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The Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster is an electric guitar that delivers killer aged looks, feel, and mojo without breaking the bank. The '50s Road Worn Strat was designed using 1950s specs augmente... Read More

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The Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster is an electric guitar that delivers killer aged looks, feel, and mojo without breaking the bank. The '50s Road Worn Strat was designed using 1950s specs augmented by Tex-Mex pickups and 6105 frets.

Like classic cars or your favorite T-shirt, some things just get cooler with age. It's especially true of electric guitars. They develop an unmistakable mojo over time that makes them look even cooler and feel even more comfortable than when they were new. In that regard, the Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster is a true player.

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  • Body: alder
  • Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Neck: maple
  • Neck profile: soft "V" shape
  • Fretboard: maple
  • Fretboard radius: 7-1/4"
  • Frets: 21 (6105 style)
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Nut width: 1.650"
  • Hardware: chrome
  • Tuners: Fender vintage style
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized tremolo
  • Pickguard: 1-ply white
  • Pickups: 3 Tex-Mex Stratocaster single-coil
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Controls: master volume, neck pickup tone, middle pickup and middle/bridge combination tone control
  • Strings: Fender standard tension ST250R nickel-plated steel (10-13-17-26-36-46)
  • Case: not included
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FenderRoad Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

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Absolutely stunning!!!

Last week I bought 2 60's roadworn Strats and the 50's Tele.I am converted to this new series now...they are all I want to play.Today I bought the 50's Strat...Read complete review

Last week I bought 2 60's roadworn Strats and the 50's Tele.I am converted to this new series now...they are all I want to play.Today I bought the 50's Strat in black.It looks absoluletly gorgeous...just like Clapton's old beat up 'Blackie'.The relic job looks very credible.The workmanship is fantastic.The sleek contoured alder body is light and the soft 'V' neck plays really well due to the tall frets and sanded off lacquer in back and front.The acoustic tone sounds so detailed and resonant due to the thin nitro lacquer finish and the relic job only enhances it even more.The classic Strat tones are all there with the Tex Mex pickups...Jimmie Vaughan uses the very same ones in his signature model.I can't believe Fender is finally offering something of this caliber and vibe at a very reasonable price.I would argue that I prefer this series to many of the custom shop relics I've tried!!!I searched my whole musical life for a guitar that would have this kind of vibe when bought brand new.All my other guitars feel so plasticky and vibeless in comparasion.It would take them years to achieve this level of relic.It's amazing how these guitars excel in every aspect...tone,looks,vibe and comfort...brand new!!!

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Not bad for what it is

I had a 2009 road worn and I loved the look of it but the playability was rough at best and it was too light around my neck (5lbs or so?) ay to...Read complete review

I had a 2009 road worn and I loved the look of it but the playability was rough at best and it was too light around my neck (5lbs or so?) ay to light, so in 2015 I traded it in for another fender
(60th anniversary)and was pleased... but i so missed the look of the road worn that I bought another. I do like that the 2016 model is heavier... but the look of it is sadly lacking in character (it also still frets out!!!) and it is the worst relic job i have seen from fender and I've seen a lot. Listen Fender; I love most everything you make and have around twenty five strats (and more than a few of your amps) go back to the way you made these road worns in 2009 but keep the weight of them heavier and also please, please no more 7.25 radius ...it just seems unnecessary when 9.25 is so much easier to deal with.

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3.0

Not bad for what it is

By Rick Foxx

from Queen Creek Az.

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    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I had a 2009 road worn and I loved the look of it but the playability was rough at best and it was too light around my neck (5lbs or so?) ay to light, so in 2015 I traded it in for another fender
    (60th anniversary)and was pleased... but i so missed the look of the road worn that I bought another. I do like that the 2016 model is heavier... but the look of it is sadly lacking in character (it also still frets out!!!) and it is the worst relic job i have seen from fender and I've seen a lot. Listen Fender; I love most everything you make and have around twenty five strats (and more than a few of your amps) go back to the way you made these road worns in 2009 but keep the weight of them heavier and also please, please no more 7.25 radius ...it just seems unnecessary when 9.25 is so much easier to deal with.

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    5.0

    This Is The One!

    By ERIC

    from Clare, Michigan

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I own a black 1996 American Made Fender Strat Plus with a rosewood fingerboard that I bought new 18 years ago for $900. This has been the only guitar that I have ever owned. I love it. However, I have always wanted a maple neck sunburst strat for a change of look and sound. I thought the American Standard 3 tone sunburst was the way I was going to go. That is what everyone ends up getting right? But it was $1500. Well, after years of contemplating and shopping around (18 to be exact) I came across the 50s Road Worn 2-tone sunburst Strat. It had everything I wanted: maple neck, sunburst (the 2-tone actually looks better than the 3-tone), completely different look, feel, and sound compared to the Strat Plus I already had. BUT this one had a distressed look that made it different and unique compared to the American Standard Strat that everyone else has. And it was nearly half the price of an American Standard Strat. I've played the Am Standard Strats many times. The 50s Road Worn feels amazingly better. Without question this is The One! Sure it is made in Mexico. Who really cares. This guitar feels and sounds better than the made in America $1500 American Standard Strat. And it looks better too. BUY IT. You will NOT be disappointed.

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    5.0

    mojo strat

    By Tony B

    from howell nj

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    is it in my head ? or is it real ? i don't know nor do i care , this guitar is cool , its sounds different ,looks different,feels different , & so i play different , the more i play it , the more i want to hear it , the more i want to look at it , i have MANY guitars all strats , i know some are more comfortable than others some sound better that others , but this guitar has some kind of mojo !!!!!!! I Love It !!!

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    5.0

    AWSOME!!!!

    By Jacob

    from Highlands Ranch, CO

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is very comfortable to play. The V-neck fits my hands very well. It stays in tune very well and using the whammy bar won't get you out of tune very much. The pickups are very good for a Stevie Ray Vaughan sound but you can get many different other sounds with it. The only problem I have is I cant bend the E string up three half steps, if I do, the note dies. But it can be fixed. Over all its a great guitar!

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    3.0

    great guitar, minor problems...

    By derek

    from jupiter, Fl

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    i dont own this but i played it and the 60's strat for a good hour comparing them since they were both on sale, and i prefered the 60s and ill tell you why. This is an amazing guitar, it is for the most part very comfortable to play the soft v neck is awesome especially if you wrap your thumb around to hit bass notes, the texas specials are my favorite single coil pickup, the relicing looks great, and the nitro finish allows your own aging and lets the wood breathe. however the volume knob doesnt work that well it has to either be up to 8 or its unaudible and how the neck is sanded all the way down to wood with no finish its very sticky and get this wierd woody coating on your hand after playing for a while. Idk if its just the one i was playing that had those problems and if its just my personal dislike for the neck but other than that i think its a great guitar its high quality and i would definatly recommend it.

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    5.0

    BEST ROAD WORN EVER!!!

    By Bluesmaster

    from Simsbury, CT

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I played this strat at Guitarcenter last week, and let me tell you, I loved every second of it! The tex-mex pickups play beautifully clean or with distortion, the finish is soft and sweet, and the soft V neck is incredible! Not to mention, this thing is INCREDIBLY light, even for a strat. If you're looking for a beautifully reliced strat that plays and feels great, don't hesitate to buy the Road Worn 50's Stratocaster!

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    5.0

    BUY THIS GUITAR NOW!!!!

    By Tom

    from Simsbury, CT

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I played this thing in the sunburst today down at Guitarcenter, and let me tell you, it blew me away!!! The pickups play incredibly clean or with distortion, it stays in tune perfectly, and the neck is the most incredible feel. The narrow setup of the neck is incredible, and this beaut truly could be from the 50's. I'm sure I'll be buying this thing sometime soon, and so should every Strat lover out there.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This Guitar is with me 24/7!

    By Marq

    from Seattle, WA

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    At first I was quite skeptical about the "Road Worn" series. It seemed a rather expensive and kind of dumb idea to beat-up a guitar on purpose to make it look like it's been well played, presumeably so when some poser goes to buy it, they can LOOK like they've been playing it for years... And then I played one (the one I bought) just on a lark and was really taken aback by the great neck and action, tone, and even the vintage look that is really pretty amazingly realistic (I have a million photo books of vintage Fenders that I drool over all the time, it looks just like them). This particular one (Road Worn 50's Strat, 2-Tone Sunburst, Maple fretboard) was set-up like gold from the factory. The guitar really resonates and sings when unplugged. The amplified tone was a bit dull at first, then I noticed the pick-ups were adjusted at the lowest possible level (but with a slightly high action on the strings, the way I like it) so I just raised them a bit and now she's a tone MONSTER. The tone is very bright and bluesy and vintage sounding, and it really seems like the nitro finish and lack of finish on most of the neck contribute to an extra-alive tone on the maple Road Worn Strat. And I got it to carry in a gig bag EVERYWHERE and so that if despite my best efforts it's picks up a scratch or ding now and then, WHO CARES, it's already dinged and scratched!. Instead of stressing about trying to keep my new looking guitar looking new, I can relax and enjoy letting my old looking guitar get even older and cooler looking! I really sold on this guitar. GET ONE!

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    (20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    true believer

    By chris

    from bealeton, va

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    like many, I've drooled over those beat up vintage strats for years. When I first heard of these road worn strats, I had mixed feelings. The fake wear and tear seemed like cheating to me, and many that I saw online seemed poorly done. Fast forward a few years and a few modern strats and I wondered into guitar center just to window shop. I stumbled upon a 50s road worn. My initial thought: wow, they did a good job with the wear and tear on this one. Out of curiosity, I picked it up and plugged it into the cheapest amp I could find. Words cannot describe how "right" this guitar felt. Even through a poor amp, it had a tone that refused to be ignored. The neck begs to be played and the body has the perfect weight and curves. Long story short, I found MY guitar. I play it for hours every day since our fateful encounter and unlike everything else I own, I just fall more in love.

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    5.0

    Road Worn 50's Strat is a Keeper

    By Dennis Cobb

    from Las Vegas, NV

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    This guitar had a great 'ring' to it unplugged, and once it's running through an amp the 'quack" in positions 2&$ were very satisfying. The set-up from the factory stunk, but if fairness I doubt a boxed, stored and then shipped guitar remains as it was when Fender turned it loose. The pickups are just okay, and I'm struggling to like them with the pronounced G string from the staggered poles. But, I guess flaws are vintage, too, right? I love how it looks, how it feels, and now how it plays after some basic work. I'm keeping it (but the pickups may go).

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