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 59 Stratocaster presents two versions of that years pivotal transitional model; one from early 1959 and one from later 1959. Both have the slim-profile C-shaped maple neck of that year, with the earlier version featuring a maple fingerboard, faded 3-Color Sunburst finish and single-ply white pickguard with eight holes; the later version in faded 3-Color Sunburst, Black and limited faded Sonic Blue finishes featuring a rosewood slab fingerboard and three-ply mint green pickguard with 10 holes and vintage-style edge bevels. Both also feature a lightweight alder body, aged plastic knobs and vintage-accurate pickups, bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more.