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The best purple Stratocaster I've ever seen


This Strat is a feast for the eyes.

If you know the Fender lineup at all, you're going to say, "Wait a minute... the Fender Vintera '60s Stratocaster is only offered in 3-Color Sunburst, Ice Metallic and Surf Green, what's the deal with this one? Is it a special edition?"


What you see here is a Fender Vintera '60 Stratocaster Modified, and Burgundy Mist is one of the only two offered colors for this model (the other being Olympic White).

This Burgundy Mist, a purple color, is without question the nicest version of this finish I've ever seen on a Stratocaster guitar body.

A big reason why this purple works so well on this guitar is because the maple has a nice dark tint to it. The combo of the dark fingerboard, dark-tinted maple, Burgundy Mist finish and white guard is an absolute knockout package.

Believe me, if you get this guitar, you will love staring at it on your guitar stand when not playing it. It's good enough to be a showpiece instrument. The color is just that good.

What's the difference between a regular Vintera and a Vintera Modified?

Vintera: Old-school style build with "Mid-'60s-C" shape neck, 7.25" fingerboard radius, "vintage" size frets, traditional electronics and 6-screw bridge.

Vintera Modified: Two of the three single-coil pickups have greater output, a Modern C shaped neck with 9.5" fretboard radius, medium jumbo frets, 2-point tremolo system and modern S-1 switching (adds the neck pickup for position 1 and 2).

Said another way, "Modified" basically means "Modern". It is absolutely the one I would pick over the regular model mainly because of the larger fret wire and flatter fingerboard.

I am very happy Fender decided to give Burgundy Mist to the Vintera '60s Modified. It is the better guitar compared to the Vintera '60s and has the best color of the '60s lineup...

...which isn't to say the other colors are bad. Not at all. Every color in all honesty is great. But that Burgundy Mist is far and away the "wow" color. And it's a factory finish without having to make a special order!

Published 2023 Apr 13

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