Dating vintage fender stratocaster
With the reverb on the Deluxe just about dimed, it offered killer surf tone, with punchy low-end, round, smooth mids, and just enough high-end snap to maintain good note-to note-clarity.
Fender’s second electric guitar model patiently bided its time through ’50s rock ‘n’ roll, early ’60s surf and instrumental rock, and the British Invasion, enjoying some notable moments but never really taking off as its creators had hoped it would.Fender American Vintage Series Price: $2,400 retail/$1,999.99 street (’52 Telecaster); $2,874 retail/$2,299.99 street (’59 Stratocaster); $2,874 retail/$2,299 street (’65 Jazzmaster and ’56 Stratocaster) Contact: it introduced the American Vintage reissue guitars (one Telecaster, two Strats) in 1982, Fender put itself back the game among serious players.In the three decades since, the series has grown and become ever more accurate, implementing more period-correct tweaks on various models while for the most part leaving the true vintage re-creations to its Custom Shop.Even the action on the vintage-correct 7.25″-radius fretboards played well, with no buzzing. Among the especially notable aspects of the series are an all-lacquer finish – no poly undercoat, just three thin coats of Fender’s new Flash Coat process – and a return to bone nuts rather than composite.The finish not only feels more vintage-authentic, but it allows the body to resonate more freely.Its modern five-way pickup selector is wired to produce out-of-phase sounds, but among the case candy is a vintage style three-way ready to please purists.
Our ’59 Strat was finished in a ultra-cool faded Sonic Blue with a mint green pickguard and aged plastic parts.
With a touch of overdrive from the amp, the bridge pickup produced a slightly aggressive, surprisingly thick-and-gritty tone along with excellent sustain (without having to pile on a bunch of amp gain).
The overall clarity and balance between the bridge and neck pickups was excellent – much better than previous ’52 reissue Teles.
The ’52 Tele is the lone guitar to make the transition from the old series (in fact, it was there from the beginning of Fender’s reissues back in ’82).
Our tester had a spot-on butterscotch color and a less-pronounced V profile, period-specific cast jack cup, switch tip, and pickups that were punchy, with ample twang, a lot of overtones, and snap that was kind to the ears.
The two biggest surviving veterans of the ’60s-dominating British Invasion, the Rolling Stones and the Who, spent the turn of the decade morphing from theater-playing singles acts to jet set arena-packing album artists.