Fender is giving guitarists everywhere a chance to channel their inner rock star with an all-new line of guitars and basses inspired by iconic instruments from the 50s, 60s and 70s. American Vintage II Series guitars are now available at purchase from the Fender website.
Built in Corona, Calif., the slew of new axes are a “1:1 comparison to their original predecessors,” said Justin Norvell, executive vice president of product at Fender, adding, “Today they are built with precise and modern manufacturing processes that were not available in the past.
The new line is backed by Patti Smith, Brothers Osborne, James Bay, Jeff Beck and other rock figures behind Fender’s campaign.
“If you’ve listened to popular music, chances are your favorite songs, guitar solos, and punchy bass lines were played on a Fender [guitar]said Fender marketing manager Evan Jones. “It is impossible to count the number of artists who have used these instruments to create some of the most memorable music of the past 76 years. Built to original specifications, these American Vintage Series II models demonstrate both the timelessness and relevance of the Fender trademark.
On October 14, Fender will host a pop-up event near the Austin City Limits music festival featuring a performance by Adrian Quesada of the Black Pumas. At this event, consumers can purchase the ’51 Telecaster for its original price of $229.90.
Browse the new collection below.
Revisit the Telecaster’s humble origins with this beautiful remake of the 1951 model. Based on the “deceptively simple and utterly revolutionary” original Tele, this solidbody blackguard comes in Caramel Blonde. It has a maple neck and 7.25-inch radius fingerboard, not to mention the treble brass saddle bridge, single-row “Fender Deluxe” tuners, and Pure Vintage ’51 Telecaster pickups.
American Vintage II 1951 Telecaster $2,249.99
Offered in seafoam green, two-tone sunburst and vintage blonde, this recreation of the 1957 Stratocaster features a vintage precision synchronized tremolo (for all your whammying needs) with a cold-rolled steel block and saddles in bent steel, single-row “Fender Deluxe” tuners, and single-ply pickguard. The ’57 Strat also features Pure Vintage ’57 Stratocaster pickups, body contours, and a “V”-shaped neck with a 7.25-inch-radius maple fingerboard.
American Vintage II 1957 Stratocaster $2,099.99
1966 Jazz Master
Decked out in Dakota Red, Lake Placid Blue and Tri-Color Sunburst, this gorgeous guitar is based on the 1966 Fender original, which “was intended to provide a luxury playing experience and inspire jazz guitarists to playing solid body electric guitars”. The ’66 Jazzmaster features white neck binding, pearl blocks and “Fender Deluxe” single line tuners, as well as the patented “floating” tremolo, adjustable bridge with threaded saddles and Pure pickups Vintage ’66 Jazzmaster.
American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Master $2,399.99
Precision Bass 1960
Available in daphne blue, tri-color sunburst, and black, this version of the 1960 Precision Bass offers a premium alder body, Pure Vintage ’60s split-coil P-Bass pickup, and ” C” paired with a 7.25-inch-radius rosewood fingerboard. Among the first to adopt this chic model were Elvis Presley and his bassist Bill Black.
1960 American Vintage II Precision Bass $2,099.99
1972 Thinline Telecaster
An ode to the second-generation Thinline Telecaster, which debuted in 1972, this semi-hollow body features a “Bullet”-style stem nut, three-bolt neck plate with Micro-Tilt™ mechanism, tuners stamped “F” and a six-saddle hardtail thru-body with bent steel saddles. The guitar, inspired by Fender’s first six-string with humbucking pickups, is available in Aged Natural, Tricolor Sunburst, and Lake Placid Blue.
American Vintage II 1972 Telecaster Thinline $2,399.99
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