Enjoy the Classic Tones of Yesteryear
The Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar will transport you back to when rock 'n' roll was still a new thing. American Vintage '56 Strat single-coil pickups yield authentic vintage tones that pair well with the brightness, warmth, and midrange pop supplied by this guitar's ash body. Period-correct bridge saddles and tuner spacing, a comfortable soft V-shaped neck (one of the most popular Strat neck carves ever), and deeper '50s-style body contours maintain the classic feel of this instrument. The Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster solidbody electric guitar epitomizes the pure tonal magic, style, and flavor of 1956.Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
- American Vintage Series means period-accurate details
- Why 1956?
- Vintage-style pickups provide classic tone
Fender spared no expense in creating the American Vintage Series, and you'll see it in the American Vintage '56 Stratocaster. To make it as vintage-accurate as possible, Fender restored original tooling dies, voiced new pickups, and even reformulated vintage finishes based on actual vintage examples. The guitarists here at Sweetwater can attest to the well-worn-in looks and playability of these excellent instruments.Why 1956?
1956 was big for the Stratocaster. Fender switched the body from ash to alder (with the exception of blonde-finished instruments), giving it the balanced tone we typically associate with the Strat. The baseball bat-sized U-shaped neck common to early models was replaced with a soft V-shaped neck (one of the most popular Strat necks of all time). Alnico III magnets, along with the modern butterfly-like string retainer, were also introduced.Vintage-style pickups provide classic tone
Fender wouldn't rest until the American Vintage '56 Stratocaster sounded as vintage as it looks, so they got to work developing a special set of pickups specifically for the American Vintage Series. This Strat packs a trio of American Vintage '56 Strat single-coil pickups, specially wound to period-correct specs and sound. A modern 5-way blade pickup switch yields "in between" tones that weren't legitimately possible in 1956 (an optional 3-way switch is included if you're a stickler for authenticity).Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
- American Vintage Series Stratocaster captures the essence of a 1956 Strat
- Ash body delivers a great balance of brightness, warmth, and midrange pop
- American Vintage '56 Strat single-coil pickups match the sound and specs of '56 pickups
- Soft V-shaped neck plays fast and is true to 1956 Stratocasters
- Period-correct bridge saddles and tuner spacing yields classic playability
- Vintage-style Flash Coat Lacquer finish allows the body to "breathe" and enhance tonally as it ages
- Modern 5-way blade pickup switch allows for "in between" tones (optional vintage 3-way switch is included)
- Aged plastic knobs and switchcaps complete the vintage look
Play a sweet blast from the past: the Fender American Vintage '56 Stratocaster!Note: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.