FENDER STRAT ULTRA

  • Fender U.S. Strat Ultra electric guitar

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1990 to 1999

The Strat Ultra had an alder body with flamed maple veneer top and back. The early versions had an American Deluxe 2-point bridge but later models had either the Deluxe pop-in bridge or a Fender Deluxe locking tremolo. The fingerboard was ebony with abalone dot position markers (although some early models had regular white dots). The Strat Ultra had Schaller staggered locking machine heads.

The tonal versatility of the Ultra came from its Fender-Lace Sensor pickups and control circuitry. It had two Red Lace Sensor pickups in the bridge position, a Gold (or Silver on some early examples) in the middle and Blue at the neck position. As well the 5-way pickup selector switch, the volume and the tone knobs, these Ultra had a TBX tone circuit for the middle/bridge pickups, and a 3-way mini-switch that allowed the dual Red Lace Sensors to be operated with the other two sensors in series (double coil pick-up, middle position) or selecting one of the two single-coil pickups (top and bottom positions). The 5-way switch was wired so that the total pickup combinations available are eleven. Pickups and controls were mounted in a 3-ply white-black-white or aged white pearloid pickguard (depending on year of production).

Fender described the Strat Ultra in the year it was introduced in the 1990 catalog:

"The new Strat Ultra is truly the guitar for the working pro. It's the most flexible Strat ever made.
Beginning with the pickups; four Fender-Lace Sensors - not really pickups at all. Their patented design delivers longer sustain, higher output, more accurate string balance and the clarity of a single coil - but without the hum or the annoying magnetic "string pull".
The unique combinations of its four sensors and special switching give you voices that range from sweet jazz tones to blues and R&B to the most classic single-coil to the heaviest metal. The kind of flexibility live performances demand.
And with its gorgeously figured maple top and back the Ultra is impressive to see - and be seen with."

Specifications (28)

Controls

Controls materialwhite controls
Number of control knobs3 control knobs
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls1 volume control
Pickup selector controls2 selector switches, 3-way selector switch, 5-way selector switch

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelLace Sensor Blue pickup(s), Lace Sensor Gold pickup(s), Lace Sensor Red pickup(s)
Pickups configuration4 single coil pickups

General

Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, red finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length

Body

Body back materialfigured maple body back
Body materialalder body
Body styleStratocaster style
Body top materialfigured maple body top
Pickguard materialpearloid pickguard, white pickguard

Hardware

BridgeFloyd Rose tremolo
TunersSchaller locking tuners

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialabalone fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

Neck

Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck width1.69 inches wide at nut
Number of frets22 fret
Nutroller nut
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Prices (8)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
1991$1599.00new1 owner- fender Locking tuners- Originals had the screws that fall out -these don't. The rest of the guitar is original. No chips,great color -black with gray strips, looks and plays great!
1994$1100excellentRogerdid not have original pickguard & pick-ups
2001$1200.00excellentMalcolm
2001$1200newit's used I played the shit out of it.. but still in great condition and sounds amazing
1991$900newDaveFirestorm finish
2017kr12500excellent
1997$2500new
1991£1500excellentJulio

Reviews (1)

FENDER STRAT ULTRA reviewed by Anonymous

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
If you can find one of these ..Buy It.!!! I have a 97 10th aniversery edition in Blue Burst with figured maple, flat mint and original. 5 stars from me on this one. Stunning to see, and play.

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