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.
The American Vintage Series has long presented some of Fender's best selling guitars (their early-'80s introduction, in fact, was one of the first signs that Fender was "back" as the CBS era ended). Today, Fender has boldly cleared the slate to make way for a fresh American Vintage series with new features, new specs and the most meticulous level of vintage accuracy yet. Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, we've completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept—restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more—based on actual vintage guitars we tracked down to make sure we had it right. We did the work, and it shows, because there's pure tonal magic in each new American Vintage instrument.
1964 was a monumental year for popular music and a pivotal year for the Telecaster®, too, as seen in the American Vintage '64 Telecaster. The thicker maple necks of the '50s and early '60s now gave way to a more rounded "C"-shaped profile, this time topped with a round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with larger pearl dot inlays.
Other vintage-accurate touches include a lightweight alder body (ash on White Blonde model), staggered bridge pickup pole magnets, threaded steel "barrel" bridge saddles, three-ply white pickguard with eight holes, top-hat switch tip, flat-top knurled chrome control knobs and more.
Model Name: American Vintage '64 Telecaster®, Round-Lam Rosewood Fingerboard, Lake Placid Blue
Model Number: 0111000802
Series: American Vintage
Color: Lake Placid Blue
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Body Shape: Telecaster®
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Neck Shape: Mid '60s "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Round-Laminated Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage-Style
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Dot
Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Truss Rod Nut: Vintage-Style Slotted
Bridge Pickup: American Vintage '64 Grey-Bottom Tele® Single-Coil
Neck Pickup: American Vintage '64 Gray-Bottom Single-Coil Tele®
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SS
Bridge: 3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Telecaster® with Threaded Steel Barrel Saddles
Hardware Finish: Chrome/Nickel-Plated Steel
Tuning Machines: Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style
Pickguard: 3-Ply White with Vintage Bevel
Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
Switch Tips: Top Hat Style
Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Unique Features: Slimmer, more rounded maple neck with "C"-shaped profile and round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with larger pearl dot inlays; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, with staggered bridge pickup pole magnets; Threaded steel "barrel" bridge saddles; "Top-hat" switch tip and flat-top knurled chrome control knobs
Included Accessories: Vintage '64 Tele Strap, Cable, and Cloth; Vintage Wiring Kit, '60s Tele Information Kit, Bridge Cover, Owner's Manual, Saddle Height Wrench