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Fender Classic Series '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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The Fender '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar is a reissue that captures the real feel of the Buddy Holly-era Strat. Its deep body contours, characteristic V-shaped maple neck, vintage-style hardware, ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar is a reissue that captures the real feel of the Buddy Holly-era Strat. Its deep body contours, characteristic V-shaped maple neck, vintage-style hardware, classic colors, and aged plastic parts all lend authenticity to the Strat that helped birth rock 'n' roll.

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  • V-shaped maple neck
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  • Classic colors
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FenderClassic Series '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 186 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (153)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An *Almost* Perfect Vintage Stratocaster

Desiring to get 'back to my roots' as a pre-Beatles rock guitarist I started looking at what was available among the many varieties of Strats. I wanted something with the appearance, sound and...Read complete review

Desiring to get 'back to my roots' as a pre-Beatles rock guitarist I started looking at what was available among the many varieties of Strats. I wanted something with the appearance, sound and feel of the fifties.

To me that meant a honey colored (rather than a bleach blond) look to the maple fingerboard, PUs that were wound as they were wound back then so they rang clear without overly exciting an amp's early gain stage tubes, an original style, Leo-approved, trem system and bridge, and a soft V-shaped neck with a smallish radius fingerboard and traditional "wire" frets.

That is *exactly* what Fender created in the Classic Series `50s Strat. Add vintage style tuners and hardware and a truly lucious "Surf Green" finish, how could this choice be wrong?

Well, on the whole it was not. I gladly and honestly give this guitar 4 stars. But I should have been able to give it 5. Why couldn't I?

The first guitar MF sent to me at first appeared perfect. The workmanship was outstanding in every respect. The sound and feel exactly what I was hoping for. But from the git go the trem arm didn't feel right, offering first some resistance to screwing in, then developing increasing 'jigglies.' Looking around the web I found that the problem I was experiencing on my new guitar was not uncommon -- it was just appearing sooner than it most commonly did.

MF's response was everything I'd come to expect from my favorite music dealer -- an immediate replacement.

Guitar two so far is free of trem arm problems, is also lovely to look at, was setup (string height, intonation, etc.) even better out of the box than the pretty well setup first example, but is a little less than perfection when it comes to the finishing work on the fret ends. Not Squire Affinty rough mind you, but not smooth as glass (as was the first one) either. So I give the Classic Series `50s Strat 4 stars.

Would I recommend this guitar to a friend? Absolutely. Do I love playing it? For sure! (Looking at it too.) But Fender needs to give a touch more attention to the quality control at their Ensenada factory. If they did that -- or if a buyer is lucky and gets a perfect one -- truly this would be a 5 star guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Must have been Miller time on Friday...

One of my students had purchased a classic strat and I was fairly impressed with the quality, and the neck was very nice. So I ordered one to be used and abused in the...Read complete review

One of my students had purchased a classic strat and I was fairly impressed with the quality, and the neck was very nice. So I ordered one to be used and abused in the classroom...Well, the neck WAS nice, but the pickups were loose and tilted, it had two volume knobs, and the bridge pot was wired to the middle pickup. When I tuned the guitar to 440 the bridge block was pulled out of the cavity a good 3/8". ZOWWY!!I know good ones are out there, it just might take you a few tries. I don't have the time..:(

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5.0

Fender classic 50s stratocaster

By Doc Watson

from Nashville Tennessee

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

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

    This is the best. I have a clapton daphne blue and id put it up with this one. Same feeling and tone.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Fender classic

    By cch

    from Huntsville, AL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I'm extremely happy with the quality workmanship, sound, play-ability and looks of this classic Strat! Perfect right out of the case.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Needs setup

      By FRANK

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

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

      Needs setup, but cool guitar

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Incorrect Neck Profile

      By JTA1973

      from Paducah, KY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Control

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

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

      Solid, gorgeous guitar (I got the Daphne Blue). However, mine came with the wrong neck. The "Soft V" felt more like a c neck that had been shaved down to something remotely resembling a Soft V. The neck was what sold me on this guitar. However, quality control seems hit & miss. Returned mine and hoping the new one will have the thick, vintage Soft V that was advertised.

       
      4.0

      Nice Strat!

      By Billy

      from Detroit Mi

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts

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

        Plays great, nice quality. Pickups are a bit noisy, but just keep playing and you're fine!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By joey

        from kansas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I have played guitar for 30 years, everything from punk,ska, metal, jazz, blues. i own lots of guitars and do my own adjustments and mods. this guitar straight from GC Overland Park, Ks kicks butt. its fiesta red. its a strat, so there is not the heavy butter bottom end. i play through a marshall jvm or peavey classic 30 modded and this guitar sounds wonderful. the only pedal i use is a old zoom G1. i have a very high end strat and squiers, this guitar sounds better than my squier but on par with my american standard. buy it, you need it.

           
          5.0

          A guitar for a player with big hands.

          By Push

          from North Carolina

          Pros

          • The Neck And Pickups Are

          Cons

          • Lack Of Shielding

          Best Uses

          • Playing it

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

          The first think I liked was the shaped V shaped neck. For my bigger fingers and hands it made total sense. Players like Hendrix had big hands and not all necks fit the palm like this neck. Set up was so easy and intonation just took a few minutes. I play very light strings and only minor amp adjustments needed. So today I bought a second one just a different color and a HSS pick guard for a pickup,modification. This guitar is not routed for a humbucker bridge so know your skills. It took about two hours to reroute by hand the cavity mount the pickup and new pick guard. I will tweak it a bit but it sounds rather great .

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          My Honest Review

          By Fenderplayer1234

          from Lafayette, La

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Accurate 50's Strat
          • Fun To Play

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

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

            I bought this guitar last year. It is a fine guitar but there were many things I did not like it about it. First I didnt like the tone of the pickups. I felt they were to bright and trebly or roo low and bassy. So I figured I'd swap them out for some Seymour Duncan SSL-1's "California 50's" Pickups. They are what John Frusciante uses. Then I decided I didn't like the feel of the "V Neck" and that I wanted more of a 60's neck with modern C profile, 9.5 radius, medium jumbo frets, etc. Then I decided I didn't like the way the single ply cheap white pickguard looked, and that I wanted a mint green 3 ply. Then I decided that the sustain was awful on account that Fender puts Zinc alloy blocks in these guitars instead of steel or bronze. The tone was very weak on this guitar. An finally the straw the broke the horses back is that the body (fiesta red) is painted with poly eurathane! It is not vintage nitro cellulose lacquer, which looks better as time goes on, like a bottle of fine wine. So with all that being said, This is a nice guitar but simply not what I was looking for.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar!

            By Guitarplayer

            from Connecticut

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              Don't worry about this being Made in Mexico. It is of good quality and the colors Daphne Blue and Surf Green are both nicer than most of the American colors. The only minor issue is that the bridge pick up is not wired to the tone knob, so there is no way to dial back some of the extreme treble when you are on the bridge pick up.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Gutar!

              By Guitarplayer

              from Connecticut

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

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

                Great value for the price. I also own American Strats and this one is lighter with a brighter tone. Also, the Surf Green and Daphne Blue are, in my opinion, two of the best colors available on any Strat model. Don't be scared that this is Made in Mexico - it's still Fender quality and classic Strat tone.

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