Like the Vintage Pro 1963 Teles mentioned last week, these new Strats were built to look, sound, and indeed handle, like a 1956 Fender Stratocaster purchased new and then left to sit unmolested in someone’s closet for the last 50-some years.
But despite their general vintage vibe, this latest model apparently includes a few modern touches as well (5-way pickup switching standard, flatter 9.5″ fretboard radius for easier bends, and a set of narrow-jumbo 6105 frets, to name a few) to make your playing a bit more effortless.
Still, according to Fender the Vintage Pro 1956 Stratocaster NOS was built utilizing original tooling and production techniques circa the mid-’50s, and the guitars are loaded with old-school accoutrements.
Features will include an Alder body on most models (the 2-color sunburst is made of Ash,) a Maple 10/’56 “Boat Neck” V shape neck, Maple fretboard, Fender’s popular “thinskin” nitrocellulose lacquer finish, a trio of Custom Shop Fat ’50s single-coils, gold anodized pickguard, bone nut, an American vintage-style synchronized tremolo, and Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners.
Fender’s new Vintage Pro 1956 Stratocaster NOS will be available in three classic finishes –– Desert Sand (show here,) Dakota Red, and 2-Color Sunburst. The guitar will ship with a deluxe hard shell case, and is currently selling for a street price in the $2000 range.