NEW – 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.

The 1965 Stratocaster® saw the return to a thick C-shaped maple neck, this time with a round-laminated rosewood fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays. That’s what players will find on the American Vintage ’65 Stratocaster, along with other authentic features including a three-ply white pickguard with 11 holes, lightweight alder body, aged plastic knobs and vintage-accurate pickups, bridge saddles, tuner spacing and more. In Three-color Sunburst, Olympic White and limited Dakota Red finishes.

American Vintage ’65 Stratocaster® Dakota Red - 0111800854

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Model Name: American Vintage ’65 Stratocaster®, Round-Lam Rosewood Fingerboard, Dakota Red
Model Number: 0111800854
Series: American Vintage

Color: Dakota Red


Body Material: Alder
Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Body Finish: Fender Flash Coat Lacquer


Neck Shape: Mid ’60s “C”
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Vintage-Style
Position Inlays: Dot
Fingerboard: Round-Laminated Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (184.1 mm)
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Fender Flash Coat Lacquer
Nut Width: 1.650″ (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
Truss Rods: Vintage-Style Heel Adjust
Truss Rod Nut: Vintage-Style Slotted


Pickup Configuration: SSS
Bridge Pickup: American Vintage Single-Coil ’65 Grey-Bottom Strat®
Middle Pickup: American Vintage ’65 Grey Bottom Single-Coil Strat®
Neck Pickup: American Vintage ’65 Grey Bottom Single-Coil Strat®
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)


Hardware Finish: Chrome/Nickel-Plated Steel
Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
String Nut: Bone
Tuning Machines: Single Line “Fender Deluxe” Vintage Style


Strings: Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)
Unique Features: Thick C-shaped maple neck with round-laminated rosewood fingerboard and larger pearl dot inlays; All-new pickups wound to period-correct specs and sound; Vintage-accurate bridge saddles and tuner spacing


Pickguard: 3-Ply White with Vintage Bevel
Control Knobs: Aged White Plastic

Year Condition Color Case
2014 (1965 reissue) Brand New Dakota Red Hard


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