New Left Handed Fender American Vintage Guitars

Neal Beedie August 21, 2012 6

It has been a while since Fender offered anything new to the left handed community, so how does four new higher end southpaw Fenders sound to you?  Fender have recently revamped their American Vintage series and happily four of the models are available in a left handed version.

Fender American Vintage Series 2012 Left Handed Guitars

The American Vintage series introduces an all-new lineup of original-era model year guitars that bring Fender history and heritage to authentic and exciting new life. With key features and pivotal design elements spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, new American Vintage series instruments delve deep into Fender’s roots—expertly preserving an innovative U.S. guitar-making legacy and vividly demonstrating like never before that Fender not only knows where it’s going, but also remembers where it came from.

Fender american vintage left tele strat guitar

From left to right : American Vintage ’52 Telecaster, American Vintage ’64 Telecaster, American Vintage ’56 Stratocaster, American Vintage ’65 Stratocaster

American Vintage ’52 Telecaster
Series: American Vintage
Body Shape: Telecaster®
Body Material: Ash
Body Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck: Maple, “U” Shape
Neck Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Fingerboard: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (18.41 cm)
Frets: 21, Vintage Style Frets
Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.8 cm)
Nut Width: 1.650 (42 mm)
String Nut: Bone
Switch Tip: Barrel Style Switch Tip
Truss Rod: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Pickups: New American Vintage ’52 Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge) New American Vintage ’52 Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Hardware: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Single Line “Fender Deluxe” Vintage Style
Bridge: Original Vintage Tele® Bridge with 3 Brass Saddles
Control Knobs: New Knurled Chrome Round Dome
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Incl. Accessories: Vintage ’52 Tele Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage Wiring Kit, ’50s Tele Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner’s Manual, Saddle Height Wrench
Case/Gig Bag: New Deluxe Vintage Tweed Case

American Vintage ’64 Telecaster
Series: American Vintage
Body Shape: Telecaster®
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck: Maple, Mid ’60s “C” Shape
Neck Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Fingerboard: Round Laminated Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (18.41 cm)
Frets: 21, Vintage Style Frets
Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.8 cm)
Nut Width: 1.650 (42 mm)
String Nut: Bone
Truss Rod: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Pickups: New American Vintage ’64 Gray-Bottom Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge) New American Vintage ’64 Gray-Bottom Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Hardware: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Single Line “Fender Deluxe” Vintage Style
Bridge: Original Vintage Style Tele® Bridge with 3 Threaded Steel Saddles
Control Knobs: New Knurled Chrome Flat Top
Pickguard: 3-Ply White with Vintage Bevel
Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Incl. Accessories: Vintage ’64 Tele Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage Wiring Kit, 60′s Tele Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner’s Manual, Saddle Height Wrench
Case/Gig Bag: New Deluxe Vintage Brown Case

American Vintage ’56 Stratocaster
Series: American Vintage
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Material: (803) Alder
Body Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck: Maple, Thick Soft “V” Shape
Neck Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Fingerboard: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (18.41 cm)
Frets: 21, Vintage Style Frets
Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.8 cm)
Nut Width: 1.650 (42 mm)
String Nut: Bone
Truss Rod: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Pickups: New American Vintage ’56 Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge) New American Vintage ’56 Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Middle) New American Vintage ’56 Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1 (Neck) , Tone 2 (Middle and Bridge)
Hardware: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Single Line “Fender Deluxe” Vintage Style
Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Control Knobs: New White Strat®
Pickguard: Single-Ply White
Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Incl. Accessories: Vintage ’56 Strat Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage 3-Position Switch, ’50s Strat Information Kit, Owner’s Manual, Saddle Height Wrench
Case/Gig Bag: New Deluxe Vintage Tweed Case

American Vintage ’65 Stratocaster
Series: American Vintage
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck: Maple, Mid ’60s “C” Shape
Neck Finish: New Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Fingerboard: Round Laminated Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (18.41 cm)
Frets: 21, Vintage Style Frets
Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.8 cm)
Nut Width: 1.650 (42 mm)
String Nut: Bone
Truss Rod: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Pickups: New American Vintage ’65 Grey Bottom Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge) New American Vintage ’65 Grey Bottom Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Middle) New American Vintage ’65 Grey Bottom Strat® Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1 (Neck) , Tone 2 (Middle and Bridge)
Hardware: Chrome
Tuning Keys: Single Line “Fender Deluxe” Vintage Style
Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
Control Knobs: New Aged White Strat®
Pickguard: 3-Ply White with Vintage Bevel
Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Incl. Accessories: Vintage ’65 Strat Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage 3-Position Switch, ’60s Strat Information Kit, Owner’s Manual, Saddle Height Wrench

For more information:
Fender Guitars Website 

6 Comments »

  1. kevin August 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    As per usual with Fender, only a couple of different models and finishes. of course, we only get the sunburst finish on three(!) of the models and the ’52 in the same colour as before. The ONLY benefit for us lefties, as far as I can see, is the rosewood fingerboard on the ’64 Tele and ’65 Strat. Big Deal ……

  2. Tracy Goldstein August 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Once again, the colors suck. The butterscotch is just a little lighter. New pickups, eh! Now Gibson! OMG! New colors galore for lefties. Fender needs to add more colors for us. Not very smart of them although they think they know it all. What would Leo do?

  3. Digidog August 30, 2012 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Does anybody know what the picups on the ’64 Tele are like? Fender says they’re new, and implies there is something ‘vintagy’ (or something generally special) about them. Personally I’m a great Tele fan, so if Fender gives us new different sounding models, I’m all for that.

    The colors do not thrill me either, but I can take that if the sounds are riveting.

  4. Luke September 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Yes again, left handed people discriminated against. It IS 2012 Fender. Can we have the same choice at the same prices?

  5. Tracy goldstein November 17, 2012 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Prices are dropping on the new models. Gibson too

  6. Stu April 15, 2014 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Yeah, I’ve played all of these, and they do sound good, but Fender ALWAYS has to yank our cranks! the colors a shit! (I want Lake Placid Blue and Candy Apple Red!) Madagascar rosewood instead of Indian rosewood! Worst of all, the magnet stagger on the pickups is right-handed!!! (???) By the 60s, proper left-handed pickups were used! Oh, and I almost forgot: the ’64 Tele and ’65 Strat have single row Klusons when they’re supposed to have double row.

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