Bill Alston

Deluxe Powerhouse and Deluxe Superstrat



A Candy Apple Red Deluxe Powerhouse

These two guitars were launched as new models in the Autumn 1997 Frontline although they may have been available slightly earlier.


The Deluxe Powerhouse


This guitar boasted what Fender called the Fender Powerhouse ultra quiet pickup system and 12 db active mid boost circuit.


Specifications
Headstock Small Gold Spaghetti Logo 1 string tree
Neck Tinted Maple with Rosewood or Maple Board Modern C 9.5" radius
Frets 21 Medium Jumbo
Body Poplar then Alder around 2003
Pickups 3 Fender Powerhouse Ultra quiet single coils
Controls 1 volume 1 tone and active 12db midboost
Bridge 6pt vintage trem
Tuners Fender Vintage
Neck Plate Plain Rectangle
Hardware Chrome
Colours Originally Black, Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red or Arctic White
Pickguard White Shell

There were some colour changes during the powerhouse's lifetime:
In 2002 Arctic White was dropped and Pewter and Graffiti Yellow were added
In 2004 Lake Placid Blue was dropped.
In 2005 the colours changed to Black, Chrome Red, Blizzard Pearl, Navy Blue Metallic or Caramel Metallic.
The guitar was discontinued in 2008 when the first of the Roadhouse Deluxe series came on the scene.

A few more pictures
 
A Black a Caramel Metallic and Headstock Detail


Deluxe Superstrat

The distinguishing Features of this guitar are the Super fat super strat single coil pickups, the Burns style switching and the Gold Hardware.

Specifications
Headstock Small Gold Spaghetti Logo 1 string tree
Neck Tinted Maple with Rosewood or Maple Board Modern C 9.5" radius
Frets 21 Medium Jumbo
Body Ash
Pickups 3 Super fat super strat single coils
Controls 1 volume 2 tone and push buton to add the bridge pickup
Bridge 6pt vintage trem
Tuners Fender Vintage
Neck Plate Plain Rectangle
Hardware Gold
Colours Black, Brown Sunburst, Crimson Red Transparent or Honey Blonde
Pickguard Brown Shell



In 2004 this guitar gave way to the Deluxe Player.

More Pictures
   
Headstock Details and Honey Blonde


The Crimson Red Transparent and The extra push button between the tone controls.

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