(SOLD) Fender New American Vintage '59 Stratocaster Faded Sonic Blue 2013
Fender AVRI '59 Strat, faded sonic blue, made in USA 2013. Oh boy, this is a very good guitar. Around 2012, Fender did a little re-boot of their widely acclaimed American Vintage series, which included changing the finish to their 'thin skin' nitro style coat, different pickup offerings and some models with clay dot fretboard markers. Alongside the first version of the Eric Johnson Strat, they're widely regarded to be among the best instruments Fender has made in a long time. The finish looks amazing: it started off life as a pale blue, but it's faded up to a gorgeous minty green with plenty of checking lines and minor play wear. The previous owner switched the guard for a white model, as the original mint guard (included!) is basically exactly the same hue as the body now... but hey, the white against the streaky rosewood board and seafoam green looks nice and crisp. The neck is big: it's a fat, round 'baseball bat' style shape, which will suit some players better than others, but if you're in for it, the extra mass definitely adds a little bit of pizzaz and crispness to the tone. The tone, oh heck: it sounds amazing. It's clear and sparkly on the top with an eloquent, sweet voice, with a fat, creamy, weighty low end. The midrange is wide and warm, with a vocal-esque expressiveness that responds nicely to a subtle touch. This one includes the original case and docs, which is handy. You could spend a tonne more on a Strat and get a guitars that's not nearly this convincing as this... it just rules.
Model: Fender New American Vintage '59 Stratocaster
Made: USA, Corona factory, 2013
Finish: faded sonic blue, 'thin skin' style nitro
Neck: maple, rosewood slab fingerboard, clay dots, 7.25" radius, 25.5" scale, fat 'baseball bat' style profile
Mods: pickguard and pickup covers replaced, original plastics included
Pickups: Fender American Vintage '59 single coil x3, note the middle is not reverse wound
Accessories: original G&G hard case, original docs
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has light scuffs on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor rub wear and dimples on the back only. The back has some small chips on the back edge near the rear strap pin and on the bottom corner, dimples in the elbow area and some scuffs on the horns and belly carve, as well as widespread checking lines and fading of the finish. The sides have minor scuffs, checking and fading around the whole body, as well as some dimples and a mark near the jack. The front has some dimples around the jack, near the rear strap pin and top horn, scuffs in the elbow area, play wear on the guard and horns and widespread fading and checking of the finish.
Overall: very good condition (8/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.
Fret life: 7/10