Fender Vintera 50s Strat MN SFG

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Electric Guitar

  • Vintera series
  • Body: Alder
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Black dot fretboard inlays
  • Neck profile: Soft V
  • Scale: 648 mm (25.51")
  • Fretboard radius: 184 mm (7.25")
  • Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • 21 Vintage frets
  • Pickups: 3 Vintage Style 50s Strat Single Coils
  • Master Volume and 2 tone controls
  • 5-Way switch
  • Synchronised vintage style tremolo with 6 saddles
  • 1-Ply white pickguard
  • Vintage style machine heads
  • Nickel / chrome hardware finish
  • Strings: Fender USA 250L NPS .009 - .042 (Art.133191)
  • Colour: Sea Foam Green
  • Includes Deluxe gig bag
available since June 2019
Item number 468217
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Green
Body Alder
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Vintage
incl. Bag Yes
incl. Case No
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The be-all and end-all of electric guitar

The Stratocaster may "only" be the second model to have come from Fender, but it has nevertheless gone on to become quite simply the most successful electric guitar in the world and remains in production to this day in both traditional and more updated versions. The Vintera '50s Strat is among the less modified of the current models and, although it features pickups and machine heads that have been conservatively modernised in order to keep in step with the times, it corresponds to the original 1950s design in all other respects. And because the Vintera series is made in Mexico, players can get their hands on one of these instruments - which of course boast Fender's customary high quality - at an affordable price that represents a fraction of what a model from Fender's Custom Shop would cost.

Big shoes to fill

Despite occasional claims to the contrary, the Stratocaster's finish (shown here in Sea Foam Green) conceals a body made from solid wood, and always has done. This version features an alder body and a one-piece maple neck with a historically accurate soft V profile, and the fingerboard has a 7.25" radius and narrow, medium-tall frets. The six-in-line headstock boasts a set of Kluson-style machine heads with an updated design, and the three single coil pickups deliver the bright, open-sounding tones with which the Stratocaster has long been synonymous. Unlike the original, however, this Strat is equipped with a five-way selector switch that allows the "intermdiate" positions to be used, i.e. the bridge and middle pickup and the middle and neck pickup can be combined (these combinations are also humbucking). The six-point "Synchronized Tremolo" (which despite the name is actually a vibrato unit) is a little complicated to set up, but once that is done it wil return to pitch with remarkable accuracy after use.

One for all

Ever since its original incarnation, the Fender Stratocaster has been known for its unparalleled flexibility and has become the instrument of choice for players who have to cover all the bases with a single guitar. In contrast to today's more sophisticated models, the Vintera 50s Strat has a very direct and straightforward sound, and thanks to its traditional single coil pickups, this guitar is primarily geared towards clean and slightly overdriven sounds. And the legendary tones that can additionally be achieved by combining the bridge/middle and middle/neck pickups in the intermediate switch positions are an expansion to the sonic palette that only a Stratocaster can provide. And players who like the feel of the soft V neck profile will take to this 50s version right away.

About Fender

Fender is without doubt one of the most legendary guitar and amplifier manufacturers of all time. The company was founded in 1946 by its namesake Leo Fender († 1991), whose innovative ideas brought a breath of fresh air into the musical world. His Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass, and Jazz Bass are not only classics – they also continue to shape the styles of musicians in countless genres to this day. Timeless Fender amplifier models such as the Bassman, Twin, Deluxe, and Princeton also enjoy a stellar reputation. Besides maintaining its classic product portfolio, however, the company is also constantly developing new products that make Fender a driving force in today’s music industry.

Take a clean amp and add a little reverb...

The Fender Stratocaster has probably been used in every style of "guitar-based" music - and probably in quite a few styles in which guitars are not naturally at home. The 50s version, however, has a more vintage tonal character that can be either smooth or cutting depending on the position of the pickup switch and delivers plenty of "twang" - the sound associated with artists like Hank Marvin, Buddy Holly, and Eric Clapton. And just like its ancestors in the 1950s, this guitar is best combined with a moderately powerful tube combo amplifier. Simply add a little reverb, and voilà: You get the sounds of "Peggy Sue", "Apache" and countless other classics at your fingertips.

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Superb!
Dapapa 06.07.2021
I already have the Vintera 50's Mod Telecaster and love it! Because of it I decided to try the Strat and again, totally happy with it!

I did try the Vintera 60's Strat but didnt like it (pickups too hot and too roto-like when overdriven, and neck too thin). Also tried the Player Series Strat and didnt like it (neck too thin and pickups way too hot).

Finally got my hand on this SFG Vintera 50's Strat and everything about it was great. Neck is a bit thicker, soft V and feels lovely. Nut slots needed a bit sanding to remove the sitar sound on e and b strings, but generally well cut nut.

Frets are well leveled and well finished. All hardware works well. The whole guitar was built and assembled well!
The weight is 3.4kg , very light and well balanced.

The pickups needed lowering to remove the punch and get more dynamics from them. Basically needed to level the neck and middle pups with the PG and then let the bridge pickup be a bit higher. Volume and tone controls work very good. Tone control on the bridge pup is priceless! Really good Fender started including this mod!

Thank you Fender for this Vintera series!
I say GET ONE :D while they last! Custom Shop vintage specs on the cheap! And it really is well made and plays and sounds fantastic!
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Sensational sound, variable and looks great too
AndeM 30.03.2022
This guitar sounds beautiful whatever setting the 5 way switch is on - you can get big warm chords, beefy lead lines or fantastic stringy strat distortion. Whatever way you are playing it is like a string of pearls, or with more distortion, like a knife with a pearl blade.
It took me a few weeks to get used to it and find the way I like it, after that I haven't looked back. I use it for gigs with a Bad Cat Cougar 50 amp and, although I have a few pedals, due to the 5 way switch all I really need extra is the Rat and Tube Screamer pedals. We play everything from Blues and Folk to Pop to Rock and this guitar manages everything.
I would trust this guitar for any job and guarentee it will always sound incredible once you find your settings. Stays in tune even when your abusing the whammy bar and bending strings. I cannot reccommend it highly enough.
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There's nothing quite like playing a Strat!
barryp 08.01.2020
I couldn't resist ordering this guitar based on all the buzz around the Vintera Series. First off, this guitar is beautiful: well made, not a sharp edge in sight, and very, very comfortable to play (both while sitting down or standing up). Fender have done a great job here. The neck is very nice... one single piece of maple which, although heavily lacquered, is great to play (although if your hands sweat a lot, you may find it a bit sticky). I really like the SFG colour, which is very distinctive (although, this is always going to be a personal preference). To be honest, I haven't been able to put this down since it arrived... it is just so nice to play. The controls, etc., etc., are all of the quality you'd expect here, and the only "adjustment" I've made is to put on new strings and - consequently - adjust the intonation as required. For the money, this is a great guitar. Although not US-made, for all but the most discerning Strat fans, it'll be hard to tell this Mexican-made guitar from it's US cousins: it is that good. I was tempted to order the 70s model, but decided to opt for this 50s "classic" to own as vintage a Strat as possible. I have not been disappointed.
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in love with this guitar
JoseRosas 21.06.2021
I had to wait for about 3 months because it was out fo stock but it was completely worth it. I love this guitar so much.

How it sounds, very Spanky. Has a powerful wang sound when you strike some power chords and overall the sound coming out of it it's quite old school.

I am just having trouble on having it tuned all the time. Maybe I will need to do some set up to keep her more consistent with the tuning.

In the end, it is a beautiful guitar and sounds amazing.

Thanks Thomann for the great service!
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