Up for sale, a 2013 Fender American Vintage Thin Skin '59 Stratocaster in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original G&G hardshell case, case candy, and all factory paperwork. This discontinued model was available from only a few select Fender dealers for a sparingly short time with one of Fender's rarest custom colors, Sherwood Green. Features of this Strat include a "Thin Skin" nitro lacquer finish with no poly basecoat, lightly applied to ensure optimal resonance, along with a modern 9 1/2" fretboard radius and 6105 fretwire. 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, reengineered pickups, and new vintage-spec neck carves.
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 five-way switch, this Strat is simply a delight to play. The instrument is very lively acoustically as well, weighing 8lbs 2oz with an alder body. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Strat has been dialed in with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with appreciable shoulder and depth as you travel up the fretboard, and lightly rolled edges for added comfort, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features aged clay dot inlay and a modern 9 1/2" fretboard radius with original flawless 6105 frewire with its full factory height. The 6105 wire has more height and crown than vintage fretwire while retaining a slender width, offering easy playability and effortless bending. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted. The nut measures 1.650" 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 has a vintage-correct stamp from May, 2013, and other date stamps and factory markings from '13 are present in the neck pocket.
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 10th week of '13. The pale mint green pickguard shows just a touch of scuffing across the strum path, extending beyond the guard on the bass-side body horn, while the aged plastic parts are near mint. The chrome 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 "Thin Skin" Sherwood Green finish was applied so that the alder body would be as lively and resonant as possible, and the lacquer exhibits a few faint scuffs and finish scratches on the back, a couple small finish chips on the edges of the neck plate, and a similarly small chip on the back body edge near the rear strap button. There is also extremely faint lacquer checking on the bass side of the body, and the nitro gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original brown tolex G&G Deluxe Fender hardshell case is included, along with all original hangtags and case candy.