Well, I haven’t seen any official announcement from Fender on either of these beauties, but I’m assuming this is another pre-Christmas move to try and get a fair number of lower-cost Strats under all those Christmas trees.
According to the small amount of info I have, Fender has now re-issued two of their popular “Texas Style” Strats––the Deluxe Lonestar & Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocasters––now built in Fender’s infamous Ensenada shop.
If my recent run-in with the excellent Mexican made Classic ’60s Strat is any indication, these two guitars may be packing quite a bit of punch considering their measly $549 street price… making them tempting Christmas presents for sure.
Specs The Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster will feature an Alder body, single-piece tinted Maple neck (“C” shaped, 25.5“ Scale Length,) Maple fretboard with 21 MJ frets (9.5” radius,) and all the usual accoutrements.
The big story here are a trio of red hot premium Texas Special Single-Coil Strat Pickups, 4-ply brown Shell pickguard, Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo, and all updated cosmetics.
In contrast, the Deluxe Lonestar sports dual Texas Special pickups, paired with an American Made Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Plus Humbucker at the bridge.
Like the Roadhouse, the Lonestar features an Alder body, 1-piece tinted Maple neck, single volume control, dual tone controls, and 5-way pickup switching. Both guitars ship with an included gig bag.