Few things in this world have gotten cooler with age than the Stratocaster® guitar. Born in the '50s, they became even cooler after years of use (and abuse) on the road; morphing over time to look appealingly battered and feel even better than when they were brand-new. Fender's maple-fingerboard Road Worn® '50s Stratocaster delivers that aged look and feel - built to look, sound and feel like it has more than just a few miles on it. Designed with 1950s specs, including a nitrocellulose-lacquer finish, and supercharged with Tex-Mex™ pickups and 6105 frets.
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I LOVE this instrument! After drooling over Custom Shop guitars in person and on the I risked an online purchase. It payed off. Huge. These guitars are gems of Custom Shop design influence. Mike Eldred of the Fender CS talks tone woods and pairings in a set of YouTube videos. I recommend checking them out to catch some of the subtleties in how these instruments are made as well as where the 50's will differ in tone from the 60's.
I purchased a 50's road worn strat in black and was pained at the build quality. Disappointed because there was so much win with this guitar and they missed it on something major. Inspection after unboxing revealed poorly drilled pickguard holes causing the guard to bow near the bridge. I had to re-drill the backplate screw holes as well because it was so misaligned I couldn't change the strings. Also, the bridge pickup cut in and out and I had to re-heat the solder on the pickup itself. I chose to take these things on versus returning the instrument because I loved it. LOVED it!
I look forward to playing this guitar everyday because of how it sounds and feels. The nitro finish beats poly hands down. There is an openness to these guitars that you don't find in your American or Mexican standards. The TexMex pick-ups are articulate top to bottom and full of good tone. I was biased by some reviews I read that called for changing them out, but they are keepers.
This series drips of vintage essence. The vibe of this guitar outweighs the pre-playing set-up issues and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking that little bit of magic.
Jelyrolsmif owns this item
I own a black 1996 American Made Fender Strat Plus with a rosewood fingerboard that I bought new 18 years ago for $900. This has been the only guitar that I have ever owned. I love it. However, I have always wanted a maple neck sunburst strat for a change of look and sound. I thought the American Standard 3 tone sunburst was the way I was going to go. That is what everyone ends up getting right? But it was $1500. Well, after years of contemplating and shopping around (18 to be exact) I came across the 50s Road Worn 2-tone sunburst Strat. It had everything I wanted: maple neck, sunburst (the 2-tone actually looks better than the 3-tone), completely different look, feel, and sound compared to the Strat Plus I already had. BUT this one had a distressed look that made it different and unique compared to the American Standard Strat that everyone else has. And it was nearly half the price of an American Standard Strat. I've played the Am Standard Strats many times. The 50s Road Worn feels amazingly better. Without question this is The One! Sure it is made in Mexico. Who really cares. This guitar feels and sounds better than the made in America $1500 American Standard Strat. And it looks better too. BUY IT. You will NOT be disappointed.
ems977 owns this item
The back of the neck is even pre-worn with 10,000 grit sandpaper, so it feels like someone has played it before me, which is awesome, it makes the neck super fast, the pick-ups have that twangy banjo like quality that i want, and it'll even play a little bit of metal if i want it too, flawless instrument.
slightreturn117 owns this item
The look and feel is great. The wood is very resonant and the neck really pleasant to play. I found TexMex Pickups too sharp for my taste and I would appreciate a more accurate worn of the frets. BUT I LOVE IT.
frankso owns this item
|Model Name:||Road Worn® '50s Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Black|
|Body Finish:||Road Worn® Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Finish:||Road Worn® Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Soft "V"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Narrow Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||3/16" Hex Adjustment|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Vintage-Style|
|Bridge Pickup:||Tex-Mex™ Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||Tex-Mex™ Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Tex-Mex™ Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm|
|Control Knobs:||Parchment Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Distressed Body, Neck, and Hardware Creating an Aged Appearance, Aged Knobs and Switch Tip, Vintage Styling, Synthetic Bone Nut|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Gig Bag|
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