The Classic Series '50s Stratocaster® guitar epitomizes the vibe of the '50s. The color selection alone - Surf Green, Daphne Blue and Fiesta Red - takes you back to the era of diners, Ike and cars with fins. With a maple fingerboard, tinted neck, single-ply pickguard and aged plastic parts, it's authentically retro, and the three single-coil pickups with staggered alnico magnet pole pieces deliver that unmistakable '50s Stratocaster sound.
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This is a great guitar for the money. I always wanted to own an original 50's Strat. Unfortunately, I can't afford an original 50's Strat. I thought I would try one of these just for the fun of it. I own a bunch of strats, ranging from an original 70's, that I bought new in 76, to an American deluxe. I figured I would use it as a throw around axe. But to my surprise, I fell in love with the mother. Since the day I purchased my first Strat in 1976, I've always been partial to the 7.25" neck. That's one of the reasons I bought this guitar. I love the tight radius and have no issues with string bends. I wish Fender had stayed with the 7.25" neck. This guitar was perfect right out of the box. It's become my main axe and lives in a tweed hard case along side the rest of my guitars. It's the first one in line and the one that I now play the most. Made in Mexico, I don't give a crap! This guitar is a keeper! Actually, I'm thinking about buying a second one just for the neck. I just wish they would make one in white. Maybe I'll just get a Classic 70's in white. They have the 7.25" neck also. It would be a twin to my first born Strat (1976 / White / maple).
rdstrat owns this item
I bought this Strat to use as a donor guitar for my Dave Gilmour project and it is superb. Although I have replaced the PUP's and scratch plate assembly. The tone and sustain is brilliant. The 7.25" Soft 'V' is beautiful to handle and play. I have had no issues with bends choking out whatsoever and I run a pretty low action. I have owned 3 Strats over the years and this is the best by far, glad to see the set up was A1 from the box.
Buy one you wont be disappointed.
douglord27 owns this item
I got this guitar a few months ago, didn't wanna write a review during the honeymoon period and to be honest, with every day I love it more instead of cooling off. It might be the cheapest Fender around, but the sound is strat-amazing. When I was playing this thing at a local jamsession, the guys were sure it was some super high-end strat. I play with my thumb for bass strings so the soft-V neck works for me amazingly well, maybe that's the reason why I'm still so hyped about this guitar. Anyways, I don't really plan on buying any other strat, when you go with a Marshall and flow through the neck pick-up, you know that what you got in your hands is THE STRAT. And yes, when the time comes I want this thing next to me in my coffin.
SPITFIRE_88 owns this item
I recently acquired a Fender classic 50's strat in shoreline gold, I have been wanting another strat for sometime, and I decided to get this one based on the features and the price range.
I am more of a vintage trem fan, I don't care for the whole floating trem thing, and I don't care for the huge 70's headstock, so I was kicking around between the 50's and 60's classic.
Now I gave it a 4 out of 5 for the features, the hardware, it should be nickel not chrome, in some cases chrome hardware on some fenders is known for issues especially on the saddles, the other minor complaint is the pickups, the classic player series uses better pickups where the classic series should be offered the same, the tone is good, but I would recommend the 57 / 62 set, the fat 50's, or the texas specials, it will make this guitar really sing.
also the tuning keys would be my only other complaint, slap on a set of Tonepros or Grover kluson style ones, the kluson style ones fender uses on most of their imports have a tendancy to get some play in them, I have had quite a few reissues from fender and this is something I have noticed.
With all of this that I have mentioned, it is still a great guitar for the money.
I plan on keeping it, after I do a few changes :)
rallygsc owns this item
This is my first fender Strat, I chose the classic 50's over the standard mainly because of the surf green colour and the worn parts (both of which look absolutely stunning). At first I was a little apprehensive about buying a mexican, however the feel of the guitar is amazing and it is a joy to play. The sound is also extremely good for a guitar of this price, the tone is clear, and the pickups produce a great sound for the high notes! It also sounds amazing through any valve amp, however is versatile enough to somehow manage to sound great on even the smallest of amps. Overall, I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone, I cannot find a fault in it.
I fell in love with this guitar as soon as I saw it and I wanted to buy it more and more as I played it. I have the 'Surf Green' colour which I think makes the guitar look absolutely stunning and is easily one of the things which highlight how good this axe is.
One of the things I love the most is how the pickups are wound ever so lightly to get a combination of that wonderful strat twang and a beautiful clean tone you could die for. I'd like to highlight the neck pickup as it sounds amazing for playing clean, lead, Mayer style licks.
The only thing I didn't get along with is how thick the neck is as I usually go for something a bit thinner due to having small hands, but I'm sure for anyone else this won't be a problem.
Stunning, amazing, buy it.
I bought this guitar..honestly expecting it to play like my other 4 Fender Strats...yes all Mexican
and I love them all. Well what a shock I got the sound was Major Gutsy from the pick ups
and a dream to play. I can't understand why some people under rate this Guitar...it feel,
Plays, and sounds brilliant,...so yes I've a 2013 American Strat ordered and I should have it soon...
With the fat 50s .... But concerning this guitar really...I wouldn't part with it...
.been very genuine this really is a great Guitar...everyone to there own opinion as they say...
Respects to all out there......
damien53 owns this item
I tried out this guitar at a local guitar shop. I mistook it for the American Special (it was the same price & colour) but it played like crap. First thing I noticed was the gloss neck but thought it might just be a different year. When I played it, I actually asked the sales guy if there was something wrong with the amp because it sounded so thin and unspectacular. I also found the hardware on it to be chintzy. In the end, I laid away an American Standard from a different shop. I certainly wouldn't recommend this to anyone under 70 as it wouldn't be what they were looking for.
This is what it is like to play a soft V-neck Strat when it is new. My (tiniest) quibble is the modern thin strings... in the late 1950s thicker strings would be standard (which need addtional tremolo springs to the provided three). Stock, it is a retro demon, and it is easy to hot rod without breaking the bank. This might possibly be the greatest value in the Fender catalog.
VibroCount owns this item
Now this Stratocaster is truly the gem of the Mexican factory. The specs on this guitar are on par with the American Vintage Reissues. The look and feel of this guitar is unbelievable. I have the two tone sunburst and I love it. The V neck profile is very comfortable. I really enjoy the 7.25" radius which I never tried until I bought this guitar. My favorite tuners are the vintage style, which this guitar has. Add in the vintage style pickups, and you have yourself a astratocaster that looks, feels, sounds, and plays just like Buddy Holly's. By far the best Stratocaster Fender produces in the sub $1,000 range. I recommend this Straocaster over any other model shy of Vintage Reisssue or Custom Shop.
DetroitBlues owns this item
|Model Name:||Classic Series '50s Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, 2-Color Sunburst|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Soft "V"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|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:||Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||Vintage Style Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||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 250R, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Aged Knobs and Switch Tip, Vintage Styling, Synthetic Bone Nut|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Gig Bag|
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