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 ... Read More
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.
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Comments about Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:
I put off buying one of these for a very long time. I had read other reviews and watched videos, and everybody always brings up that you're sacrificing convenience and ease of play when you purchase a vintage style instrument.
I don't think that this is something that a seasoned player would really notice. This instruments was ready to go right out of the box. The Radius didn't take any getting used to for me. My other strat has a compound radius board and you would expect a huge difference, but it's not that bad.
Most of the people who are interested in this series already know what they are buying. This is one of those things that i was worried about, but now that I've set up my own and spent a few hours with it, I wouldn't have it any other way.
The guitar is stable. The vintage tuners stay in tune just as well as my locking tuners on my other strat.
Mine is the shell pink version. It's about a pound lighter than my other alder body strat.
The vintage style frets are a little shorter than the standard frets on a stratocaster, but i don't think it will really stop you from playing anything that you would normally want to play on a strat.
I played a custom shop strat and the AV 65 strat before buying this guitar. I really stand by the American Vintage Series. From my experience, there really isn't a substitute for the money.
If you are having a hard time making the decision to get one of these, then you would be doing yourself a favor by doing so.