Fender's Vintage Hot Rod '60s Stratocaster® guitar gives you the best Strat tone, style and performance of both eras—authentically vintage-style design touches straight from the 1960s and hot-rodded modern mods ideal for today's players.
Premium features include an alder body; maple neck with mid-'60s "C"-shaped profile, vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment, and satin back finish; and a compound-radius (7.25”-12”) rosewood fingerboard with 21 6105 frets, oversize white pearloid dot inlays and a bone nut. Singing tone comes from American Vintage single-coil ’59 Stratocaster (neck), ’65 gray-bottom Stratocaster (middle) and single-coil ’56 Stratocaster (bridge) pickups. In addition to five-way blade pickup switching, an S-1™ switch adds the bridge pickup to pickup switch positions 3, 4 and 5.
Other features include a four-ply brown shell pickguard, three aged white control knobs (master volume, tone 1, tone 2), two-point synchronized tremolo with vintage-style stamped steel saddles, Gotoh® locking tuners and locking strap buttons. Includes upgraded deluxe vintage-style black case, vintage-style 8’ cable, vintage-style black strap, extra tremolo springs and wrenches.
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I've been on a mission to find my dream Strat, and this is pretty much it. The neck is a perfect fit for me and the pickup combination is great for classic sounds. I call this the Strattiest Strat in Stratville. At first I was disappointed that there was no interesting grain in the sunburst, but then I was incredibly impressed that I can't see any wood seams no matter how hard I look. It's also my lightest USA Strat, just a hair over 7 pounds.
But the main thing is the neck. For years I just had a 96 American Standard that I loved but had some hand cramping issues that I now know are due to the thin modern C shape (and despite what Fender says, my 96 modern C is definitely thinner than others I've got like early 2000s American Deluxes). I tried out several different guitars & necks this year. SRV - love the slightly thicker neck, and like but don't love the 12" radius. New American Deluxes - I don't love the modern C, but love the soft V. Don't care for the 9.5"-14" compound radius. Feels too flat for me up high. I tried a CIJ vintage style neck, soft V with 7.25" radius. Loved the profile and the radius down low but not on the high frets. So next up was the Hot Rod 50s. I LOVE the 7.25"-12" compound radius but the D profile is just a little too chunky for me. Last up, the Hot Rod 60s. It nailed it. 60s C shape with 7.25"-12" compound radius is the winner for me. If only it had 22 frets I'd try to get it on all my Strats.
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|Model Name:||Vintage Hot Rod '60s Stratocaster®, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Series:||Vintage Hot Rod|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Shape:||Mid '60s "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Narrow Jumbo|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Oversized White Pearloid Dots|
|Bridge Pickup:||American Vintage '56 Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||American Vintage '65 Gray Bottom Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||American Vintage '59 Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume (with S-1™ Switch), Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge 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|
|Special Electronics:||S-1™ Switch Adds Bridge Pickup Into Positions 3, 4 and 5|
|Bridge:||2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Vintage-Style Stamped Steel Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Vintage-Style Locking|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||HR Serial Number Prefix, 4-Bolt with Engraved Vintage Hot Rod Crossed Checkered Flags Emblem, White Pearloid Side Dot Position Inlays, Single “Wing” String Tree, Vintage-Style Heel Truss Rod Adjustment, Locking Strap Buttons|
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