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Fender Introduces New American Vintage Series Guitars

Published 9 years ago on August 22, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Fender Introduces New American Vintage SeriesGuitars

The new guitars are the American Vintage '56, '59 and '65Stratocaster models, '58 and '64 Telecaster models, '65 Jazzmasterand '65 Jaguar.

Fender's American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup oforiginal-era model year guitars that bring Fender history andheritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features andpivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s,new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender'sroots-preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy andvividly demonstrating how many of the most desirable instruments ofthe past can be expertly recreated in look, feel and sound.

The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender'sbest-selling guitars (their early-'80s introduction, in fact, wasone of the first signs that Fender was "back" as the CBS eraended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way fora fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs andthe most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than justreplacing the previous models with different ones, the entirevintage-reissue concept has been completely and comprehensivelyre-imagined-restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups,reformulating vintage colors and more-based on actual vintageguitars designers tracked down to ensure even greater accuracy.

All the new American Vintage Series guitars feature thick andslim necks with profiles and edges carefully re-sculpted to reflecteven greater period-correct authenticity, with both maple androsewood fingerboards, vintage-style frets and bone nuts; all-newvintage-style pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound toaccurately reflect specific model years, and even specific periodswithin specific model years; retooled pickguards, parts andhardware designed to accurately reflect specific model years (andagain, even specific periods within specific model years), andstandard and custom-color finishes re-formulated for even greaterperiod-correct authenticity.

The new guitars are the American Vintage '56, '59 and '65Stratocaster models ('56 model also in left-handed version),American Vintage '58 and '64 Telecaster models ('64 model also inleft-handed version), American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster and AmericanVintage '65 Jaguar. Also, the American Vintage '52 Telecasterreturns to the fold (in right- and left-handed versions) with body,neck and pickups refined with the best features-tones, curves,perimeters, radii and more-from a handful of extraordinary '52Telecaster specimens examined by Fender craftsmen.

The most distinctive features of each individual model arelisted below:

American Vintage '52 Telecaster (andleft-handed model) 
• Ash body with slightly lighter Butterscotch Blonde finish andsinge-ply black pickguard.
• Large maple neck with re-sculpted U-shaped profile andcomfortably rolled edges.
• All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound.
• "Barrel" switch tip and knurled chrome domed control knobs.
• Vintage-style bridge with three brass saddles.

American Vintage '56 Stratocaster (andleft-handed model)
• Lightweight alder body (ash on White Blonde finish model) withdeep contours.
• Mid-'56 thick maple neck with soft "V" profile and comfortablyrolled edges-one of the most popular Fender neck styles ever.
• All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound.
• Single-ply white pickguard with eight holes.
• Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing.

American Vintage '59 Stratocaster
• Early-1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst, with slim-profileC-shaped maple neck and single-ply white pickguard with eightholes.
• Later 1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst, Black and limitedfaded Sonic Blue, with slim-profile D-shaped maple neck, darkrosewood slab fingerboard and three-ply mint green pickguard with10 holes and vintage-style edge bevels.
• Lightweight alder body.
• All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound.
• Aged plastic knobs.
• Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing.

American Vintage '65 Stratocaster
• Lightweight alder body in Three-color Sunburst, Olympic White andlimited Dakota Red (left-handed model in Three-colorSunburst).
• Thick C-shaped maple neck with round-laminated dark rosewoodfingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays.
• All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound.
• Three-ply white pickguard with 11 holes.
• Aged plastic knobs.
• Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing.

American Vintage '58 Telecaster
• Lightweight ash body with single-ply white pickguard.
• Early-1958 large maple neck with comfortable "D"-shapedprofile.
• All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, withearly-1958 staggered bridge pickup pole magnets.
• Solid steel "barrel" bridge saddles.
• "Top-hat" switch tip and flat-top knurled aluminum chrome controlknobs.

American Vintage '64 Telecaster (and left-handedmodel)
• Lightweight alder body (ash on White Blonde model) with three-plywhite pickguard with eight holes.
• Slimmer, more rounded maple neck with "C"-shaped profile andround-laminated rosewood fingerboard with larger pearl dotinlays.
• All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, withstaggered bridge pickup pole magnets.
• Threaded steel "barrel" bridge saddles.
• "Top-hat" switch tip and flat-top knurled chrome controlknobs.

American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster
• Bound round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with larger pearl dotinlays.
• White "witch hat" control knobs.
• Three-color Sunburst and limited Aztec Gold finishes.
• All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, withclassic dual-circuit wiring and controls.
• Vintage-style floating tremolo with lock button.

American Vintage '65 Jaguar
• Bound round-laminated fingerboard and larger pearl dotinlays.
• Three-color Sunburst and limited Candy Apple Red finishes.
• Classic Jaguar shorter scale.
• All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, withclassic dual-circuit wiring and controls.
• Vintage-style floating tremolo with lock button.

For more information:
www.fender.com


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