jazzmaster an honest try, but from what (admittedly very little) I’ve seen and heard so far, a used American Pro/Std JM is much more likely.

The Deluxe/Elite line were very good guitars, but the extra bells and whistles have always been unnecessary or felt tacked on. I can’t imagine that not being the case here. It’s kind of a curse — at some point of sleek sportiness, they just don’t feel like “Fender” to me anymore. Like a ‘68 Ford Mustang trying to be a BMW M8 or something: too nice for their own good, if that makes any sense.
 

Agramal

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The Elite series seems to have been renamed Ultra, so these are just incremental updates.

Elite had a compound C to D neck profile - the Ultra has "Modern D"
Elite had a 9.5"-14" compound radius - Ultra has 10"-14"
Elite had N4 Noiseless pickups - Ultra has "Ultra Noiseless" pickups (a 5th generation?)
Elite had S-1 switching - Ultra has S-1 plus 'Gilmour' switching option
Additional sculpted body contours

Looks nice to me. The Elites were already great and I think this will improve them even further to the eye of those who aren't vintage purists.
I hope this drives down Elite used prices.
 




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