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.
1958 was an important year for the Telecaster because that's when slimmer necks started appearing on the instrument, and when (in early-year models) string-through bridges with solid-steel saddles first showed up, magnifying the guitar's prized signature twang.
The American Vintage '58 Telecaster harkens back to early 1958, when the Telecaster graduated from its original U-shaped neck profile—a real handful—to a still-large but more comfortable D-shape for its maple neck. Other spot-on early-'58 touches are here too, such as a lightweight ash body, staggered bridge pickup pole magnets, solid steel "barrel" bridge saddles, a single-ply white pickguard, "top-hat" switch tip, flat-top knurled aluminum chrome control knobs and more.
Body Shape: Telecaster®
Body Style: Solid Body
Bridge Pickup: New American Vintage '58 Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Bridge)
Neck Pickup: New American Vintage '58 Tele® Single-Coil Pickup (Neck)
Pickup Configuration: S/S
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Fretboard Radius: 7.25" (18.41 cm)
Fret Size: Vintage Style Frets
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Shape: "D" Shape
Number of Frets: 21
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Bridge: Original Vintage Style Tele® Bridge with 3 Solid Barrel Steel Saddles
String Nut: Bone Switch Tip: "Top Hat" Style Switch Tip
Tuning Machines: Single Line "Fender Deluxe" Vintage Style
Case/Gig Bag: New Deluxe Vintage Brown Case
Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Control Knobs: New Knurled Chrome Round Dome
Unique Features: Early-1958 large maple neck with comfortable "D"-shaped profile; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound, with early-1958 staggered bridge pickup pole magnets; Solid steel "barrel" bridge saddles "Top-hat" switch tip and flat-top knurled aluminum chrome control knobs