Fender American Vintage ’59 Stratocaster Ltd Edition Faded Sonic Blue
American Vintage ’59 Stratocaster, Rosewood Fingerboard!
The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars that bring Fender history and heritage to life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender’s roots—expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it’s going, but also remembers where it came from.
The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender’s best selling guitars (their early-’80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was “back” as the CBS era ended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, Fender has completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept—restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more—based on actual vintage guitars Fender tracked down to make sure they had it right. Fender did the work, and it shows, because there’s pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.
1959 was an important and highly evolutionary year for the Stratocaster because that’s when slimmer necks, rosewood fingerboards and multi-ply laminated pickguards first appeared.
The American Vintage ’59 Stratocaster presents two versions of that year’s pivotal transitional model; one from early 1959 and one from later 1959. Both have the slim-profile D-shaped maple neck of that year, with the earlier version featuring a maple fingerboard, faded Three-color Sunburst finish and single-ply white pickguard with eight holes; the later version (in faded Three-color Sunburst, Black and limited faded Sonic Blue finishes) featuring a dark rosewood slab fingerboard and three-ply mint green pickguard with 10 holes and vintage-style edge bevels. Both also feature a lightweight alder body, aged plastic knobs and vintage-accurate pickups, bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more.
Model Name: American Vintage ’59 Stratocaster®
Series: American Vintage
Color / Part # : Faded Sonic Blue / 011-1600-872
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Finish: (0111600872) New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck Shape: “D” Shape
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage Style Frets
Fretboard Radius: 7.25″ (18.41 cm)
Fretboard: Slab Rosewood or Maple
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.8 cm)
Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
Bridge Pickup: New American Vintage ’59 Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
Middle Pickup: New American Vintage ’59 Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Middle)
Neck Pickup: New American Vintage ’59 Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
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
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)
Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
String Nut: Bone
Tuning Machines: Single Line “Fender Deluxe” Vintage Style
Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Unique 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