Up for sale, a left-handed 2012 Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed G&G Fender-branded hardshell case. This discontinued model is a more vintage-correct iteration of the '57 Strat only available for a few short years at the tail end of the American Vintage line, rivaling Custom Shop quality and reimagined in late '12 with numerous period-correct details. This version of the '57 Strat platform is stunningly well-executed, with a "flash coat" thin nitro lacquer Sunburst finish, revoiced American Vintage pickups, a thicker, more vintage-correct V-shaped neck profile carve and a bone nut.
Tonally, this Strat delivers classic sparkle and twang via the original Fender pickup set. With staggered, beveled alnico magnets, these pickups are faithful to vintage-spec with black fiber bobbins and push-back cloth-covered leads. The bridge position is spanky and bright while retaining an inherent warmth and sweetness, the "in-between" positions 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. Acoustically resonant and sweet sounding, this alder-bodied Strat weighs 7lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and low action.
The maple neck has a significant soft V neck profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .895" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 12th. The fretboard retains the original slender vintage-spec fretwire and 7 1/4" radius, and the frets show virtually no wear with their full factory height. The neck is straight, the truss rod is ideally adjusted, and the guitar plays well in every register. The original nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original Stratocaster waterslide decal is completely intact along with an upgraded string tree and original Kluson-style single line tuning machines. The neck pocket is stamped Nov 30th, 2012.
All of the electronics function exactly as intended, with untouched solder joints, a vintage-correct "chewing gum" tone capacitor, and CTS pots which date to the 40th week of 2012. The chrome hardware is positively gleaming, and the plastics are near mint. 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 thin, resonant gloss nitro lacquer "Flash Coat" finish is exceedingly clean with faint vertical lacquer checking and just a faint finish scratch or two on the body as a whole. The gloss nitro finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original tweed Fender-branded G&G hardshell case is included.