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Fender American Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic White

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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 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!


  • 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)
  • Includes Vintage Tweed Case, Strap, Cable, and Meguair's care kit
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FenderAmerican Vintage Hot Rod '62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar

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(74 of 78 customers found this review helpful)


Best Guitar I've Owned...Period!

By JV1976

from San Diego, CA

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

Let me just start off by saying that I've been lucky enough to have had lots of different Fender guitars over my 15 years of experience. In this particular review however, I will start off by comparing my white 62 hot rod strat to my Eric Johnson strat, my 57 hot rod strat, and my SRV strat. The first point I will address will be looks and quality. The 62 Hot rod wins this point over all other ones (yes even over my Eric Johnson's) because the body, the knobs, the bridge, and most of all the neck are simply Flawless and serve a purpose....and that is to contribute to its tone. The rosewood neck is a thick-C profile which feels the most comfortable and its nitrocellulose treatment makes it absolutely gorgeous and rich sounding (compared to my SRV). Having won the looks/quality argument, the next thing I'll discuss is the sound/tone of this amazing instrument. The aforementioned features are in my humble opinion, the reason why you hear pure bliss when you plug this guitar into a good amp, in my case a Crate V30. The pickups are actually better sounding to my ears than even the ones on my Eric Johnson's. Perhaps the different necks on these two guitars also contribute to this. But whatever the reason, the 62 has a sweeter, more pleasant tone with quiet performance. I will say that the pickups on the 62 are not as quiet as the SCN pickups on my 57 hot rod strat, but the difference in their tone always have me preferring the 62 over the quieter 57. The bridge pickup on the 62 is by far, my favorite clean sound. I'm reminded of SRV, or Hendrix, or Clapton....but sweeter, full of bell tone, and rich in harmonics. The middle pickup, which is reverse wound and has reverse polarity, is my favorite distortion pickup. Again, not as quiet as the SCN on my 57, but the sound is simply heaven. Think of Smashing Pumpkins' Today from Siamese Dream, or Nirvana's In Bloom from Never Mind. The bridge pickup is also amazing. You'll be able to achieve 70s tones such as the ones from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, or The Wall. In case this sonic palate is not enough, you have absolute noiseless tones in positions 2 and 4. As stated earlier, this is due to the way the middle pickup is reversely wound. You can really have me go on and on about why I like this great guitar. However, the most important reason why this is my favorite out of the bunch, is that this guitar inspires me to play. I play this particular guitar so much, that I?m actually considering selling some of my other ones and upgrade my amp and pedals. The quest for the perfect tone hardly comes to an end for most people. Yet, I would not be one bit unhappy if this were to be the only guitar I would play from now on. IT is simply that good!

(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)


One of Fender's best Strats...ever!!!

By sonny wolf

from austin texas

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

I own many great Strats and bought this model the other day.It is one of the best I've ever played/owned.I bought the sherwood green model with mint green pickguard and rosewood fretboard. I find it really looks beautiful and is a nice change from the other typical colors usually associated with Strats.I love the features of this guitar.The thin skin nitro finish really helps the acoustic tone/resonance of the wood shine through and I personnally will enjoy how it will relic easily(compared to a thick poly finish).The large 'c' neck is the largest I've ever played and it feels very comfortable.Playabilty is enhanced by the 9.5 radius fretboard with jumbo frets so bends are very easy.The 57/62 pickups are probably my favourite Strat pickup that Fender makes.They sound very vintage with a nice full high mid clarity that really cuts through but yet with a lot of balance and body.These are not scooped sounding at all.To my ear,this guitar really is at home when playing S.R.V. style Texas blues.I really believe this model is as good or maybe even better than the more expensive custom shop models I've are getting the same basic specs for much less money.The tuners really hold their tuning well and tonight after playing my first gig with her,she passed my test with flying colors....a definite keeper for life!!!

(14 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


The Best Guitar I've Ever Played

By Silky J

from West Covina, CA

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

I went into the local guitar store, and I saw the Olympic White '62 Vintage Hot Rod Strat and had to try it out once I laid my eyes on it. It was love at first sight. I sat there playing this guitar for an hour and a half through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and it played and sounded like a winner. This guitar is the most comfortable guitar I've ever laid my hands on, and also sounds the best bar none. The hour of playing time was just like a dream. I will own this guitar sometime in my lifetime.

(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


stone cold blues player? dis guitar is 4 u

By rueben maza

from milpitas ,CA

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

if you know, love, and understand the blues then this guitar is for you... you can get the sounds of many greats from eric clapton to my fav. stevie ray vaughan. this thing feels,plays, and sounds like the sixties but yet you could still get that modern sound. the neck is pretty beefy but u could glide on that thing as if u were on a floor that has just been waxed... i know fender is not for every body (all though it should be) but if ur like me searchin for that one fender that expresses nothin but great feel and great tone then this guitar is for you...dont take my word for it try it out ur self....

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Depends How Much You Like the Neck

By Jeff Hwang

from Las Vegas, NV

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

The sound of the Vintage Hot Rod '62 is instant SRV -- almost too easy, maybe, taking some of the mystery out of it. But whether the Hot Rod '62 or the regular Vintage '62 is the right '62 Strat for you probably depends on how you feel about the neck. The Vintage Hot Rod '62 Strat has a LARGE C-shape neck that the regular Vintage '62 does not have, and you really need to see it in person to get how large it is compared to the neck of most any other typical Strat most people come across. It's a bit like holding a baseball bat; this isn't necessarily good or bad in and of itself, but that's just the best way to describe it. The Hot Rod '62 is also significantly heavier than the regular Vintage '62, which will be immediately noticeable once you have a chance to hold them side by side. This heft has a tremendous effect on playability. The Hot Rod '62 is not really difficult to play, but it does make you work for it. That said, there is direct, predictable connection between input and output. I've played two of these Hot Rod '62s, and they handled my "Texas Flood" test -- the high e-string 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-fret bends -- better than really any guitar I've ever played. I'm not a professional, and just to get the sounds that I do want without the sounds that I don't want is rewarding. The benefit of the weight on both the feel and sound of the Hot Rod '62 also is apparent even when just playing open chords. That said, the Hot Rod version might not be the right '62 for everyone, particularly if you don't have large hands. If you're interested in a '62 reissue in general and the Hot Rod '62 in particular, I strongly recommend finding a store that has the Hot Rod '62 in stock (I live in Las Vegas and had to go to L.A. to play one), and sitting down and playing it before purchasing. I did just that, and though I originally had my heart set on the Hot Rod -- and may yet revisit the idea in the future -- I ended up walking away with a regular '62 reissue that just melted in my hands.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


As close as you will ever get!!!

By Vince Loera

from California

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

Let me start by saying this, I got this guitar when I was 13 years old. Im 25 now and I have yet to find another strat that I wish to put my hands on. The guitar sounds great, feels great and plays great. There is only one reservation that I have about the neck. I play pretty heavy strings and high action a' la SRV and guitar comes out of the box with the tiny vintage size fret wire and wider fret board radius. This makes the guitar very awkward to play if your strings tend to put lots of tension on the neck (typically anything bigger than a 10). This was easily fixed by just having someone put on bigger fret wire. I used the Dunlop 6105 series which is what they put on the SRV strat. I have Dunlop 6150's, which is the other large fret wire Dunlop makes, on another strat and it is also a great size fret wire, just a little fatter. In the process of refretting the tech will typically shave a little off the radius so the new frets lie flush. This helps greatly with the playability, action and innotation. . It is well worth it. After I had this done the guitar was by far the best strat I have ever played. Im just still trying to figure out why Fender would put such small frets and such a big neck!!! - As a side note for those of you that are interested, when I took the strat into my local guitarsmith there was a no lack of envy when I pulled the guitar out of the case in the shop. Everyone will drool over this strat!!! It has a reputation for being the closest thing that you will ever get to a real 62' strat. The paint even ages the same!!! I hope this review helps some of you that are on the fence about purchasing this fine piece of craftsmanship.



By Cicero Antonio Favaretto

from Brazil

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

This is an amazing guitar. I bought this Strat in a beautiful 3 color sunburst, from Guitar Center Fontain Valley, all original. The body was made in 2 pieces alder. The neck is perfect for me. I have an American Deluxe Strat, Soft V neck, and this Hot Rod is much better, it just fits in my hands. The stock pickups sounds amazing, really silent, even with overdrives pedals. I like to use the tremolo bar, so I can say that the tuners are pretty stable. If you are looking for a great vintage Strat, this is THE ONE.

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