No other modern instrument has had the same amount of influence as the Strat. It's usually the first thing that comes to mind when we picture an electric guitar, and it can take a big share of the credit for making these instruments what they are today. That's why it makes perfect sense to look for the guitar that started it all, and you'll find it here in this selection of Fender American Vintage Stratocasters. These instruments are more than just a blast from the past - they're a piece of guitar history with a sound that's still sought after, decades after they were first introduced.
The easiest way to choose your American Vintage Strat is simply to choose your favorite year. Looking to go all the way back? Check out the Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar. It comes in all the classic colors (sunburst, black, aged white and shell pink), so you can pick the retro look you like best. You'll also get the thick V-neck, which might just be the most popular one the instrument has ever had. Turn the clock up to the '59 model, and you'll find the slimmer D-neck with the option of a rosewood fingerboard, which was new in that year.
Another change in the Strat's neck shape came in 1965, and you can find that thicker C-shaped neck on the Fender American Vintage '65 Stratocaster Electric Guitar. This model is also available in a left-handed version, so you don't have to play upside-down to appreciate it as a southpaw. 1965 was the first year for an enamel-covered pickup wire, which is what you'll find on this vintage-accurate Strat, along with a lightweight alder body and aged adjustment knobs.
With this series of American Vintage Stratocasters, Fender had one goal in mind: to make instruments that were as faithful as possible to the originals. They've definitely succeeded at that, so if you've been pining after an authentic vintage Strat, your wait is over. Add one of these guitars to your collection and you'll get the look and sound you've been searching for together with the improved reliability of brand-new parts.