To take the American Vintage series forward, we needed to return to the source and go back in time. We zeroed in on a goldmine of unbelievable original vintage specimens, and we spared no detail in painstakingly dissecting and documenting each phenomenal original-era instrument. We made the journey. We did the work. We dived deep. Every detail was scrutinized, studied and honed.

After exhaustive research, we restored existing '50s-era tooling to the glory of its prime. We created new tooling to craft parts even more authentically. Manufacturing processes were upgraded and refined. New pickups were voiced for each guitar and bass. And much more. Watch the videos and look at the images to see some examples of the journey we took in researching these vintage instruments to make our newest American Vintage models.

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MODELS

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: GUITARS

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: BASSES

"Flash-Coat Lacquer" Finish

The finishes on most new American Vintage guitars and basses consist of three coats: sealer, color and a topcoat, all of which are 100-percent nitrocellulose lacquer and are hence quite thin. This is a vintage-style finish treatment that lets an instrument "breathe" with a more natural resonance since it doesn't "constrain" the instrument's body as much as thicker and more confining modern finishes.

The term flash-coat lacquer refers specifically to the quickly applied thin and final "flash" of topcoat lacquer applied to most new American Vintage instruments. In addition to the sonic advantage noted above, the composition of and method of application for this final finish layer imparts a more authentically vintage appearance to these new instruments.

EXPLORE THE AMERICAN VINTAGE MODELS

Using the interactive guide below, you can explore the new American Vintage series. Use the buttons here to search by body styles, neck specifications and other information, and you’ll be taken you to the American Vintage guitars that are perfect for you. Or see all of them …

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    '52 Telecaster

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    Ash body with slightly lighter Butterscotch Blonde finish and single-ply black pickguard.

    Large maple neck with re-sculpted U-shaped profile and comfortably rolled edges.

    All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound.

    Barrel switch tip and knurled chrome domed control knobs.

    Vintage-style bridge with three brass saddles.

    In-Case Extras and Accessories

    52 Telecaster Case Candy

    Vintage '52 Tele strap, cable, and cloth; vintage wiring kit, '50s Tele information kit, bridge cover, owner's manual.

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    Lightweight alder body (ash on White Blonde finish model) with deep contours. *Applies to right-hand models only.

    Mid-'56 thick maple neck with soft "V" profile and comfortably rolled edges—one of the most popular Fender neck styles ever.

    All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound.

    Single-ply white pickguard with eight holes.

    Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing.

    In-Case Extras and Accessories

    56 Stratocaster Case Candy

    Vintage '56 Strat strap, cable, and cloth; vintage 3-position switch, 50's Strat information kit, bridge cover, owner's manual. *Bridge Cover not included in left handed model.

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    Lightweight alder body in Black and Three-color Sunburst; ash-body White Blonde model

    Thick C-shaped maple neck with 20 vintage-style frets and black dot inlays

    Gold anodized aluminum pickguard with lacquer finish

    American Vintage ’58 split single-coil pickup

    Lower-mounted finger rest

    Vintage-style bridge with threaded steel “barrel” saddles

    Knurled flat-top chrome control knobs

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    Lightweight ash body with single-ply white pickguard.

    Early-1958 large maple neck with comfortable "D"-shaped profile.

    All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, with early-1958 staggered bridge pickup pole magnets.

    Vintage-accurate, solid steel "barrel" bridge saddles and tuner spacing.

    Top-hat switch tip and flat-top knurled aluminum chrome control knobs.

    In-Case Extras and Accessories

    58 Telecaster

    Vintage '58 Tele strap, cable, and cloth; vintage wiring kit, '50s Tele information kit, bridge cover, owner's manual.

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    Early-1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst, with slim-profile D-shaped maple neck and single-ply white pickguard with eight holes.

    Later 1959 model in faded Three-color Sunburst, Black and limited faded Sonic Blue, with slim-profile D-shaped maple neck, dark rosewood slab fingerboard and three-ply mint green pickguard with 10 holes and vintage-style edge bevels.

    Lightweight alder body.

    All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound.

    Aged plastic knobs.

    In-Case Extras and Accessories

    59 Stratocaster

    Vintage '58 Tele strap, cable, and cloth; vintage wiring kit, '50s Tele information kit, bridge cover, owner's manual.

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    Slightly wider C-shaped maple neck

    Round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with clay-colored dot inlays

    Three-ply mint green pickguard (four-ply brown pickguard on Three-Color Sunburst model)

    American Vintage ’63 split single-coil pickup

    Lower-mounted finger rest

    Vintage-style bridge with threaded steel "barrel" saddles

    Knurled flat-top chrome control knobs

    Auxiliary strap button on the back of headstock

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    1964-style slimmer C-shaped maple neck

    Round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with 20 vintage-style frets and clay-colored dot inlays

    Three-ply white pickguard (four-ply brown pickguard on Three-Color Sunburst and Olympic White models)

    American Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups

    Lower-mounted finger rest

    Vintage-style bridge with threaded steel "barrel" saddles

    Chrome pickup and “F”-stamped bridge covers with vintage-accurate positioning

    Auxiliary strap button on the back of headstock

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    Lightweight alder body (ash on White Blonde model) with three-ply white pickguard with eight holes. *Applies to right-hand models only.

    Slimmer, more rounded maple neck with "C"-shaped profile and round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with larger pearl dot inlays.

    All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, with staggered bridge pickup pole magnets.

    Threaded steel "barrel" bridge saddles.

    Top-hat switch tip and flat-top knurled chrome control knobs.

    In-Case Extras and Accessories

    64 Telecaster

    Vintage '64 Tele strap, cable, and cloth; vintage wiring kit, '60s Tele information kit, bridge cover, owner's manual

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    Bound round-laminated fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays.

    Three-color Sunburst and limited Candy Apple Red finishes.

    Classic Jaguar shorter scale.

    All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, with classic dual-circuit wiring and controls.

    Vintage-style floating tremolo with lock button.

    In-Case Extras and Accessories

    65 Jaguar

    Vintage '65 Jag strap, cable, and cloth; flatwound string set, '60s jag information kit, bridge cover, vintage and modern owner's manuals.

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    Bound round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with larger pearl dot inlays.

    White "witch hat" control knobs.

    Three-color Sunburst and limited Aztec Gold finishes.

    All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, with classic dual-circuit wiring and controls.

    Vintage-style floating tremolo with lock button.

    In-Case Extras and Accessories

    65 Jazzmaster

    Vintage '65 Jazz strap, cable, and cloth; flatwound string set, '60s Jazz information kit, bridge cover, vintage and modern owner's manuals.

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    Lightweight alder body in Three-color Sunburst, Olympic White and limited Dakota Red (left-handed model in Three-color Sunburst).

    Thick C-shaped maple neck with round-laminated dark rosewood fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays.

    All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound.

    Three-ply white pickguard with 11 holes.

    Aged plastic knobs.

    In-Case Extras and Accessories

    65 Stratocaster

    Vintage '65 Strat strap, cable, and cloth; vintage 3-position switch, '60s Strat information kit, bridge cover, owner's manual *Bridge cover not included in left handed model

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    Urethane-finished alder body in Three-color Sunburst, Olympic White and Black; ash-body Natural finish model

    U-shaped maple neck with "bullet" truss rod

    Maple and round-laminated rosewood fingerboards with white binding, pearl block inlays and 20 vintage-style frets

    Three-ply black/white/black pickguard (three-ply white/black/white on Black model)

    Upper-mounted thumb rest

    Vintage-style bridge with single-groove steel "barrel" saddles

    Chrome pickup and "F"-stamped bridge covers with vintage-accurate positioning