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The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars that bring Fender® history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender's roots—expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it's going, but also remembers where it came from.
The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender's best selling guitars (their early-'80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was "back" as the CBS era ended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, we've completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept—restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more—based on actual vintage guitars we tracked down to make sure we had it right. We did the work, and it shows, because there's pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.
The American Vintage '59 Stratocaster® presents two versions of that year's pivotal transitional model; one from early 1959 and one from later 1959. Both have the slim-profile "C"-shaped maple neck of that year, with the earlier version featuring a maple fingerboard, faded 3-Color Sunburst finish and single-ply white pickguard with eight holes; the later version (in faded 3-Color Sunburst, Black and limited faded Sonic Blue finishes) featuring a rosewood slab fingerboard and three-ply mint green pickguard with 10 holes and vintage-style edge bevels. Both also feature a lightweight alder body, aged plastic knobs and vintage-accurate pickups, bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more.
Posted by David Hilder on 11th Dec 2013
I couldn't wait to get this guitar. I have never bought a guitar online before thinking that I felt I would want to try a guitar first before paying for it. I also took the daunting prospect of buying a guitar from overseas.
Anyway my guitar showed up only about 10 days after my purchase. It was securely packaged and I just unwrapped it and pulled it out of the beautiful vintage hard case and plugged it straight into my Orange amp with the cool vintage cable that came with the guitar and I was just blown away!
I have a vintage Strat I have been playing for the past 20 years,I love it.
Anyway this new Vintage re-issue plays fantastic. The neck is smooth and silky and I love the finish on the guitar. The action is great straight out of the case. The tremelo is raised. I usually prefer it flat on the body but I haven't changed it yet.
The guitar stays in tune very well and is fine changing tunings and adjusts well.
I seriously can not put this guitar down! It sounds great just plugged straight into an amp or running through a multitude of effects.
I think what I love the most about this guitar is the way it feels. It's just such a pleasure to play. Match that with its beautiful looks and classic Strat sound and amazing neck, you just can't go wrong.
Fender have done a great job with the sound of the pickups. It's also cool having the other 3 position toggle switch to have if you want to change it over.
I really can't find anything bad about this beautiful guitar.
I am very happy with it and it really did exceed my expectations.
The service from Prymaxe Vintage was fantastic as always.
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