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The Classic Player '50s Stratocaster guitar features an alder body, a maple neck with a 9.5" radius, 21 medium jumbo frets and Gotoh vintage-style locking tuning machines. 57/62 vintage-style single-c... Read More

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Overview

The Classic Player '50s Stratocaster guitar features an alder body, a maple neck with a 9.5" radius, 21 medium jumbo frets and Gotoh vintage-style locking tuning machines. 57/62 vintage-style single-coil pickups (reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup) with a 5-way switch and custom pickup switching offer distinct voicings, The electric guitar's custom 2-point vintage-style tremolo along with the Gotoh tuners let you whammy wildly while locking in your intonation.

Includes a gig bag.

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Features
  • Designed by Custom Shop Master Builder Dennis Galuszka
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck with a 9.5" radius
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Gotoh vintage-style locking tuning machines
  • 57/62 vintage-style single-coil pickups (reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup)
  • Custom 2-point vintage-style tremolo
  • 5-way switch and custom switching
  • Includes a gig bag
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4.8

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MIM Fender Classic Player Stratocaster (Shoreline Gold)

I recently bought this guitar and I have to say that I'm impress with the great quality of this instrument, I'm also the owner of a MIA Standard Telecaster (year 2008) and my...Read complete review

I recently bought this guitar and I have to say that I'm impress with the great quality of this instrument, I'm also the owner of a MIA Standard Telecaster (year 2008) and my new strat sounds even better than my Tele does!, remenber this strat comes with fender 57/62 AMERICAN pickups ( yes...the same ones that came on the american vintage series strat), the saddles on this strat are fender bent steel saddles (not zinc or pot metal) just like the ones on my tele which is a big plus! I love the beautiful maple neck with the glossy polyurethane finish (even on the back of the neck!). Now, one thing I have to say is that the Trem Block of this guitar is made of zinc (which is no good!)but thats no issue because I replaced it for one of Callahans Steel Blocks and now I have a 100% quality instruments. I love the Gotoh Locking Tuners (this guitar never goes out of tune!) and the "custom shop designed" neck plate is just a nice detail. I highly recommend you to buy a fender vintage tweed case though.

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Great guitar - horrible finish

I bought the Gold one new this year. I loved it from the start. The neck in particular is a cut above any other Mexican and even some of the USA Strats. Necks...Read complete review

I bought the Gold one new this year. I loved it from the start. The neck in particular is a cut above any other Mexican and even some of the USA Strats. Necks are a personal thing but it's a standout feature of this guitar. I'm fond of the hardware as well including pickups. My biggest gripe is the poly paint. I brought mine in for a setup and the paint on perimeter of the neck plate started to crack. What was worse was that the adjacent paint started to flake off the guitar somewhat like a hard boiled egg which went nearly to the front of the guitar. It's as if it had no adherence at all to the wood. It's possible the tech tightened the plate too tightly but still, the paint in the neighborhood shouldn't have fallen off. I've read reviews complaining about the thick poly paint killing sound and this paint was indeed extremely thick. It was more like a plastic coating. Even if you like a relic'd guitar, you probably don't want the paint chipping away. The shop that did the setup felt bad about the paint chipping and repainted it with nitro paint but said that stripping the guitar was almost too easy. The paint just fell off with little effort. Although they were polite, Fender support did nothing to help. It didn't leave me with much confidence they would stand behind their product. I still like the guitar and of course the if anything, I'm much happier with the nitro finish but I'm disappointed in Fender's lack of taking any responsibility and the terrible paint. Perhaps I just got a lemon. I hope so for Fender's sake.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great guitar - horrible finish

By Ben

from Seattle, WA

I bought the Gold one new this year. I loved it from the start. The neck in particular is a cut above any other Mexican and even some of the USA Strats. Necks are a personal thing but it's a standout feature of this guitar. I'm fond of the hardware as well including pickups. My biggest gripe is the poly paint. I brought mine in for a setup and the paint on perimeter of the neck plate started to crack. What was worse was that the adjacent paint started to flake off the guitar somewhat like a hard boiled egg which went nearly to the front of the guitar. It's as if it had no adherence at all to the wood. It's possible the tech tightened the plate too tightly but still, the paint in the neighborhood shouldn't have fallen off. I've read reviews complaining about the thick poly paint killing sound and this paint was indeed extremely thick. It was more like a plastic coating. Even if you like a relic'd guitar, you probably don't want the paint chipping away. The shop that did the setup felt bad about the paint chipping and repainted it with nitro paint but said that stripping the guitar was almost too easy. The paint just fell off with little effort. Although they were polite, Fender support did nothing to help. It didn't leave me with much confidence they would stand behind their product. I still like the guitar and of course the if anything, I'm much happier with the nitro finish but I'm disappointed in Fender's lack of taking any responsibility and the terrible paint. Perhaps I just got a lemon. I hope so for Fender's sake.

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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MIM Fender Classic Player Stratocaster (Shoreline Gold)

By miguel lazaro

from Miami FL

I recently bought this guitar and I have to say that I'm impress with the great quality of this instrument, I'm also the owner of a MIA Standard Telecaster (year 2008) and my new strat sounds even better than my Tele does!, remenber this strat comes with fender 57/62 AMERICAN pickups ( yes...the same ones that came on the american vintage series strat), the saddles on this strat are fender bent steel saddles (not zinc or pot metal) just like the ones on my tele which is a big plus! I love the beautiful maple neck with the glossy polyurethane finish (even on the back of the neck!). Now, one thing I have to say is that the Trem Block of this guitar is made of zinc (which is no good!)but thats no issue because I replaced it for one of Callahans Steel Blocks and now I have a 100% quality instruments. I love the Gotoh Locking Tuners (this guitar never goes out of tune!) and the "custom shop designed" neck plate is just a nice detail. I highly recommend you to buy a fender vintage tweed case though.

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Alot of Features for the Money

By jimbo

from San Diego

I have had this for 7 months. I still can not believe all the trick features you get with this guitar. The neck is a fuller v than say the 57 a bit more 54/55. The flat radius makes this neck far more playable than most.with the vintage 2 point bridge I put a trem. setter on and that gives me the sustain and a usable trem. the custom pickup wiring gives you alot of tones to play with . They are not kidding when they guarantee you will love it or your money back. I do and it's a good bet you will to, go for it!!!

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You got to have one!

By Thom O

from South Bend, IN

If you have not tryed one, you need to. These have to be the best thing out there if you are looking for a vintage sounding strat but with some modern features. The soft "V" neck is just great the medium jumbo frets are a dream to play on. The pickups have that early strat sound but can get nice and crunchy also. The Neck/Bridge position is a nice option with a whole new sound. This is just one real nice guitar, don't take my word for it go find one and play it. I am not that fond of the single ply pickguard becuase they warp to easy but it gives it that 50's look. I'll probably change mine out for a three ply 8 hole guard at some point.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender '50s Strat.

By Burgerman55

from Sterling, Ma

This guitar is incredible to start off. Before i owned this I owned a Gibson SG faded which, don't get me wrong is a great guitar but not the best for the music I play which is mostly the blues. Now of course I knew that a Fender Strat was perfect for blues and beyond, but I needed to find a good guitar at a limited price range. This guitar is it. The second I tried this guitar in the store I was amazed. It's tone was incredible, the neck was so smooth and very easy to play on, and the overall look of the guitar was incredible, I had to get it. I've been nothing but pleased with this guitar and I've owned it for about a half a year. This sounds like the more expensive American strats but 200+ bucks cheaper! There's only 2 things that you might want to consider changing out the pickups, just to get more tone and sound out of the guitar. Also you might want to buy a new pickguard because the one that comes stock is a one-ply and warps. Other than those minor gripes this guitar is great. I HIGHLY recomend it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Try This Guitar

By Rob

from warren, ohio

I picked one of these up at guitar center in Boardman, OH. I absolutely love it. It's got a great feel to it with the soft V neck. Plays like a dream. Very lttle hum...you'll want to replace the pickguard though. It comes with a one-ply which was allready warped just from being on the shelf. I purchased the sunburst model and put a black 3ply on it and it looks killer...its affordable and plays great ....definitely worth the price...

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing US-quality Strat, without the U.S. Price

By GibSG61

from Nebraska

I went to my local Guitar Center the other day, and needless to say, and was entrigued by the price of this "special" Stratocaster. It claims that it was the '50's player's strat. And the price was $799. Now at that price, you know it's NOT a Standard. But yet, it's not as back-breaking as an American Standard. So I decided to give it a go and try it out. To my amazement, this guitar's pickups were as powerful and crunchy as the Tex-Mex's that I have in my 60th anniversary(MIM). It had that old-time, VERY glossy feel to the body, and the headstock contained the traditional spaghetti Fender logo. But I do REALLY dislike the glossy fretboard. It just doesn't feel as comfortable as the satin-finish on most Strats, and I don't really care much for the V-neck. But all in all, this is a guitar that will be in my considerations list.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just as good, if not better than Amer Strat

By Ryan K - myspace,com/onenoteoff

from Illinois

This is the first Fender strat I ever purchased and I am glad I purchased this one. The gloss finish on the fretboard is genius and helps you play faster and more accurately than other guitars I've played w/out this feature. The intonation was spot-on when I got it and has that rich, roomy resonance in the chords you play on the clean channel. The wood they have used does seem less full of ripples, knots, etc than normal MIM strats. I have changed out the pickups to: Fast Track 2 (bridge), Pro Track (middle), and Cruiser (neck). Changing the pickups made my guitar a low growly, distortion death machine! This guitar now sounds heavier and bigger than a Les Paul! I play through a high-gain Mesa Boogie so the pickup change is all the guitar needed. Fender stock pickups on this guitar are only good for clean-oriented music like country or blues. I have read reviews of a bunch of people changing out Fender pickups (especially the bridge) because the tonal quality is sub-par. I usually change out the pickups on all my guitars anyhow so this was my only gripe.

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5.0

GREAT BUY

By Mr Zep

from Long Island

The pickups, the neck, that bluesy cool sounds, its an amazing guitar.I have a gibson Les Paul and I seriously think this is my new guitar. Great for all guitarists. I highly reccomend it.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What an awesome guitar!

By Buffalob Billion

from Utah

I originally purchased a 60th Anniversary MIM standard strat and loved the tex-mex pickups in the bridge, but couldn't *stand* the c-shaped neck. Took it back, and paid the difference to upgrade to this baby. I love how the soft v-shaped neck fits my hand like a dad-gum glove! The finish is impeccable, the pickups aren't the tex-mex, but hey, they're also less noisy. My one personal gripe is the gloss finish on the neck, rather than the satin. But hey, no big deal. It does have an awesome tone, in part, I think, to the increased wood used in the neck due to the truss rod on this particular model. Go play one, you will buy it!!!

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