Up for sale, a 2012 Fender American Vintage '59 Stratocaster in showroom clean, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, case candy, and hangtags. This discontinued model features one of Fender's most highly prized custom colors, Sonic Blue, and this '59 Strat iteration was available only for a few short years. This guitar also benefits from Fender's redesign of the American Vintage line in the twilight years of that series with more vintage-correct hardware, redesigned pickups, new vintage-spec neck carves, and a particularly thin, resonant "flash coat" nitro lacquer finish, a rebranding by Fender of their Thin Skin concept.
This Strat can chime, sparkle, and quack with the best, delivering an array of classic Fender tones. Whether it's the biting twang of the bridge position, the extra warmth and girth that comes from the neck single coil (ideal for lead work), or the thinned-out quack on the "in between" positions on the factory included five-way switch, this Strat is simply a delight to play. The instrument is very resonant acoustically as well, weighing 7lbs 13oz with an alder body. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Strat has been dialed in with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with appreciably more shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, and lightly rolled fretboard edges for added comfort. The profile measures .820" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features aged clay dot inlay, retaining a 7 1/4" vintage-spec Fender radius with original flawless slender frewire with its full factory height. The guitar plays easily in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the Fender Stratocaster waterslide decal is flawless, and the Kluson-style single line tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The neck heel is stamped July, 2012 with the most vintage-correct neck stamp Fender has used since the 1960s.
The electronics include the original trio of black bobbin Fender pickups with lightly beveled alnico pole pieces and cloth-covered leads, wired to original CTS pots which date to the 12th week of '12. Plastics include the three-ply mint green pickguard and ivory pickup covers and knobs, all of which are near mint. The chrome plating on the hardware shines like new, including the neck plate with V-prefix serial number. The vibrato works very smoothly with three springs and responds quickly and reliably for quick shimmies and deeper dives.
The gloss nitro lacquer flash coat Sonic Blue finish was applied particularly thin so that the alder body would be as lively and resonant as possible, and there's barely a scratch on the guitar. The protective factory film is still intact over the tremolo cavity cover, indicative of the virtually unplayed nature of this Strat. The gloss lacquer finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original brown tolex Fender G&G Deluxe hardshell case is included, along with the strap and a couple hangtags.