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2013 Fender S-1 Switching Changes

American Deluxe Stratocaster 2013 S-1 Swtiching Diagram

2013 American Deluxe Stratocaster S-1 Switching Diagram

There have been reports of some new switching changes for the 2013 series Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster S-1 switching system. The Fender website is still showing the same wiring as found on the 2010 series of American Deluxe Stratocaster but some people have gotten a new S-1 swtiching diagram with their 2013 Deluxe Stratocasters. If you click on the picture on the right you will see the new pickup combinations listed with the 2013 guitars. If you want to see the older S-1 switching combinations then check out our Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster S-1 Switching System page.

It looks like the special tone capacitor is gone and a selection to have neck, middle and bridge pickups on simultaneously in series is now available. My suggestion to anyone with questions about which S1 system you have on your guitar is to do the following test: With the guitar plugged into your amp and the S-1 switch depressed take a small flat blade screwdriver and lightly touch a magnet on each pickup and listen for a louder pop through your amplifier. This will let you know that the pickup is currently switched on. Do this with the blade selector in each position and write down which pickups are on in each position. This will give you a good starting point to match you guitar up with the correct S-1 switching diagram.

Here’s a list of the 2013 5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1TM:

S-1 Switch Up (off):
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Parallel
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup in Parallel
Position 5. Neck Pickup

S-1 Switch Down (On):
Position 1. Bridge pickup in parallel with Neck & Middle pickups in series
Position 2. Neck pickup in parallel with Middle & Bridge pickups in series
Position 3. Middle and Bridge pickups in Series
Position 4. Neck & Middle pickups in series
Position 5. All pickups in series



Fender N3 Noiseless Pickups Sound Clips

Fender has made a nice series of YouTube videos that demo the sound of their pickups in an American Standard Stratocaster guitar. I’m going to post up two videos that highlight the sound of the Fender N3 Noiseless Pickups. I personally like the sound of these pickups and have been enjoying them in my American Deluxe Stratocaster. You can find more information about these pickups in my Fender Noiseless N3 Pickups Review.

The first clip is the sound of the pickups through a clean amp setting. The amplifier is a Fender Super-Sonic 22 combo and for the clean sound it is run through the Vintage channel with the EQ set flat.

 

The second clip is the sound of the N3 Noiseless pickups using a dirty tone. The amplifier is a Fender Super-Sonic 22 combo with the guitar running through the Burn channel using medium gain. The EQ is set flat.




American Series Stratocaster Features Rolled Edges On The Neck

Rolled Stratocaster Fingerboard Edge

Rolled edges of a Stratocaster neck

Have you ever played on a vintage Stratocaster that is about 30 years old? If you have then you’ve probably noticed how comfortable the neck feels in your hand. One of the reasons for that is because over time the edges of the fretboard slowly wear down and become rounded. This gives the neck a very silky feel when you slide your hand on the neck while you play.

A lot of players and guitar technicians will take a screwdriver and roll the edges of non-rolled necks. Some will take a file and file the edges of the neck so that they are round. Either technique requires a lot of practice and skill or you will permanently damage your neck. I’m really happy that Fender manufactures a rolled neck at the factory for the American series Stratocasters.

One of the nicest features of the American series Stratocaster are the rolled edges on the neck of the guitar. The factory actually presses the edges of the neck to give it a round, smooth feel. Fender also takes the time to file and contour the edges of the frets so that they smoothly align with the rolled edges of the neck. That makes the edges of the neck feel just as smooth as possible and it’s a difference that you can feel.

So when you’re thinking about purchasing a Fender American series Stratocaster make sure to take notice of the rolled edges on the neck. It sounds like a small feature but it’s a really wonderful addition to the guitar.
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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Features Strap Locks

Fender Strap Locks and Buttons

Fender Strap Locks and Buttons

One of the most useful features found on the Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster are the locking strap buttons. If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of your guitar falling off it’s strap and crashing to the floor then you already know the value of a locking guitar strap system. My beautiful Jeff Beck Custom Stratocaster has a nasty piece of body rash on it from falling off it’s strap and landing on the cast iron base of my microphone stand. I learned a valuable lesson that day and immediately purchased a set of locking strap buttons for my Strat.

The American Deluxe Stratocaster comes standard with Fender strap locks and buttons. These fine strap locks are made by Schaller and are very easy to install on any guitar strap you would like to use with your Stratocaster. You simply insert the strap lock through the holes on your guitar strap, put the washer on the strap lock and tighten down the nut to secure the strap lock to your guitar strap. The lock clicks into place on the strap lock button which is already installed on your Fender Stratocaster. It just doesn’t get any easier to install and use a strap locking system.

The Fender strap locks are very secure and I’ve never had a guitar fall off of the strap since I’ve been using them. I have them installed on all of my guitars and have even installed the Fender Strap Locks on my Gibson Les Paul guitars. It makes it easy to switch guitars onstage when all the guitars have the same locking strap buttons on them. I do recommend checking the nut for tightness every other gig or so. They do sometimes loosen up and you’ll also want to check the strap button on the guitar itself to make sure it’s not coming unscrewed either. I add a little Big Bends Nut Sauce to the buttons to make sure the strap lock moves smoothly when the guitar is hanging from the strap.

You can play with confidence and swing your guitar around onstage knowing that it will be held securely by your Fender Strap Locks!

Fender Strap Locks and Buttons Set Fender Strap Locks and Buttons SetGenuine Fender special strap locks and buttons keep your favorite Fender guitar safe and secure. The set includes 2 locks, 2 buttons, 2 screws, and felt washers.



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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster S-1 Switching System

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster S-1 Switch

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster S-1 Switch

One of the biggest improvements on the Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster is the versatile S-1TMSwitching System. For years Strat players have been looking for additional sounds out of the 3-pickup configuration featured on the Stratocaster. The search began with the very first production of the Fender Stratocaster and players discovered that they could turn on the bridge-and-middle pickup or the middle-and-neck pickup by placing the original 3-way selector switch in-between the pickup selector settings. This gave players not only two new sounds but also two hum-cancelling settings for their Stratocaster.

Fender responded by creating the 5-way blade style pickup selector switch with a permanent 2 and 4 position for using the bridge/middle or middle/neck pickup settings. The search for pickup selection options didn’t end there. Many players wired in additional switches to have access to other pickup combinations such as bridge/neck or bridge/middle/neck pickup settings. These wiring’s can get very complex especially with the addition of noiseless pickups and their additional wire leads. Players had asked Fender for years to create a production model that included these pickup wiring’s but it was always too costly for Fender to produce.

Fender finally responded to Stratocaster player’s wishes with the introduction of the S-1 switching system in 2004. With a simple press of a button the S-1 switch gives you five additional pickup settings with the standard 5-way blade switch. It’s a very simple and elegant switching design on the surface of the guitar with no change made to the Stratocaster’s overall cosmetics.

The wiring itself is very complex although the S1 switch makes wiring the guitar much easier than installing a rotary switch or multiple push-pull switches. The wires from the pickups only have to route to the S-1 switch at the volume knob and to the 5-position blade selector. The S-1 switching system increases production costs but the additional pickup selections really make it worth the cost. If you would like to take a look at the wiring in the 2010 series American Deluxe Stratocaster you can check out this pdf of the wiring diagram. Fender American Deluxe SSS S-1 Switch N3 Pickups Wiring Diagram (2010).

As you can see from the wiring diagram Fender has included what they call a “special” capacitor into the American Deluxe Stratocaster’s wiring. Fender’s reason for including this capacitor is to give the guitar a more radical change in sound in some positions on the pickup selector. With the S-1 switch used in tandem with the 5-position blade switch you now have pickups wired in series, paralell, paralell and series simultaneously as well as being able to have all pickups turned on at the same time.

So what pickup combinations are available on guitars equipped with the S-1 switch? On the 2004-2009 series Fender Deluxe Stratocaster the pickup switching works as follows:

5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1TM:

S-1 Switch Up (off):
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Parallel
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup in Parallel
Position 5. Neck Pickup

S-1 Switch Down:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 2. Bridge Pickup in Parallel with Special Capacitor and in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 3. Bridge/Middle/Neck Pickups with Neck and Bridge Pickups in Parallel and in Series with Middle pickup
Position 4. Neck Pickup in Parallel with Special Capacitor and in Series with Middle Pickup
Position 5. Neck Pickup in Series with Middle Pickup

On the 2010 series Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster the pickup combinations with the S-1 switch are as follows:

5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1TM:

S-1 Switch Up (Off):
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Parallel
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup in Parallel
Position 5. Neck Pickup

S-1 Switch Down (On):
Position 1. Bridge, Middle and Neck Pickups in Series
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Series
Position 3. Middle and Neck Pickup in Series
Position 4. Bridge and Neck Pickup Out-Of-Phase, and in Series with Special Tone Capacitor
Position 5. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Series and Out-Of-Phase, and in Parallel with Neck Pickup

Click here to download a PDF of the 2010 Fender American Deluxe S-1 Switching Combinations. This diagram was created by Scott Bessell. Thanks Scott!

There have also been reports of a new S-1 switching layout for the 2013 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster. To see a picture of the new switching diagram and read about the new options please see the 2013 Fender S-1 Switching Changes post.

Here’s a list of the 2013 5-Position Blade and 2-Position Push/Push S-1TM:

S-1 Switch Up (off):
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup in Parallel
Position 3. Middle Pickup
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup in Parallel
Position 5. Neck Pickup

S-1 Switch Down (On):
Position 1. Bridge pickup in parallel with Neck & Middle pickups in series
Position 2. Neck pickup in parallel with Middle & Bridge pickups in series
Position 3. Middle and Bridge pickups in Series
Position 4. Neck & Middle pickups in series
Position 5. All pickups in series

If you want to determine which S-1 options you have on your guitar you can perform this simple test. Plug your guitar into your amp and depress the S-1 switch. With the blade selector in position 1 take a small flat blade screwdriver and lightly tough a magnet on each one of the pickups. A loud pop from your amp means that the pickup is currently turned on. Do this with the blade selector in each position. This will let you know which pickup is turned on in each position. Then you can match your pickup selection with one of the diagrams listed above.



Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric GuitarThe S-1 switching system adds additional pickup combinations beyond those provided by a standard five-way switch including new combinations of series and parallel wiring for a dazzling array of tonal choice.






Countoured Heel Featured On Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster

Fender Stratocaster Contoured Beveled Neck Heel

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Contoured Beveled Neck Heel

One of the legendary changes that Leo Fender made to the Fender Stratocaster is the addition of body contouring. Body contouring is that nice scooped out section of the guitars body that fits against your hip or ribs. Having body contouring makes the Stratocaster hang comfortably against your body and eliminates the sharp edges found on such guitars as the Les Paul. It makes the Stratocaster a much more comfortable instrument to play.

The latest series of the American Deluxe Stratocaster features a new area of body contouring where the new compound radius neck joins to the body of the guitar. This part of the guitar is called the heel and it’s a block of wood that is used to help hold the bolts in place that attach the neck to the body of the guitar. The heel on older Strats has been a sharp edged square of wood. Well not on the new American Deluxe Series Stratocaster. They feature a new beveled neck heel instead of the sharp edges that were used on previous Strats.

The beveled or contoured neck heel has the lower corner of the wood block shaved down and rounded to perfectly fit your hand. The metal mounting plate that holds the screws to the body is also rounded to fit the neck heel. This new neck heel literally sits perfectly in the palm of your hand when you slide your hand on top of it to reach the upper fret ranges. I’ve never played on a guitar that has such an easy playing neck heel area. Some glued-in neck guitars such as the ES-335 have a nice smooth rounded neck heel and although the new strats aren’t quite that streamlined they are more streamlined than ever before.

The new contoured heel on the American Series Stratocaster is an excellent improvement that you never knew you needed until you’ve played it. Every time I play in those upper fret ranges I appreciate how smooth and efficient the new beveled neck heel is. It’s another improvement that you have to take into consideration when making your purchase of a brand new Fender American Stratocaster.

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar

In the newest evolutionary step for the American Deluxe Stratocaster electric guitar, it maintains its traditional look and feel while introducing upgrades that include three N3 Noiseless single-coil pickups that still produce their revered sparkle and snap and with noiseless design no annoying hum. The S-1 switching system adds additional pickup combinations. The compound radius fretboard ensures strings won’t fret out even with extreme bending.







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Jeff Beck Wins At The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

Jeff Beck Receives Grammy Award at 53rd Annual Grammy's

Jeff Beck Receives Grammy Award at 53rd Annual Grammy's

   One of our very favorite Stratocaster players Jeff Beck was nominated for several awards at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards held on February 13, 2011. Jeff was nominated for a lot of different awards. In fact I was surprised at the number of nominations Jeff got this year. I guess that’s why he made the trip to the Grammy Awards show and it was good to see him. It’s too bad they didn’t have him perform this year since he had such a great release with his album Emotion & Commotion

   Here’s a list of the nominations that Jeff Beck received at this years Grammy Awards: 

  • Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals – “Imagine” with Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare from The Imagine Project
  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance – “Nessun Dorma” from Jeff Beck – Emotion & Commotion
  • Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals – “I Put A Spell On You” Jeff Beck & Joss Stone from Emotion & Commotion
  • Best Rock Instrumental Performance – “Hammerhead” from Jeff Beck – Emotion & Commotion
  • Best Rock Album – Emotion & Commotion
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists – “Imagine” from The Imagine Project
  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – Emotion & Commotion with Steve Lipson, engineer

   As you can see, that’s quite a list! The best nomination of course was for Best Rock Album which would represent a huge win because of the genre’s huge audience. So how did Jeff do? Well let me tell you, Jeff Beck got himself some shiny new Grammy Awards to take home with him this year. 

Here is a list of wins for Jeff Beck at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards: 

  • Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals – “Imagine” with Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare from The Imagine Project
  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance – “Nessun Dorma” Jeff Beck from Emotion & Commotion
  • Best Rock Instrumental Performance – “Hammerhead” Jeff Beck from Emotion & Commotion

   So there you have it, Jeff brought home 3 brand new Grammy Awards to go with his collection of Grammy’s. The great thing for us as Stratocaster players is the fact that Jeff has given the world some more excellent playing using the Fender Stratocaster as his main instrument. I just wish he would have won Best Rock Album but the Grammy’s of course get these things wrong a lot of the time. 

   For your pleasure, here’s a video of Jeff Beck performing the Best Rock Instrumental Performance award winning song “Hammerhead” live at the Grammy Museum.
Jeff Beck – Hammerhead – Live At The Grammy Museum 2010

Keep Your Fender Stratocaster In Tune With Locking Tuners

Fender Staggered Locking Tuning Machines

Fender Staggered Locking Tuners On The American Deluxe Stratocaster

The other day on Deluxe Guitar I wrote a post about the synchronized 2-point tremolo found on the Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster. The synchronized 2-point tremolo is only half the equation when it comes to keeping your Stratocaster in tune. That’s why Fender staggered locking tuners come as standard equipment on the American Deluxe Stratocaster. They are not found from the factory on the American Standard Stratocaster but they can be purchased and installed as an aftermarket add-on.

First of all, if you’re not familiar with how locking tuning machines work let me explain. With a locking tuner you simply slide the string through a hole in the middle of the tuning post and pull the string as tight as you can with your hand. Then you turn a locking knob on the bottom of the tuner to clamp the string in place in the hole. After that you simply tune the string up to pitch and clip off the extra bit of string length. You are usually in tune within a half a turn of the locking tuner!

I absolutely love the locking tuners on my American Deluxe Strat for a number of reasons. The most obvious reason of course is the fact that they help keep the guitar in tune so well. They accomplish this by eliminating string slippage on the tuning post of the tuner. You never have to wind the string over itself with locking tuners and having no wraps on the tuning post eliminates snagging which can lead to tuning problems.

The thing I love the most about my locking tuners is the speed at which I can change the strings. If you’ve ever had a Floyd Rose locking bridge and nut system then you know what a pain in the ass it is to have to get out the wrenches, clip strings, tune, clamp, un-clamp, re-tune, clamp and eventually get your Floyd Rose in tune after severly crushing your strings at the nut. With the Fender locking tuners and the 2-point synchronized tremolo you simply pull the string through the bridge, across the nut, through the locking tuner, clamp the string, tune and clip. I can literally have my strings changed and tuned in 5 minutes. The convenience is simply unbelievable compared to conventional tuners or locking nut systems.

Another thing that’s nicely designed on the Fender locking tuners is the stagger of the tuning posts. As the posts get farther from the neck they are shorter and closer to the headstock. This gives you a better angle for the string pull across the nut. By having a staggered design to the tuning posts Fender has been able to eliminate one of the string trees on the headstock of the Stratocaster. This also gives you better tuning stability.

I do have one tip when stringing your locking tuners. I like to have no windings at all touching the string post of my locking tuners. So I actually press down on the tremolo arm when I’m pulling the strings tight through the locking tuners. Then when I let up on the tremolo arm the string is almost in tune and I only have to turn the tuner 1/4 turn to be in tune. This makes it so the strings never wind around the post. They only touch the edge of the hole where the string inserts into the locking portion of the tuner. This has given me excellent tuning stability and once the strings are played on for about 30 minutes they hardly ever go back out of tune. I do use a some Big Bends Nut Sauce to lube the friction points at the bridge, nut and across the string tree and it really makes my tuning stable.

So if you purchase a Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster or American Deluxe V-Neck Stratocaster you’ll have locking tuners shipped with your guitar. You can purchase Fender Locking Tuners as a replacement for the tuners on all the other strats.





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Brushed-finish Fender Schaller Locking Tuners.






Fender V-Neck Stratocaster And C-Neck Stratocaster

C Neck Profile And V Neck Profile

C-Neck (left) and V-Neck (right)

One question I get asked all the time at Deluxe Guitar concerns the different neck profiles found on the American Deluxe Stratocaster guitar. Fender is currently offering two production neck profiles. They are the “C” shaped neck profile and the “V” shaped neck profile. What’s the difference between the C-neck profile and the V-neck profile? Well it’s as simple as looking at the letters “C” and “V” because the back of the neck where your hand rests is shaped exactly like one of those two letters.

It’s important to note that the fretboard itself is the same compound radius on both the V-neck and the C-neck profiles. The picture to the right at the top of this post shows the two different neck profiles currently in use on the Fender Stratocaster. The picture below shows some of the commonly used neck profiles on modern electric guitars. Fender’s V-neck profile is a soft “V” neck profile:

Guitar Neck Profile Shapes

Common Neck Shape Profiles

As you can see, the difference is quite obvious when looking at the necks side-by-side. Why are there two different neck shapes being used on the Fender Stratocaster? It all comes down to personal player preference and a bit of Stratocaster history.

When the Strat was introduced the neck was a V-shape and was later changed to a C-shape because of player feedback to Fender asking for a more comfortable neck shape. That change alone created a lot of different opinions about neck shape for the Stratocaster. I’m sure you’ve heard people say “Nothing plays like those old 50’s Fender Stratocasters!” Part of the reason for the difference in playability is the fact that that 50’s Strats had a V-shape neck.

So which neck is better, the V-neck or the C-neck? Well that’s completely a matter of personal opinion and you’ll get different answers from different guitarists. Some find the C-shape much more comfortable than the V-shape and vice versa. I can tell you from personal experience the differences I’ve noticed in how the necks feel. I have both a V-neck American Deluxe Stratocaster and a C-Neck American Deluxe Stratocaster.

The C-neck leaves a small pocket of space between the palm of my hand and the guitar neck when I’m playing. The neck seems to contact my hand more at the bottom joint of my thumb and the bottom joint of my first finger. I am able to flatten my hand against the back of the C-neck and get a little better reach while fretting. I feel like the neck is less present in my hand with the C-neck allowing my fingers to more freely dance around the fretboard.

In contrast, the V-neck makes more contact with the palm of my hand while I’m playing. It does shorten my reach just a bit on the fret side. The V-neck also gives me a bit more neck to brace my thumb against while I’m playing bar chords. I feel like the V-neck gives me a greater connection to the neck and the guitar. I like feeling a chunk of wood in my hand while I play. I do feel like the V-neck is more cumbersome while playing fast phrases.

I can honestly say that the difference in feel between the C-neck and the V-neck is very minor to me. I’m able to easily switch between the two guitars without taking hardly any notice at all of the neck shape. If I was looking to buy a new Stratocaster, the shape of the current V-neck and C-neck Strats is so subtly different that having one neck or the other on my Strat would not be a deal breaker when purchasing.

In my opinion the color of the guitar is more important to my purchasing decision than the shape of neck with how subtly different the two necks are. Which brings me to the fact that there are different color options available on the V-neck American Deluxe Stratocaster as opposed to the C-neck American Deluxe Stratocaster. The only neck option available on a Candy Apple Red or solid Black American Deluxe Stratocaster is the V-neck. So if your heart is set on either a red or black American Deluxe Stratocaster then you’re going to be playing on a V-neck. Still, that’s not a bad thing at all because both neck shapes are excellent!





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The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster V Neck.






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Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster C-Neck guitar.






Fender American Deluxe Statocaster 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo

Fender Stratocaster 2-point floating tremolo

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster 2-point Tremolo

The Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster  and the American Standard Stratocaster both feature a 2-point synchronized tremolo bridge. This is an upgrade from the 6-point vintage style tremolo used on the Standard Stratocaster and the American Vintage Stratocaster. Fender has been using the 2-point synchronized tremolo since 1986. It is similar in design to the Floyd Rose 2-point locking tremolo although it doesn’t lock the strings like the Floyd Rose. There are some big advantages in using the deluxe 2-point synchronized tremolo over the vintage style tremolo or even the Floyd Rose locking tremolo.

The biggest advantage of the 2-point synchronized tremolo is tuning stability. It’s obvious that the fewer friction points you have on your floating bridge the better it will stay in tune. So removing 4 of the mounting points present in the vintage style tremolo reduces the number of friction points by that same amount. Floyd Rose developed the 2-point tremolo for the very simple reason of increasing tuning stability. Fender, taking a cue from the Floyd Rose,  uses a knife-edge design for the two pivot points that rock on the two studs mounted into the body. I always lube these two pivot points with a shot of Big Bends Nut Sauce to reduce the friction even farther and it makes the pivots silky smooth.

Another big advantage of the deluxe 2-point tremolo versus the vintage style tremolo is the solid steel string block saddles that the strings rest on. I much prefer them to the bent steel saddles present on the vintage tremolo unit. I like the solid block saddles because of their more massive feel which I believe gives the string better sustain.

Speaking of sustain, the deluxe 2-point tremolo also features a solid block of metal to increase the sustain of the strings. It also helps to counterbalance the pull of the strings against the pull of the tremolo springs.  The 2010 American Deluxe Stratocaster features a pop-in tremolo arm that mounts in this tremolo block. There are adjustment screws on the tremolo block that adjust how easy or hard to make the tremolo arm pop-in as well as how easy or hard it is to swing the tremolo arm out of the way.

As for the Fender Deluxe 2-point tremolo’s advantage over the Floyd Rose locking tremolo. I personally don’t like to have to clip my strings and bother with locking them in place every time I change the strings on my guitar which is what I have to do on my Floyd Rose equipped guitars. The Fender deluxe 2-point tremolo has a string-through design that lets you simply pull your string through the tremolo block and up over the bridge saddles when stringing the guitar. It makes the process a lot easier and a lot faster. Tuning stability isn’t quite as good as the Floyd Rose locking trem but it is plenty stable for every type of tremolo style except dive bombing.

As I mentioned before I use Big Bends Nut Sauce on the pivot points. I also use the lube on all the bridge saddles as well as the slots in the nut that the string slide through. Finally I put a little nut sauce on the string tree and my American Deluxe Stratocaster stays perfectly in tune even with the occasional dive-bomb on the tremolo. I’ve been very happy with Fender’s deluxe 2-point tremolo system over the years and I highly recommend it.