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 where it came from.
The American Vintage Series has long presented
some of Fender's best selling guitars (their early-80's
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.
1959 was an important and highly evolutionary year
for the Stratocaster, because that's when slimmer
necks, rosewood fingerboards and multi-ply
laminated pickguards first appeared. The American Vintage '59 Stratocaster
presents two versions of that year's
pivotal transistional model; one
from early 1959 and one from later 1959. Both have
the slim-profile D-shaped maple neck of that year,
with the earlier version featuring a maple
fingerboard, faded Three-color Sunburst finish and
single-ply white pickguard with eight holes; the later
version (in faded Three-color Sunburst, Black and
limited faded Sonic Blue finishes) featuring a dark
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.
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