Fender American Original Guitars and Basses

Unveiled: The New Fender American Original Guitars & Basses

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All the features you need to know about the Fender American Original Series Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Jazz Bass and Precision Bass models. 

As 2018 begins, our friends at Fender are announcing the new American Original Series, offering classic takes on the guitars and basses of the '50s, '60s and '70s including the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass. For your convenience, we've gathered together everything you need to know about this exciting family of guitars and basses all in one place.

Looking for something a little different? Check out Fender's newly announced Parallel Universe series. 

Related: We go in-depth on the Fender American Professional series. 

Table of Contents

Fender American Original vs. American Vintage: Key Differences
Fender American Original Stratocaster - '50s and '60s
Fender American Original Telecaster - '50s and '60s
Fender American Original '60s Jaguar
Fender American Original '60s Jazzmaster
Fender American Original Precision Bass - '50s and '60s
Fender American Original Jazz Bass - '60s and '70s

Fender American Original vs. American Vintage: Key Differences

The fundamental difference between Fender's American Original series and its predecessor, American Vintage, is fairly straightforward. Whereas American Vintage instruments were historically accurate replicas of specific years, for example the American Vintage 1965 Stratocaster, American Original instruments are based on upon a “best of a decade” concept. The result is a series of models that capture the feel and vibe of the decade they represent, resulting in six different electric guitar models and four different bass models. If old-school Fender is what you're looking for, you're in luck.

Fender American Original Stratocaster - '50s and '60s

The American Original series offers two separate Stratocaster models: A '50s Stratocaster and a '60s Stratocaster. Each model is available for Right Handed and Left Handed players.

Fender American Original '50s Stratocaster

Originally released in 1954, the Stratocaster was ground breaking in its sound and innovations. As the decade progressed, so did the Strat, and the new American Original '50s Strat reflects those changes. The American Original '50s Stratocaster strikes a great balance of maintaining the era's style and tone, while adding modern feel and pickup switching, something that all players should appreciate.

The '50s Stratocaster is loaded with wax-potted Pure Vintage ‘59 single-coil Stratocaster pickups. Period features include Formvar-coated coil wire, cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbin construction and AlNiCo 5 magnets, noted for their focus and enhanced dynamics. Pickup switching is handled via a 5-position blade, offering plenty of tonal flexibility. We have no doubt you'll be satisfied with the gorgeous tones coming out of this Strat.

This Strat feature an Alder body and a thick “Soft V” maple neck, while the 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard, which features 21 Vintage Tall Frets is eminently playable. Additional authentic touches include Pure Vintage Single Line "Fender Deluxe" tuners, a Pure Vintage 6-Saddle Synchronized Tremolo bridge, a 1-Ply Eggshell pickguard and Eggshell control knobs for Volume and Tone.

The American Original '50s Strat is available in 3 finishes: White Blonde (which features an Ash body), 2-Color Sunburst and Aztec Gold. A vintage-style hardshell case is included.

Fender American Original '50s Stratocaster

Pictured: Fender American Original '50s Stratocaster

Fender American Original '60s Stratocaster

Just as the musical landscape was changing throughout the 1960s, so to was the Stratocaster, with the best of this period's changes reflected in the American Original '60s Stratocaster.

The '60s Strat is loaded with Fender's Pure Vintage '65 Gray-Bottom single-coil Stratocaster pickups. Period features include enamel-coated coil wire, cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbin construction and AlNiCo 5 magnets. Like in the '50s Strat model, pickup switching is handled via a 5-position blade.

The '60s Stratocaster features an Alder body and a thick “C” maple neck, while the 9.5”-radius round-laminated rosewood fingerboard has 21 Vintage Tall Frets. Additional authentic touches include Pure Vintage Single Line "Fender Deluxe" tuners, a Pure Vintage 6-Saddle Synchronized Tremolo bridge, a 3-Ply Mint Green pickguard and Aged White control knobs for Volume and Tone.

The American Original '60s Strat is available in 3 finishes: Olympic White, 3-Color Sunburst and Candy Apple Red. A vintage-style hardshell case is included. A Left-handed model is available.

Fender American Original '60s Stratocaster

Pictured: Fender American Original '60s Stratocaster

Fender American Original Telecaster - '50s and '60s

The American Original series offers two separate Telecaster models: A '50s Telecaster and a '60s Telecaster.

Fender American Original '50s Telecaster

Following a number of years of changes, in both name and features, the Fender Telecaster as we now know it was first released in 1952. With great sounds and player-friendly features, the Tele quickly became a go-to guitar for the leading country, blues and emerging rock and roll guitarists of the day. The Fender American Original '50s Telecaster reflects all of the great sounds, features and vibes of the day with some nice touches for the 21st century guitarist. The '50s Tele is loaded with Fender's Pure Vintage '52 single-coil Telecaster pickups. Period features include enamel-coated coil wire, cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbin construction and AlNiCo 3 magnets, which are known for their fat, warm sound. The pickups feature flush-mounted pole pieces (like the originals) and copper-plated steel base plates.

With an ash body and a 1952 “U” maple neck, the American Original '50s Tele features a 9.5”-radius maple with black dot inlays and 21 Vintage Tall Frets. Additional authentic touches include Pure Vintage Single Line "Fender Deluxe" tuners, a 3 brass barrel saddle bridge, 1-Ply black phenolic pickguard and Knurled Dome control knobs for Volume and Tone.

The American Original '50s Telecaster is available in Butterscotch Blonde. A vintage-style hardshell case is included. A left-handed model is also available.

Fender American Original '50s Telecaster

Pictured: Fender American Original '50s Telecaster 

Fender American Original '60s Telecaster

The Fender American Original '60s Telecaster offers considerable differences from the '50s Tele, both cosmetically and tonally. Inspired by the Telecaster Custom, the body is double bound Alder and features a 3-ply eggshell pickguard. This model features a round-laminated, rosewood fingerboard with a 9.5" radius.

The '60s Telecaster is loaded with Fender's Pure Vintage '64 single-coil Telecaster pickups. Period features include enamel-coated coil wire, cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbin construction and AlNiCo 3 magnets, which are known for their fat, warm sound. The pickups feature flush-mounted pole pieces (like the originals) and copper-plated steel base plates.

The '60s Telecaster features a mid-60s "C"-shaped maple neck with Pearloid dot inlays and 21 Vintage Tall Frets. The headstock is adorned with 6 Pure Vintage Single Line "Fender Deluxe" tuners, a 3-Saddle Vintage Style Tele Bridge, 3-Ply eggshell pickguard and Knurled Flat-Top control knobs for Volume and Tone.

The American Original '60s Telecaster is available in 3-Color Sunburst, Lake Placid Blue and Fiesta Red. A Deluxe Black hardshell case with black interior is included.

 Fender American Original '60s Telecaster

Pictured: Fender American Original '60s Telecaster 

Fender American Original '60s Jaguar

Originally released in 1962, the offset Fender Jaguar quickly became a hit, adopted by the surf rockers of the day, eventually becoming a go-to guitar for punk rockers, shoegazers and more. Fender's American Original '60s Jaguar offers plenty of vintage vibe, in features and cosmetics.

The short-scale American Original '60s Jaguar is loaded with wax-potted Pure Vintage '62 Jaguar single-coil pickups that feature AlNiCo 5 magnets, enamel-coated coil wire, fiber bobbins and cloth-covered output wire. The Jaguar's signature circuitry is all there, offering plenty of on-board tone shaping at your fingertips.

The American Original '60s Jaguar features an Alder body, with a gloss nitrocellulose finish. The maple "C" shaped '60s neck features a round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with a 24” scale and 9.5" radius. 22 Vintage Tall frets adorn the fingerboard, with pearloid dot inlays. Moving down the guitar, there's a floating tremolo with lock button and push-in arm, all the standard Jaguar pickup switching and black plastic control knobs. Depending on model, there are two different pickguards used: a 3-Ply Eggshell or 3-Ply Tortoiseshell.

Fender's American Original '60s Jaguar is available in 3-Color Sunburst, Surf Green and Candy Apple Red. A Deluxe Brown hardshell case with gold interior is included.

Fender American Original '60s Jaguar

Pictured: Fender American Original '60s Jaguar

Fender American Original '60s Jazzmaster

Originally shown in 1958 at the NAMM Show, the Fender Jazzmaster was initially designed to appeal to jazz guitarists who would appreciate the high-end instrument. Like the Jaguar (released in 1962) the Jazzmaster soon found its way into the hands of the surf rockers of the day, eventually becoming a go-to guitar for punk rockers, shoegazers and more. For many, this iconic offset guitar has become synonymous with indie rock music. Like the other models in the American Original Series, the American Original '60s Jazzmaster has some small tweaks for playability, but on the whole, it overflows with vintage looks and sounds.

Unlike the shorter-scale Jaguar, the Jazzmaster offers a 25.5" scale length. It has wax-potted Pure Vintage '65 Jazzmaster single-coil pickups with AlNiCo 5 magnets, enamel-coated coil wire, fiber bobbins and cloth-covered output wire. Like the original, the pickups feature flush-mounted pole pieces.

The American Original '60s Jazzmaster features an Alder body and gloss nitrocellulose finish. The maple neck is a very comfortable "C" shaped mid-60s shape and features a round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with a 9.5" radius, 22 Vintage Tall frets and pearloid dot inlays. Like the Jag, the Jazzmaster has a floating tremolo with lock button and push-in arm, 3-position pickup switching and aged white "witch hat" control knobs. Pickguard is a 3Ply Brown Shell.

Fender's American Original '60s Jazzmaster is available in 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White and Ocean Turquoise. A Deluxe Brown hardshell case with gold interior is included.

Fender American Original '60s Jazzmaster

Pictured: Fender American Original '60s Jazzmaster

Fender American Original Precision Bass - '50s and '60s

The American Original series offers two Precision Bass models: A '50s Precision Bass and a '60s Precision Bass.

Fender American Original '50s Precision Bass

Created in 1951, Fender's Precision Bass was a ground-breaking instrument for its time. The P-Bass was essentially the first electric bass guitar that was available to the masses. Its design, layout and sound would go on to define the modern bass sound, seeing adoption across all music genres. The Fender American Original '50s Precision Bass has all the sounds and looks of the original, with some updates for improved playability.

The '50s Precision Bass features Fender's Pure Vintage '58 P Bass split-coil pickup. Period features include enamel-coated coil wire, cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbin construction and AlNiCo 5 magnets.

Available in Alder or Ash bodies, the '50s P-Bass has a Thick “C” maple neck, a 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with black dot inlays and 20 Vintage Tall Frets. Additional authentic touches include Pure Vintage Reverse Open-gear tuners, a 4-Saddle bridge with threaded steel saddles and a gold anodized aluminum pickguard. The '50s P-Bass has Knurled Dome control knobs for Volume and Tone.

The American Original '50s Precision Bass is available in White Blonde (Ash body) and 2-Color Sunburst (Alder body). A Vintage Tweed case is included.

Fender American Original '50s Precision Bass

Pictured: Fender American Original '50s Precision Bass 

Fender American Original '60s Precision Bass

By the 1960s the P-Bass was well established as the bass of choice for musicians the world over. Over that period there were a number of changes made to the P-Bass, both cosmetic and functional. The Fender American Original '60s Precision Bass features the best of the '60s, in cosmetics, sounds and feel.

The '60s Precision Bass features Fender's Pure Vintage '63 P Bass split-coil pickup. Like the Pure Vintage '58 pickups found in the '50s Precision Bass, period features include enamel-coated coil wire, cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbin construction and AlNiCo 5 magnets.

The Alder body features a “1963 C” maple neck, a 9.5”-radius round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with vintage clay dot inlays and 20 Vintage Tall Frets. The '60s Precision Bass has Pure Vintage Reverse Open-gear tuners, a 4-Saddle bridge with threaded steel saddles and a 4-Ply Brown Shell pickguard. The '60s P-Bass has Knurled Flat-Top control knobs for volume and tone.

The American Original '60s Precision Bass is available in 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White and Lake Placid Blue. A black hardshell case is included.

Fender American Original '60s Precision Bass

Pictured: Fender American Original '60s Precision Bass 

Fender American Original Jazz Bass - '60s and '70s

The American Original series offers two Jazz Bass models: A '60s Jazz Bass and a '70s Jazz Bass.

Fender American Original '60s Jazz Bass

Originally released in 1960 the Jazz Bass was meant to appeal to higher-end, working bassists looking for a bass with premium features. Offering a narrower neck than the Precision Bass, the Jazz Bass was meant to appeal to faster, more dexterous playing. With two single coil pickups, as compared to the P-Bass' single split pickup, the Jazz Bass brought a whole new bass sound to the fold. Fender's American Original '60s Jazz Bass features a "best of the decade" feature set with a few updates for improved playability.

The '60s Jazz Bass features Fender's Pure Vintage '64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups in the bridge and middle position. Fender gets all the period details right with enamel-coated coil wire, cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbin construction and AlNiCo 5 magnets.

The alder body Jazz Bass has a '60s “C” maple neck, a 9.5”-radius round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with vintage clay dot inlays and 20 Vintage Tall Frets. Period details include Pure Vintage Reverse Open-gear tuners, a 4-Saddle vintage style bridge with threaded steel saddles and a 4-ply brown shell pickguard. The '60s Jazz Bass has 3 Black Plastic control knobs for Master Tone and individual pickup volume control.

The American Original '60s Jazz Bass is available in 3-Color Sunburst, Olympic White and Candy Apple Red. A vintage-style hardshell case is included.

Fender American Original '60s Jazz Bass

Pictured: Fender American Original '60s Jazz Bass 

Fender American Original '70s Jazz Bass

As the Jazz Bass came of age in the '70s, it underwent a number of cosmetic changes, all of which are reflected in the American Original '70s Jazz Bass

The '70s Precision Bass features Fender's Pure Vintage '74 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups. These pickups offer period-correct features including enamel-coated coil wire, cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbin construction and AlNiCo 5 magnets.

The Ash body features a “U” 1975 maple neck, a 9.5”-radius, bound maple fingerboard with pearloid block inlays and 20 Vintage Tall Frets. The '70s American Original Jazz Bass has Pure Vintage '70s tuners (with Fender logo), a 4-Saddle Pure Vintage '70s bridge with single groove saddles and one of two pickguards, depending on which model you choose. The '70s J-Bass has Black Plastic control knobs for Volume and Tone.

The American Original '70s Jazz Bass is available in 3-Color Sunburst, Black and Natural. A vintage-style hardshell case is included.

 Fender American Original '70s Jazz Bass

Pictured: Fender American Original '70s Jazz Bass 

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