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Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar Olympic White Rosewood Fretboard

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This American Vintage Stratocaster features all the best elements of classic '70s Strats! Start with an ash (on transparent finish models) or alder b...Click To Read More About This Product

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Everyone has a special place in their heart for the '70s.

This American Vintage Stratocaster features all the best elements of classic '70s Strats! Start with an ash (on transparent finish models) or alder body and add a U-shaped maple neck with an improved 3-bolt mount and Micro Tilt adjustment. The bridge is a vintage-correct '70-'71 style. The unmistakable large headstock, Diamond Head F tuners, and '70s-style decal give it the look and feel of the era, while specially-voiced pickups recapture the electric guitar magic of the time. Includes a deluxe black hardshell case with vintage orange interior.


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FEATURES
  • Ash or alder body
  • Maple U-shaped neck
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 3 vintage-style single-coil Strat pickups with Alnico V magnets
  • Volume/tone/tone controls
  • 3-position pickup switch
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Fender/Schaller F-style tuners
  • Chrome hardware
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FenderAmerican Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Strat

This is truly an amazing instrument. I've spent that past few months playing a wide array of guitars, looking for something that was a cut above the rest. I've found it.The wonderful thing...Read complete review

This is truly an amazing instrument. I've spent that past few months playing a wide array of guitars, looking for something that was a cut above the rest. I've found it.The wonderful thing about the American Vintage 70s Strat is that you can go down to your local music shop, play it back-to-back against all the American Standards on the wall, and actually hear an astounding difference. You can also really hear the way the guitar responds dynamically to different playing styles. The mids and bass are lush and mellow if you ease off your attack a bit. But, dig in, and you're immediately rewarded an even punch that seems to make every note sound important. The high-end tone is, of course, everything you've come to expect from the early days of the Stratocaster: bright and bell-like with a warmth that really sings, especially when thrown into overdrive. You can bend notes into oblivion with incredibly full sustain.Honestly, this guitar is really inspiring. I don't want to put it down. I guarantee you won't play anything quite like it. But don't take my word for it; see for yourself.

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Very Nicely Done.

Like others in this review list I've also owned a couple original 70s era Strats. One was a 73 in cream color with maple board ala Malmsteen and another was a 78 in black...Read complete review

Like others in this review list I've also owned a couple original 70s era Strats. One was a 73 in cream color with maple board ala Malmsteen and another was a 78 in black with rosewood board and black p/guard. The 73 was light and airy & sounded beautiful. Very Hendrix like with the neck p/up but it suffered from a loose shifty neck do to the lousy fitting and the 3 screw neck plate. The 78 weighed a ton and sounded like shit with very little if any typical Strat tonal character. I paid only about $300 apiece for them back in the mid 1980s and it makes me sick to see what prices they bring now. This new American made 70s Reissue Strat is head and shoulders above either of those originals I owned in both fit / finish and in the tone dept. It also sounds wonderful when played unplugged which is always a good sign. It's just a beautifully made instrument in all respects. Mine is a clear coat with a beautiful wavy figured ash body. I've always loved the looks of the larger headstock too. This is how Fender (should) have made them in 70s.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Strat

By Harrison Lee

from State College, PA

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

This is truly an amazing instrument. I've spent that past few months playing a wide array of guitars, looking for something that was a cut above the rest. I've found it.The wonderful thing about the American Vintage 70s Strat is that you can go down to your local music shop, play it back-to-back against all the American Standards on the wall, and actually hear an astounding difference. You can also really hear the way the guitar responds dynamically to different playing styles. The mids and bass are lush and mellow if you ease off your attack a bit. But, dig in, and you're immediately rewarded an even punch that seems to make every note sound important. The high-end tone is, of course, everything you've come to expect from the early days of the Stratocaster: bright and bell-like with a warmth that really sings, especially when thrown into overdrive. You can bend notes into oblivion with incredibly full sustain.Honestly, this guitar is really inspiring. I don't want to put it down. I guarantee you won't play anything quite like it. But don't take my word for it; see for yourself.

(5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not as good as Japanese Fender.

By GGQ

from Miami

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

I have a lot of Fender guitars and I think the Japanese Fender and some high-end Mexican models are better than those made ​​in the U.S., you only pay the American pride.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dreams come true

By couldn't be more satisfied

from Huntingdon, PA

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

For years my main axe has been a Les Paul. My wife and kids surprised me the 70's reissue for my 60th birthday. Knock me out. While I'm still learning the Strat's tonal and sonic possibilities, what it's produced so far is amazing. It plays with exceptional ease and comfort. The clear ash w/ the non-poly finish is absolutely stunning. I tell my player friends it's like driving a top end Mercedes, and when they take the Strat for a spin, they all agree...drooling all the way to the track. Thanks, Leo.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

1 Awesome axe

By Wildstyle

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

Purchased last year.I've gotten comliments from fellow guitar players.This Strat definitely has that sound and feel from the 70's.The tonal quality is unbelievable. I play it through a Fender Ultimate Chorus DSP amp.So you can imagine.I love the extra jumbo frets and large headstock.I do miss that 22nd fret though.This is an awesome axe.I would like to get a Strat from the 70's to add to my collection.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

American 70s Reissue Best Strat Ever

By Ausman

from Brisbane, Australia

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

I always wanted a 70's re-issue in Natural with a Maple board and I was considering buying a Classic Series. I noticed that Fender had now released an American Vintage 70s. So I bought one. The one I got is an ash body in 3 colour sunburst with a rosewood board (this one was available. I'm delighted to say it has the best sound of any Strat I've owned. Blows my Custom Shop 66 and my American Texas Special out of the water. The U shaped neck on these beauties is wonderful; very comfortable. Just feels great.If you want a wonderful sounding, beautifully built Strat that just sings, then you have to get one of these.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Very Nicely Done.

By Mnsnake

from Minnesota

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

Like others in this review list I've also owned a couple original 70s era Strats. One was a 73 in cream color with maple board ala Malmsteen and another was a 78 in black with rosewood board and black p/guard. The 73 was light and airy & sounded beautiful. Very Hendrix like with the neck p/up but it suffered from a loose shifty neck do to the lousy fitting and the 3 screw neck plate. The 78 weighed a ton and sounded like shit with very little if any typical Strat tonal character. I paid only about $300 apiece for them back in the mid 1980s and it makes me sick to see what prices they bring now. This new American made 70s Reissue Strat is head and shoulders above either of those originals I owned in both fit / finish and in the tone dept. It also sounds wonderful when played unplugged which is always a good sign. It's just a beautifully made instrument in all respects. Mine is a clear coat with a beautiful wavy figured ash body. I've always loved the looks of the larger headstock too. This is how Fender (should) have made them in 70s.

 
5.0

Howlin' Stratman

By Howlin' Stratman

from Vancouver, WA

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Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

I currently own 3 Stratocasters: 1975 natural [US], 1994 white 72? reissue [Japan], and my latest 3-colour sunburst Fender USA '70s Stratocaster.I purchased mine site unseen and it must have been fate because the body and rosewood fret board have lovely wood grain. I did need to have it professionally set-up to resolve fret swell and break it in to stay in tune longer.The Strat is improved from my 75? as the finish is much richer. The vintage style single-coil Strat pickups with Alnico 5 magnets are bright and it does not have the loud hum as with my 75.?I selected this model largely due to the large headstock which I feel provides greater sustain and that it is made in the US. I do not recommend keeping in the spring for the tremolo bar and needed to make adjustments to the spring [tremolo under body], to alleviate an unusual noise which was most disturbing.

 
5.0

SEARCHING FOR STRAT

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

The 70's USA Strat is by far the best strat I have ever played. The neck feels wonderful and easy to play. The sustain if by far the best sustain on any strat. I love the natural with Rosewood Fretboard. The pickups sound awesome especially in the neck position. I have owned two other Strats that don't even compare to the USA 70's.

 
5.0

This guitar is rightous man

By Deadhead840

from Portland, Oregan

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

This guitar brings life to your music, man. When I play it, I feel like I'm in another place. That place is the 70's. It takes me back to Woodstock man. Back to Jimi Hendrix's face melting solo's. I sold my car to get this, and I'm tellin you man, it was worth it.

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Bryan Brewster

from mcalester, OK

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Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar now for a couple of weeks. I play christian rock in the praise and worship band at church and it does every thing I need from distortion to sweet sounding clean tones. I also play through a jimi hendrix experience pedal which makes the tone great. I've owned one other strat and this one so far is out doing the other one.

 
5.0

American Vintage, Part II: Revenge of the '70s

By That'70sStrat

from Cambridge, MA

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

There is a definite irony behind Fender's first addition to its respected American Vintage line since its inception in 1983. From the beginning, with Fullerton, CA, folk heroes Dan Smith and John Page, it was meant to re-establish the brand after the infamous legacy of CBS ownership begun in 1965, and now, the epitomy of that era -- the 1970s style Stratocaster -- has been enshrined as a virtual collector's piece.But here's the difference: the quality.The new American Vintage 1970s Strat from Fender is made to standards that surely surpass the original, as well as the cheaper Classic Series version. As an owner of two Classic '70s Strats and several AV '57 and '62 reissues, I can attest that the finish and neck on this model are very well-done.But the real reason to snatch up one of these flashbacks to the Age of Polyester for yourselves is the pickups. They're "specially-voiced," vintage-correct single coils with gray bottoms, currently available only on this model, and they sound awesome! Their sonic character sets them apart from both the '56/'62 and the Custom Shop '69.If you're looking for that now classic tone of the '70s as captured by artists from Deep Purple to early U2, this is the one. I recommend the maple fretboard since most Stratocasters of the time featured the one-piece maple neck.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

compared to the real mccoy

By VintageCollector

from Boston

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Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

I have a original 77 and 79 strat and here's my comparison to this ash body one.both of my originals are black with maple necks. both original finishes are rough. Lots of cracking which was common as during that time the quality control was pretty rough. They are making these out of ash which seems lighter and since I purchased all three new, I know them to all be original everything.If you need a clean looking guitar with warranty and decent sound, pick up a new one. If your a Hendrix guy who loves you 5 position swich pinned hard to the neck pickup, you might prefer the sound of an original 79 (which will run you typically 300 bucks more than new). Personally I'll keep all of them as I like the neck on the 79, the bridge on the 77 and this Reissue has a real easy to get phased sound without having to play with the 5 way switch. All necks are similar enough and all suffer form the 3 bolt neck design of that period.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Guitar addict-WnBAE

from Perry, OH

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Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

I used to be a gibson guy. I own a SG and my dad has a 68 GOldtop, PRICELESS. I always thought Gibson>Fender. Now i believe they are almost even thanks to this brilliant guitar. The look is fasinating. The sound clean and makes you wanna start to get up and really feel the sound of the guitar, no matter what style. I mainly play blue and indie rock on this gutiar. I believe that this is a really great guitar and is a must-have for any guitarist.

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Dagibson

from Milford, PA

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Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

This must be the best fender I've ever played. The hot Rod is nice too but this one, man. My dad got this guitar,and now about to hand it to me and I can't wait. I borrowed it for a couple times and the sound blew me away. I got the 3 tone maple fretboard and the guitar is beautiful! Totally worth it.

 
5.0

Top-Shelf Guitar

By tumalo27

from OR

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Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

Neck is absolute butter. Very high quality Birdseye Maple and smooth finish. Almost seems Custom Shop quality. The "U" contour does feel a little different than the "C", but overall very comfortable. I think the vintage frets that come with it are more comfortable than medium jumbo found on newer Strats. It would be nice if it had the 9.5" fretboard radius like the newer models, but it still is relatively easy to bend the strings. Natural/Ash body wood grain really stands out, and the finish is again like glass. It is well-balanced and a bit lighter than Alder. The gray-bobbin pickups have a bit more "ring" to them, they are bright but not to bright and great for a more rock oriented sound. Can't go wrong with this axe.

 
5.0

sweet axe

By Michman

from Michigan

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Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

In addition to some Gibsons and PRSs,I now have three strats: an American, an EJ and this 1970s vintage. I love the silky smooth maple neck on the 1970s vintage-very fast. The EJ's neck is thick and the finish is a bit like a gym floor (tho pretty). I love the large headstock on the vintage 70s model. My only concern is the lack of instructions about the "micro adjustment" neck. This is the strat I play the most. Put a vintage tint on the neck and it would be perfect, but it's pretty close to perfect now. Looks and sounds dynamic.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice guitar, buy elsewhere & get case.

By FormerMFCustomer

from Woodbury, MN

Comments about Fender American Vintage Series '70s Stratocaster Reissue Electric Guitar:

This is a nice guitar, much better quality than the guitars from the '70's it emulates. Hardware is solid, finish is nice, has the look of the era, but much better workmanship. For some reason, MF will not sell the entire RI package & is removing the guitar from the reissue case that it ships in. After repeated calls to MF to try to get them to not break up the package that Fender ships, I gave up on trying to help them fix their mistake. You'd be better served to purchase this axe somewhere else, for the same price (or lower as I found), and get the whole package (reissue case with orange furry inside & a 5-way switch kit in case you want to replace the 3-way period correct switch that is stock to this model). Good luck!

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