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2010 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Features Compound Radius Neck

2010 American Deluxe Stratocaster Sunset Metallic

2010 American Deluxe Stratocaster Sunset Metallic

One of the biggest improvements on the 2010 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster is the new compound radius neck. Both the American Deluxe Stratocaster and American Deluxe Ash Stratocaster feature the compound radius neck which comes in both maple fretboard or rosewood fretboard.

So what is a compound radius fretboard or fingerboard? The first thing you have to understand is radius. If you look at the neck of your guitar, you’ll see a curve or a hump in the middle of the fretboard. This is the radius and it is there to make playing chords easier on the guitar neck. Most Fender necks have a single radius of between  7.25″ and 12″ with the higher number meaning a flatter radius.

So why would you want a flatter radius? Having a flatter radius makes string bending much easier and allows for longer bends without the notes fretting out. This makes the guitar easier to solo on. A flatter radius also allows for a lower action on the strings. Having a a more rounded radius makes the guitar easier to play bar chords on and fits the natural curve of your finger.

A standard guitar neck will have one continuous radius from the nut to the end of the neck which works well enough but isn’t the best solution. The new Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster has the best solution when it comes to getting easy chording as well as easy soloing. The compound radius neck has multiple radius measurements along the length of the neck. The neck is more rounded at the nut and flattens out as you get to the higher frets.

The American Deluxe Stratocaster compound radius neck measures 9.5″ at the nut, 12″ at the 12th fret, and 14″ at the 15th fret. This makes for a very smooth playing neck and allows for very comfortable string bending without fading notes associated with fretting out.

The compound radius neck is more complicated to manufacture but the reward in ease of playing and sound quality during string bending is well worth it. The fact that Fender has incorporated 3 radius zones instead of the usual 2 is just an excellent decision as well. If you are looking to upgrade to an easy-playing compound radius neck, then the 2010 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster is the guitar for you!

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst Maple Neck Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst Maple NeckIn 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 beyond those provided by a standard five-way switch including new combinations of series and parallel wiring for a dazzling array of tonal choice. The compound radius fretboard that modern guitarists demand ensures strings won’t fret out even with extreme bending.

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Ash Electric Guitar Aged Cherry Burst Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Ash Electric Guitar Aged Cherry BurstFender’s new American Deluxe Stratocaster Ash gives you the distinct grain pattern and spanking tone of an ash body, with all the cool specs of the new American Deluxe Stratocaster. New compound radius fretboard allows exhilaratingly effortless string bending anywhere along the neck. New N3 noiseless pickups supercharge your sound with improved Stratocaster tones for sparkling bell-like chime with no hum, and reconfigured S-1 switching offers even more knockout tonal options.

5 comments to 2010 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster Features Compound Radius Neck

  • brocrule

    “This makes the guitar easier to solo on. A flatter radius also allows for a lower action on the strings. Having a a more rounded radius makes the guitar easier to play bar chords on and fits the natural curve of your finger.”
    Are you sure that this is true?

  • Hey Brocrule, I own several Stratocasters and my 2010 American Deluxe Stratocaster is definitely easier to solo on in the upper fret range. The compound radius neck really flattens out in the upper frets and it’s almost like playing a classical guitar. It’s still easy to play bar chords in the lower fret range because the curve of the neck is like my other Strats. So in my experience it’s true that the compound radius neck is easier for soloing and normal feeling for bar chords.

  • Cacti

    I think its a great idea to have a compound radius neck on a strat.
    It definately allows for an improvement in action for those who like to bend.
    Seems though Fender gave with one hand and took with the other because they no longer come with those awesome abalone inlays.
    They have stuck some pearloid crap in for fret markers.
    Cheapens the look of the instrument and puts a dent in the appeal for me.

  • The pearloid looks really good in my rosewood neck. I’m just glad they didn’t go with the really crappy plain white dots. The abalone definitely would look better in a maple neck though.

  • For those who prefer to assemble/build their own instruments a compound radius is nothing new. Warmoth stands at the top when it comes to compound radius. However, for the majority who do not build or assemble their own, a compound radius should be a hit for Fender.

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