American Original ‘60s Stratocaster Review and Wonderings and NGD

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  1. madhermit

    madhermit Strat-Talk Member

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    I had a hankering for a high end, well-built, no frills Strat recently so I started searching. I wanted to keep under $2500 CDN ($2000 USD) so I wasn’t looking into Suhr, Friedman etc. I have a 90s Standard that had Lace Sensors in it for the longest time, recently switched to EMG David Gilmour set. I also have a Deluxe Strat with VIntage Noiseless pickups and a Twin Head HB.

    So I played Professionals, Players, Performers, Originals, etc. I avoided any with ‘non-vintage’ style pickups like Noiseless, and just wanted a great classic Strat. I played back to back, over and over for a month at multiple stores.

    I gotta say. The American Originals are a VERY well made guitar. Even unplugged they sound fuller and have more energy vibrating through them that the other lines. The Professional seemed weirdly thin in comparison. I absolutely did not expect that. I wonder if the Original series are how Custom Shop guys are trained or something. They seem a decent step up from the rest of their production series.

    So I am the proud owner of an American Original ‘60s Stratocaster. The dealer was nice enough to bring me in 2 brand new ones I could A/B. I took home the one that sounded better unplugged and off I went. I am currently enjoying that lovely nitro smell. Mmmmmmm.

    The pickups are great sounding. They have a nice round bottom, and have that great spanky quack too without any harsh highs. I am actually turning up the treble in my amps a bit instead of down for once with single-coils. With my custom Princeton, it is clean tone heaven!

    Anyone have any insight to this series and how they are built?

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  2. diverse379

    diverse379 Strat-O-Master

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    CONGRATULATIONS beautiful specimen.

    I have an original 50’s I bought the bass too. I agree with what you say in terms of build quality.and there is something special going on with that unplugged vibe. However I took my pickups out immediately and put in the handwound tomatillos.

    I think it was an upgrade.

    Your 60’s pickups are dope I’ve heard them
    But I have three guitars with CS69 pickups
    So I wanted a different vibe for my recordings

    As far as what makes the build quality different.

    I think it’s the necks they are trying to be period correct. In your case they may have tried to duplicate the mojo of the 62 neck profile.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they took a little extra time dialing in the feel custom shop wise
    Then Cnc’d the final outcome

    In my case they went chunky.

    Your guitar is beautiful

    Good that you got to A/B the best of two iterations of the same guitar.
     
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  3. ryapou

    ryapou Strat-Talker

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    Aren't the necks 9,5 radius?
     
  4. madhermit

    madhermit Strat-Talk Member

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    Yes. Fairly chunky too. Not 50s chunky though.
     
  5. BlueCajun

    BlueCajun Senior Stratmaster

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    Beautiful. I have an American Original 60s Tele. I think Fender really hit it out of the park with this series. They feel and sound great. Here’s a couple of pictures from the day I got mine including my son who chose the color. He loves this guitar. I have a feeling it’s going to be his one day.

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  6. madhermit

    madhermit Strat-Talk Member

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    Nice set you got there! You can get 2 Originals for the cost of 1 Custom Shop. Seems like a great deal to me.
     
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  7. madhermit

    madhermit Strat-Talk Member

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    I LOVE double bound teles! Nice! What colour is it?
     
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  8. BlueCajun

    BlueCajun Senior Stratmaster

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    Me, too. I’d always wanted a double bound Tele. So I was extra excited when Fender released these. Color is Fiesta red, one of my all time favorite Fender finishes.
     
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    They are awesome. I am currently saving up for one. I was also amazed by the lake placid blue Tele that they have in the line up
     
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    I have the AO 50’s Tele. The fit and finish are top notch. Going to get the 60’s Tele too. I’m set with Strats as I love my Eric Johnson signature.
     
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  11. madhermit

    madhermit Strat-Talk Member

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    I was considering the Eric Johnson too. Got to be one of the best values put there. Quartersawn neck!
     
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    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

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    Congratulations...she is really pretty.They are a great series.The 60s Strat reminds me a bit of the Hot Rod 62 Strat but with 65 reissue pickups and the transition logo.
     
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  13. CephasG

    CephasG Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats on a fabulous strat!
    Quick question the middle pickup is no reverse wound right?
     
  14. madhermit

    madhermit Strat-Talk Member

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    Correct. No reverse wound. Hums like the rest.
     
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    Gorgeous guitar!!
     
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    draelyc Strat-Talker

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    That is a byooteeful sunburst!
     
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    Beautiful Strat, my favorite color. I have an AmPro in 3TSB and would love an AO60.
     
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  18. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats, it’s a beautiful classic strat!!

    AFAIK they are the same as the old AV65 (pickups, aesthetics, neck profile, hardware, wood material, etc…) except for the fretboard radius (9’5’’ not 7’25’'), frets (“vintage tall” instead of vintage wire?) and finish (apparently they have gone back to the pre-2012 AV treatment – nitro finish with a poly undercoat – so as to avoid the fragility of the 2012-17 “flash coat").

    I A/Bd one with a 65 and went home with the 65 because I liked the vintage radius (and the color) better, but the AO60s also left a lasting impression. There was another one I tried months ago that was quite possibly the best strat I’d ever held up until then. Great guitars!
     
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  19. madhermit

    madhermit Strat-Talk Member

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    The more I play this fine instrument, the more I urge people to A/B it against the Professional model. To me, it is easily worth the price increase.
     
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  20. BlueCajun

    BlueCajun Senior Stratmaster

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    So I couldn’t take it anymore...pulled the trigger on a used AO 60s Strat in Olympic white yesterday. Should be here later this week. So excited! Here’s a picture from the ad:

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