American Vintage '59 Stratocaster®

Model #: 0111600800

  • Color
    3-Color Sunburst
  • Fingerboard Material
    Slab Rosewood
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Vintage 1959 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 ’59 Stratocaster is available in two authentic versions of the transitional 1959 model—one from early that year and one from later that year. As it accompanied rock ‘n’ roll into the wild new 1960s, the 1959 Stratocaster was an instrument poised for impending greatness. That special vibe is built into the DNA of this U.S.-made guitar, based directly on real-deal 1959 models we tracked down and crafted with original tooling and pure Strat style and feel.

Features
  • Slim-profile neck with 1959 “D”-shaped profile
  • Maple (early 1959 model) and “slab” rosewood (later 1959 model) fingerboards
  • Vintage-accurate pickups with modern five-way switch; optional three-way switch included
  • Single-ply eight-hole white pickguard (early 1959 model) and 10-hole three-ply mint green pickguard with beveled edges (later 1959 model)
  • Aged plastic control knobs
  • Vintage-accurate bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more
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American Vintage \'59 Stratocaster®

  • Highlights

    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.

    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 Neck Profiles
    Period Correct Neck Profiles

    This instrument’s "D" 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Specs

    Body
    • Body Material
      Alder
    • Body Finish
      Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
    • Body Shape
      Stratocaster®
    Neck
    • Neck Material
      Maple
    • Neck Finish
      Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
    • Neck Shape
      "D" Shape
    • Scale Length
      25.5" (648 mm)
    • Fingerboard Material
      Slab Rosewood
    • 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
      Pearloid Dot
    • Truss Rod
      Vintage-Style Butt Adjust
    Electronics
    • Bridge Pickup
      American Vintage '59 Single-Coil Strat
    • Middle Pickup
      American Vintage '59 Single-Coil Strat
    • Neck Pickup
      American Vintage '59 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
      3-Ply Mint Green with Vintage Bevel
    • Control Knobs
      Aged White Plastic
    • Switch Tip
      Aged White
    • Neck Plate
      4-Bolt Vintage-Style
    Miscellaneous
    • Strings
      Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
    • Other Features
      Early-1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst has slim-profile D-shaped maple neck and single-ply white pickguard with eight holes; Later 1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst, Black and limited faded Sonic Blue has slim-profile D-shaped maple neck, dark rosewood slab fingerboard and three-ply mint green pickguard with 10 holes; 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 Brown
    • Included Accessories
      Vintage '59 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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