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Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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Take it on back with premium craftsmanship and killer pickups.With their years of building experience, the Fender Custom Shop craftsmen created a "dream list" of specs, and this customized '60s-style ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Take it on back with premium craftsmanship and killer pickups.With their years of building experience, the Fender Custom Shop craftsmen created a "dream list" of specs, and this customized '60s-style Stratocaster guitar”designed by Master Builder Greg Fessler”has it all. Special features include '69 pickups that provide the brilliant voicing made famous by the guitar heroes of the era, "Custom Shop Designed" neckplate, custom two-point vintage bridge (never before offered outside the Custom Shop!) and a flatter, more modern 12" fingerboard radius.It also features an alder body and a maple C-shape neck with rosewood fingerboard and medium-jumbo frets for easy bending. Aged knobs and switch tip create a mellow retro look.Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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  • Alder body (polyester finish)
  • Maple C-shaped neck (gloss urethane finish)
  • Rosewood fretboard with 12" radius
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • '69 Strat single-coil pickups with grey bobbins
  • Aged knobs and switch tip
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Two-point synchronized tremolo with stamped steel saddles
  • 5-position blade pickup selector
  • Fender/Ping vintage-style tuning machines
  • Chrome hardware
  • 3-ply mint green pickguard
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • 1.650" nut width
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FenderClassic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 80 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sonic Blue and then some

OK, a lot of times I read these reviews and I figure there's some guy in the sales department writing these glowing reviews to encourage a higher buy rate on a laging model of...Read complete review

OK, a lot of times I read these reviews and I figure there's some guy in the sales department writing these glowing reviews to encourage a higher buy rate on a laging model of guitar. (tell me you never thought that might be true) I am 6' 3" have big hands and find playing this guitar amazing each and every time I play it. I have actually not been able to sleep because I don't want ot put it down. When you buy a new guitar, there is that uncomfortable period before it locks in as your new best friend. This courtship is fast and powerful. It stays in tune, and in some ways has a voicing like a well balanced acoustic guitar. This is really wierd considering it's a Strat. I have played the Eric Johnson model until my eyes rolled back in head & this is so much more comfortable and fun to play. Remember FUN?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

"Poor setup, but otherwise good guitar".

That's right! Very Poor Setup! First off, I have been a Fender Stratocaster owner/player all my life, and have been playing for over 30 years. The Custom Shop designed Classic Player...Read complete review

That's right! Very Poor Setup! First off, I have been a Fender Stratocaster owner/player all my life, and 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 acoustic 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 to 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.

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5.0

Love This Guitar!

By Flex

from Broward County, Florida.

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 '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar! This is my 2nd "real" Fender Stratocaster I've owned. My first was a 1991 American Deluxe. It was awesome. I made the mistake of selling it (long story). Anyway, I saw this Mexican made 60's Stratocaster in Guitar Center and instantly fell in love with it. The tone is sweet and it feels like it was made for me. If you like Stratocaster guitars and are not prepared to drop $2K for an American made equivalent, then this model will definitely get you all the way there.

     
    5.0

    Great Instrument

    By nigman2016

    from Taylor Mi

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I Play blues and jazz guitar this guitar feel great the action and neck relief feel good from the store out of the box played it thru my twin reverbs and super reverbs and vibrolux reverb amps and it sound great thru all of them. This is my second classic player series strat they are great guitars for price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding guitar

      By Berto Ray Vaughn

      from Phoenix, AZ USA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Neck relief is not easily adjustable
      • Not crazy about the pickguard color

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This guitar came to me with an outstanding setup. I only had to adjust the string action a bit lower. The nut is perfect and the neck relief is fine. The frets have a good polish and were smooth at the edge of the neck. This guitar is a real player, I can get SRV and Hendrix tone out of it easily with the neck pickup and a Tube Screamer. I use overdrive pedals to give it some juice through a clean amp at bedroom levels. Its not an overly heavy monster either, I was pleasantly pleased with the weight. Love the 12" neck radius like my Les Paul. The vibrato bridge snaps right back into correct tune, amazing how it stays in tune. I'm looking forward to years of enjoyment with this guitar, I love it. There is some serious bang for the buck going on here. Sure you could probably "upgrade" many of the components but if you want to cut to the chase and get on with it, this will do right out of the box.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is a MIM strat??

      By Dude

      from Winchester, VA

      Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I'll be quick because I need to head out the door in a couple of minutes. I've owned MIA and MIM strats (two each), and not only does this thing simply feel better than the other MIM's I've had, it feels as good if not better than the MIA's I've had. When I say "feel", I'm referring to the fact that it does not feel "cheap"; it feels all around like a top-notch instrument constructed by people who know and care about what they're doing. The pckups are decent - I'd prefer a hotter bridge pickup, but the tone is great and I can always use a boost pedal.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      I hit a very bad model

      By Extreme85

      from Poland

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Factory Quality
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar in Europe at a local store on the Internet. My happy did not last long. I am very disappointed that signed guitar logo Custom Shop Designed was released from the factory in such a bad state. After opening the box, I saw the bridge that hung over 3 cm above the body! To this were not enough, the nut was so unfortunate refined the strings literally wedged in the middle, which lost guitar tune, almost after each hit the strings. Looking more closely, nut strings in G, B, E1 was frayed. I have no idea how the guitar passed quality control, because the guitar I received a certificate of authenticity, which showed that the instrument was passed on all points. I closed an eye on that if I bought version of the Standard, but paying nearly 1,000 dolars for the Fender Custom Shop, expect an adequate instrument for the money and signed between the logo Custom Shop Designed.

        BTW If the guitar would have better quality control and before that was made as to the Custom Shop Designed befits, i think it was that nstrument, which could serve for many years.

         
        5.0

        A great guitar

        By Dwayne

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I received the Sonic blue Strat in excellent condition. No set up was needed when it came out of the box and fit and finish was very good. This guitar sounds amazing! The photos do not do justice as to how good this guitar really looks.

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Guitar

        By Birdman Jr.

        from Seattle, WA.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Amazing guitar. The neck feels amazing and the guitar has a great tone. Overall a very playable and fun guitar.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great guitar that is almost perfect.............

          By Geetar76

          from Bel Air, MD

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I had been eyeing this guitar for a while. I had wanted a Strat with a rosewood fretboard, but do not care for the vintage radius. I really like the 12" radius of my Gibson's. When I saw a Strat that came with a 12" radius, I was sold. I also like the vintage tuning keys and vibe of the guitar. The visual quality of the guitar is excellent with no imperfections. The finish is sticky, and I will likely sand the neck down. I really love the "quack" of pickup positions 2 and 4. The guitar can easily get Knopfler or Garcia-ish tones easily. The very noticeable downside is the loud buzzing or interference if the volume is turned up to 10 on the guitar. The guitar plays so well, I'd hate to return it. MusiciansFriend offered a small credit to my account, which is not quite reasonable, especially given the money I have spent over the years. I'll take the guitar to a tech and see if they can diagnose the problem. All in all, the Strat plays great, sounds great (other than the noise), and the neck is super comfortable even though it is a little wide for my hands.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Found a gem

          By Sir Charles

          from Southern California

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I've owned a Classic Players strat in sonic blue model for over 4 years now. I actually stumbled onto this guitar in guitar center while browsing. I didn't know what it was at first, but the sonic blue and mint pick guard caught my eye, so gave it a test run. I noticed it was a Mex model and years back switched over to a few MIA strats, so pretty much know what's up. My first Guit was a squire strat in the 80s, then a mim 93 which I still own (along with a few more now).
              As I strummed and ran my hands up and down the neck I was like, hey, this isn't the slim C neck I've grown to not like as much. This neck felt chunkier, nice and flatter fretboard. Neck gloss is hit or miss for some, but I happen to like it (and wash my hands from that greasy taco prior to picking up any guitar for that matter). Plugged into a basic hrdx and was like, darn, this sucker sounds great! CS 69s huhn? OK. Neat. Moving on with the story..
              Walked around, picked up a few MIA standards didn't have the same feel or excitement as 60s, yadda, wasn't really in there for a new guitar, so split.
              Got home and couldn't get that sonic blue guitar outa my head, so jumped onto MF and started reading. 12" radius? Hey, I seem to like that more than my MIA 9.5". Hugh tremolo block? What's this? Wow. OK, so I hit the gears and ran back and took her home. As far as I'm concerned, I like this one more than a few of my MIAs. Too much to explain here. Only mod I personally did that I felt this guitar suffered from, was lack of tone control on the bridge. It does get bright. So, a Lutheir buddy showed me how to jumper it with a single small wire and a soldiering iron. I have a little soldering experience, so this was a piece of cake and takes about a half hour going slow from start to finish. Saying that, on the bridge I typically run my tone at around 6. This cured this guitar from that little nuisance. All in all super stable using the trem, sounds killer, neck great, yadda yadda. Buy it!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best value for money guitar on the market!

              By Coxy

              from Philadelphia Pennsylvania

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                Absolute bargain of a guitar. The custom shop 69 pickups sound amazing. This guitar also plays like a dream with what to me seems to be the perfect neck. Also the finish is very nice. This guitar deserves a hard case. Don't be scared off by the made in Mexico tag. This guitar is my number 1 and I own made in USA strats. 9/10 overall.

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