The Fender® American Vintage II series presents a remarkably accurate take on the revolutionary designs that altered the course of musical history. Built with period-accurate bodies, necks and hardware, premium finishes and meticulously voiced, year-specific pickups, each instrument captures the essence of authentic Fender craftsmanship and tone.
During the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, the popularity of Fender musical instruments flourished, and although the Fender assortment had expanded to include many great new instruments, the Stratocaster® reigned supreme. By 1961, the Stratocaster had taken on a more refined aesthetic, with a 3-Color Sunburst reformulated with a more vibrant red and bolder black edge, topped with a 3-ply pickguard accenting the Strat’s signature curves.
Featuring a premium alder body, a trio of Pure Vintage ‘61 Stratocaster pickups and a medium “C”-Shaped maple neck mated with a 7.25” radius slab rosewood fingerboard, the American Vintage II 1961 Stratocaster reproduces the quintessential tone and feel of the original. Other appointments include a vintage-accurate synchronized tremolo with cold rolled steel block and bent steel saddles, single-line “Fender Deluxe” tuners and 3-ply pickguard.
The instruments in the American Vintage II series are direct descendants of the original Fenders: designed for players with a fine appreciation for vintage Fender tone and feel and built with unmatched quality, down to the last screw. These are Fender electrics in their purest form: Fender American Vintage II, the stuff of legends.
Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Material: Alder
Body Shape: Stratocaster
Fingerboard Material: Slab Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (184.1 mm)
Neck Construction: 4-Bolt Standard
Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Shape: 1961 “C”
Number of Frets: 21
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Clay Dot
Side Dots: Vintage Clay
String Nut: Bone
Bridge: Pure Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles
Control Knobs: Aged White
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
Pickup Covers: Aged White
Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
Switch Tip: Aged White
Tuning Machines: Pure Vintage Single Line “Fender Deluxe”
Bridge Pickup: Pure Vintage ’61 Single-Coil Strat®
Middle Pickup: Pure Vintage ’61 Single-Coil Strat®
Neck Pickup: Pure Vintage ’61 Single-Coil Strat®
Pickup Configuration: SSS
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge 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
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