Most of us tended to have a loss of faith on the new generations of Fender guitars... well, I gotta say that all my faith is restored with this new American Elite Telecaster. It sounds almost like a tv commercial, but it's absolutely true. I got mine two months ago and I’m stunned with the superior quality over the American Standard and (in my opinion) the American Deluxe ones. It feels like a real Fender and not another guitar like tons of others out there with a “plastic” feeling (like the Standards, where you can see some details poorly made, like a cheap painting, rude finishings on the frets and some circuit noises).
The most notable changes are:
-The neck: The C to D shape is one of the best improvements, it makes easier the access to higher notes and the play is really smooth without taking away any part of the identity of the telecaster. The Heel-Mounted Spoke Wheel Adjustment is another of the new features and makes it really easier if you need to change anything on the neck while it’s still bolted on.
-4th Generation Noiseless Pickups and electronics with the S-1 switch to select if you want to play with your pickups on parallel or series (both pickups are single). The “No-load” tone knob is also a really nice improvement. When the tone is all up, it clicks and bypasses, so there’s no need to pass the signal through a useless extra knob. The most important thing about this subject is that maintains the classic "twang" of the Telecaster.
-The bridge is a beautiful 6 American Tele chromed saddles and works perfect with the strings through the body.
Comes with a very secure case with TSA locking if you have to travel on airplanes, a thin leather strap, two straplock adapters, one Fender cable (mine was making noise at a week of usage, but I prefer to think it was a bad coincidence) and the respective user manual.