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Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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-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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FenderClassic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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4.0

Truly Very Nice!

By Merkdawg

from Long Beach, Ca.

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Made Well
  • Nice Finish
  • Plays Great

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Any And All Keep Playing

    Comments about Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Easy set up, plays great. Changed out plain white pick guard to custom style. Now more personality! If need can experiment with different pick ups, comes with great standard Strat tone. Very soft V neck, easy play, very fast! Play often, have fun!!

     
    5.0

    Delighted with guitar

    By SteveO

    from Dallas GA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar , great pups in the guitar already ....smooth looking smooth sounding expensive sounding and expensive looking for a song....really a custom concept guitar executed in Mexico....with a great value price couldn't be happier. Have several fender strats this I a my fav 1/3 the cost ....yessiree couldn't be happier

       
      5.0

      Amazing Guitar for the Money

      By Josh

      from Carrboro, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I've had this guitar for over a month now. Simply put, I have been blown away. The fit and finish is better than what I've seen on $2000+ guitars. Originally I wanted a hardtail Strat to avoid tuning issues. With this bridge and these locking tuners, there haven't been any issues. The guitar was in tune out of the box. I repeat: THE GUITAR WAS IN TUNE, OUT OF THE BOX. The intonation and action were set up. The tone is classic. These pickups are really special. In a clean to overdriven setting this guitar just shines.

          My only complaint is the hum. Yes I know 60Hz hum is inherent to single coil pickups. I just haven't owned a guitar with single coil pickups in over twenty years. I have to get used to it again. Plugging my amp into a different wall outlet sometimes helps. Sometimes it goes away if I move to a different location a few feet away and just change my angle. Lowering the master volume on the guitar helps too. In the two position the bridge and (reverse wound) middle cancel out the hum. In the four position, you get the neck and bridge pickup instead of the traditional neck and middle pickup combination. I'll probably get this guitar rewired so it's like a traditional Strat.

          Other than the inherent hum, it's a fantastic guitar at twice the price.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lovely Strat with a great neck

          By Dante1963

          from St. Louis

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I could not be happier with this instrument.

              First, the finish (two-tone sunburst), was absolutely lovely, without a flaw.

              The neck has a great, but sublte v-shape that fits nicely in my hands and make chording much easier. In fact, I don't think I've ever held a guitar with a nicer neck.

              The Gotoh tuners make string-changing a breeze, and I'm thinking of adding them to all my guitars.

              Through my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, I was able to dial in a very sweet, glassy overdrive. Pushing the gain a bit, I found a convincing
              "Sunshine of Your Love" tone.

              I had concerns both about buying an instrument online, as well as buying a MIM Strat. Both fears were totally unfounded.

              The only changes I made were adding Schaller Strap-Loks to protect it, and adding two additional springs to the tremelo block. (I don't use the trem much, and prefer the stability and sustain of a tighter bridge. But that's just a personal preference.)

              I love the sound of the pickups, and the fit and finish of the guitar is first-rate.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A diamond in the vast Fender Line

              By sdfndrs

              from NYC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                For the money OR NOT- a solid instrument....in all respects....had to adjust string heights out of the box and have relieved the neck once since owning it....for about a year.......nothing too awful....and easy to do. Plays and sounds like any top-end or vintage Strat I've ever picked up.......

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                best strat imo

                By adam oneil

                from michigan

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  this is a great guitar. Ive owned my share of Stratocasters. I had another 50s strat in daphne blue about 12 years ago, and then later saw the shoreline gold in a store and saw that it was also a 50s series, I bought it. I had an 80s Japanese Stratocaster, and a Mexican standard. the 50s strat just sounds so warm, has a great neck, such an eye catcher too. Ive jammed on friends americans, and unless they are the real deal vintage, I cant really see spending the extra money for one. actually, if the Mexican make is the only thing stopping you from buying this, do an a/b comparison. get a us special or standard on a tube amp, and then plug this thing in first, guarantee the American one will not impress you any more. stays in tune, durable, affordable, sexy, sweet, comfortable players guitar. I used it to play everything from Motown to the stooges. sweet soul to crunchy punk.

                  (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great guitar

                  By Jelly Bean

                  from DeLand, FL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                    This is one of the only guitars fender has that comes in a 10 gauge string. Its made for a fatter sound and that's what it produces.

                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Terrific

                    By DS

                    from Toronto

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics
                    • Tuning Stability

                    Cons

                    • Cheap Tremolo Block

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                    I've hd this guitar for about two weeks and... Wow! I originally planned to buy and american standard or special, but after trying this one on a whim, it was the only one I could see myself buying. Great feel, awesome shoreline gold finish, and the electronics sound beautiful. The locking tuners are easy to use, and with some graphite on the nut, gave perfect tuning stability with frequent tremolo use. Being a common user of the tremolo, I was disappointed to find the threads starting to strip after only a few days of playing, causing a black dust and strong sulfur smell to come from the bridge hole. Regardless, I cleaned it up and teflon-taped the threads and it has been working perfectly since. The zinc trem. block will probably get switched out when the problem gets out of hand, but that is the only issue I've seen in this otherwise wonderful guitar.
                    Sounds fantastic clean and dirty. I use it for funk, blues, classic rock and jazz- tone fits perfectly for all.

                    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    WOW...great guitar!!

                    By blue49

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • School Bands
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      I had been looking into a '57 reissue Stratocaster. But as soon as I picked up the Classic Player 50s Strat, I was sold. After 9 months of ownership, I can say that it's an incredibly versatile guitar with more versatility than your average Stratocaster. It stays in tune very well, the vibrato works great, having a tone control for the bridge PU makes it really nice to roll off some of the biting high end but still get a nice twangy tone, and the ability to use the neck and bridge PUs together gives what is actually my favorite tone out of this guitar for 50s country, 50s pop, and rockabilly. All of my other guitars that I own and play are in the $2,000-$3,000 price range, but this [$] Stratocaster has great workmanship that leaves me shocked to know that it was produced outside of the US or Japan. It's a reliable, comfortable instrument (well...other than the HUGE frets I don't like). It sounds fantastic for most 50s and 60s popular music genres, but it is not of high enough quality that I would probably use it to record an album with. For gigging though, it's a reliable, durable instrument with great versatility and is easily replaceable in the case of a major accident or theft. As with any guitar, it needed some initial adjustments, so I lowered the action and installed 9-gauge Gibson Vintage Reissue strings, which are tonally incomparable to cruddy Fender strings. I'd recommend this 50s Classic Player Strat to anybody looking for a nice, relatively inexpensive guitar to play 50s music on.

                      (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      The Best of Custom Shop when Made in Mexico

                      By Kevin Yew

                      from East Coast

                      Comments about Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      Unless you can find on a great deal, I bought mine thru Level 1 with Musician Friends. Go for a few extra and take the pain of buying American Std. You might as well at this point.
                      Back to the basic set up with 5 Way Selector, one ply pickguard, aged knobs with vintage locking tuners and trem block. Only the lowest priced Fender Strat with V Neck configuration for easy to play and bend with radius on maple.
                      The Only Finish to get is the two tone Sunburst which shows the grain of the wood and came flawless. Arrived in a gig bag somewhat in tune but just needed a string change to really come alive.
                      This is a true Custom Shop design with Made in Mexico parts, just about as good as you can get on a budget and go for the Two Tone Sunburst.

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