Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
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Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster

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

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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.
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.
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.
iamqman07/22/2011

iamqman's review"Surf is up in Cali"

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 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.

I absolutely love the color of the surf green Strats. They have such a beauty to them that makes you think about playing it all the time. This guitar has a mystic and drawn just in cosmetics alone. You won't be let down by the weight fell or even color of this guitar. A pure dream guitar!

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

Dimensions and Weight in Packaging

Surf Green
Shipping Weight: 25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 18 x 6 in

SOUNDS

This guitar has a tone and purity that can only be from a Fender Stratocaster. This is an extremely versatile guitar with the 5 way selector and humbucking and single coil operation. Any old amp will do with this guitar. The soul form this guitar is just alluring. This fine instrument is so silky and smooth that is makes you amp sing like it was meant to be together. This guitar will connect with you like no other guitar can and probably ever will. There is a reason why these guitars have been copied the world over and still remain one of the most classic icon on music history.

This guitar will also work for any style of music except most of the drop tuning stuff. You won't be able to get a deep thick fat metal tone from this guitar. Any of you are into that kind of music you already know that. Other than that it will suit most players just fine.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these guitars come in right at around $1600. This is not a bad price for a history in rock i roll. These guitars are such dream machine and full of tone. I would recommend every one to own one of these. Especially the surf green color. All of these guitars have a great feel to them but the look of this one just jumps right out at you. This is a little bit different neck profile than the 60's so try and play one fist to get the feel of it if you can.
iamqman07/22/2011

iamqman's review"Blacktatsic Stratastic"

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
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. 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.

This guitar has a bit of a different neck profile than the American ones being built today. In the 60's they changed up the neck and made it more slimmer. This neck has a nice fat girth to it that is responsive and added bulk. It makes for a more rounder tone but only slightly. I prefer the slimmer neck to this one but this is a great guitar as well and no complaints here.

UTILIZATION

American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Features

Body: Comfort Contoured Alder Body

Neck: Maple

Fingerboard: Maple

Machine Heads: Fender/Gotoh Vintage Tuning Machines

Pickups: 3 "New" American Vintage Strat Single Coils

Pickup Switching: 3 Position Blade

Bridge: "Original" Vintage Synchronized Tremolo

Unique Features: Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer Finish, "V" Shape, 1-Piece, Tinted, Maple Neck zZounds is an authorized dealer of Fender products.
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

Dimensions and Weight in Packaging:

Black
Shipping Weight: 24 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 6 in

SOUNDS

The soul form this guitar is just alluring. This fine instrument is so silky and smooth that is makes you amp sing like it was meant to be together. This guitar will connect with you like no other guitar can and probably ever will. There is a reason why these guitars have been copied the world over and still remain one of the most classic icon on music history. The tone from this guitar is absolute top notch. This is an extremely versatile guitar with the 5 way selector and humbucking and single coil operation. Any old amp will do with this guitar. This guitar will also work for any style of music except most of the drop tuning stuff. You won't be able to get a deep thick fat metal tone from this guitar. Any of you are into that kind of music you already know that. Other than that it will suit most players just fine.


OVERALL OPINION

At new prices these guitars come in right at around $1599. not a bad price for a history in rock i roll. These guitars are such dream machine and full of tone. I would recommend every one to own one of these. This is a little bit different neck profile than the 60's so try and play one fist to get the feel of it if you can.
iamqman07/21/2011

iamqman's review"Classic series"

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
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. 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.

My very first guitar was Fender Strat but with the standard three single coil operation. So I am particular to this guitar. I love the soul and tone of a good Fender Stratocaster like I love the air I breath. This is one of these great instruments that take the glory of playing to a whole new level.

UTILIZATION

American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Features

Body: Comfort Contoured Alder Body

Neck: Maple

Fingerboard: Maple

Machine Heads: Fender/Gotoh Vintage Tuning Machines

Pickups: 3 "New" American Vintage Strat Single Coils

Pickup Switching: 3 Position Blade

Bridge: "Original" Vintage Synchronized Tremolo

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

SOUNDS

The tone from this guitar is very good. This is an extremely versatile guitar with the 5 way selector and three single coils operation. Any old amp will do with this guitar. This guitar will also work for any style of music except most of the drop tuning stuff. You won't be able to get a deep thick fat metal tone from this guitar. Any of you are into that kind of music you already know that. Other than that it will suit most players just fine.

The soul form this guitar is just alluring. This fine instrument is so silky and smooth that is makes you amp sing like it was meant to be together. This guitar will connect with you like no other guitar can and probably ever will. There is a reason why these guitars have been copied the world over and still remain one of the most classic icon on music history.

OVERALL OPINION

AT new these guitars come in right at around $1599. not a bad price for a history in rock i roll. These guitars are such dream machine and full of tone. I would recommend every one to own one of these. This is a little bit different neck profile than the 60's so try and play one fist to get the feel of it if you can.
Hatsubai06/30/2011

Hatsubai's review"Huge mojo"

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
This guitar is basically trying to replicate that old school '57 mojo. It has an alder body with a maple neck, a maple fretboard with 21 frets, black dot inlays, vintage six screw tremolo system, SSS configuration, standard neck joint, one volume, two tones and a three or five way switch.

UTILIZATION

The neck on this guitar felt pretty awesome. It's a big neck compared to most modern Fenders out there, but I enjoyed it. The frets on this were nice, too. They were properly crowned, and there were no edges sticking out that could potentially cut your hand while moving up and down. The neck joint was nice and tight on this model, and that was a welcomed addition with so many Fenders out there with slightly sloppy neck joints. The radius wasn't my favorite thing in the world, but I usually always hate the Fender radius because it's too round.

SOUNDS

This guitar had the five way switch already installed in it. The pickups themselves are very much a classic type of sound. They had this really cool woody kind of sound going on that was real apparent when you started adding just a touch of gain. I wouldn't use these for metal or even hard rock because they're pretty low output, but it all depends on what kind of setup you like. They definitely can't do metal, though. The cleans on these were glorious, and the overdriven tones were to die for. Think of that classic SRV kind of tone at times. The five way switch is a huge upgrade, too. The in between positions are amazing for funk and cleans.

OVERALL OPINION

The guitar just oozes with mojo. However, be absolutely sure that you like the radius. That was a pretty big deal breaker for me, but considering how great the guitar sounded, I couldn't rate it down too low. Also, the guitar isn't quite as versatile as other guitars in the Fender lineup.
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
Adrimed04/18/2010

Adrimed's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
Fender Stratocaster American Vintage Rissue 57 '(black)

Channel and maple fingerboard with V-shaped
Alder body.
The truss rod body / neck junction.
Single coils pickups 57 '/ 62'
3 Slecteur original positions.
Vibrato vintage chrome hardware.
1 Pickgards white envelope.
Covers microphones and knobs "cream".

Sold tui tweed with accessories:
1 chrome hood for vibrato, tremolo rod, 1 slecteur 5 positions with its mounting Schematic, 2 springs surcharges for vibrato, a very fine leather strap and a base jack.

USE

The V profile remains fairly soft it brings a certain finesse in the feeling of the handle, the frets are also very fine, access to acute is excellent.
The pickups are powerful enough (well I think) for single coils and slecteur 3 positions replaced very easily for 5 more conventional positions.
The vibrato is effective guitar holds well the agreement.

SONORITS

This Strat is very pleasant, with finesse, pycking / her clear (contry / rock) formidable rhythmic bumps into punck / rock (micro bridge would have it) a Fender sounds good as we like!
The three microphones are perfectly quilibrs the maple key brings lots of sustain.



NOTICE GLOBAL

This is a real good Strat possdant its own character.
guitaremax06/28/2007

guitaremax's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster
This is a Fender American Vintage 57 special edition colored Aztec Gold.
-Alder body (of excellent quality for this model is limited)
-Nitrocellulose varnish (beautiful, but handle with care)
-Mechanical Fender / Gotoh vintage
1-ply plate (8 screws)
Micros-"American Vintage"
Channel "V" 21 boxes
-3 Knobs classic
Fender vibrato-six bridges
-Comes with 3 switch positions but the original five positions is provided and downright useful.
... So that's about it for the main features of this little wonder.

UTILIZATION

The V-neck is a marvel of sweetness and feel is absolutely sensational. All types of gambling are permitted and access to acute is decent although the maple fingerboard painted "slips" a little more than a rosewood fingerboard. But the game is very easy and feel of the guitar is perfect (in fact, Alder is a wood that makes it very light).
I note nonetheless that the employee is painted in beautiful but requires great caution and great care if you want to keep it intact. But it deserves a 10/10!
It only remains to connect the famous Stratocaster '... Surprise!

SOUNDS

While the sound ... This skyscraper is tested on a 40-watt all-tube combo.
The clean sound is absolutely fabulous and it assumes a special softness of this skyscraper, the microphones are able to provide, in an intermediate position note, its a very soft and light. But when you move up the volume sounds become funky, blues and even jazz to perfection, playing with the volume of the amp and guitar and tones.
In the crunch the beast has a truly "vintage" sounds great and blues to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix, or Budy guy. The possibilities are enormous.
For heavy distortion but can use the scratch is not for the heavy metal you will understand ... His chosen field remains for me the sounds crystal clear, and the crunch much alive.
I can therefore make a note of 9 / 10 for its versatility (not hard ...) ... but against heart because it fully deserves a good 10!

OVERALL OPINION

I have been using ... 1 day, and yes, I have not yet left for a second. As you can see this guitar is for me a jewel and the Aztec Gold finish makes it unique. In the play we find the vintage characters that give the impression of playing an instrument having something unique, a strong personality and character traits that deep inside her "your" guitar, different from your neighbors!
This choice I would do again and would advise everyone to try such a model one day ...
I confess that I do not regret my exchange against my Les Paul Standard is a great guitar but between the King and Queen Gibson Fender I must admit that I have been charmed by the queen ...