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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / New American Vintage 65 Strat with a 59 neck?

Patrick S

USA

Jul 23rd, 2016 10:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I purchased an american vintage 65 stratocaster. I was on the fence between the 59 and 65, and there seemed to be more emphatic positive responses in forum posts regarding the 65, so I figured "that many people can't be wrong," and so I bit the bullet and purchased one. I was a bit torn between the d-shape neck profile of the 59 (never having tried a d-shape as there are no examples at any stores around me) and the c-shape of the 65. It needed to be ordered, so I placed an order through guitar center, and a week later it arrived. When I finally got around to opening it up (I was tied up with work for a few days so it sat in the box unopened) I gave it the once over. Then I noticed something a bit strange. The logo on the head stock was not the transition logo, but was the spaghetti logo, so I took a look at the fretboard, yep a slab board. The fret markers are not the pearl markers, and they appear to have the 59 spacing. So, it appears that Fender built a 65 american vintage strat with a 59 neck. Now, I am at a bit of a conundrum, should I keep the existing strat with the neck which appears to be a 59 (unless it is really a mix up and has a 65 profile)? The neck does not bother me. Should I go back and point out the mix up, asking to have them order another 65, then when it comes in, deciding between the one I have and the new one (the best of both worlds)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Pinetree
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Jul 24th, 2016 12:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How does it sound?




LeftRightOut
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Australia

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Jul 24th, 2016 02:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^This^

budg
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ohio

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Jul 24th, 2016 05:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^this +1000. Enjoy your new guitar. If you bond with it keep it and enjoy it , if not return it.

stratcowboy
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USA/Taos, NM

Jul 24th, 2016 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It all comes down to how it plays and how it sounds. If you like it...it's yours. If not...it goes back. Pretty simple, really.

Patrick S

USA

Jul 24th, 2016 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It sounds great. I have always loved vintage low output sounds, and always wanted to get an old vintage strat (who hasn't, right), but this is the closest that my finances are likely to ever allow. Thanks for your advice, I really appreciate the helpfulness of everyone on this forum.

budg
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ohio

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Jul 24th, 2016 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Patrick. Glad to here. I love 50s era strats. Love the vibe of them and the contour of the body. I have 2 59 ri strats and they both have different necks. My 59 AVRI thinskin has a modified SRV neck and the Journeyman relic has a 59 C shaped Esquire neck . Totally opposite end of the spectrum , but I dig both . My Custom shop is as close as I will ever get to a vintage 50s strat , but so be it . I am happy as a clam. Enjoy.

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Jul 24th, 2016 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats on the new Strat. Sounds like a winner. Pics are always good.

So, now what about the neck? Sounds like you do have a '59 neck there. I assume this was a new guitar you purchased from GC, so it is pretty odd if it's indeed a '65 with a '59 neck. If it was mine, I'd try to get the story on it, if just for curiosity. Are you sure it's a '65 and not a '59 that they sent by mistake? I guess if the pickguard has 11 holes, it's a '65 body.

BrentD
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Jul 24th, 2016 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Before I made a decision I would contact Fender about it. You may have someone else's returned parts.

Fender can tell you the specs based on the serial number. Make sure the color they say it should be is the color that you have in your hands. Ask about the manufacturing date, etc. I think they might even be able to tell you the original dealer that ordered it.

If all of that is good, then all of the above applies. If not, then it's up to you. Resale would take a major hit.

And you'd know if you had a '65 neck. They are huge compared to the '59s. The '59s are pretty close to what you'd get on an American Standard, but with a little more shoulder IME.

Malcolm
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Edmond, OK

Jul 24th, 2016 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats.

I'm with BrentD in that when it comes time to pass it on there could be difficulty. Check with Fender, then decide.

Patrick S

USA

Jul 25th, 2016 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wanted to say thank you to everyone on the forum. I ended up returning the guitar and had them order a replacement '65. They gave me 10% back for the trouble. I ended up deciding to return it because given the potential that someone modified it, in my mind, the whole thing was suspect. Who knows they could have messed with the pickups too for all I know. I was also advised that if something goes wrong during the warranty period, fender might not honor the warranty claim because the guitar had been modified. Plus the fact that future resale value would also be negatively affected. I just wanted to play it safe. Again, thanks to everyone for your advice. I appreciate it.

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Jul 25th, 2016 09:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While I still believe in keeping a guitar that you like, and that sounds and plays well...your analysis has many significant points worth noting. A reasonable and intelligent decision you've made here.

BrentD
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Jul 26th, 2016 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think you made a good decision. Good luck on the next one! The new reissues are fantastic guitars.

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