The 1965 Stratocaster saw the return to a thick C-shaped maple neck, this time with a round-laminated dark rosewood fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays. It was also the first year for enamel-cover... Read More
The 1965 Stratocaster saw the return to a thick C-shaped maple neck, this time with a round-laminated dark rosewood fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays. It was also the first year for enamel-covered pickup wire. That's what players will find on the Fender American Vintage '65 Stratocaster Electric Guitar, along with other authentic features including a three-ply white pickguard with 11 holes, lightweight alder body, aged plastic knobs and vintage-accurate pickups, bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more. Available in classic Three-color Sunburst finish.
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. Includes case.
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I've mostly been playing Gibson Custom shop Historic reissues the past few years - a '58 and a '59. These guitars make the regular Gibson USA guitars look, feel and sound like cheap imports. The same is true for the current Fender USA line. I have been gassing for a Stratocaster for a few months. I knew it wasn't going to be my main guitar so I was a little reluctant to splurge on going the Custom Shop route and was thinking that the regular American Standard was going to be for me. I decided to hit my local Guitar center and try out a few of the strats they had. The regular American Standard wasn't bad but the neck was just too skinny for me (keep in mind I've been playing the thicker Gibson '58 & '59 necks). The American Vintage 65 felt perfect - much more to get hold of in your hand. You could instantly feel that this was a much higher grade instrument from the feel of the tuners, the finish and the way the whole guitar just resonated in your hands. It was also significantly ligher than the American Standard. Once plugged in the guitar came alive - much more depth and clarity to the sound. This guitar was growing on me by the second! I also looked at some of the Custom Shop guitars but really couldn't feel or hear any significant difference between them and the Vintage 65, just the difference between the maple and rosewood fingerboards. The Custom Shop guitars seem more in the line of relic'd guitars or are modelled after some particular player's guitar (correct me if I'm wrong) but this was never really my thing - I'd rather relic it myself by playing it! The American Vintage 65 sits right in the middle between the American Standard and the Custom Shop line. I was hesitant about paying $1000+ for the Vintage 65 but if you play both back to back you'll see where that extra money goes. I also thought that the 7.25" radius fingerboard would be an issue after playing on the 12" Gibson's but to be honest I really didn't feel it, or at least adapted quite quickly. I set my guitars up with a slightly higher action anyway (1/8") so the Fender felt perfect with no fret-out at all the way it was set up. The case is pretty decent and will certainly protect the guitar. It comes with a whole bunch of "case candy" that's fun to look at (but totally useless) plus a vintage correct 3 way switch if you want to replace the 5 way that is factory installed (does anyone bother to install the 3 way)? So in a nut-shell, Fender have really come up with the goods on this guitar. It has a very Custom Shop feel without the Custom Shop price tag. It's very much a step up from the American Standard in much the same way that the American Standard is a step up from the Mexican made strats. This is actually a Strat that I really want to hold on to. A great playing, feeling and sounding guitar!
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