As the Stratocaster has evolved over the past 60 years, many players have seen their favorite models come and go. At one point, CBS owned the Fender Company and many guitarists longed for “pre-CBS ” models. Today’s strong, independent Fender Company, even as they constantly develop and improve the Stratocaster, recognizes that the taste for older models will never die. Hence the American Vintage Series.

The American Vintage Series includes these models:

Each guitar is built with traditional features that capture the characteristics of an instrument from the particular era.

’56 Stratocaster Reissue

For those who want a Strat just like the ones first offered and featuring what may be the most popular neck style.

  • “V”-shape neck with 7-1/4″-radius maple fingerboard and vintage-style frets Ash or alder body (depending on finish)
  • Fender Flash Coat Lacquer finish and maple neck Vintage-style tuners and “spaghetti” logo on the headstock
  • Fender’s American Vintage pickups with beveled pickup magnets and a 3-way selector switch (5-way switch is included for those who want to swap out the switch for more options) provide classic early Strat tones.
  • American Vintage Synchronized tremolo bridge, ashtray bridge cover and single-ply pickguard with aged control knobs complete the package.

’59 Stratocaster Reissue

For those who want a Strat from the guitar’s most highly evolutionary year.

  • “D”-shape neck with 7-1/4″-radius maple fingerboard and vintage-style frets, alder body (depending on finish)
  • Fender Flash Coat Lacquer finish body and maple neck, Vintage-style tuners and “spaghetti” logo on the headstock
  • Fender’s American Vintage ’59 pickups and a 3-way selector switch (5-way switch is included for those who want to swap out the switch for more options) provide classic early Strat tones.
  • American Vintage Synchronized tremolo bridge, ashtray bridge cover and single-ply pickguard with aged control knobs complete the package.

’62 Stratocaster Reissue

A pre-CBS Stratocaster replica like the ones used by the Ventures, Dick Dale, George Harrison, or John Lennon.

  • “C”-shape neck with 7-1/4″-radius rosewood fingerboard and vintage-style frets
  • Alder body with nitrocellulose lacquer finish body and maple neck
  • Vintage-style tuners and “spaghetti” logo on the headstock
  • Fender’s ’62 pickups with a 3-way selector switch (5-way switch is included for those who want to swap out the switch for more options) deliver early ’60s tone A merican
  • Vintage Synchronized tremolo bridge, ashtray bridge cover and 3-ply mint pickguard with aged control knobs complete the package.

’65 Stratocaster Reissue

For players looking for the Strat that powered the music of the mid-sixties:

  • Thick C-shaped maple neck with round-laminated rosewood fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays
  • All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound
  • Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing
  • 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo