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A rundown of the Fender Vintera Stratocaster Guitars for 2019
CATEGORY: Product News
9/2/2019

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A Modern Fender "Vintera" Stratocaster

Earlier this year Fender announced a new line of guitars called the Vintera line. These guitars would replace the Classic line of guitars in the catalog. Historically the Classic line of guitars, whether a '50s, '60s or '70s Stratocaster, had a general feel of the decade it represented but often very minimal changes from one guitar to the next. Sometimes it was simply a different fretboard wood that would deem a Classic Strat a '60s over a '50s.

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Fender is now re-writing the book on throwback made in Mexico instruments with the Vintera range. Vintera Stratocasters are designed to be more similar to instruments found in the decade they represent and also offer a modified option to the instruments that add "mod" features to the guitars. 

“The Vintera series celebrates the different vintage eras of Fender with the fundamental design of the StratocasterTelecaster and Precision Bass remaining largely the same, but with each decade assuming its own unique feature sets, depending on your feature preferences, bands you love and the era that you grew up in, each of these decades has a different appeal in terms of sound, colors and pickups.” - Justin Norvell, EVP of Product | Fender.

Fender Vintera Stratocasters for 2019

For the first run of 2019 Fender has released a '50s, '60s and '70s Stratocaster with the '50s and '60s also offering a modified option. The modified models include features that many players in the past have modified their Stratocasters with straight from the factory. Each line comes in a variety of colors and all ship with a deluxe gig bag.

Let's take a look at each of the Fender Vintera Stratocasters available in 2019:


Vintera '50s Stratocaster

Available Colors: Sonic Blue, Seafoam Green, White Blonde

For authentic, vintage-style tone Fender recreated the trio of single-coil Stratocaster pickups to sound more like the originals. Crystalline and bell-like, they have the crisp, articulate tone that put Fender on the musical map. The updated “Soft V”-shaped neck has a 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 vintage-style frets for classic playing feel. A vintage-style, six-point synchronized tremolo and vintage-style tuning machines provide original-era aesthetics, rock-solid performance and tuning stability. Other features include vintage-style strap buttons, 5-way pickup switching and the traditional Strat® control layout.


Vintera '50s Stratocaster Modified

Available Colors: 2 Color Sunburst, Daphne Blue

For modern tone Fender re-voiced the trio of single-coil Stratocaster pickups, kicking things up a bit by increasing the output. Crisp and articulate, they have the power you need for any style of music. The “Modern C”-shaped neck has a 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets, for modern playing feel. A contemporary, two-point synchronized tremolo with vintage-style bent-steel saddles offers rock-solid performance and tuning stability. The S-1™ switch adds the neck pickup in positions 1 and 2, unlocking even more tonal variety. Other features include vintage-style locking tuning machines, vintage-style strap buttons and chrome hardware. 


Vintera '60s Stratocaster

Available Colors: 3-Color Sunburst, Ice Blue Metallic, Surf Green

For authentic, vintage-style tone Fender recreated the trio of single-coil Stratocaster pickups to sound more like the originals. Crystalline and bell-like, they have the crisp, articulate tone that put Fender on the map. The “Mid 60s C”-shaped neck has a 7.25”-radius fingerboard with 21 vintage-style frets for classic playing feel. A vintage-style, six-point synchronized tremolo and vintage-style tuning machines offer original-era aesthetics, rock-solid performance and tuning stability. Other features include vintage-style strap buttons, chrome hardware and four-bolt neck plate. 


Vintera '60's Stratocaster Modified

Available Colors: Olympic Whire, Burgundy Mist Metallic

For modern tone on the '60 Modified, Fender redid the trio of single-coil Stratocaster pickups, kicking things up a bit by increasing the output for more girth and gain. Thick-sounding, yet articulate, they have the power you need for any style of music. The “Modern C”-shaped neck has a 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets for classic playing feel. A contemporary, two-point synchronized tremolo offers rock-solid performance and tuning stability, while the S-1™ switch adds the neck pickup in positions 1 and 2, unlocking even more tonal variety. Other features include vintage-style tuning machines and strap buttons, chrome hardware and four-bolt neck plate. Includes deluxe gig bag.


Vintera '70s Stratocaster

Available Colors: Aged Natural, Mocha, Seinna Sunburst

For authentic Fender tone Fender recreated the trio of ‘70s single-coil Stratocaster pickups to sound more like the originals. Flat-staggered pole pieces (an authentic 70s element) create a balanced string-to-string response. Bell-like, they have the crisp, articulate sound that put Fender on the map. The “Early 70s C”-shaped neck has a 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 vintage-style frets for classic playing feel. A vintage-style, six-point synchronized tremolo and period-correct “F”-stamped tuning machines offer original-era aesthetics, rock-solid performance and tuning stability. Other features include three-bolt neck plate, chrome hardware and vintage-style strap buttons.


The Bottom Line

 

The new Vintera line of Stratocasters is a welcome change to the Classic Stratocaster. While the Classic Stratocasters were great instruments, they did not represent the essence of the decade like the Vintera line does. Whether you like the '50s, '60s or '70s vibe, the Fender Vintera Stratocaster range will deliver what you are looking for at a price point that will make your wallet happy. 

If you need any help finding your next instrument, feel free to contact us with any questions. 

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