American Vintage '65 Stratocaster® Left-Hand

Model #: 0111820800

$2,349.99
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Vintage 1965 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.

Relive the sound and spirit of 1965 with the left-handed American Vintage '65 Stratocaster. Smack in the middle of one of music's most electrifying decades, the Stratocaster in 1965 was an instrument on its way to becoming rock's greatest electric guitar. Built with original tooling and based on actual 1965 models we tracked down, this U.S.-made guitar returns you to a pivotal period when the Strat® was poised to soar to phenomenal new heights.

Features
  • Thick maple neck with “U”-shaped profile
  • Round-laminated rosewood fingerboard
  • Specially voiced pickups with modern five-way switch; optional three-way switch included
  • Three-ply 11-hole white pickguard
  • Aged plastic control knobs
  • Vintage-accurate bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more
  • 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 thicker "U" neck profile (the shape of the neck in cross section) is sculpted to the most accurate period-correct spec possible, imparting an authentic vintage playing feel straight from the individual model year. Ideal for those who play with the thumb on the back or side of the neck.

    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.

    "Round-Lam" Rosewood Fingerboard
    "Round-Lam" Rosewood Fingerboard

    Fender introduced "round-lam" (short for round-laminated) rosewood fingerboards in the early 1960s as a new method of attaching smooth-playing and attractive rosewood fingerboards—in a thin, rounded veneer-like form—to sturdy maple necks. In look, sound and feel, it’s a classic Fender design element still widely used today on many contemporary and vintage-style instruments.

    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
      Mid '60s "C"
    • Scale Length
      25.5" (648 mm)
    • Fingerboard Material
      Round-Laminated 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 Dots
    • Truss Rod
      Vintage-Style Butt Adjust
    Electronics
    • Bridge Pickup
      American Vintage '65 Gray-Bottom Single-Coil Strat
    • Middle Pickup
      American Vintage '65 Gray Bottom Single-Coil Strat
    • Neck Pickup
      American Vintage '65 Gray Bottom 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
    • Tuning Machines
      Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style
    • Pickguard
      3-Ply White 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
      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
    • Legal Notice
      Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice
    Accessories
    • Case/Gig Bag
      Updated Deluxe Vintage Black
    • Included Accessories
      Vintage '65 Strat Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage 3-Position Switch, '60s Strat Information Kit, Owner's Manual, Saddle Height Wrench
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