Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster (Surf Green) (No Longer Available)
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck and Fingerboard, and Three Single-coil Pickups - Surf Green
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Play One of the Most Popular Instruments in History!The FENDER® American Vintage Series encapsulates the essential designs from which all Fenders have evolved. Utilizing original specs and tooling, Fender is still making them like they used to. From the distinctive body and headstock designs, to the vintage pickups, these instruments replicate all of the physical and tonal aspects of their predecessors. Collectors and vintage nuts take notice, you're going to love the American Vintage Series!
1957 was a benchmark year for music. Rock and Roll was shaking it up and Fender evolved from its early incarnations into an archetype. Additionally, this was the high point of the Maple neck Strat® era.
For the collector in all of us, original specs have been detailed. Neck and headstock shapes, body radius and contours, ashtray bridge cover, 12th fret dot positioning, and single-ply pickguard are just like the original. Unique '57/'62 pickups 3-way switching, beveled pickup magnets ensures that every note rings out with the heart and sould that is the Fender sound!
Buy a Fender '57 Stratocaster® and play a legend.
• Fingerboard: Maple
• Finish: Surf Green
• Deluxe Fender case included
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Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster (Surf Green)
by Greg P from Greenville, SCWOW I don't want to put it down long enough to write this review! I've owned many fine guitars over the years but this one is special, like it's made for my hands. The first gig I took it to I got mor... read more [+]e compliments than for my Gibson LP R0 Custom.
December 20, 2011
Music Background: Gigging Musician
I feel I must say a word about the stellar service that Allan Finkbeiner provided. Because of his attention to the little details and his willingness to work with me before and after the sell has won my future business.
Thanks for a great new guitar! close [-]
Retro Vintage Greatness
by Nicholas Jones from TennesseeWell, I had heard some great things about Sweetwater and its customer service, so I knew I wanted to search for my next guitar here. I've always been a Fender fanatic, as well as a fan of Gibsons, Gre... read more [+]tsch guitars, Kauers(for as long as I've known about them), Rists, etc., but since I already have a 2010 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Plus I knew I wanted a knew Stratocaster.
July 21, 2011
Music Background: Aspiring Musician
But, as I was thinking at the time, just what Strat should I go for? Let me start by saying that my two favorite finishes on a Strat are surf green and 2-3 tone sunbursts. They're beautiful in my eyes. When I saw that Vintage '57 surf green Strat on this site, my eyes were really feelin' good.
However, I hadn't heard much about AVRI(American Vintage Reissue) Stratocasters, so it was on to the research!
I quickly found out that these are one of a kind. Fender really nailed it when they looked at the old '57 strats and wanted to reproduce that feel.
I was worried, though, because the neck has a radius of 7.25". This means that if you took the curvature of the neck and drew a circle, the resulting circle would have a 14.5" diameter. That's pretty curvy, compared to the 12" neck radius of a Les Paul.
This is what worried me the most. The guitar also has very tiny frets, just like the real '57s had.
Well, any concerns I had about it were erased when I got it. It comes in a lovely Fender tweed case with orange interior, and it shines!
I'd like to point out that it looks more "blue" on the website, but in person it's truly a gorgeous, surf green guitar.
It plays like a monster, but that doesn't mean it plays easily. I don't recommend this guitar for anyone that's used to playing 12-20" radius necks without testing it out extensively beforehand.
Most people have issues with bends and fretting out. I happen to love challenges, and took the challenge of getting used to this guitar seriously. It took me maybe an hour of hard playing, but bends are easy for me on the G and B strings. The high E poses an even bigger challenge, but I'm sure I'll conquer that in due time.
All in all, the pickups in this('57 '57 '62, if I remember correctly) seem to even have their own sort of vintage chime.
Fender and Sweetwater did an excellent job in making this possible for me.
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Guitar, Good! Silence, Bad!
by Gladstone Sparcefescille from Elderberry, WILike wow man! Like this is the ax! Forget all you ever THOUGHT you knew about tone! I mean this is THE ax! The very construction of this ax brings it into a realm all it's own! I don't own one yet, bu... read more [+]t I played one at my buddy's place, and I got to have me one of these real quick. Something magic about it. Something too complex to describe. This is not a just a guitar. It's ALIVE! I'm gonna be ordering it just as soon as I'm finished telling you people how great I think this ax is, though I'm having trouble actually puting my finger on any particular reason that I like-no, LOVE-it! there are just too many!. Maybe I should get me two, or three. . . is there a legal limit to how many I can have? Whew! Maybe a shrink I could use. Oh, and the case. Don't you forget about the case. Tweed. And the strap. Real leather. And the chrome bridge cover. Real chrome. . . and. . . close [-]
April 5, 2007
Music Background: Guitarist since 1985
And you thought they quit making
by Joe Breene from USAI wanted a Fender Stratocaster, I decided on this beauty, the Surf Green, Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster. The reason? It speaks to me. Vintage Vibe Dude! This one's got it all and then some.... read more [+] Originality is the name of this game. Right down to the cloth-wrapped internal wiring and three-position switch, (5-way switch is included in kit, if you prefer) this guitar is faithful to the era, and definitely no shortage of that totally cool vintage Strat vibe. No other Fender I demoed sounded-or looked-quite like this. Played through a 40 watt, Fender Blues Deluxe tube amp, this guitar, with its New American Vintage Single-coil Strat pickups demonstrates pristine, glassy, bell-like highs, clean, distinct midrange, and, (how to say it) sort-of foamy, wiry, cool-sounding overall tone with plenty of beef in the bass. I never knew why the old, vintage Strats were so popular. Now I do. If you've played a recent American strat, or perhaps, the American Deluxe Series, you know they sound very good. But, this sounds even better, that is, if you prefer that revered vintage Strat tone, (and you can believe there IS a very special sound to it)! They're still just like they used to make them: very simple to use and maintain without a bunch of complicated parts.This guitar is well put-together. Very nicely finished in that awesome vintage '57 Chevy Belaire, two-door coup, surf green, mirror-gloss lacquer body, together with the highly-polished, (also lacquer) aged-looking, one-piece, lightly figured maple neck. It is a joy to behold! And playability? Smooth. The polished, vintage-sized, nickel-silver frets gleam a golden hue in the moonlight-y-night. The action out-of-the-box is just how I like it: medium-low, with just a tiny, tiny bit of buzz when really laying it down. Nut depth and spacing-right on. Strings lie parallel with neck and equal on both sides. Vintage tuners are tight, easy to tune and stay put. Mine stays in tune. The attention to detail on this guitar is excellent. And, its upper middle-of-the-road price-range makes it affordable. I also own an American Telecaster with the 43 mm, 9.5" radius, 'C' neck and thought the '57 Strat's narrower 42 mm, 7.25" radius, soft-'V' neck would be a problem fit for my fingers, but it somehow accommodates me and I can play-maybe even better. Very comfortable neck overall.One little problem: the included chrome bridge cover fit too closely to the tremolo arm, causing the cover to slip off when the arm is actuated. There is an indentation in the cover's side which allows space for the arm, but it is not enough. Seems it needed to be expertly adjusted with a little rotory-tool action (the cover, not the arm). I did not address this with Fender, but they should be made aware of this problem. Most covers fit fine, I am told. So, if you happen to be one of those players who want to actually hear, feel and discern what the guitar itself sounds like, and you want that elusive true Fender vintage vibe, then this is the one to get. I did, and am not at all disappointed. In fact, I can hardly put it down. close [-]
March 29, 2007
Beat it up a little and it's just like the real thing.
by Doc Watson from Southeastern Pa.Nice guitar. A little stiff and sterile next to one of my real vintage strats.
December 27, 2009
Music Background: 40+yrs Semi-pro
Play it enough and it mellows nicely. Beat it up and it is awsome. Love the 250k pots and vintage spec tone cap. G... read more [+]reat for single ended class A amp users who like to clean up their tone by backing off the volume knob, if that's you you'll love these pots. I bought mine from a dealer, before becoming aquainted with Sweetwater Music and did my own setup. If you buy from Sweetwater you get it set up to your specs, your liking, your choice of strings, (go with the elixers! You'll nver go back), by a pro, done right first time. No other dealer offers this service. close [-]
Robert, Chester, VA
Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster (Surf Green)
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