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Fender's New V6 Preamp Powered Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocasters

 Fender Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster V6 preamp
V6 Rotary Pre-amp

 October 30, 2013
Fender has introduced 2 new Deluxe series Strats-- the Roadhouse and Lonestar.

Focusing on the new Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster here. Available in 3 color burst, white and candy apple red, this one features a new 6 position rotary pre-amp (tone knob #1) to liven up things. An S-1 switch in the volume control allows you to bypass the V6 preamp for straight organic Strat tones. Best of all, this Strat looks like any ordinary classic model besides the rear access battery compartment. So the standard control knob configuration does all the whiz-bang stuff as if by magic to everyone but you.

Could they have omitted the rear compartment, and made the battery accessible via the trem well? Sure! And they also could have deleted the trem cover altogether like an EJ Strat. But they didn't call me for suggestions in this regard...

So, if anything, the battery is easy to access and quickly replace, which is a good thing. Also, this Mexico produced Deluxe Roadhouse is very affordable, and a whole lotta Strat for your gringo dollar! BTW, the burst finish comes with rosewood fretboard-- the other two are maple.

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