Introducing The American Ultra Series | Fender

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  1. TomBombadil

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    Please tell me I'm not the only person underwhelmed.
     
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    Just slightly tweaked Elites. I don't know why anyone would care.
     
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    As a Fender fan boy I have this to say ... great, another recycled name for a guitar I won’t be buying. Ymmv
     
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    well, I would be underwhlemed too, if I did not expect EXACTLY what they put out.

    so I just don't give a rats a$$.

    why they just don't release a California Special (not the custom shop unobtainium) is beyond me.
     
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    I couldn’t make it through the whole video.
     
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    I just noticed there's no ebony. Ugh
     
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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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    So it's 2k for a Tele Ultra or I could just be patient and get a used Deluxe for $800.
     
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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 “Plasma Burst” sounds better than “Almost A Clown Burst”
     
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    I'm not sure what they were trying to say they are now doing compared to what they already have done.
     
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    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.

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    Remember, not all new products are better than the ones preceding them.
     
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    That's actually a more complimentary image than most of those I have seen.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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    Sad to say but I agree. Pretty boring release if you ask me. I do like that they’re trying things out though.
     
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    I mostly just wish they had better colors. Why do I have to get a custom shop strat to get one in shell pink?
     
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    I hope this drives down Elite used prices.
     
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