The Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Electric Guitar meticulously re-creates a famous design. It's true to all the original specs and detailing, including neck and headstock shapes, body conto... Read More
The Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Electric Guitar meticulously re-creates a famous design. It's true to all the original specs and detailing, including neck and headstock shapes, body contours - even the original hand-beveled pickup magnets. Comes fitted with American Vintage pickups, the original synchronized tremolo (with ashtray included), nickel silver frets, and other vintage appointments. Maple fretboard. Includes tweed hardshell case.
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The guitar is exactly what I was expecting. The intonation and clarity are spot on for a vintage Strat. The Surf Green body had no imperfections. The neck was a little narrow but it was smooth and fast. The only issue I had was a mark on the top of the case but it wasn't worth sending it back because the guitar is perfect. The setup was excellent right out of the box. Match this up with a 57 Champ or a version of the same amp and the sounds are fantastic. I would highly recommend this guitar if you want the vintage look and tone. The pickups are not noiseless so expect the hum at high gain. That's just the way it is.
If you are a fan of classics like Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs, any Hendrix, or anything other works/artists with a Stratocaster you need to realize that they were not made with "custom shop" guitars. They were made with this beauty. The frets are nice and small, allowing you to slide with ease. Bending is a breeze and with the small V neck, your hands wrap around it as though it was a part of you. I blocked the tremolo, so I have no issues with her staying in tune. If you love the vintage sound, you owe it to yourself to get this guitar.
Awesome guitar, the sound is like if the 50's were kept in time and released nowadays with each strum of this beauty. Very light body, vintage neck finish, it feels in between of sticky and satin, but for my playing is enough. The pickguard's eight screws can not hold it flush with the body at some points however not an issue. Tremolo works fine with a little chapstick in the nut, be careful with the small black spring within the hole, once you remove the tremolo arm it will fall. I would prefer the 5 way switch to be installed from factory but still you get it as part of the case candy. Definetely a keeper, you will not regret it.
This guitar is worth every penny! Comparing it to my American Special Telecaster, the quality difference is stunning. Great tone. You will notice that the nitrocellulose finish isn't quite as "quick" as modern finishes, but that'll sort itself out as you play it in. I went with the Surf Green color -- it's a beautiful color, and the first thing people comment on when I take it out of the case. The supplied case and acessories are in line with what you should get with a vintage reissue -- vintage style strap and a non-braided cable that appears to be similar in style to the 1950's era cables. Grab a tweed reissue amp, and you won't need a DeLorean.
I love this guitar! I like the sustain, playability, and feel of this guitar. This is a guitar that not only looks good but also sounds good. The pick ups are bright, and also provide a mellow sound when playing more folksy sounding music. You can everything from HEAVY sonding crunch, too acoustic sounding folk. I recomend this guitar too anyone from the beginer to the pro. This is one fine guitar.
This is an amazing guitar. I started playing an Ibanez GRX40 which was an okay guitar, but wasn't that good. I was upgrading to a new guitar, I was looking at a Strat or a Epiphone Les Paul Custom. I played this guitar in the store, and I loved it. Simply brilliant. I played about 1-2 hours in the store before I agreed to buy it. It is extremely easy to bend the strings, quite a light guitar, and very versatile. I definitely reccomend you to buy this if you are looking at it. The finish is BEAUTIFUL. 3 months later, I have absolutes no regrets in buying this guitar.
I got the '57 finally. I had a standard strat and always wanted an american. It is so nice. The pups arent as hot but they have a warm vibe to them which is what I love. The V neck is a bit more comfortable. The lacquered neck needs some getting used to. I think the trem is just wonderful. My standard had a vintage trem but it was pure junk. This one for some reason feels awesome, but I'll prolly chop it off a bit. As far as craftsmanship, I was a lil disappointed. Action and the Pup height needed to be adjusted, intonation slightly. and none of the screws were fully tightened, pup screws were loose, neck screws were loose, switch screws were loose, took alot of adjusting. Another thing is they used to make the frets low back then so there is alot of fret buzz! low action goes out the door. Also the paint near the neck chipped a lil when adjusting the truss rod. I gotta let the lacquer smell grow on me too, smells kinda I guess "old library bookish" which kinda goes with the whole vintage thing... However, all in all I'm glad I got this otherwise I would have always wished I got it...
In my opinion this is Fender's best non custom shop guitar. Nice weight, perfect neck contour (soft V)and radius and a "nitro" finish. I just bought my 3rd one last week, a 50th anniverary 1957 reissue! My oldest is a 1988 "Mary Kaye" and matches the 50 annivesary. These new ones have the American Vintage pick-ups which are a tad more focused, a bit brighter and quieter than than either my '88 or '97. These are outstanding for any genre of music, strap it on and play all night (without breaking your back). They chime like church bells when played clean and get as raunchy as you want when driven. They sound like angels singing thru an old tube amp like a Super Champ or a Twin Reverb w/ the set reverb around "5". Heck, they even sound great plugged intothe house P.A. The Stratocaster is the perfect guitar (I have 10) and the '57 is the perfect Strat. If you buy a Strat, try to buy an American (although I feel the Mexican Strats provide the best "bang for the buck" available) and if you can swing it, buy the '57 reissue. Vintage sound, looks and hardware w/o the high price of true vintage. The G&G tweed case ruggedly built, there's the usual case candy and more. The only down side to the "57 is in order to adjust the neck, you must remove it from the body. The truss rod adjustment is buried when the neck is on the guitar. If you have a tech do your work, don't sweat it. If you do your own adjustments, plan for a little longer and do it in conjucntion w/ a string change.
This is a well built strat. I was wondering if Fender still made the candy apple 57' vintage that David Gilmour picked up in 1984. (He used on the Momentary lapse, Division Bell albums and tours.) Stick some EMG single coils on this baby and u have Gilmour's post-waters axe. I was impressed with the quality it had. It plays like no other strat. hooked up to a marshall amp its beautiful tone exploded. Price is high though u get what u pay 4.
I am a big fan of Mr Clapton and really the best guitar to get is the Clapton model but this is not far off from "Blackie" Erics First Strat that the Signiture Strat is based on. The reason why i don't want the Clapton Strat is because its like taking someone elses style and using their axe so if i take this guitar wich is simalar to "Blackie" i could have the original Clapton soul with my imput. It is an outstanding guitar with a great neck, great sound and most importantly great vibe.
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