Fender has announced the American Ultra Luxe electric guitar series, described as an evolution of the Ultra series and the brand’s “most advanced series” yet.
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The Augmented “D” neck is an update to the Modern “D” profile that Fender claims feels fuller towards the 12th fret. The neck is completed with a smooth Ultra satin finish for increased playability.
Meanwhile, the stainless-steel frets are hardier than the brand’s usual nickel-silver ones, and are said to offer a “fluid, glassy playing feel” that should make bending silky smooth.
American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster
This high-performance Stratocaster pairs an ash body with a maple neck and compound-radius fretboard furnished with 22 medium-jumbo frets. It’s fitted with a trio of Ultra Noiseless Vintage pickups, routed to a five-position blade switch. For even more tonal variety, an S-1 switch lets you add the neck pickup to certain positions. Other hardware features include sealed locking tuners and a Tusq nut.
It comes in Plasma Red Burst and 2-colour Sunburst.
American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster Floyd Rose HSS
Loaded with two Ultra Noiseless Hot Strat single-coils and an Ultra Double Tap Humbucker, this Stratocaster offers a versatile array of sound options. Its build includes an alder body and maple neck. There’s also a Floyd Rose Original vibrato for dive bombs and expressive ‘cat purrs’.
It comes in either Silver Burst and Mystic Black with a rosewood fingerboard.
American Ultra Luxe Telecaster
This high-end take on the Telecaster is designed with a tapered neck heel and a sculpted rear body contour for increased playing comfort. It has an ash body and maple neck with 22 medium-jumbo frets. Pickups include a pair of Ultra Noiseless Vintage Tele single-coils, routed to a three-way selector and an S-1 switch, which activates series wiring in the middle position.
It comes in 2-colour Sunburst and Transparent Surf Green finishes.
American Ultra Luxe Telecaster Floyd Rose HH
Finally, there’s a two-humbucker Telecaster. The Ultra Luxe Tele Floyd Rose HH features a pair of Custom Double Tap pickups and a Floyd Rose Original vibrato system. This alder-bodied guitar has a maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets.
It comes in a Black finish.
Pricing and availability
The Ultra Luxe Telecaster and Stratocaster are priced at $/£2,239 each, while the HSS Stratocaster and HH Telecaster go for $/£2,339 apiece.
Learn more at Fender.com