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Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Black Maple Neck

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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. Su...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Price: $1,849.99
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Overview

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.

Features

Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder (ash on white blonde)
  • Body finish: Gloss Lacquer
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: V soft
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss Lacquer
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Fret size: Vintage-style
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: American Vintage '56 single-coil
  • Middle: American Vintage '56 single-coil
  • Bridge: American Vintage '56 single-coil
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master tone
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Vintage synchronized tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Strap, cable, cloth and owner's manual
  • Country of origin: United States
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FenderAmerican Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
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5.0

I would buy this product

By Justin

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Comments about Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Great vintage Stratocaster

 
5.0

2017 Fender AVRI 56 STRAT

By Daveian

from Portsmouth UK

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I have played Squier Strats as a semi pro solo guitarist for about 30 yearsand recently decided to shop for the real thing. First up I tried a MIM strat but found no clear difference in tone or action with my Squier. I triedaPRS Se22 Semi hollow. I loved the full sustain sound especially for Santana style solos and bought this guitar. Neverthe less my real love is the clean shadows sound. I then settled for a 2011 American standard strat. which sounded better than the Squier. My search for the ultimate guitar ended when I bought a new 56 AVRI sTRAT in white blonde finish a month ago. I discovered, somewhat late in life, why mymusician friends in the 60`s all played bar chords high up on the neck of their guitars whilst I was struggling. The 7.25 fingerboard radius on the 56 vintage strat combined with the soft V neck is a dramatic improvement on any other guitar I have ever played. The original Fender clean sound when played thro my Fender Deluxe VM amp is superb. The guitar looks sounds and feels superb. My only minorconcerns are that a week after purchase I noticed that the scratchplate was slightly raised at its edge on the bass side of the bridge pickup, suggesting a badly routed wire near the bridge pickup, and the padded edging inside the vintage tweed case was too generous at the head of the guitar making the guitar too tight a fit lengthwise. Despite these minor hiccups I am very pleased with this Guitar. My only word of caution is that guitars , like cars may be perfect for certain uses but not for all . If you want the perfect clean Fender sound from 56 enjoy the lower output from the pickups but forgo the warm sustain sounds of a twin humbucker guitar. One cannot outperform the other. They are just different. David

     
    5.0

    one of the best instrament ever

    By kwksilver

    from Baltimore Md

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I have to say my first experience with a soft v neck is my E.C Stratocaster I bought a few years ago then I saw this 56 American vintage after reading some reviews notice neck configuration soft v shape I wanted to try one after wiating months because back order I finally obtained this prize and I must say it is the one foe me

       
      5.0

      As good as it gets

      By Jake

      from Winter Park FL

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        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.

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