Review: Fender's American Performer Stratocaster HSS and Telecaster deliver iconic sounds and incredible attention to detail

Fender American Performer electric guitars
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Fender’s newest Strats and Teles may not be as exciting or revolutionary as Chevy’s new Corvette (which has been around about the same amount of time), but I’m still incredibly impressed how Fender manages to provide a fresh spin on those electric guitars every few years or so. And they manage to do this without sacrificing the essence of those models too, so they appeal to modern players and vintage purists alike.

The new American Performer series is a great example of how they approach this, providing performance upgrades that expand the tonal versatility of classic models like the Strat, Tele, Jazzmaster and Mustang, while keeping original features that got it right from the beginning.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.