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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Features
  • 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
 
4.2

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    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.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good starting block

    By Satan

    from Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Flat Sound

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

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

    I bought this guitar to hot rod. I wanted a lacquer guitar but not at custom shop price. The soft v neck feels really nice to me, but the frets are inconsistent. A good setup is do-able though. I still plan to swap for a USA neck. The pickups sound hard when the volume is cranked, but if you back it off on a tube amp the tone gets thin. I swapped for american standards. Overall solid guitar or a good building block for a professional setup. I rate this guitar three stars because it needs the usual tlc that a mexican does, and adjusting the truss rod sucks.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice strat

    By Bullfrog

    from California

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

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

      I recently purchased a two-color sunburst with light relic. It required a bit of work on the setup and the neck radius took some getting used to, but now feels comfortable. I have a number of guitars including American strats and this one definitely has a different vibe. The Tex-Mex pickups sound a bit more raw than the pickups in my other strats and I find the need to use the tone and volume to dial in my sound with these. Overall a nice guitar and I don't regret my purchase.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Road Worn not Relic

      By The Blues Man

      from Chicago, Il.

      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
        • Small Venues

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

        I was at first a little disappointed that it wasn't more beat up looking- you know heavy relic looking like you just dug it up from the guitar cemetery. Other than that I couldn't be more pleased. It plays great and sounds great. I really like the smaller neck. I am a very electric guitar blues player. I am 60 years old and have paid my dues. I currently own and play 17 electric guitars; 7 which are strats. This is a keeper and a real steal. There ain't nothing wrong with playing a MIM guitar. If you are thinking about getting one of these do so.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Strat, frets required some work

        By Lee

        from Cordova, TN

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Fit

        Best Uses

        • Recreating Layla
        • Recreating The Layle

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

        Two things leap out to me about this mostly excellent instrument:
        1. The fret ends were finished quite rough on the guitar I received, mostly on the treble side. A jeweler's file fixed the problem, and since it is already "relicked", I wasn't particularly worried about roughing up the side of the neck.
        2. This guitar plays and, most importantly, SOUNDS like a 1950s vintage Fender Stratocaster. I used to own a real road-worn 1959 Strat with maple neck, and I can attest that this MiM replica truly gets it. Play it through a small Fender vintage tube amp (like a Champ) or even a newer USA-made solid state Fender Bronco amp (which I now use), and I found that you can truly attain that classic early '70s Eric Clapton tone - you know, kind of biting and "crunchy" - with this amazing recreation. The Fender Tex-Mex pickups do indeed deliver on this axe!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Impressive Strat

        By Bob Gnarley

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Relicing Looks Awesome
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Needed Setup Obviously

        Best Uses

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

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

        Don't listen to these haters with the negative reviews.. This is a great strat for the price. Besides the sweet looks.. this thing plays very comfortably and has a sweet sounding tone. Very crisp sound and is even better with a little overdrive. Only thing that needed adjustment was the action, found it to be a little high but thats typical for a new guitar. As far as it being a Mexican strat.. this thing sounds just as good if not better than my American strat. The nitro finish really makes a difference in tone.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice Guitar with one big flaw

        By Solerso68

        from Baltimore

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Bad Frets

        Best Uses

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

          I like these guitars overall, Fender does a completely realistic job of aging them - they do genuinely look and feel like old, worn guitars. The only thing about this guitar i really found to be a problem, that i disliked in a big way, was the frets. "jumbo" frets have gotten high to the point of being ridiculous. Its possible the guitar i received did not get any fret work at all, and thats why they are so unuseable - either way is unacceptable, and a black mark against the product. I gave it an overall high rating because otherwise, i found the guitar to be great, and i have repaired the unuseable frets.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          i tried really hard to complain

          By randywolf

          from louisville ky

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Feels Just Like A 58
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • No Case
          • Not Enough Wear

          Best Uses

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

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

          i tried my best to find things i didnt like about this thing and i came up with two things
          1. not as much wear as i would have liked to have seen
          2. when i buy an expensive new guitar i expect to get a case with it.

          okay i tried my best to complain about this thing and thats seriously all i could come up with... thats it. the sound is perfect, the tone is perfect, the feel is perfect even the weight is perfect. in short its perfect. i had to dig really deep to find things i didnt like and even then look at my reasons... not enough wear? no case? the only things i could find are borderlining ridiculous. seriously, buy this thing i personally guarantee you wont regret it

          (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          THIS GUITAR IS MY NEW FAVORITE!!!

          By tonylovestone

          from La Plata, MD

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

          If you wanted to take this guitar from me, you would have to pry it from my cold, life-less fingers. I love this thing a heckuva lot. It really is phenomenal. You should get one before they wind up discontinuing these things.
          This guitar (Fender 50's Roadworn Stratocaster) has all the features you need. The nitro finish makes it sound better. I don't care what anyone says. The fact that Fender didn't dunk this ax into plastic-like paint allows for the tone to bleed through the heart of the guitar. Tremolo is sturdy. Tuners are solid. (3) very hot Tex-Mex pickups and an amazingly comfortable v-neck. I don't know what else you would want in a Strat. This thing bleeds vintage.
          Quality, so far, is very impressive. It is a solid guitar, and because it is already beat to heck, I don't worry about if it gets bumped or bruised. That just adds to the character. This guitar seems like it can really take a beating. MIM Fenders are definitely where it's at.
          Maybe a little higher on price than I would like, but I really can't complain. This might be my favorite guitar that I own. Seriously. And I own a Thinline Tele, a Gibson LP, and a super-sweet Epiphone Sheraton. I love all of those guitars very very much, but I think this one takes the cake. See the features above. The features really make this guitar special. The tex-mex's and the finish. Not to mention the fact that the neck feels so worn in and comfortable.

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