American Vintage '56 Stratocaster®

Model #: 0111502801

  • Color
    Aged White Blonde
  • Fingerboard Material
    Maple
$2,299.99
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Vintage 1956 Stratocaster Style

For the guitarist who craves pure vintage Fender style, the American Vintage series presents original-era model year guitars built with meticulous attention to accurate detail that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life.

The American Vintage '56 Stratocaster guitar takes you back to mid-1956, when the model was still new and a brand-new musical phenomenon called rock 'n' roll was making its first raucous waves. Built with original tooling and based directly on real-deal 1956 models we tracked down, this U.S.-made guitar returns you to that electrifying era when the Strat was just beginning to stake its claim, with pure tonal magic, style and feel.

Features
  • Deeper body contours
  • Thick one-piece maple neck with "soft V"-shaped profile and comfortably rounded edges (one of the most prized and popular Stratocaster necks ever)
  • Specially voiced pickups with modern five-way switch; optional three-way switch includedv
  • Vintage-accurate bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more
  • Single-ply eight-hole white pickguard
  • Reformulated vintage colors
  • Highlights

    Period Correct Neck Profiles
    Period Correct Neck Profiles

    This instrument’s "V" neck profile (the shape of the neck in cross section) is sculpted to the most accurate period-correct specification possible, imparting an authentic vintage playing feel straight from the individual model year. A ’50s-era design, it’s notably less rounded than other neck profiles and is ideal for players with large hands whose thumb extends well over the side of the fingerboard.

    Flash-Coat Lacquer Finish
    Flash-Coat Lacquer Finish

    The term flash-coat lacquer refers specifically to the quickly applied thin and final "flash" of topcoat lacquer applied to most American Vintage instruments. The composition and method of application for this finish layer lets an instrument "breathe" with a more natural resonance, and imparts a more authentically vintage appearance.

    Bone Nut
    Bone Nut

    A string nut fashioned from bone contributes to superior tone and performance, not to mention being an authentic original-era Fender design element. Many players consider bone string nuts more "organic" sounding, with tonal quality unmatched by string nuts made using synthetic materials.

    Newly Voiced American Vintage Pickups
    Newly Voiced American Vintage Pickups

    American Vintage instruments feature specially voiced pickups meticulously researched and crafted to reproduce the authentic design, voice and performance of specific instruments from individual model years in the 1950, ’60s and ’70s. Their superior sound and style is one of the defining hallmarks of the American Vintage series.

    Period-Correct Cases and Ephemera
    Period-Correct Cases and Ephemera

    American Vintage instruments are complemented by cases that are every bit as vintage-authentic as the guitars and basses they so stylishly contain, accompanied by a fascinating wealth of in-case reproduction extras and accessories, such as straps, cables, polishing cloths, wiring kits, bridge covers, owner’s manuals and more.

    Improved Neck and Body Radii Accuracy
    Improved Neck and Body Radii Accuracy

    The meticulous vintage authenticity of this instrument even extends to carefully researched measurements of the various degrees of rounding on the edges of the body, neck and headstock. These subtleties are reproduced here with Fender’s highest-yet level of period-correct accuracy, and contribute to a truly faithful vintage-instrument experience.

  • Specs

    Body
    • Body Material
      Ash
    • Body Finish
      Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
    • Body Shape
      Stratocaster®
    Neck
    • Neck Material
      Maple
    • Neck Finish
      Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
    • Neck Shape
      Thick Soft "V"
    • Scale Length
      25.5" (648 mm)
    • Fingerboard Material
      Maple
    • Fingerboard Radius
      7.25" (184.1 mm)
    • Number of Frets
      21
    • Fret Size
      Vintage-Style
    • Nut Material
      Bone
    • Nut Width
      1.650" (42 mm)
    • Position Inlays
      Black Dots
    • Truss Rod
      Vintage-Style Butt Adjust
    Electronics
    • Bridge Pickup
      American Vintage '56 Single-Coil Strat
    • Middle Pickup
      American Vintage '56 Single-Coil Strat
    • Neck Pickup
      American Vintage '56 Single-Coil Strat
    • Controls
      Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)
    • Switching
      5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
    • Configuration
      SSS
    Hardware
    • Bridge
      6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
    • Hardware Finish
      Chrome/Nickel-Plated Steel
    • Tuning Machines
      Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style
    • Pickguard
      1-Ply White
    • Control Knobs
      Eggshell
    • Switch Tip
      Eggshell
    • Neck Plate
      4-Bolt Vintage-Style
    Miscellaneous
    • Strings
      Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
    • Other Features
      Mid-'56 thick maple neck with soft "V” profile and comfortably rolled edges-one of the most popular Fender neck styles ever; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound; Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing
    • Legal Notice
      Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice
    Accessories
    • Case/Gig Bag
      Updated Deluxe Vintage Tweed
    • Included Accessories
      Vintage '56 Strat Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage 3-Position Switch, '50s Strat Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner's Manual, Saddle Height Wrench
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