At a time when musicians were altering, incinerating and evoking sounds never experienced or imagined by anyone at Fender, rock music came into its own. The Stratocaster® guitar led the sonic charge and became a symbol of the counter-culture. The Classic Series '60s Stratocaster captures a seminal chapter in Fender history, with features including an alder body, rosewood fingerboard, multi-ply pickguard and vintage hardware.
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This guitar has some surprisingly nice features along with some cut corners. The factory set up was not impressive. The frets were sharp and in need of filing in some spots. Intonation issues out of the box. And the bridge is made of pretty cheap materials. However, once I replaced the bridge and had the frets filed, I found that this guitar is pretty happenin'. After a little love form my tech, this has turned out to be a really great buy. The pickups are surprisingly nice compared to how lame the hardware is. My tech installed a pickup plate under the bridge pickup; and that tightened up the tone quite a bit. I got a screamin' deal on the guitar and found a solid bridge off of an old MIJ 62 reissue for pretty cheap. Parts and labor I spent a total of less than $800; and ended up with a Fender as good as any I've owned. If you can find this guitar for under retail, its worth the few extra bucks to tighten it up.
Got my '05 Lake Placid Blue model to replace an otherwise lovely '87 AS Strat with truss rod problems that I'd acquired second-hand. My tech preferred the older bottom-adjusting models, so this new one fits the bill. Don't think I played it 5 minutes before it went in for the setup, so I can't address any potential "from the factory" issues but when I got it back, it was perfect. The tech dressed the frets, blocked the trem and performed the other usual "new guitar tweaks" and I haven't had to touch a thing since. He also replaced the stock jack with something sturdier. I upgraded to a hard shell case when I got it because I anticipated hauling it to a lot of gigs and bags are for groceries, not guitars.
Having heard a few war stories about less-than-perfect electronics in these models, I was originally intending to swap out the guts for U.S. versions but just haven't had to. This guitar has a wonderful tone and it's quieter than many U.S. models I've had/played over the years. The neck is the most comfortable Fender neck I've ever run across, and I've played a lot of them. To me, it epitomizes the "authentic Strat sound," and that's all I wanted to begin with. I don't play all that hard but I play a lot and "Little Blue" has never failed to do exactly what I want it to do. What more could one want?
I primarily use a Tele ('88 AS) and an '07 VG Strat for the bulk of my live gigs but whenever I need a guitar that sounds like a Stratocaster, "Little Blue" is the first one I reach for. I think it actually sounds a lot more like a Strat than the VG and it's certainly a lot more comfortable to play.
If you've always wanted a Stratocaster and don't want to break the bank in the process, you can't go wrong with one of these. I didn't have the opportunity to try out several examples of this model at the store (always a good idea) but I guess I got real lucky with the one they had in stock at the time, because I've had zero issues with it.
Muddville owns this item
I bought one of these new in 3-colour sunburst back in 2005 as my first Strat and I have been very pleased with it.
I have since acquired a couple of significantly more expensive ‘60s-style Strats, yet this one still gets its fair share of much enjoyed playing time so this alone is testament to the Classic Series ‘60s Strat’s charms.
My example has a nicely matched 3-piece body and a snugly-fitted neck with a fairly substantial and very comfortable profile. The nut and frets were all smoothly flush with the fret-board from day 1 and the original tuners, saddles/bridge, jack socket, potentiometers and switch are all still going fine. However, in a quest for improved sustain, I swapped the stock zinc tremolo block with a steel replacement and noticed a significant improvement. The stock pickups are nothing to write home about but the neck, middle and in-between positions are certainly very useable. The bridge pickup is the weakest link, sounding rather anemic and tinny, but linking it to a tone potentiometer could perhaps go some way to improving its usability.
I play this Strat with 10 gauge strings tuned down half a step, and with neck relief and string action set to Fender recommended specs, the 7 ¼’’ radius fret-board and small, vintage-style frets cope perfectly adequately with bends of up to 1.5 steps (3 frets) which does me for my playing.
I would highly recommend anyone in the market for a mid-priced early ‘60s-style Strat to check out a few examples of this model.
Jocke83 owns this item
I chose the 60's reissue Strat over the other Strats in this price bracket due to wanting certain features (the vintage style tuning pegs, the bottom of neck truss adjustment, vintage style bridge and the aged plastics).
In terms of playability this guitar is great, action and intonation are easy to setup and to your preference and keep well. Tuning rarely slips even with the most drastic bends! The tremolo is fine, nothing special but does the job for mild trem users (No dive bombs!)
The only thing that I personally will change eventually is the pickups (the texas specials are what I am after) due to having a mid range sound with the stock pups.
Electronics are all fine, no nasty scratches or pops. Clean switching and no sharp frets or sticking out metals on the bridge.
All in all if you want a vintage looking Strat that can take abuse, or maybe a project guitar and you are after specific specs like I was then I recommend this guitar highly.
Pick one up next time you are in a music center and blast it through a hotrod deluxe... You won't be dissapointed!
tobyj27 owns this item
There's lots to like about this guitar, but equally some annoyances from an instrument with an MSRP of over $1000. That's a bit much to be paying for a 'project' guitar.
The Candy Apple Red is a winner, and the fit and finish of the wooden parts look good. The nut is pretty well-cut, and the Ping tuners seem to do the job well.
What I found disappointing were the following:
The frets have been leveled, but not crowned, so they all have wide, flat tops. Any note, played anywhere on the neck has a 'fizz' to it, as rather than touching just the top of a fret (the crown), the string lays across the flat top of the fret and rattles (otherwise, the guitar is dead-on to recommended setup specs). Essentially, the guitar sounds like the frets are half-worn-out from new!
Should a guitar at this price point really require the buyer to have a fret dress done to correct inadequate assembly/detailing work?
Aged white parts on the front, and a blindingly white cover plate on the rear. Given that Fender sell an aged white parts kit which includes this cover, would it have been beyond the realms of possibility to have all the plastic parts match?
Plus - the holes in the plate to allow re-stringing without removing the cover don't begin to line up with the string holes in the tremolo block when the trem is decked. So - despite the cover having string holes in it, it has to be unscrewed to change a string.
The guitar came with only three springs in the cavity - if you want to use heavier strings, you then have to find a fourth that matches: it would have been easier to have four, and remove one if required.
The pot metal tremolo block persists, with the little spring in the cavity. This really doesn't address a long-standing design issue.
I always wanted a Stratocaster in my guitar arsenal and I knew sooner or later it would happen just because it is the sexiest guitar on the planet. My other electrics used to get equal playing time but my Strat is now getting a bit more attention since it's become a project guitar. I did some minor mods to it and it will be receiving more in the future. So far position 2 and 4 are out of phase and a couple of filters added for personal taste as well as some that works well with my software amp collection, also the bridge p/u is clean with no tone control (no midi p/u) so those changes work well for me. I have learned to do set-ups on it so messing with the neck adjustment, tremolo bridge, and saddles to acquire the perfect desired feel as I change from style to style of music. It has become a lot of fun for me. Eventually I will try different p/u's. I like the '50s/'60s series, there are also many other choices. This guitar holds a tuning very well and has a gorgeous sunburst finish, it was affordable when I purchased it new and it has become my constant companion at home.
radarman owns this item
I remember walking into my local guitar shop and seeing this guitar hanging up on the wall. I had just enough money to snatch it away and take it home. It has an amazing tone if you play it right. I can play some country riffs one moment, the crank on some overdrive and fuzz the next and sound like Hendrix! The neck is great too, but if your more of a lead player, I'd recommend looking at a different guitar with a flatter radius than 7.5". Perfect for rhythm, but it would be more comfortable for lead with something at least 9". Otherwise, this is just another great instrument from Fender that I absolutely love!
ajdavis2793 owns this item
I owned a 64 strat which was stolen in 73. It is the only instrument I have ever owned that I still miss deeply. It was a dream to play, as well as a beautiful thing. It was a classic burst with a rosewood board. I had been offered a considerable sum for it the week before it was stolen and i turned it down, as I still would.
A glorious instrument and sadly missed.
This guitars playability is on par with much more expensive models and the Candy Apple Red finish is perfect. I was always a maple neck Stratocaster kind of guy, until I saw this beauty and played it. Changed my whole outlook, the rosewood grain is nice and tight with very even color and the feel of the neck Fantastic. The pickups have that classic Strat tone, and all the electronic compenents are top notch! This guitar has only one area that isn't near perfection and that is the cast zinc tremelo block. Slap a steel one in this guitar and you have perfection at this price point!
T2Stratman owns this item
|Model Name:||Classic Series 60's Stratocaster®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Lake Placid Blue|
|Color:||Lake Placid Blue|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|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)|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|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|
|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 Styling, Synthetic Bone Nut|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Gig Bag|
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