Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster review – nails all the small things

Say it ain't so: the Blink-182 guitarist's stripped-back Strat has returned after 20 years away, and remains an addictive single-pickup rock machine

Fender Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

The Tom DeLonge Strat is a pop‑punk hammer. It’s powerful, straightforward and the perfect tool for pounding away on heavily distorted powerchords.


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    Seymour Duncan Invader is a bold and powerful humbucker.

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    Cool finish options.

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    Very playable, fun Strat.


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    The stripped-back feature set won't suit everyone.

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Fender’s artist range reads like a who’s who of rock royalty, and whether it’s the flamboyant Jimmy Page Tele, the metal-ready Jim Root Jazzmaster or Kurt Cobain’s southpaw Jag, there’s always been something for every type of player – a fact exemplified by the Californian giant’s latest releases.

And this one is arguably the most hotly anticipated guitar of the year – well, certainly among pop-punk fans – the Tom DeLonge Signature Stratocaster. The streamlined punk powerhouse is back with a vengeance. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and MusicRadar.com.

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.