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Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster vs Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat

Reasons to Get
Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster over Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat

Release Year
2023 vs 2022
From a more recent year
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo vs Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Neck Profile
Modern C vs Slim D
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Strings
6 vs 7
Narrower neck and fewer strings to change
Pickups
H vs HH
Hum-free with more right hand freedom and sustain
Nut Width
1.65'' (41.9mm) vs 1.89'' (48mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Bridge
Fixed vs Floyd Rose
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Fretboard Radius
9.5'' (241.3mm) vs 16'' (406.4mm)
Easier to play chords without muting strings
Pickups Power
Passive vs Active
Cleaner sound and no battery needed

Reasons to Get
Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat over Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster

Decorative Top
Burled Maple vs None
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Type of Frets
Jumbo vs Medium Jumbo
You won't feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Neck Profile
Slim D vs Modern C
Thin and flat neck for playing fast
Pickup Mods
Multi-Voicing vs None
Changes the voice (tones or gain) of the pickups
Strings
7 vs 6
Allows you to play lower notes
Switch Positions
3 vs 0
More tone options
Tone Knobs
1 vs 0
More tone control
Pickups
HH vs H
High output without hum
Number of Frets
24 vs 21
Allows to reach higher notes
Nut Width
1.89'' (48mm) vs 1.65'' (41.9mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Bridge
Floyd Rose vs Fixed
Allows intense vibratos and techniques like Dive Bombs
Fretboard Radius
16'' (406.4mm) vs 9.5'' (241.3mm)
Flatter fretboard makes it easier to play single notes and bend
Pickups Power
Active vs Passive
More output
Value Score
73 vs 67
Better price/quality relationship

Other Key Differences
Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster vs Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat

Bridge Pickup
Fender Seymour Duncan Invader SH8 Humbucking vs Fishman Fluence Modern
Different Bridge Pickup
Fretboard Wood
Rosewood vs Ebony
Different Fretboard Wood
Headstock
6 vs 7
Different Headstock
Nut Material
Synthetic Bone vs Locking
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster vs Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat

Body Wood
Alder
Same Body Wood
Neck Wood
Maple
Same Neck Wood
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Volume Knobs
1
Same volume control
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm)
Same string tension and fret separation
Neck Joint
Bolt-On
Allows you to detach and swap the neck

Common Strengths

  • High-Quality Nut
  • Top Pickup Brand
  • Expensive Wood

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Weight Relief
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • High-Quality Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • From a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

Price History Comparison

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    Which One is Better for Beginners?

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster meets 6 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat meets only 3. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players.

    New Player Friendliness

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
    • Comfortable shape
    • Easy-to-use bridge
    • Comfortable fretboard
    • Tall frets
    • Narrow nut
    • Comfortable neck
    • Short scale
    • Locking tuners

    New Player Friendliness

    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat
    • Comfortable shape
    • Tall frets
    • Comfortable neck
    • Comfortable fretboard
    • Narrow nut
    • Short scale
    • Locking tuners
    • Easy-to-use bridge

    Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing an instrument, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

    Sound Quality Comparison

    The wood used in an electric guitar or bass is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

    Woods Used in Both

    Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
    Maple
    Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
    Alder

    Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America. Find out more about Maple.

    Alder is the most popular wood that Fender uses in most of their guitars nowadays. Even though they say it's because of its balanced tone with an emphasis in the upper midrange, it probably is because it isn't too expensive, and it's also pretty lightweight—more than Mahogany. Find out more about Alder.

    Woods Used in the Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster

    Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
    Rosewood

    Rosewood is an almost purple-looking wood that is used mainly for fretboards since it's heavy, rare, and expensive. It's sometimes used on acoustic guitar bodies to create stronger warm tones. Find out more about Rosewood.

    Woods Used in the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat

    Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
    Ebony

    Ebony is a high-end wood, so it is not cheap. It's only used for fretboards because it's also very heavy. It does an excellent job as a durable material while looking elegant. Find out more about Ebony.

    Winner: Tie.

    Pickup Configuration

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster has an H configuration while the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat has HH pickups.

    A single H pickup gives you the advantage of having a little longer sustain (all other things being equal) because there will be less magnetic fields from other pickups affecting the strings' vibration. However, they also give you the least versatility because you won't have other pickups at different distances from the bridge to create different tones. A single humbucking pickup is used for noiseless high output, which is used mainly for Hard Rock genres.

    On the other hand, Double Humbucker (HH) is the choice for people who want a fuller, more round sound with tons of mids and lows. Humbuckers also get rid of the hum noise that plague single-coil pickups. They can work out for almost any genre going from Djent to even Jazz.

    Pickups Quality

    Both come with very good pickups from at least one of the specialized brands in the market. With pickups like these, you probably won't need an upgrade anytime soon.

    However, the Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster has a slight sound quality advantage when taking into account other factors like the type of pickups, magnet, position, etc.

    We found the same or similar pickups to the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat's online:

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's pickups are Passive while the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat's are Active.

    Passive pickups are what most guitars use. These have a normal output that works well for most genres. However, Active pickups are the preferred choice of heavy metal players because they offer extra output thanks to their 9v battery, which results in a heavier, more distorted sound. Bear in mind that achieving a completely clean tone with them won't be easy. So if you want to also use clean tones, you might want to avoid Active pickups.

    Winner: Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster.

    Versatility Comparison

    Some instruments offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both compare when it comes to versatility.

    Switch Options

    The Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat gives you 3 switch options while the Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster gives you 0. This means that the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat gives you more options to find the right pickup combination for the type of sound you want to achieve

    Only the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat comes with some kind of pickup modification: Multi-Voicing.

    Multi-Voicing means the pickups come with multiple ''voices'', which means they can change the tone and gain by a simple switch or knob. Piezo, Fishman and similar are considered multi-voicing pickups.

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster doesn't come with pickup switching options.

    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat pickups switch and push knobs diagram
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat's switch options

    When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

    Winner: Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat.

    Final Sound Quality Scores

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
    Pickups 90
    Sustain 75
    Versatility 42
    Tuning Stability 70
    Sound 69
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat
    Pickups 85
    Sustain 85
    Versatility 74
    Tuning Stability 85
    Sound 82

    Build Quality Comparison

    When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the instrument. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster compares to the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat.

    Country of Origin

    The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster is built in Mexico while the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat is made in Indonesia.

    Mexico has been for a long time where Fender has built their semi-premium series. If you don't want to overpay for a wellp-built instrument, a guitar built in this country by a good brand always offers good value for the money.

    Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

    Winner: Tie

    Nut Material

    If you want your guitar to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster has a Synthetic Bone nut. Bone is the best natural material for guitar nuts. However, its tonal properties can be inconsistent. That's the problem that synthetic bone fixes. This is much better than using a plastic nut because the nut is more slippery—which helps with tuning stability—, and it gives your open strings rich harmonics.

    On the other hand, the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat comes with a Locking nut. Instead of a regular nut, this guitar has a locking system that will lock down the strings at the nut, preventing it from getting out of tune. It removes one of the disadvantages of tremolo bridges, tune stability.

    Winner: Tie.

    Fret Material

    Most fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most instruments end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive models come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

    Unfortunately, none of them come with stainless steel frets.

    Winner: Tie.

    Bridge

    The perfect bridge for you will depend on your playstyle because they all have advantages and disadvantages. However, some bridges are more expensive—like Floyd Roses and Evertunes—and thus add more value to a guitar.

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's brige is a Fixed. It's a simple bridge that is very beginner-friendly since it doesn't require any set-up. You can swap strings easily. It might also give more sustain since it doesn't have complex moving parts that make the strings lose vibration. However, it doesn't have the same versatility as a tremolo bridge.

    On the other hand, the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat's is a Floyd Rose. This is a double-locking bridge system that allows you to perform techniques like dive bombs and pinch harmonics. The locking nut allows your guitar to stay in tune even after the most intense tremolo usage. The disadvantage is that it takes more work to change the strings and set up everything correctly.

    Since we need to be objective, the most expensive type of bridge will be the winner of this section. In the end, this doesn't matter if you're not going to use the bridge for its original purpose, so choose the bridge that fits your playing style better.

    Winner: Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat.

    Tuners

    Both come with regular tuners. The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's are Fender Vintage-Style while the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat's are Grover 18:1

    Winner: Tie.

    Neck Joint

    Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to a guitar is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

    Both have a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

    Winner: Tie.

    Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
    • Expensive Wood
    • Synthetic Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Mexico
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock
    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat
    • Expensive Wood
    • Locking Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Multi-Voicing Pickups
    • Tremolo
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Indonesia
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Retainer Bar
    • No Strap Lock

    Final Build Quality Scores

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
    Quality of materials 66
    Features 50
    Quality Control 75
    Build Quality 64
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat
    Quality of materials 55
    Features 65
    Quality Control 75
    Build Quality 65

    Playability Comparison

    Let's now compare their playability. Bear in mind that the instrument will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test before buying. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the instrument for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar might be to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

    Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when it comes to feeling of the instrument in your hands. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

    Nut Width

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Nut Width
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Nut Width
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat Nut Width
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat Nut Width

    The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat has the wider nut with 48mm (1.89'') vs 41.9mm (1.65''). This is a 6.1mm (0.24'') difference

    This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

    Scale Length

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster and Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat's Scale Length
    Both have the same scale length

    The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

    In this case, both have a scale length of 25.5".

    This is the scale used in most Stratocasters. It's slightly longer than the typical 24.75'' size found in Les Pauls, and it's one of the main reasons why Stratocasters have such a bright sound in general. A longer scale also means that the strings will have higher tension. This will help you get lower action without suffering fret buzz, which will also be helpful when playing in lower tunings without having to increase your string gauge.

    However, this also means that there will be more separation between frets, which can make it more difficult to play. Also, bending the strings will require more strengths due to the increased tension, but remember that a tremolo guitar will offset this difficulty.

    Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

    Neck Profile

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Neck Profile
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's neck profile
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat Neck Profile
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat's neck profile

    No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

    In this case, both have different neck shapes:

    The Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster has a C type of neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

    The Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat, on the other hand, has a D neck. This is a thin and flat neck that is made for playing fast. If you prefer a neck that doesn't get in your way when soloing, this is the shape you should use. Guitarists that prefer to have a bit more grip won't like this type of neck.

    Fretboard Radius

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Fingerboard Radius
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's Fingerboard radius
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat Fingerboard Radius
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat's Fingerboard radius

    Most guitar fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

    In this case, the Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's fingerboard radius is smaller, which means it's more curved than the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat's. This extra arc will make playing chords easier in this model. You won't be as likely to mute the strings, especially if you have big hands. However, playing single notes and bending will be easier on the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat.

    Hand Size Comfortability

    Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a guitar before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a guitar favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

    And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat favors large hands more than the Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster.

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster:
    Big Hands
    Small Hands
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat:
    Big Hands
    Small Hands

    Fret Size

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Frets Size
    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's Frets Size
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat Frets Size
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat's Frets Size

    The Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat has Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster's Medium Jumbo frets.

    Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

    Final Playability Scores

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 65
    Chord Playability 80
    Solo Playability 60
    Playability 68
    Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
    Chord Playability 50
    Solo Playability 90
    Playability 73

    Specs Side-by-Side

    Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster vs Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat
    General Fender Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Dean Exile Select 7 Floyd Fluence Nat
    Brand: Fender Dean
    Year: 2023 2022
    Configuration: H HH
    Strings: 6 7
    Made in: Mexico Indonesia
    Series: Limited Edition Tom DeLonge Stratocaster Select
    Colors: Black Burst
    Left-Handed Version: No No
    Body
    Type: Solid Body Solid Body
    Body Material: Alder Alder
    Bridge: 6-Saddle String-Through-Body Hardtail With Block Saddles Floyd Rose 1000 (Korean)
    Neck
    Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
    Tuners: Fender Vintage-Style Grover 18:1
    Fretboard: Slab Rosewood Ebony
    Neck Material: Maple 3 Piece Maple
    Decoration: White Dot Pearloid Small Offset Dot
    Scale Size: 25.5" 25.5"
    Shape: Modern C Slim D
    Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.82'' (20.8mm) - 12th Fret: 0.87'' (22.1mm) 1st Fret: - 12th Fret:
    Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver 24 Jumbo Nickel Silver
    Fretboard Radius: 9.5" 16"
    Nut: Synthetic Bone Locking
    Nut Width: 41.9mm (1.65'') 48mm (1.89'')
    Electronics
    Bridge Pickup: Fender Seymour Duncan Invader SH8 Humbucking (Humbucker / Passive) Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker / Active)
    Middle Pickup:
    Neck Pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker / Active)
    Switch: 0 Way 3 Way
    Knobs: Bell Dome
    Pickup Mods: None Multi-Voicing
    Volume Controls: 1 1
    Tone Controls: 0 1