The Classic Vibe Stratocaster® ’50s provides unmistakable ’50s-era Fender® vibe and tone. The alder body has a Two-color Sunburst finish; the vintage-tint gloss-maple neck has a maple Fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets and a modern 9.5” radius. That long-familiar tone comes from a custom set of alnico III single-coil pickups-clear and bright, with terrific sustain even in crunch mode. Custom staggered polepieces provide improved string-to-string balance. This versatile guitar is now available in a left-handed model.
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As a lefty, it's tough to find a decent looking, sounding and feeling guitar without breaking the bank. But Fender comes through in their usual great fashion with this guitar.
When I started playing electric guitar not long ago, I was not a fan of maple fretboards at all. They felt kind of sticky to me at first. I have an MIM Strat with a rosewood fretboard which I really enjoy playing. But I eventually broke down and got the CV Telecaster and gave it an honest shot, After all, what guitar collection is complete without a Tele? They're just awesome guitars!
I have to admit I'm a maple fretboard fan now! The glossiness of the fretboard on the maple finish actually makes it easier to slide between frets & to do bends. And this strat is no exception. The finish on the fretboard (and the whole guitar) is beautiful! And it's really light! It's much lighter than the CV Tele and my MIM Strat. The aged white knobs and pickups add a touch of vintage class to this baby!
The sound is pretty good also. The vintage coil pickups provide vibrant, flexible tones as most strats do. I don't particularly care for the bridge only pickup (switch position #5). It's way too twangy and tinty in my opinion, but that could be the amp I'm playing it through. Other than that, I have no complaints about the tone coming from this guitar.
The only thing I have to complain about is the pick guard. When I got my guitar today and peeled the plastic coating off the pick guard, the CV sticker that comes on it left the pick guard discolored. So you can see where the sticker was on the pick guard because it's a brighter white than the rest of it. So I guess I'll have to replace it. Other than that, it's a good pick guard.
All in all, I'm very happy with this guitar. It has everything I'm looking for in a strat and the price is very reasonable. With time, I think this one might just replace my MIM strat…we'll see about that.
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|Model Name:||Classic Vibe Stratocaster® '50s Left-Handed, Maple Fingerboard, 2-Color Sunburst|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||Custom Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Vintage Style Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (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:||Aged White Plastic|
|Switch Tips:||Aged White|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Aged White Knobs, Pickup Covers and Switch Tip, Black Dot Position Inlays, Vintage Styling, Synthetic Bone Nut|
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