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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-19-2010, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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NEW GUITAR DAY: Fender American Vintage '62 Reissue Strat

I know I just posted about my agonising Jem/Strat trading decision, but following the wise counsel of the benevolent elcid, heres my NGD Thread!

Say hello to my brand new 2010 Fender American Vintage 62 Stratocaster Reissue in Olympic White! Shes sleek! Shes sexy! Shes tuneful! Shes mine! I traded my Jem for her and I'm loving being a Fender Guy. I tried almost every US-made Strat at World of Music in Brighton East here in Melbourne, and the '62 just spoke to me.

Dig those specs. 7.25 radius rosewood fretboard, 6-screw vintage trem, vintage-correct 3-way pickup switch, the middle pickup is NOT reverse wind/reverse polarity for hum cancelling, and the case candy includes the original ashtray bridge cover, a leather strap and an old-school cable. Although its very different to all my other guitars, I really like the setup (Fender 10-46 strings, medium action, floating trem with a good deal of tension). Im going to keep it totally as-is: while I may eventually swap the 3-way switch for the 5-way (which Fender includes as case candy), for now Im really enjoying playing this guitar pretty much as a real 62 would have been if Id bought one from the store in 1962.

This guitar is already suggesting what it wants me to play on it. It likes complex chords voiced around the 5th-12th frets, with some light whammy shimmer, as well as screaming bends on the B string (no, the curvy fretboard radius and tiny frets havent resulted in any fretting out at all during bends, although you do have to work a little harder for it compared to a flatter radius and big frets).

First up, a dark iPhone pic. The rest are nice shiny Olympus digital SLR photos for your ogling pleasure.









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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-19-2010, 11:11 PM
 
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Re: NEW GUITAR DAY: Fender American Vintage '62 Reissue Strat

Sweet! Gotta love an Olympic White Strat. Enjoy!
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-20-2010, 12:02 AM
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Really man, you had to start a second thread about this

Great looking guitar. If I may make a suggestion, I'm a big fan of the Megaswitch E 5 way switch. I put that on my last 3 strats. Other than that, she's perfect.
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If I may make a suggestion, I'm a big fan of the Megaswitch E 5 way switch. I put that on my last 3 strats. Other than that, she's perfect.
Thanks for the suggestion. I happen to have a shiny new one sitting in my parts box, believe it or not.
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Here are some more pics, including close-ups of the nut (check out that sweet-ass shaping job from the factory) and the 7.25" fretboard radius.







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Re: NEW GUITAR DAY: Fender American Vintage '62 Reissue Strat

There are all these colors, paints, shapes, and do dads out there.

Nothing but nothing is as sexy as a classic strat.
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What about Jessica Alba eating a banana?
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What about Jessica Alba eating a banana?
In 50yrs the strat will still be hot, she won't.
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 12:57 AM
 
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Beautiful.I love strats.
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is there any other colour for a strat! love the look of that guitar.
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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is there any other colour for a strat! love the look of that guitar.
Yeah, the pics on the Fender website really don't do it justice, especially the cool contrast between the Olympic White, the minty green pickguard and the tinted headstock.
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Is it wrong that I'm considering selling 2 RGs to get more Fenders?
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Beautiful Strat. Nothing beats Olympic White.
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Beautiful Petie, a real looker Nice to see the left the '62 slab board as well. Does she have clay dots?
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Does she have clay dots?
She sure does! With vintage-correct slightly wider spacing between the two 12th fret dots.
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