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2000 Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Aztec Gold 100% Original w/ Tweed Case


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Up for sale, a 2000 Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case. An honest relic, it's incredible how much natural playwear and oxidation the original Aztec Gold custom color nitro lacquer finish has accrued in the past 20+ years, while the frets, plastics, and hardware have remained remarkably clean.

This discontinued model features an alder body and one-piece maple neck for a lively, balanced natural sound that translates faithfully through the trio of black bobbin 57/62 pickups with staggered, beveled alnico V magnets. The bridge position is spanky and bright while retaining an inherent warmth and sweetness, the "in-between" positions on the three-way switch are all quack and snap, and the neck pickup has the girth, clarity, and bell-like chime that makes it perfect for rhythm work and singing lead lines. This Strat weighs 7lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and low action.

The one-piece maple neck has a V-shaped profile carve at the nut, filling out to a rounder C shape in the higher registers, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The 7 1/4" radius fretboard retains the original slender vintage-spec fretwire, and the frets have their full factory height, showing moderate wear on the crowns of frets 1-2, extending more lightly beneath the plain strings until fret 5. The neck is straight, the truss rod is ideally adjusted, and the guitar plays well in every register. The original nut measures 1.650" in width. On the headstock, the original Stratocaster waterslide decal is intact along with the original Kluson-style tuning machines. The neck heel is pencil dated 02/03/2000, and the neck heel and pocket have numerous factory stamps.

All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints, a three-way pickup selector, and CTS pots that date to the 48th week of 1999. All of the original plastics are intact and in great shape, with some requisite pick scuffing on the guard and greening of the knob text. Currently setup with three springs, the vibrato is particularly smooth and responsive, jumping back to the original pitch with ease even after deep dives. The chrome plating on the bridge base and jack cup have plenty of shine, with light patina across the saddles.

The original Aztec Gold custom color nitro lacquer finish is 100% original, and it's worth stressing that this guitar shows no artificial relic'ing, only natural playwear. The guitar exhibits notable oxidation and forearm wear through the nitro gloss on the bass side lower bout and additional greening on the belly carve on the back. There is wear through the nitro on the back lower bout body edge, and some smaller nicks and finish chips on the body perimeter. The clear coat of the gloss has a more textured appearance on the lower bout edge on top and at the treble-side waist on the back from contact with the body and extended use. The ntrio gloss on the profile is clean and smooth with palm wear through the gloss on the bass-side of the profile and on the fretboard from frets 1-3.

The original Fender-branded G&G Deluxe tweed hardshell case is included. The case shows some staining on the lid, with brown leather ends, functional latches, and the original handle.