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Alder body with bolt on maple "D" shape neck
21 vintage style frets, dot inlays, 25.5" scale
American Vinatge Synchronized Tremolo bridge, die cast "Fender Deluxe" tuning machines
Three New American Vintage '59 Strat single coil pickups
Hardshell case included
American Vintage '59 Stratocaster Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst Rosewood Fingerboard
3 Color Sunburst - Slab Rosewood Fingerboard
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have both the rosewood sonic blue and the 3 color burst maple neck versions of these guitars. I did experience one issue with the sonic blue guitar in that the trus rod tap'd out before it could acheive the desired reduction of neck bow - even with light guage strings. Fender replaced the faulty neck and it now plays beautifully. Other than that, both guitars play and sound great. I love the details such as clay dots (on rosewood neck), flash coat nitro finishes and the inclusion of the 3 position switches (I changed to them). The period correct case candy is a fun detail and brings the experience of owning a Strat back in the day.
I don't own this model Stratocaster but I think in general Fender makes very good guitars, but the USA made ones are very pricey. My gripe with this model is that it is billed as “meticulous level of vintage accuracy” and they tout the 10 hole pickguard. In 1959 when the Strat was transitioning from maple to rosewood finger boards and 8 to 11 hole pickguards there were indeed some that had combinations of both and some oddities were made.
I have never seen an original '59 Strat that had a 10 hole pickguard in this configuration. The original 10 hole pickguards (from what I've seen) were all single layer 8 hole guards with 2 holes added. Take a look at the transition guards on these original '59 Strats.
So much for “meticulous level of vintage accuracy” .
Oh, Where to start... So, yeah I bought a Fender American Vintage 59 Strat - Faded Sonic Blue/Rosewood board - Seemed like a great Strat... Not exactly a great value (Hello Fender - close to three grand list for a non-custom shop guitar? - I digress... guess I'm just livin' in the price-point past)... Anyway, but the guitar felt good and would get the job done... But no. Here's the short version: I've owned many guitars ranging from old to new, cheap to expensive. And I've owned many many Fenders - old and recent - along with instruments from most quality guitar makers. This guitar (for the price) has some of the WORST quality control I've ever seen. General gripes -Tone is not, not happening at all (yes, put it up against other Fenders I own)- clearly they skimped on the pickups here. Specific QC issues: Yeah, the nut just fell out. Apparently they forgot to glue it in. (no sign of it ever being glued in). The fret edges/end are just about the roughest/worst I've ever experienced...
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