Fender: American Vintage II 1961 Olympic White Stratocaster

Fender's new American Vintage II series of guitars is pretty darned fantastic for those of us who would love to own a vintage instrument but cannot justify or generate the funds now required to do so. This rather excellent recreation of their 1961 Olympic White Stratocaster is going to find a long-term home with me. It is set up beautifully with full attention to period-correct detail as well as a sprinkling of modern appointments like the 5-Way switch and tone control for the bridge pickup. I love it and will be taking it on the road this week for its first tour of duty. Rock on.

Today's tools:

Guitar: 2022 Fender American Vintage II Olympic White Stratocaster. Stock.
Amp: Axe-FX III MKII running Cygnus FW 21.00 beta7. Various amp models as per the demonstration.*
Cables: Tube Dude
Strings: Factory 10-46
Mic: DPA 4166-OC-F-F00-ME Headset Mic (https://www.dpamicrophones.com) with Sennheiser EWD Transmitter/Receiver (https://en-us.sennheiser.com/ew-d)
Camera: GoPro HERO10 Black and Canon D60
Soundcard: PreSonus Quantum & Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX III MKII (guitar, mixing and bouncing).
Desktop Monitors: PreSonus R80 R-Series Active AMT Studio Monitors (https://www.presonus.com)
Computer: 2017 Apple iMac Pro, 2.5 GHz 14-Core Intel Xeon W, 64 GB 2666 MHz DDR4, Radeon Pro Vega 64X 16 GB

*Intro signal path: Strat - Compressor - Klon - Concert 6G12 4x10 combo - Reverb. All modelled in the Axe.

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