I can offer for sale today a used, 2013, Fender AVRi 1965 Strat replica, with a classic 3 tone sunburst finish – Complete with a deluxe vintage black case that features the silver amp logo, along with a host of paperwork, tags, cable and strap – It looks like some of the case candy has never been used or indeed relevant packaging opened – Additionally the cellophane cover is still on the scratchplate and rear trem plate, as well as the round silver cover over the trem arm hole – I was surprised to see the new V13 + 5 digit serial indicates this Strat is a 2013 model, hence around 4 years old – All I can say is that it has spent more of that 4 years resting in its case, as against been played – It is exceptionally clean, so be prepared to look long and hard to find a hint of a blemish – I’ve re-strung it with a new set of 10’s, so it is already to go with a nice sensible action
In 1954, the Fender company created a legend – The Strat – Leo Fender sold his company to CBS in 1965, so ever since that date, all sorts of myth and legendary values have been bestowed upon Strats from this magical 11 year period – With demand high and original examples fetching 10’s of thousands of pounds you can see why Fender created a range of pre-CBS replica models in the early 80’s – For over 30 years, replica models have been shipped from factories in Japan and Mexico, but the desire for a genuine American detailed vintage replica has always been present – Today, Fender allow you to buy a new American Vintage replica (AVRi) that takes you back to 1965, with meticulous levels of accuracy – As Fender state on their web site, rather than just replacing the previous vintage replica model, they have comprehensively and painstakingly carried out a full update to ensure a meticulous level of vintage accuracy – Restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pick-ups, reformulating vintage colours and much more, to ensure these American Vintage replicas capture that old mojo and magic – Via a quick tour of Google I came across a very good review courtesy of Guitarist magazine of this Strat, so click here for additional comments
Spec and features include : –
- alder body
- whole guitar weighs 7lbs and 140z
- ‘Flash coat’ finish – Thin finish to allow the guitar to breath, plus nitro top coat
- Maple neck with the classic 60’s C profile – measures .834″ around the top nut end and .970″ around the 12th fret
- Rosewood lam fingerboard – Very comfortable feel with ‘rolled’ fingerboard edges to enhance that played in feel
- Vintage frets and fingerboard radius
- Bone top nut
- Vintage spec’d hardware
- New spec’d vintage flavoured ’65’ Strat pick-ups with grey base plate – measure 5.85K
- 3 ply 11 hole scratch plate
- 5 way switch
- Master volume pot + wired with tone neck + tone middle/bridge
Tonal character :- the grey bobbin pick-ups are the least powerful vintage pick-ups that Fender have ever produced, yet they have found legendary status as much of the Hendrix period was recorded with guitars from this era – And of course the SRV Lenny Strat is from the same era – Today players like John Mayer adore the ‘scooped’ nature of a grey bobbin pick-up – So it’s all about tone and not power – Clear transparent properties are instantly audible with rich warm lows and sparkling highs – More lush than hot, whilst the classic lively spanky nature of a single coil pick-up is ever present – More than enough musical character to sit with a clean amp setting for chilled out playing styles – Yet only a hint of overdrive is required for these pick-ups to produce the magical qualities of Little Wing – You can add higher levels of overdrive, as required and control the gain level with the Strat’s volume pot – Also on such settings, the bridge pick-up is now wired to the bottom tone pot, so if you find the highs a touch fizzy then roll off the tone pot a touch, as required for a more angelic voice
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