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Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar 2-Color Sunburst Maple Neck

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The American Vintage ’56 Stratocaster takes you straight back to mid-1956, when the model was still new and when what is quite possibly the most priz...Read More

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An exact replica of the '56 model with one of the most prized necks of all time.

The American Vintage ’56 Stratocaster takes you straight back to mid-1956, when the model was still new and when what is quite possibly the most prized and popular neck ever affixed to the instrument first appeared—a thick one-piece maple neck with a soft “V” shape, comfortably rounded edges and a then-new butterfly string tree on the headstock. Such meticulous authenticity even extends to the single-ply white pickguard with eight holes, lightweight alder body (ash on white blonde) with deep contours, and vintage-accurate pickups (alnico 3 pickups debuted in 1956), 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 it right. Fender did the work, and it shows, because there’s pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • Period correct version of the original
  • Lightweight alder body (ash on white blonde) with deep contours
  • Thick soft "V" shaped maple neck
  • Vintage-accurate pickups
  • Includes deluxe vintage tweed case

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SPECIFICATIONS

American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar

  • Series: American Vintage
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
  • Body Material: (Aged White Blonde) Ash, (2-Tone Sunburst, Black) Alder
  • Body Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
  • Neck: Maple, Thick Soft "V" Shape
  • Neck Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (18.41 cm)
  • Frets: 21, Vintage Style Frets
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650 (42 mm)
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Truss Rod: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
  • Pickups: New American Vintage '56 Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge) New American Vintage '56 Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Middle) New American Vintage '56 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) , Tone 2 (Middle and Bridge)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style
  • Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Control Knobs: New White Strat®
  • Pickguard: Single-Ply White
  • Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
  • Incl. Accessories: Vintage '56 Strat Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage 3-Position Switch, '50s Strat Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner's Manual, Saddle Height Wrench
  • Case/Gig Bag: New Deluxe Vintage Tweed Case
  • Unique Features: Mid-'56 thick maple neck with soft "V profile and comfortably rolled edges-one of the most popular Fender neck styles ever; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound; Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing
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FenderAmerican Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording (3)
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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very Nice But Not Worth The Money

    By Sean-dwoj_

    from Madison, WI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Really nice guitar overall.

      The Good:
      Incredible looking.
      Great clean tones.
      Very comfortable.

      The Not So Good:
      The finish is really thin and soft so it dings easily. Like most nitro finishes the surface is a little tacky feeling compared to poly.

      The E strings are closer to the edge of the fingerboard than most modern strats.

      The 7.25 radius and nitro finish make bending strings a little more work.

      I ended up selling it and getting a Jeff Beck strat which is more my speed.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Oh that neck!!

      By Nokie

      from Northridge, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Amazing neck
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • No Custom Shop Logo
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Glossy Finish Needs Aging

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This is the best neck of the 13 Strats I have. If you play primarily with your thumb around the neck and have medium to large hands, the neck profile with its soft V and palm-filling bulk is very comfortable. The edges are also rounded very nicely. I love that it does not have a custom shop logo on the back of the head-stock thus giving it a more vintage appearance. I have two other custom shop '56 Strats - a relic and a closet classic. The neck on this one has a nicer feel than either of those. The tone is pure Strat. I intend to install the 3 position switch 'cause I don't want to step into Knopfler and Rob't Cray territory. Those guys are great but it's their sound, not mine. I got the guitar used and the finish must have been through weather changes 'cause it is already checking. The thin nitro finish is nice, however it's too shiny. Overall, this is my favorite Strat. Leo made 'em right in those early days.

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      5.0

      Awesome

      By murphi

      from sebring, fl

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is everything and more than one could ask for. The tone, drive and sounds make it a great fun to play strat. I like the standard headstock and frets. The color is beautiful and jumps out of the case. Anyone looking to step up a notch should definately look into owning this American beauty. Worth every penny.

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        (1 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        paint

        By john

        from uvalde,texas

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • The Guitar Had Paint Sepe

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            paint quality poor

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            (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Superb!

            By Larsolini

            from Oslo, Norway

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • The Ultimate Strat-feel
            • The Ultimate Strat-tone

            Cons

            • A little heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              A beautiful guitar and definitely the best Strat I have ever tried. All the pickups are great and the sounds you can get out of 'em are just incredible. If you sit down with one of these (and maybe pop a joint), you will feel-no wait-BE Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and all the other guys from that era.

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              (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Amazing

              By Slappy

              from Albany, NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Mucho Mojo
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • String Spacing

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                Mine's blonde. I like the fat neck and very slight V profile (not for speed players). Frets are medium size; not jumbo but not small like the 50's Classics. Fret leveling is immaculate. Mine has a nice amount of wood grain under the see-through blonde finish, and a nicely figured maple neck - not flame, but lots of 3D figure. The '56 pickups are awesome; plenty of lows but not too much, plenty of mids and clear sparkling highs - great for clean sounds and Blues stuff, not the best for Jazz or Metal). The weight is very light and balanced. Mine weighs 7.0 lbs. exactly, which is a perfect weight for me (7-8lbs, 9 gets pretty heavy). It comes with a beautiful tweed case with plush red interior, and a whole bunch of vintage case candy including the "ash tray" chrome bridge cover. Complaints are that these models (probably like the '57 I imagine), is that the E strings are spaced very close to the edges of the neck which make it easy to pull a string off the fret board while playing. Moving the strings in the saddle or adjusting the neck angle helps, but you can't go quite far enough with the high E string. See some close-up photos, as they will give you a good idea of what it looks like. Also the G string nut slot was cut too low at the factory so the open G buzzes; now it has to be filled and re-cut. Because of these two important issues it gets a 4/5. Overall I would buy it again. These guitars have a definite feel and sound mojo that you can't get in other American models. It's multidimensional; lots of tones and subtleties.

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