If you’ve been craving to own a vintage instrument but don’t have a ton of cash or you’re unsure which year or model has the tone or features you want, the Fender Vintera Series is here to satisfy your appetite. Vintera guitars and basses allow you to get all the vintage sound and vibe of coveted ’50s-, ’60s- and ’70s-era models, without having to fork over thousands of dollars for a Custom Shop reissue or tens of thousands of dollars for a rare vintage instrument.
Perhaps money isn’t your main concern but you’re not an aficionado with a special affinity towards a particular Strat, Tele or P Bass from a specific year. The Fender Vintera Series is the perfect way to get your feet wet and develop your preferences before you pull the trigger on a vintage guitar, because even if you had the chance to sit down and play a variety of different vintage models, there may not be one that immediately checks off everything on your list. More than likely, you’d prefer the feel of the bodies of a few, a certain finish on a couple, the shape of the neck on one and the sound of the pickups on another.
One of the main advantages of the Vintera Series is that Fender took pickups, features and finishes that players love from throughout the years and curated and combined them into affordable, player-friendly instruments. So, instead of honing in on a specific model and year and recreating it precisely, the Vintera Series features player-favorite shapes and period-accurate specs cherry-picked from a number of years within each decade.
Since each Vintera model is equipped with pickups custom voiced to capture the defining sound of a specific era, the series is also a great option for touring musicians or studio players who already own vintage or American-made Fender guitars. You can take a Vintera on the road instead of exposing your prized vintage instrument to fluctuating climates, clumsy bandmates, rowdy fans or, worse yet, thieves. In the studio, you can easily fill out your tonal arsenal with Vintera models and get those sounds missing from your vintage collection.
If you merely appreciate the stylistic mojo of classic guitars but want more of a modern sound with contemporary features, Vintera still has you covered. Fender Vintera Modified guitars are hot-rodded with high-output pickups, updated electronics and faster-playing modern neck profiles. Many Modified models also come equipped with an S-1 switch, which make the pickups out of phase with each other, offering you even greater tonal variations.
So what makes each year, decade or “vintage era” special? The iconic aesthetics and tonal qualities of the different periods of Fender instruments are a direct reflection of the needs of the players at the time, the evolving manufacturing processes, and of the musical and cultural shifts of each decade. Let’s take a look at key moments in the development of these legendary instruments and of the distinguishing features that make each guitar and bass look, feel and sound so different from decade to decade.
Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.