Designed by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder, Greg Fessler, the '60s Stratocaster® guitar features an alder body, "C"-shaped maple neck with 12"-radius rosewood fingerboard and 21 medium jumbo frets, '69 Strat pickups, custom two-point vintage-style tremolo, and aged knobs and switch tip.
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So after years of missing my circa 1985ish Fiesta Red '62 reissue (I know I know never should have let her go) I was desperately Gassing for a cool rosewood board model to compliment my Part-O-Caster custom shop parted 57-62-? Strat. I went to a local store that specializes in custom shop and reissues etc and yep they are nice but that stuff is just too far out of my price range, so dejected I went looking for parts to build one up and being in love with Sonic blue I had ideas but was kinda bummed. So I started looking around and found this model in my color rosewood and the added bonus of flatter radius with big frets YAY :) so I went down and gave it a whirl at the local GC and fell instantly in love. Went back next day and put a hundy down to save it and luckily was able to sell a few things to pay it off right away. Took it home and after setting up with my strings intonation and all finally plugged it in (I hadn't plugged in before buying) Wow the pickups sound really good and the craftsmanship is EXCELLENT I put the Baja jobs up against USA anyday. I took off the pickguard and was pleased to see the CTS pots and an actual metal switch all nice stuff very cool. The neck feels perfect for me just the right size frets, big but not too big the right thickness and again the finish on all of it is top notch. To be quite honest the 2 bolt bridge was worrying me a bit but you know it works great and I dig it after all. All of this in a "reasonable" price (I'm a cheapskate and this is the most I have paid for a guitar ever LOL) Highly recommended Fender really did the homework on this one
I don't work for Fender honest :)
GuitarMechanic owns this item
Great tone, easy to play and a brilliant sonic blue colour. Perfect intonation and using the whammy bar won't easily de-tune the guitar
lukehines1994 owns this item
excellent guitar, poor setup.
Nice finish, good paint, excellent neck and keyboard.
Too bad for the synthetic bone nut.
Setup nightmare: suspension bridge from the body; Intonation cared not for nothing; bottleneck of the first two strings in the wake of the nut.
tigerwalk owns this item
I consider myself to be a beginner. I started three years ago and practice rock, hard rock and punk 1 hour a day. I have several guitars and bought this Stratocaster online in order to have a real Stratocaster with a “sharp” sound.
This is a Candy Apple Red body and although the paint coat is good, some wood grain relief can be seen, especially on the back side, thus making the surface not perfectly smooth. I wonder if this means an insufficient smoothening of the wood or paint during the intermediate steps of coating.
I did not return it as I expected that the chance to have an absolutely perfect one was small and I can live with this. Besides, all the rest was spot on. I changed the strings to coated 9-42 as this is what I always prefer. The single coil pickups are not noisy. I occasionally strike the middle pickup (which is in the strumming/picking area) with the pick but I cannot blame the guitar for this. I would have preferred a two pickup set up. The sound is bright and crispy (I only use the bridge pick up) and needless to say, lends itself to distortion. The contour body allows freedom of movement and is comfortable. However, it lacks a firm hold of the guitar – but again, I cannot blame the guitar for this, it is rather me who lacks practice. The guitar stays in tune very well, despite what I have read about the tremolo. Overall, I am very happy and use it every day although I have several other guitars. I recommend it to anyone really.
FabioStar owns this item
I love the modern radius of this guitar - and the subtle, chilled tone of the '69 pickups. I notice some playability differences from an American Standard - but for this price this is an exceptional guitar. I've used mine regularly for gigs - actually bought two of these so I could have one for standard tuning and one for half-step down. Very satisfied.
GoRoryGo owns this item
This guitar is well build, no loose parts and it feels pretty consistent. I would like to start with the neck...
First of all the neck feels just amazing, and it fits my hand perfect. The headstock looks really classic 60's, and I think that's great! The truss rod, can of course be adjusted, but you have to take the neck of first. The fretjob on my neck, is actually pretty well done. The medium jumbo frets, feels and sounds great, and I think they add a little bit more sutain, than a vintage type fret. But I highly recommend, that you check how the fretjob is before you buy a guitar. Mabye I was just lucky...
Now the body of the guitar feels really great, but I guess a strat body always feels that way. Mine has a really beautiful sonic blue finish! Kind of like a baby blue color. It has a cool looking aged white pickguard, and matching knobs. I have changed the volume knob with a black one. Just because I think it looks cool! Also the two-point tremolo is great for tuning stability, and for that Jeff Beck tremolo style.
The sound of this strat is mind blowing for a guitar at this value! And the classic strat sounds of this guitar, is of course the killer 69' custom shop pickups. These pickups just sound fantastic. Really classic Hendrix, SRV and all that kind of stuff. They both sound good on there own, and also in the in between positions.
Let me just tell you some things about the guitar out of the box. I bought mine personally in af store, and I tried it before I decided to buy it. The guitar wasn't setup that good at the start. But after I set it up, to my specs, it played much better. I also bought a nice Fender vintage style case, in brown tolex for it.
The only mod I have done to this strat so far is just: strap locks, black volume knob, and I recently put a set of graph tech string saver originals on it. Those have given me a little more sustain, and they have reduced string breakage. So know my guitar is a little more live friendly.
Strat-man 1954 owns this item
That's right! Very Poor Setup! First off, I love Fenders and have been a Fender Stratocaster owner/player all my life, Also, I have been playing for over 30 years. The Custom Shop designed Classic Player '60s Stratocaster is a great sounding guitar and the Custom Shop 1969 pickups produce a well rounded warm sound that's great for various styles of music including jazz and is particuarly great for playing Jimi Hendrix's music. The medium jumbo frets provide good solid action and contributes to the acoustical sound quality of the guitar. Unfortunately, the Custom Shop Designed badge on the neck plate, makes this guitar fall short of expectation due to the poor setup. The guitar was delivered to me brand new in the box with a truss rod that was totally out of adjustment. Also, for the life of me, I could not figure why I was getting major fret buzz from the first 3 frets on the 5th and 6th string. It turned out that the bridge saddle height screws were the wrong length for the 4th, 5th and 6th strings, therefore the string heights were too low, causing the fret buzz. After arranging the bridge saddles to match the appropiate string gauge and adjusting the truss rod, the guitar sounds and feels great and will most likely turn out to be one of the best Stratocasters that I play. I would not recommend this guitar unless you are prepared to have it properly set up or have the patience to exchange it out enough times to get a good one that is setup properly.
secondplanetguitar owns this item
This is a fantastic guitar designed by the Fender Custom Shop folks. Vintage style tuners, heel adjusting truss rod, and add the classic three tone sunburst make for a stunning Stratocaster. To further add in more modern features such as a 12" radius for big bends, two point tremolo, and a durable finish make it a fantastic guitar. The Custom Shop pickups are true to the 60's with a lower output voicings. This is a very well built guitar. However, I have a few issues that may turn some players off. The flatter radius gives the neck a thinner feel which takes away from the thumb over the fretboard players. This may be uncomfortable to some players. Another point is the pickups are great sounding clean pickups without the reverse wound middle pickup. The lack of the reverse wound can be a problem on stage or when using high gain. Also the low wound, low output pickups are not ideal for higher gain or heavy crunch players. Fantastic guitar for the money, well worth the investment.
This guitar is another remarkable Fender product. This models gives the "real feel" 60's sound, having played during that decade. The "C" profile neck is really comfortable and easy on the hand, while the 9in radius fingerboard makes string bending a little easier than the 7.25in radius of the earlier years models. The quality of build and finish are really good and compare well with the USA-built Fenders, (Try both before buying).
Alan W owns this item
Overall, I love it! It plays like a dream, and with all the great features that come standard on these models, what's not to love?
The main reason I ended up with the Classic Player's 60's Stratocaster was all the features included with this model. I have been searching for a production level Stratocaster with a 12 inch radius neck (which I prefer - not for everyone I realize) and none of the American Standards or even the Vintage series have that. The only guitars that seem to have that neck stock are either very high end or signature series guitars, and I already own a SRV signature strat. Along comes this model having a 12 inch radius neck, throw in Custom Shop 69 pickups, the two-point bridge (previously only available from the Custom Shop), aged pickguard and knobs, vintage tuners, and it seemed like a perfect match to the specs I was looking for! These guitars are designed by the Custom Shop (Greg Kessler to be exact) and it shows in their quality. I don't get hung up by MIA versus MIM as Cornona is only miles from the Ensenada factory and these guitars, with the guidance and training from the Custom Shop are top notch. I would stand up this guitar next to any American Standard without hesitation, and in a lot of ways, it beats them when you compare the out-the-door prices and quality.
The fit and finish is excellent ... albeit a poly finish, instead of nitro, and well put together throughout!
Cliffd64 owns this item
This is one hell of a guitar, folks.
If you look for the classic sixties tone and strat feel, here you have it.
The neck feels absolutely great, the string action can be adjusted to a very convenient level, and the pickups give you the right tone you expect from a classic stratocaster guitar.
This guitar might be the best combination of Mexican origin and Custom Shop supervision. Don't hesitate to grab one! I prefer the sonic blue one!
echtzeit2012 owns this item
If you want a guitar that has brilliant tone, beautiful playability, a neck to die for, and the versatility of the gods, AND you don't want to pay $1200, go ahead and do yourself a favor and pick up one of these beauties.
I've played music for over 15 years and have played and owned more guitars than I can recall, this one stands out more than almost all of them.
OUT OF THE PARK FENDER, OUT OF THE PARK!
bsutherland owns this item
|Model Name:||Classic Player '60s Stratocaster®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Candy Apple Red|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||12" (305 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Custom|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom '69 Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||Custom '69 Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom '69 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:||2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Vintage-Style Stamped Steel Saddles|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm|
|Pickguard:||3-Ply Mint Green|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White Plastic|
|Switch Tips:||Aged White|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Aged Knobs and Switch Tip, Vintage Style Tuning Machines, Custom '69 Single-Coil Strat® Pickups, 21 Medium Jumbo Frets, "Custom Shop Designed" Neck Plate, Vintage Style 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo, 12" Fingerboard Radius, Synthetic Bone Nut|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Gig Bag|
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