Written by Guitar Chalk Editorial
The Fender American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster is one of the nicest electric guitars available from Fender, equipped with an HSS pickup configuration and a Floyd Rose tremolo system (certain versions).
Because of these high-end features, it has a wide range of appeal in terms of style, able to handle heavier rock as well as lighter, blues-leaning musical styles.
With the humbucker at the bridge position it's a bit heavier and more aggressive than the standard SSS Stratocasters, which combines nicely with the Floyd Rose for some aggressive leads and even some thicker rhythm playing.
On this profile page, we're pulling together all the specs and data points we can find on the Fender American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster.
Basic Stats and Specs
Augmented D-shaped neck
Fender Ultra Noiseless pickups
By Fender's own standards, the Ultra Luxe is an expensive guitar, priced at $2400 retail in every market we checked. We did not see the Ultra Luxe being sold for less than $2400, though we did not take any used pricing into consideration. Below you'll find our pricing table, alongside a table that lists all three pickups and their corresponding positions.
American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster Price
American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster Pickups
Fender Ultra Double Tap Humbucker
Fender Ultra Noiseless Hot Strat
Fender Ultra Noiseless Hot Strat
Below, we've put together a more detailed profile for the pickups included in the Ultra Luxe. Since the middle and neck pickup are from the same single coil set, we've treated those as a single entry, with the Fender Ultra Double Tap humbucker getting its own section.
Ultra Double Tap Humbucker
Built by the Fender Custom Shop, the Double Tap humbucker helps to control noise but also gives the Ultra Luxe some more rhythm and distortion street cred, allowing you to get a lot warmer and heavier than your average Strat with three single coils.
Fender Ultra Noiseless Hot Strat Single Coil (bridge and middle)
The Ultra Noiseless single coils - also built in the Fender Custom shop - are some of the most popular high-end Fender pickups on the market. They're designed to cut down on noise that can come from single coil Strat magnets which, combined with the Double Tap humbucker, make the Ultra Luxe extremely quiet and essentially noise free.
$199 (for full set)
Neck/Middle: 12.3 - 12.9k, Bridge: 21.6 - 22.2k
The Ultra Luxe has a fairly predictable stat sheet when it comes to neck measurements. The 1.685" nut width sets the stage for 22 frets and a 25.5" scale length, all of which are close to industry standard for lead-focused electric guitars. We put this section in for reference, but would also argue it presents little to write home about.
Radius of the fingerboard curvature on the neck.
Space between the bridge and end of the first fret (nut).
Width of the first fret, right before you get to the headstock.
Number of frets
How many frets total are on the neck.
What styles does it work best with?
In this section we've given a grade for how the Ultra Luxe Strat would fit in with different musical styles. This is based on things like the guitar's tone, how it plays, what kind of features it focuses on, and community consensus.
Given the twang you get from the Fender single coil pickups, the Ultra Luxe makes a decent country lead guitar.
With the Floyd Rose tremolo, a diverse pickup profile, and some appeal on both rhythm and lead, the Ultra Luxe Strat is positioned perfectly for hard rock styles.
Though the humbucker allows the Ultra Luxe to get fairly heavy, it's still not designed for super low tunings or heavy metal riffs.
For other more generic styles like pop and contemporary, the Ultra Luxe Strat is versatile enough to be functional in those genres.
Best stylistic fit? Rock
We'd recommend the American Ultra Luxe Strat primarily for fans of rock, especially if you're looking for a guitar that can handle both the rhythm and lead side.
Ideal String Pairings
In this section, we've listed some string pairings that would work well with the Ultra Luxe. Note that the guitar comes with Fender-brand strings, which we'd recommend changing right away with one of the following:
.010 - .046
Ernie Ball Regular Slinky
.010 - .046
Elixir Polyweb Electric Strings
.011 - .049
Elixir Optiweb Electric Strings
.011 - .050
SIT Strings Power Wound Nicel
Since the Ultra Luxe has a nice blend of lead and rhythm features, we don't want to go too thin or too heavy with the string set. Anything between .010 and .050 should be a safe bet.
Ideal Pedal Pairings
For pedals, we'd recommend a delay, distortion, reverb, and tremolo, which are all used in the above demo video that Fender put out. This doesn't mean you must have these exact pedals, but rather they're pedals we've used and like that would pair well with the Ultra Luxe.
Line 6 DL4
TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb
Boss TR-2 Tremolo
In this section we're answering a few questions that we've seen pop up regarding the American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster. If you have additional questions, feel free to drop them into the comments section below and we'll do our best to help out.
Is the Fender Ultra Lux Strat Worth it?
If you're a more advanced player, looking for a guitar that can handle both lead and rhythm, the Ultra Luxe is a potentially a good fit and worth the steeper investment.
Which Fender Stratocaster sounds the best?
Stratocasters from the Custom Shop and the American series - including the Ultra Luxe - are the best-sounding Strats available.
What pickup configuration does the Fender American Ultra Lux have?
The Ultra Luxe uses an HSS pickup configuration with a humbucker at the bridge and two single coils for the middle and neck positions.
Do all versions of the Ultra Luxe have a Floyd Rose?
No. There are other versions of the Ultra Luxe that do not have a Floyd Rose, in favor of the two-point tremolo bridge.
What colors/finishes are available?
Between the Floyd and non-Floyd versions you have four colors available: Plasma red burst, 2-color sunburst, black, and silver.
Do all versions have the same pickup configuration?
No. You can get either an HSS or SSS pickup configuration.
Full Technical Specs List
- Body Type: Solidbody
- Shape: American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster
- Tonewood: Alder
- Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
- Color: Mystic Black
- Neck Material: Maple
- Neck Shape: Augmented D
- Neck Joint: Bolt-on
- Radius: 10"-14" compound
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Inlay: White Pearloid Dots
- Number of Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Nut Width: 1.685"
- Nut Material: Floyd Rose Original Locking
- Bridge/Tailpiece: Floyd Rose Original Double Locking Tremolo
- Tuners: Deluxe Staggered Die-cast Sealed
- Neck Pickup: Ultra Noiseless Hot Strat Single-coil
- Middle Pickup: Ultra Noiseless Hot Strat Single-coil
- Bridge Pickup: Ultra Double Tap Humbucker
- Controls: 1 x master volume, 2 x tone
- Switching: S-1 Double Tap switch, 5-way blade pickup switch
That covers all of the data points we could dig up regarding the Fender American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster.
Considering all these factors, we'd recommend the Ultra Luxe - particularly the HSS version - to advanced players that want a lead/rhythm hybrid electric guitar for rock or pop musical styles.
This is particularly true of the HSS and Floyd Rose versions of the Ultra Luxe.
If you have questions about this guitar, or about the data we've presented, feel free to drop us a line via the comments section below and we'll see if we can help.
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