Is it basically an American Special, which can be had over here England for about that price? We've located guitars for Slash, sold guitars for Steve Miller, held performances by major artists like Steve Vai, built thousands of customer relationships, and helped countless enthusiasts find just the right instrument. If Strats are your thing, the American Vintage Series offers a striking '56 Stratocaster, with a soft-V maple neck with rolled edges and vintage-accurate single-coil pickups; the '59 Stratocaster, available in early- or late-model-year versions, with slim-profile D-shaped neck, faded plastic knobs, and period-correct finishes; and the '65 Stratocaster, with rounded C-neck profile and enamel-covered pickup wire. For instance, the Fender American Vintage '52 Telecaster harkens back to the very earliest days of Fender's rise to prominence, featuring a premium ash body and U-shaped maple neck with 7. To date, Fender has issued 14 American Vintage guitars, including Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar and Jazz Bass models, each based on pristine original examples from benchmark years and duplicated in exacting detail. Fender's sales sheets down the decades would indicate that, ultimately, more people like smaller neck profiles than big ones. And that's just fine, because it gives you all the character of a real vintage Telecaster along with the reliability you'd expect from a modern instrument.
Yet just as He Of High Trousers can spot the spark that elevates the exceptional from the mediocre, so it's obvious to any serious Strat fan that the new range of American Vintage models elevates things yet again. This Strat is still in overall excellent condition and includes the original hard case and trem arm. I found myself playing everything from the Beatles to Steely Dan to B. I was at Andertons because of the Youtube videos they do with Rob Chapman. I spoke with Lee Anderton about it when I was in the shop and he basically said that Andertons bought up all the models remaining in Europe so they got them for a good price and could sell them at a low price.
Satisfaction Guaranteed Your satisfaction is guaranteed on all items! This guitar has great vintage vibe, but it can also deliver the goods for modern music. Actually that is just semantics as well. . When it comes to the guitars, however, there are no embarrassed downward glances, much less any mouth-grasping gasps at the sheer awfulness on display: Fender's 'bad' days are over. The fingerboard edges are beautifully 'rolled'. Fender offers plenty of guitars with modern features, but these models are long-awaited concessions to players who have longed yearned for original specs to return.
Musician's Friend is a registered trademark of Musician's Friend Inc. Fender can't really win - whatever it does, somebody will want something different! The new all-nitrocellulose 'Flash Coat' lacquer from Fender is a significant step on from some nitro finishes of recent times. This retro-inspired beauty embodies the traits that Telecasters have always been known for: simplicity, elegance, longevity and top-tier craftsmanship. The excellent note definition ensures that even super-saturated, 2012-era shredders can wield this 1959 homage with confidence. Playability is easy and comfortable. Rest assured that this item passes our quality checks for optimal playability. Otherwise, there's Peach Guitars, about 10 miles east of Stansted airport.
The '59 has a modern remake of this, with the rare 10-hole format, but it doesn't look much like an original as we know them now probably because they're all 50-plus years old! A strap is a bit picky, but if it should come with a strap, it should come with a strap. This guitar has classic Fender vibe, look, and tones, with but a tiny edge over the maple version, simply due to my preference for rosewood. Roy Buchanan-like pinch harmonics just jump out of this guitar. Example I just saw a Classic Vibe in burgundy mist with a painted headstock. As a bonus, an updated six-saddle bridge and modern wiring kit are included with the case candy! They've got stuff, like Suhr, that's a bit harder to find in England. Those are just the beginning of the changes, and thanks to this series, you don't have to hunt for actual vintage instruments to see them firsthand: these guitars are so accurate to the originals that the experience is just as authentic. Not surprisingly, playability, construction, and finish are excellent.
Anyone have the info I was looking for about the case candy? I spoke with Lee Anderton about it when I was in the shop and he basically said that Andertons bought up all the models remaining in Europe so they got them for a good price and could sell them at a low price. Apart from that, I am not familiar with many other music stores apart from the local shop close to me but they don't seem to do the volume to have lower costs. This guitar can pull great natural overdrive from your amp, with the bridge pickup in particular sounding otherworldly good. The stock pickups are perfect, but I prefer to have tone control for the bridge as well just to roll off a bit of the high end sometimes. Yeah, that can happen with any Tele, but the midrange complexity and aggressive bite of this American Vintage model seemed so much more, well, Keith Richards approved. Here we examine the '59. It might seem like yet another tiny detail, but this guitar has a proper bone nut, too.
Before that, from March to September, the Stratocaster was hand-built and its specs were changing all the time. Articulation and clarity also match the maple version, but the rosewood model offers a slightly spikier bridge-pickup tone when the Tone knob is full up. I got juicy overdrive tones that always retained note definition, as well as clean sounds that spanned from warm and jazzy to aggressively glassy and sharp—though never harsh or painful. Today we look forward to finding your next guitar! The '59's neck is slimmer 21mm at the 1st fret, 24. Sounds There is a meaty fullness and depth of tone in a vintage-style Strat with all the right bits, that is pretty much non-existent in the entry-level models. Yes, Anderton's is a good all-rounder of a music shop. The playing radius is vintage-style 184mm 7.
Really happy with it so far but I want to find the specs on this. I played for 30 minutes with hardly a hint of fatigue, and every second was absolutely joyous. They also seem to specialize in pedals which seems to work for them because it is not the same overhead as having a bunch of high end guitars hanging around. What gauge strings are these originally strung with? Weight wise I can really only describe it as a comfortable weight. It's also not mirror-flat like some modern finishes, but we'll take it just as it is. Fit and finish is superb—though I must report that some fret buzz was evident between the fourth and tenth frets.
No mere reissues, every detail of these instruments has been painstakingly researched by thoroughly inspecting the original blueprints and dissecting priceless vintage instruments, then faithfully reproduced using the same materials, tools and production methods whenever possible. King on this ax, and everything sounded equally good. Complimentary with Purchase Pro Setup All guitars and basses are setup and thouroughly inspected upon arrival, and again before shipping, by our professional technicians. So, raise up the action a little, put a bit more relief in the neck and now we're cooking. The following content is related to the March 2013 issue of Guitar World. If you're a fan of old guitars, it's hard to see how you wouldn't prefer this to a new square-edged 'board, and the '59 has a flat-bottomed rosewood slab. Thus, the first and second issue American Vintage instruments early 1980s, late 1990s didn't feature the full girth and tapers of the true vintage necks.