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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 transitional 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 and single-ply white pickguard with eight holes; the later version 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.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, they'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 they tracked down to make sure they had i
3 Color Sunburst - Slab Rosewood Fingerboard
Early-1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst has slim-profile D-shaped maple neck and single-ply white pickguard with eight holesLater-1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst, Black and limited faded Sonic Blue has slim-profile D-shaped maple neck, dark rosewood slab fingerboard and three-ply mint green pickguard with 10 holesAll-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and soundVintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacingIncludes deluxe vintage brown case
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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