Fender American Ultra Stratocaster SSS & HSS: New Pickups, New Design

A few days ago, Fender launched a teaser stating “Never Play a Fender The Same Way Again”. Now the company has uncovered that mystery by introducing the new Fender American Ultra Series. This new Ultra lineup features Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster, Precision Bass, and Jazz Bass. In this article, we will talk about Fender American Ultra Stratocaster SSS and HSS models.

Fender American Ultra Stratocaster SSS

American Ultra Stratocaster SSS comes with three “Ultra Noiseless Vintage Strat” Single-Coil Pickups. You also get the S1 switch that gives even more tonal options with just a single tap. These ultra pickups are a new take over the Gen 4 Noiseless pickups from Fender. In terms of sound, you will hear the same classic single-coil sound but without any hum.

This model uses Alder or Ash body with sculpted rear contours. It comes in seven different colors with either rosewood or maple fretboards. This new Ultra model is the D shape neck with rolled fretboard edges. This helps a lot in terms of playability as you get an extra element of comfort. If you’re into guitar solos, you will greatly benefit from the 10”-14” compound-radius fingerboard and tapered neck heel to do bends in the upper register.

Fender American Ultra Stratocaster HSS

HSS will offer one Ultra Double Tap humbucking bridge pickup with two Ultra Noiseless Hot Strat single-coil pickups (middle and neck). The two “hot” single-coil pickups in this guitar are also the newest offering from Fender. This guitar will provide you a modern warm sound with lots of gain.

Thanks to the S1 switch that makes this guitar so versatile. With just a tap on the volume knob, you can split the Ultra Double Tap humbucking pickup into single-coil. Unlike other guitars, you get an even amount of gain across the board.

Just like the SSS model, American Ultra Strat HSS uses the same Alder or ash body with sculpted rear contours. Instead of 7, it will come in 6 color options with maple or rosewood fretboards. The construction is just the same as the SSS model with new design and contours.


The pricing for Fender American Ultra Stratocaster SSS and HSS ranges from $1899.99 to $1999.99 on Amazon.

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Ishaan Sarna

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