When initially released in 1954, few could have predicted the impact that the Fender Stratocaster would go on to have on popular music and culture over the next 60 years. The new American Original series from Fender builds on every aspect of that 60 year history, encompassing the same passion for design, tone and innovation as those first Stratocasters did, continuing the legacy of the instrument that redefined the electric guitar. The Fender American Original series maintains the styling and tone of Fenders ‘Golden Era,’ with a more modern feel and contemporary pickup switching.
Designed to be as period correct as possible, the American Original 60’s Stratocaster in 3-Colour Sunburst draws inspiration from the 1960's period of Strat production, where Maple boards made way for Rosewood and Stratocasters took on a smoother, richer tone. Comprised of an Alder body and Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard, the American Original 60’s Stratocaster also features uniquely 60’s finishes in nitrocellulose lacquer, allowing the wood to breathe and the finish to age naturally. The American Original 60’s Stratocaster also features wax potted Pure Vintage ’65 single coil Stratocaster pickups, with cloth covered output wire, fiber bobbins and alnico V magnets, just as they would have had in the 60’s. These provide one of the most authentic vintage Strat tones available, with a smoother, more rounded tone than the Stratocasters produced in the 1950's.
The full feeling 'C' shape neck profile also lends itself to the feel of an authentic vintage Fender guitar, however the American Original 60’s Stratocaster in 3-Colour Sunburst also benefits from a 9.5” fingerboard radius giving the player a more modern feel across the neck, with the 60's style profile also feeling more familiar to most players than it's 50's counterpart. Additional vintage spec features include vintage tall profile frets, a three ply mint pick guard, vintage style hardware and a six point synchronized tremolo system. All Fender American Original series guitars also include a period correct hard shell case.
The Fender American Original 60’s Stratocaster in 3-Colour Sunburst calls back to a time when Fender had first placed itself at the forefront of popular music, with the iconic Fender Stratocaster contributing so invaluably to the musical revolution of the 1960's. It is for this reason that players of all kinds are still choosing to play Stratocasters to this day.
Body Shape: Stratocaster
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Shape: Thick 'C'
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage Tall
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650"
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Bridge Pickup: Pure Vintage '65 Single Coil Gray Bottom Stratocaster
Middle Pickup: Pure Vintage '65 Single Coil Gray Bottom Stratocaster
Neck Pickup: Pure Vintage '65 Single Coil Gray Bottom Stratocaster
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup, Middle Pickup), 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
Pickup Configuration: SSS
Bridge: Pure Vintage 6-Saddle With Synchronised Tremolo
Tuning Machines: Pure Vintage Single Line "Fender Deluxe"
Orientation: Right Hand
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint
Control Knobs: Aged White
Switch Tips: Aged White