The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fenders 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, weve completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue conceptrestoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and morebased on actual vintage guitars we tracked down to make sure we had it right. We did the work, and it shows, because theres pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.
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 appeareda thick one-piece maple neck with a soft V shape and comfortably rounded edges. 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, bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more.