The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender's roots—expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it's going, but also remembers where it came from.
The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender's best selling guitars (their early-'80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was "back" as the CBS era ended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, we've completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept—restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more—based on actual vintage guitars we tracked down to make sure we had it right. We did the work, and it shows, because there's pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.
The 1965 Stratocaster® guitar saw the return to a thick "C"-shaped maple neck, this time with a round-laminated rosewood fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays. That's what players will find on the American Vintage '65 Stratocaster, along with other authentic features including a three-ply white pickguard with 11 holes, lightweight alder body, aged plastic knobs and vintage-accurate pickups, bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more.
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I played with this guitar for one hour and it is just an amazing vintage instrument.
First, this is a recording instrument by its quality. Better than an Es-335 for Rock and Blues to give you an idea.
Secondly, its tone is a pure alive old rock crying guitar. Almost Hendrix' Tone. The treble sounds so nice, not too much mid and bass. This strat is already adjusted for Rock.
The Tone knobs are really accurate. There are maybe 10 great different sound on it.
Very comfortable. A D sharp neck, amazing to play with.
Best strings for bending i have ever seen.
I've recently bought the best playing strat I've owned in Olympic White, my favorite color. It just sounds great in all positions through a valve amp, it resonates and just sings. It's a guitar I will never part with, thanks a million Fender
Tomguitar19632009 owns this item
I have a 57', a 62 and now this fabulous 65 in an incredible Olympic White. In my Blues Deluxe the tone is enormous!
The quality of this guitar is really impressive, I have had many stratocaster but this one will be mine a long long time.
Maitreyoda007 owns this item
This guitar has an excellent tone, and is a white beauty. When played on the amplifier I thought, I sound much better, I sound like a professional. If I'm someday going to live of making music, then this guitar would follow me everywhere and be played everywhere. It's a magnificent guitar and has a great playability , and has a great look, kind of innocent look. But it's a shame it's so difficult to keep it white, and I have only had it for two weeks. It's the guitar of my dreams, really.
Musicman95 owns this item
I've just bought a Sunburst '65 reissue Strat, and it is everything I want in a Strat. It can sound crisp and clean or get a bit snarly when you add some gain. It's an incredibly resonant instrument and just sings. The neck is great, chunky but not super fat like a Boat neck or a Nocaster U. The fit and finish is excellent as is the quality of the Sunburst. The way the red fades into the brown and yellow is very well done. This is as good as any Strat I've ever played and while it may be a big outlay this will last me for the rest of my life! Great job Fender!
stratcat69 owns this item
Definitely one of the coolest guitars I have in my collection, very true to the originals I play both in feel and tone. In my honest opinion, Fender got it right with this model (and actually the whole American Vintage range :-) I use this as one of my main guitars for tours and studio work, it saves taking the originals on the road and this is realy as good, if not better than some of the old originals I use!
danthefenderman owns this item
|Model Name:||American Vintage '65 Stratocaster®, Round-Lam Rosewood Fingerboard, Shoreline Gold|
|Body Finish:||Fender Flash Coat Lacquer|
|Neck Finish:||Fender Flash Coat Lacquer|
|Neck Shape:||Mid '60s "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Bridge Pickup:||American Vintage '65 Gray-Bottom Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||American Vintage '65 Gray Bottom Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||American Vintage '65 Gray Bottom Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo|
|Hardware Finish:||Chrome/Nickel-Plated Steel|
|Tuning Machines:||Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style|
|Pickguard:||3-Ply White with Vintage Bevel|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Thick C-shaped maple neck with round-laminated rosewood fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound; Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing|
|Included Accessories:||Vintage '65 Strat Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage 3-Position Switch, '60s Strat Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner's Manual, Saddle Height Wrench|
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