Fender Busts Out With Two New Stratocasters

Vintage Hot Rod 62 StratocasterVintage Hot Rod 57 StratocasterAs I wrote a few days back, Fender has apparently released a whole new model line for 2007––the Vintage Hot Rod Series––including the previously mentioned Vintage Hot Rod ’52 Tele, and the two new Strats shown here: the Vintage Hot Rod ’62 Stratocaster & the Vintage Hot Rod ’57 Stratocaster.

As far as I can tell Fender has yet to release any official announcement on the new guitars (we’ll undoubtedly hear more from NAMM,) but specs are already available on their website, and the guitars are being promoted as “the best of the old and the new in one smokin’ instrument.”

The Vintage Hot Rod ’62 Stratocaster is expected to feature a thick “C” shape maple neck with satin finish on the back, a trio of American Vintage Strat single-coils (including a reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup,) a flatter 9.5“ radius rosewood fretboard, vintage styling, and Fender’s ”thin-skin“ nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

The Vintage Hot Rod ’57 Stratocaster will sport vintage styling as well as the aforementioned ”thin-skin“ nitrocellulose lacquer finish, a pair of SCN pickups (neck & middle,) DiMarzio Tone Zone pickup at the bridge, a flatter 9.5” radius maple fretboard, and a modified soft “V” shape maple neck with satin-finish on the back.