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    A completely dialed-in vintage Strat!

    The best of old and new Fender craftsmanship creates a fantastic guitar built for the serious player! Fender starts with a Vintage American '62 Stratocaster and adds a list of sought-after Custom Shop upgrades: top-of-the-line thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer finish; larger, vintage C-shape neck profile with satin-finish back, 9.5" fingerboard radius, medium-jumbo frets; a reverse-wound, reverse-phase middle pickup for noise-canceling; and the second tone control is wired to bridge pickup. The rest is true-blue '62 Strat: comfort-contoured alder body, Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners, mint green pickguard, and chrome hardware.

    The U.S. Vintage Hot Rod Series from Fender offers new instruments with the looks, specs, and features that make them feel as if you were the third owner of a vintage instrument. Here's your chance to own that beautiful player's guitar but in brand new shape and freshly set-up from the Fender factory!

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Thin-skin nitrocellulose finish
    • Comfort-contoured alder body
    • Maple neck
    • Vintage C-shape profile with satin finish on back
    • Rosewood fingerboard
    • 9.5" fingerboard radius
    • 21 medium-jumbo frets
    • 25.5" scale length
    • Nut width: 1.650"
    • Chrome hardware
    • Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners
    • American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
    • 3-ply mint green pickguard
    • 3 American Vintage Strat single-coil pickups with reverse-wound/reverse-phase middle pickup
    • 5-position blade pickup switch
    • Master volume control
    • Tone 1 (neck pickup)
    • Tone 2 (bridge pickup)
    • Setup with Fender Super 250R Nickel Plated Steel strings (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046)

    These subtle mods will stand out loud and proud when you plug this baby in and start to wail. Order now!

     
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    FenderAmerican Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar
     
    4.8

    (based on 25 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (4)
      • Recording (4)
      • Rock concerts (4)
      • Small venues (4)
      • Jamming (3)
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        • Experienced (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      THE STRAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF!!!!!

      Well in my pursuit over the past 12 years I've tried to find THE perfect Stratocaster. I've owned many strats. And also made countless "partscasters" to try and make a...Read complete review

      Well in my pursuit over the past 12 years I've tried to find THE perfect Stratocaster. I've owned many strats. And also made countless "partscasters" to try and make a strat to my specs. In the end I never liked them because they weren't just a straight up Fender Stratocaster. I've always been a huge fan on the 60's era Strats (who isn't?) but I never wanted to buy the reissues because of the small radius necks and frets. I found the American Vintage Hot Rod series and was hooked! Trouble is the price is way to high for any regular player. Also where I live no guitar stores carry them, so that left me to ordering one online. After reading all the reviews I could find on the net I decided to buy this guitar blindly without playing it which typically is a big mistake when buying a guitar. I didn't have the cash so I sold all of my strats and my 1967 Bassman to get the cash and then placed my order. When it got here and I opened the case I was speechless! This is THE nicest guitar I have ever seen! Blows any of the custom shops out of the water. The case is beautiful and the nitro finish is amazing! Then I played it and was sold! It plays so smoothly and has great tone! Also the neck is super fat which is awesome. I've played the SRV, John Mayer and other signature strats; don't spend your money on them BUY THIS GUITAR! The set up was perfect from the factory. It was shipped across the United States and arrived at my house in tune! Take it from me. If you're super cautious about buying an instrument you can't play first don't be with the Hot Rod '62 and if you're short on the cash save up because this beauty is worth every penny!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Fender 62 Hot Rod Reissue Strat

      Bought it, played it, didn't care for it. Took it back and got the standard 62 ARVI. I own a real 61strat, and the standard (7.25 radius) 62 reissue is an...Read complete review

      Bought it, played it, didn't care for it. Took it back and got the standard 62 ARVI. I own a real 61strat, and the standard (7.25 radius) 62 reissue is an exact duplicate! My reissue actually sounds a little more clear, but I immagine the pickups on my 61 have lost some of their zing after all these years.I've never had any problem fretting out on deep bends with the 7.25 radius (nor did any of ourguitar heros who made millions of records) before us! The 57/62 pickups sound IDENTICAL to the 61.Not so with the Hot Rod. I found the Hot Rod to be overly basey, and agree with the other reviewer that said it would have been a better SRV guitar.

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      5.0

      Just like my old one

      By MeatPuppetStringStrummer

      from Denver, Colorado

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • A Real Singer
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Channeling Hendrix
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I had a real white 62 strat as a kid, with a dimarzio in the bridge position. This hot rod has me flashing back hard core, as the previous owner put a nice Seymore Duncan on the bridge - the same sounds and feeling as my original, but mo betta! I played my '62 through a fender twin, but now have a sweet vox valvetronix - the combo allows me to hit pretty much any sound I'm aiming for, and the hot bridge with the flatter fb make this my new go to girl.

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        5.0

        My favorite guitar

        By DD

        from Georgia

        About Me Novice

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I love everything about this guitar. I own several other strats but this is definitely my favorite. My 2012 MIA is a very close second because of the Fat 50s. And, I do prefer the Fat 50s to those that are in this strat. That's not to say that these pickups are bad. In fact, I love them but I prefer the tone of Fat 50s. I have the 3 tone sunburst and it looks excellent. The neck is a thick C shape. It is very beefy. It has a very different feel. It took some getting used to but after a few hours of playing I found it very comfortable. And, the satin finish on the back is great. Smooth and doesn't get sticky. It has a great feel. The nitro is thin and mine already has a chip which I don't mind at all. I knew to expect some wear with the thin nitro finish. This is just a great guitar.

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              5.0

              Best Fender in years

              By rick rivets

              from NYC

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Feels Like A Custom Shop
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Can't Find Any Fault

              Best Uses

              • Anytime
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              The best Strat made since the 60's. Great tone and awesome neck. Sounds better in some amps then cheaper ones. Can't find fault except allot of people are having trouble with the neck warping or twisting and that's on all new guitars. Companies don't let the wood age properly. They use ovens to speed up the process and this just doesn't work. Don't buy from the Custom Shop as you would flip if the neck warped on a high end guitar.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              2012 fender American vintage hot rod 62

              By AC6072

              from Pennsylvania

              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 Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                Like another reviewer mentioned quite accurately, we go back to the strat. My original search was for an American made - white with rosewood. Though I'm in my early 50's I still get like a kid filled with excitement to take home a new guitar while at the store. But these days it's not as easy as it once was when guitar choices were more limited and all were available for you to try, feel and decide. So in my quest I traveled to music stores up and down the east coast of my state trying to find an Amer Standard, white with rosewood and no one had one in the store. I wound up buying a Clapton Artist series, maple neck of course, spending 1500 instead of the 1200 I set out to spend. After a day or two at home I realized it was not the guitar for me. I returned it for an SRV which had the rosewood and i was looking for that kind of sound. Though I really I didn't want sunburst at all. Again, after a few days brought it back and was disappointed that no white strats were available to try out. Finally I gave in to the guy at the store, who, as they all say, can order one for you. Because i already spent over 1500' I noticed this guitar online for the same price as the SRV and ordered it. It got to the store in less than 2 days and when it arrived it looked, felt and sounded great! The neck is definitely big ("thick C"). i compared it to the American Standard with rosewood - on the amp that gave the best sound with it, a Fender Hot Rod Deville 2x12'. The feel of the American Standard felt "smaller" in every way, weight, feel, and most importantly, tone. The fat 50 pups in my opinion are not as nice in clarity and tone as this guitar. I believe these vintage pick ups, combined with the quality,and solid wood of the neck and body on this guitar give it an overall incredible tone. It was an easy choice at that point. Great tone and feel on this high quality guitar. If its tone you're looking for you WILL find it in this strat. Also, I agree with others who say this is a far better choice that the SRV......for an SRV sound, and the quality is better all around. This Vintage Hot Rod 62 is what makes Fender Stratocaster a great guitar.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                THE STRAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF!!!!!

                By manhands

                from oklahoma

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Amazing Craftsmanship
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Huge Neck
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues
                  • This Thing Can Do It All

                  Comments about Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  Well in my pursuit over the past 12 years I've tried to find THE perfect Stratocaster. I've owned many strats. And also made countless "partscasters" to try and make a strat to my specs. In the end I never liked them because they weren't just a straight up Fender Stratocaster. I've always been a huge fan on the 60's era Strats (who isn't?) but I never wanted to buy the reissues because of the small radius necks and frets. I found the American Vintage Hot Rod series and was hooked! Trouble is the price is way to high for any regular player. Also where I live no guitar stores carry them, so that left me to ordering one online. After reading all the reviews I could find on the net I decided to buy this guitar blindly without playing it which typically is a big mistake when buying a guitar. I didn't have the cash so I sold all of my strats and my 1967 Bassman to get the cash and then placed my order. When it got here and I opened the case I was speechless! This is THE nicest guitar I have ever seen! Blows any of the custom shops out of the water. The case is beautiful and the nitro finish is amazing! Then I played it and was sold! It plays so smoothly and has great tone! Also the neck is super fat which is awesome. I've played the SRV, John Mayer and other signature strats; don't spend your money on them BUY THIS GUITAR! The set up was perfect from the factory. It was shipped across the United States and arrived at my house in tune! Take it from me. If you're super cautious about buying an instrument you can't play first don't be with the Hot Rod '62 and if you're short on the cash save up because this beauty is worth every penny!

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good, but Quality Control could be better...

                  By Nick Poupore

                  from New York

                  Comments about Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  I bought the American Vintage '62 Hot Rod Stratocaster locally, and it is a fantastic instrument! However, mine had a bridge problem directly from the factory... Which should be unheard of in this price range. When I removed the silver sticker that Fender uses to cover the hole in the bridge for the tremomo bar, I knew immediately knew that something was wrong. I proceeded to try screwing in the tremolo bar but it wouldn't thread because the bridge block had been machined wrong and was almost half covering the hole. Luckily Fender is very good to deal with, and their customer service is great. They sent a replacement bridge without batting an eye..
                  Aside from the bridge problem, the overall quality is great! The 57/62 pickups are very well balanced, and are probably the best set of single coil pickups that I have found (very balanced, and thick!). The Nitro finish is beautiful, helps the wood to breathe more than a modern poly finish, and will gracefully age over the years.
                  I believe that this model could be more affordable, though you do pay for the subtle differences.

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                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A '62 with a 5-way switch--PLUS

                  By Tom-0jUvK

                  from Oklahoma City

                  Comments about Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  It is often said that, no matter where your musical prejudices lie, every guitarist returns to a stratocaster at some point. I say "return" because almost every electric guitar seems to owe a great deal to this ubiquitous guitar. I fought this notion for a long time. I deluded myself into thinking that I was a telecaster fan--i bought an Epiphone Dot, claiming that strats (and Fenders generally) were too trite and overused and there was never any justification in spending so much on a guitar just because it was assembled in America. I fiddled with knobs and pedals and expensive (and often borrowed) amps. I realized ultimately that the sound I was always striving towards was the "2" and "4" positions of a 5-way single-coil stratocaster switch. It seems an odd contradiction, but the everyday, ordinary Strat is both generic and UNIQUE. Generic in the sense that every one of our seminal guitar heros have played one and unique in the sense that they seem to have done so because its sound is so incredibly specific. To my way of thinking you can more easily recognize a Strat in a recording than any other guitar. If I sound like a purist (or a bit of a pretentious boob) you are not mistaken. But this is a REAL vintage '62 Strat with modern appointments WITHOUT sacrificing the 5-way switch. Early Strat players wedged a matchbook or something into the original 3-way switch to get those "2" and "4" position sounds that are so distinctive. This guitar does that and more with the completely hum-free 2 and 4 positions (reverse wind/polarity). It's unfortunate that Fender seems to have discontinued the beautiful Sherwood Green version and here only provides white and sunburst, but if I've touched on any of your guitar sensibilities I assure you that this is your guitar.

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                  (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Fender 62 Hot Rod Reissue Strat

                  By 61stratguy

                  from East Coast

                  Comments about Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  Bought it, played it, didn't care for it. Took it back and got the standard 62 ARVI. I own a real 61strat, and the standard (7.25 radius) 62 reissue is an exact duplicate! My reissue actually sounds a little more clear, but I immagine the pickups on my 61 have lost some of their zing after all these years.I've never had any problem fretting out on deep bends with the 7.25 radius (nor did any of ourguitar heros who made millions of records) before us! The 57/62 pickups sound IDENTICAL to the 61.Not so with the Hot Rod. I found the Hot Rod to be overly basey, and agree with the other reviewer that said it would have been a better SRV guitar.

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  62 Hot Rod

                  By stratophile

                  from michigan

                  Comments about Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  The 62 hot rod is pretty much made the way they were in 62. the 62 reissue does not have the nitro finish so the hot rod is going to ware out and sound just like the old ones.its basicly a relic before it gets the relic treatment. That being they are the truest as if you were buying one in 62. Mine is 3tone sunburst but be carefull I looked at and played alot of these sometimes they are booked matched very poorly and you can see were they matched they up through the finish and it looks really bad. but the feel, tone, and playibility of this guitar cannot be denied I have a 2002 american deluxe strat and the 62 hot rod blows it away! this is what a srv strat should have been! Nuff said...

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                  5.0

                  Why buy anything else?

                  Comments about Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  This is buy far the best strat i have ever played. I saw it an a store and decided that this was what i wanted to save for instantly. i Just knew it was for me. It looks the part, feels the part, plays the part, and even smells the part. I set this up with 11's and med-high action and it just sings. The resonance is like nothing i have ever experienced before. When you play it on you lap your own body vibrates with the guitar. The pickup are voiced perfectly. It has lower output single coil like the real vintage strats which give you those big clear soaring highs, but with such a resonate body, you get the big warm mids and lows. Fender can still make well priced and exceptionally well built guitars. I cant say the same with new G*&$@n! I was looking into a Custom shop NOS '62 but the have the original vintage narrow frets and a slightly smaller neck. They also did not have the mint green guard and just didn't seem right. For me this was perfect.

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