Strat Review and Pics Bought this three-piece alder American Deluxe Strat in 2007. Only other Strat experience has been a light blue '92 Mex model. Years of battling hum from those loud ceramic pickups made me a good candidate for this newer guitar's noiseless SNC pups. I believe Bill Lawrence designed them. Neck unit sounds full, round, ringing. I appreciate all five switch positions. The five additional fat tones work well with amp or pedal overdrive. These tones are kinda new for Fender, but I think they stand well on their own. The Deluxe is no vintage Strat but still quite a good addition to the lineup. The neck, fretwork, fit, and finish are very good. Played unplugged, the guitar rings beautifully and vibrates nicely in hand. Body curves are extra curvy -- something that got lost there for awhile on Strats. (Fender has made a point to return to the nice curves, according to The Stratocaster Chronicles, Celebrating Fifty Years of the Fender Strat, by Tom Wheeler). Its simple to change strings with the locking tuners. And strings hold pitch even after weeks in the case. That's where this guitar sat when I got my Nocasters in January. For vintage Fender tone, I havent found a custom shop Strat I like as much as the Nocasters. But for something modern, I like this Deluxe Strat. Not a guitar I expect to see on stage -- because of the cool factor -- but a comfortable, versatile guitar at a good price. I played this Deluxe just about every day for well more than a year, and I purchased four good tube amps using that guitar to audition them. The guitar continues to sound good with all four of those amps -- 66 Ampeg Gemini II, Bogner Duende, 68 Fender Princeton Reverb, and Koch Studiotone. I'll try to post a sound clip.