Thursday, February 11, 2016

2007 American Series Stratocaster

This segment focuses on a Chrome Red 2007 American Series Stratocaster. It was a smooth player, thanks to the rolled fingerboard edges. However, a couple of problems needed to be addressed. Among these were badly tarnished frets, a dead neck pickup, messy wiring (someone had taken a soldering iron to the innards); and a worn-out 2nd (Delta Tone) tone control. I ended up restringing this strat, resetting the action/intonation, replacing the neck pickup and tone control, rewiring the electronics; and giving the frets a good clean and polish. Now, let's take a look at some specs, as sourced from the Fender Frontline 2006 Catalog (pp. 60 - 61) and Fender Forums.

Model Name: American Stratocaster®

Series: American Series

Body: Alder

Neck: Maple, Modern “C” Shape, Satin Polyurethane Finish

Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5” Radius, hand-rolled fingerboard edges

No. of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo

Scale Length: 25.5”

Width at Nut: 1.6875”

Hardware: Chrome

Machine Heads: Fender®/Schaller® Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines

Bridge: American 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Stainless Steel Saddles

Pickups: 3 American Strat® Single-Coil Pickups

Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade

Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1 (Neck Pickup), Tone 2 (Delta Tone)*

*The “Delta Tone” system includes a high output bridge pickup and "No-Load" tone control for Middle and Bridge Pickups

Special Features:
(1)Staggered tuning machines which "provide more of an angle over the nut for better tuning."
(2)Original contour body made of solid, non-veneered alder; "providing more resonance and tone."
(3)Stamped neck plate.
(4)Micro-Tilt™ adjustment, which "acts like a shim allowing the player to adjust the tilt of the neck."
(5)Rolled-edge neck for "smooth playing action."

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