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American Vintage '57 Stratocaster, STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the American Vintage series.


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Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Fender
  • Model:American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
  • Series:American Vintage
  • Category:STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 07/22/2011

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Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster user reviews

Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 10 reviews )
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MGR/Dan03/20/2002

MGR/Dan's review"Fender American Vintage Stratocaster '57"

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
This guitar is so amazing, it was about $1200

It has amazing playabilty. great for blues and soloing. the guitar looks, sounds, and feels gorgeous!

Single coils are a bit noisy with distortion, but nothing too bad. Other than that it's flawless!

It's made by Fender so you know it's top quality, especially because it's made in America.

This guitar is outstanding and I would recommend it to anyone.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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iamqman09/03/2011

iamqman's review"Sweet color"

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
What can I say about the Fender Stratocaster this and not been said already. It is a standard and classic look that many builders over the time has found influence in their own guitar constructions. There's been so many variants of this guitar. There's been a plethora of builders take influence from this guitar and have compounded on it and actually made it somewhat better in certain circumstances with better exotic woods and features. However, this is a classic look at classic guitar that stands the test of time.

UTILIZATION

Body: Comfort Contoured Alder Body

Neck: Maple

Fingerboard: Maple (7.25 in. Radius/184mm)

Scale Length: 25.5 in. (648mm)

Number of Frets: 21 Vintage Frets

Width at Nut: 1.650 in. (42mm)

Machine Heads: Fender/Gotoh Vintage Tuning Machines

Pickups: 3 "New" American Vintage Strat Single Coils

Pickup Switching: 3 Position Blade

Controls: Master Volume, Tone (Neck), Tone (Mid)

Pickguard: 1-Ply, 8 Hole, White

Bridge: "Original" Vintage Synchronized Tremolo

Unique Features: Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer Finish, "V" Shape, 1-Piece, Tinted, Maple Neck

SOUNDS

The tone of these guitars is fantastic. if you ever spent time with a Fender Stratocaster then you know exactly what I mean. Has a great warm bluesy tone that cleans up very well and is exceptional guitar for rock 'n roll music. This guitar sounds great and pretty much any genre of music imaginable. I will particularly like the sound of the Fender Stratocaster in the neck pick up. You getting good bluesy tone that doesn't distort very well but has a full bodied almost punching town.

Is guitar sound exceptional with a Fender amp as you would imagine because the guitars and amps are voiced with each other. So if you have a Fender amp of some sort in a nice overdrive pedal than you can get a crate solid sounding rock 'n roll pop blues, country tone. This guitar can go a long way with the Fender amp. Or you can even put it in a hiking amplifier setting and get a great rock 'n roll heavy hard rock tunnel. Guitar will not do a drop tuning very well , but something that isn't a standard tuning or even maybe a drop half step tuning will work with this guitar.

OVERALL OPINION

I highly recommend this guitar and any guitar player out there. It is a staple in rock 'n roll music and it's really a staple in music all together. At new you can find these guitars right around $1200 which is a steal of a price for this guitar. I recommend every single guitar player to own at least one fender Stratocaster in their life time with her career. It's a classic Atari classic look and it will add to your dimension is a guitar player.
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iamqman08/04/2011

iamqman's review"Cool throw back guitar"

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
One of the single greatest accomplishments in musical history. The Fender Stratocaster is easily the most recognized guitar and one for the most versatile guitars in the world. These guitars have been played by almost every guitar player in the word at one time or another. They have a mystique and allure to them that is almost hypnotizing. Thousands of artists and players have featured these guitars on countless recordings and touring from every stage under the sun. They even have a tribute festival dedicated to the guitar it self for its 50th anniversary. many tourist and professional artists turned up for this festival to pay tribute to Leo and company for their fantastic creation. So to say that these guitars has left an impression on the musical world would be an understatement. This is a guitar that drips with soul and promise of making a better musician out of you.

UTILIZATION


American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Features:


Body Type: Solidbody electric
Finish: Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer
Neck Wood: Maple
Neck Shape: Soft "V" shape with 7.25-inch radius
Body Wood: Select ash
Machine Heads: Fender / Gotoh vintage style tuning machines
Fingerboard: Maple
No. of Frets: 21 vintage style
Position Markers: Black dot inlays
Pickups: Three American Vintage single coil Strat pickups
Controls: Master volume and two tone control (neck and middle pickups)
Bridge/Tailpiece: American Vintage synchronized tremolo with "ash tray" bridge cover
Pickup Switching: Three-position blade switch (five-position kit included)
Hardware: Chrome
Case: Vintage tweed case
Scale Length: 25.5 inches

SOUNDS

This instrument has a feel and tone that can only be a Fender Stratocaster. This is an extremely versatile guitar with the 5 way selector and three single coil operation with the tone control knobs as well. Any old amp will do with this guitar. The soul form this guitar is simply just captivating and alluring. This fine Fender guitar is so silky and smooth that is makes you amp sing like it was meant to be together. This instrument will blend and create a mix or soul with you like no other guitar can and probably ever will. There is a reason why these guitars have been copied the world over. There is a reason why so many people attempt to build and recreate their own version of these guitars.


OVERALL OPINION

These guitars have now been discontinued. You can still find them pretty easily on the used market and even some stores still have some new old stock on hand. These are cool guitars and a player's guitar for sure. They have a touch and rugged feel to them that makes them a perfect gigging guitar. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone searching for one of the best guitars that has ever been created.
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iamqman07/22/2011

iamqman's review"Cali Blondes"

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
One of the single greatest accomplishments in musical history. Fender is probably the biggest music company in the world when it comes to amp and guitars. They have been played all over the world from beginner learning guitar players to the best professionals in the world. The Fender Stratocaster is easily the most recognized guitar and one for the most versatile guitars in the world.

These guitars have been played by almost every guitar player in the word at one time or another. Any guitar who has ever been playing the guitar longer than a few year most likely have picked up owned a Fender Stratocaster at some point. They have been feature on countless recordings and touring from every stage under the sun. They even have a tribute festival dedicated to the guitar it self for its 50th anniversary. So to say that these guitars has left an impression on the musical world would be an understatement.


* White Blonde lacquer finish over a "custom contoured" ash body
* Three new American Vintage Strat® single coil pickups
* One-piece maple neck and fingerboard with soft "V" shape and lacquer finish

UTILIZATION

American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Features:

* Color: White Blonde
* Body Type: Solidbody electric
* Finish: Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer
* Neck Wood: Maple
* Neck Shape: Soft "V" shape with 7.25-inch radius
* Body Wood: Select ash
* Machine Heads: Fender / Gotoh vintage style tuning machines
* Fingerboard: Maple
* No. of Frets: 21 vintage style
* Position Markers: Black dot inlays
* Pickups: Three American Vintage single coil Strat pickups
* Controls: Master volume and two tone control (neck and middle pickups)
* Bridge/Tailpiece: American Vintage synchronized tremolo with "ash tray" bridge cover
* Pickup Switching: Three-position blade switch (five-position kit included)
* Hardware: Chrome
* Case: Vintage tweed case
* Scale Length: 25.5 inches

SOUNDS

When it comes to the sound of a Strat there really is no other. I hear guys talk about finding a Strat sounding guitar and look to Suhr and Anderson and completely bypass the sound that started it all. The sound is everyone from Jimmy to John Mayor and in between. The tone from this guitar is very good. It can get beefy with the humbuckers and lighten it up for some single coil action. This is an extremely versatile guitar with the 5 way selector and humbucking and single coil operation.

I play rock music and this guitar is great for my style. I love Charvels and will probably put this guitar down when I get one of those. I prefer humbuckers to the single coils.

OVERALL OPINION

This a guitar that I will have forever. These guitars are no longer available new. They have the same guitar but just in different colors on many retailers websites. If I ever buy another Fender Strat I will have someone take off the lacquer on the back of the neck. I would recommend this guitar to any guitar player. Everyone needs a Fender Strat in their arsenal. A great everyday guitar and a players dream. So many tonal possibilities that will accompany anything musical genre from pop to modern rock.
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