NAMM 2007 Highlights: Fender Strats

Amongst a number of innovations, Fender has issued Vintage Hot Rod versions of both the ’57 and ’62 Strat. The idea is to provide classic styling and feel with a number of modern features to suit all players. For example the ‘57 features a DiMarzio Tone Zone in the bridge to go with two SCN single coils, while the ’62 features a trio of US Vintage single-coils with a reverse-wound, reverse-polarity middle unit and our favourite Fender colour of all time: Sherwood green.

Amongst a number of innovations, Fender has issued Vintage Hot Rod versions of both the ’57 and ’62 Strat. The idea is to provide classic styling and feel with a number of modern features to suit all players. For example the ‘57 features a DiMarzio Tone Zone in the bridge to go with two SCN single coils, while the ’62 features a trio of US Vintage single-coils with a reverse-wound, reverse-polarity middle unit and our favourite Fender colour of all time: Sherwood green.

Both also offer an ultra-thin nitrocellulose finish and a flatter fingerboard radius, and neatly fill the gap between production models and models from the lauded Custom Shop.

Yngwie Malmsteen model

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