Fender has released a limited number of American Vintage Series guitars with '1st 46' neck plates, a designation given to the first 46 instruments of each model year.
The neck plates are designed to commemorate the year Fender was founded – 1946 – as well as the fact that Fender is releasing the most accurate Fender Reissue instruments yet, from key historical years. The guitars will be randomly distributed around the world, giving musicians everywhere the chance to find one in their local store.
The range comprises the American Vintage ’56, ’59 and ’65 Stratocaster models (’56 model also in left-handed version), American Vintage ’58 and ’64 Telecaster models (’64 model also in left-handed version), American Vintage ’65 Jazzmaster and American Vintage ’65 Jaguar. Also, the American Vintage ’52 Telecaster returns, with body, neck and pickups refined with the features – tone, curves, perimeters and more – taken from a handful of ’52 Telecaster specimens examined by Fender craftsmen.
All the new American Vintage Series guitars feature thick and slim necks with profiles and edges carefully re-sculpted for authenticity, with both maple and rosewood fingerboards, vintage-style frets and bone nuts, all-new vintage-style pickups, retooled pickguards, parts and hardware designed to accurately reflect specific model years and re-formulated standard and custom-colour finishes.