Up for sale, a 2001 Fender American Vintage '57 Stratocaster in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A discontinued model, this Strat features one of the rarer custom colors briefly offered in the American Vintage line, Inca Silver, with very subtle yellowing of the nitro lacquer clear coat. Tonally, this Strat delivers classic sparkle and twang via the original trio of Fender 57/62 pickups. 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 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. Particularly smooth and lively-sounding even unplugged, this alder-bodied Strat weighs 7lbs 15oz and has been 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 soft V profile carve, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. It's a very easy playing neck with fretboard edges that are faintly rolled for added comfort. The 7 1/4" radius fretboard retains the original slender vintage-spec fretwire, and the frets have been leveled and crowned in the guitars lifetime, currently showing virtually no wear. 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 the original Kluson-style tuning machines. The neck heel is pencil dated 11-18-00, and the pocket and heel have additional factory stamps that push the production date into the first quarter of 2001.
All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints, the factory-installed three-way pickup selector toggle, and CTS pots that date to the 46th week of 2000. The body routes are clean and unmodified, and the finish beneath the guard is pristine, with a very subtle tanline and yellowing of the clear coat on the exposed nitro. All original white plastic parts are near mint and show sparingly little aging. 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 hardware on the bridge base and jack cup have plenty of shine, with a touch of uniform patina across the saddles. Cosmetic wear on the Inca Silver nitro lacquer gloss is limited to some finish chipping adjacent to the neck plate corners, and a few smaller finish chips on the lower bout body edge, at the bass-side waist, and between the neck plate and tremolo cover. The neck profile features a lightly ambered smooth gloss, free of palm wear and notably clean.
A recent black tolex Fender hardshell case with raised Fender logo on the exterior is included.