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Fender American Vintage 59 Stratocaster Maple with Case

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Product Description

The Fender American Vintage ‘59 Stratocaster with Maple Fingerboard is an incredibly accurate early 1959 reissue offering all the highly evolutionary features such as a slimmer neck, maple fingerboard and single ply, 8-hole pickguard that appeared in the early part of this pivotal year. If you prefer a Rosewood fingerboard, check out the later version Fender American Vintage 59 Stratocaster Rosewood Electric Guitar.

The American Vintage ’59 Strat reissue is modeled after the early 1959 Strats and features the slim-profile D-shaped maple neck of that year, a maple fingerboard, faded Three-color Sunburst finish and single-ply white pickguard with eight holes. Its lightweight alder body, aged plastic knobs and vintage-accurate pickups, bridge saddles, tuner spacing give the look and feel that makes the original ’59 strats some of the most highly sought after.

Fender American Vintage 59 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Features

  • Early-1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst, with slim-profile D-shaped maple neck and single-ply white pickguard with eight holes
  • Lightweight alder body
  • Pickups wound to period-correct 1959 specs and sound
  • Aged plastic knobs
  • Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing
Fender American Vintage Series
The American Vintage series introduces a 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, American Vintage series guitars 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. 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, Fender 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 it right. Fender did the work, and it shows, because there’s pure tonal magic in each American Vintage guitar.

Product Specifications
Fender American Vintage 59 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Alder
  • Body Finish: Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
  • Neck Shape: ‘D’ Shape
  • Frets: 21 Vintage Style
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25 inches (18.41 cm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
  • Nut Width: 1.650 inches (42 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5 inches (64.8 cm)
  • Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
  • Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
  • Bridge Pickup: American Vintage '59 Strat Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
  • Middle Pickup: American Vintage '59 Strat Single-Coil Pickup (Middle)
  • Neck Pickup: American Vintage '59 Strat Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Control Knobs: Aged White Strat
  • Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Tuning Machines: Single Line ‘Fender Deluxe’ Vintage Style
  • Case: Deluxe Vintage Brown Case
  • Pickguard: Single Ply White, 8-hole
  • Included Accessories: Vintage '59 Strat Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage 3-Position Switch, '50s Strat Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner's Manual, Saddle Height Wrench
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  (480) 596-9690 Warranty:  Instruments: Limited Lifetime; Electronic Products (amps): Transferrable 5 Year Limited; Accessories: 1 Year Limited
Joey D from New Jersey
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General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Having played rosewood necked Strats most of my life, I was intrigued by the all maple. It sounds like a classic '50 Fender. Can't put it down!
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
They saved the good stuff for this line. The best non-CS Strat ever! Really thin finish is easy to scar though. But so were the originals.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The body is hard to improve upon. The skinny frets and vintage radius are new to me too. But after awhile I got addicted. It brings out different nuances in your playing.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
I usually hot rod Fenders. This baby is completely stock and staying that way! LOVE the vintage tone.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Again, this new way of getting the nitro finish applied so thin is no marketing ploy. The vibe of this guitar--even acoustically--is so lively.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I'd get another one in a heartbeat! Yeah, $2300 is a lot of $$ for a Strat. But Fender really did their homework on this line. It's like playing a piece of history.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
Action was a hair high, but thanks to the smaller frets and easy adjustability, I had it set up perfectly in no time.
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