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Create your own screaming "Star Spangled Banner" with this unique Strat!
A modified version of a famous Strat seen at Woodstock, the flipped headstock reverses the length of the strings, and combined with the reverse-slant bridge pickup, delivers feel and tone uniquely different from traditional Stratocasters. 3 vintage-style single-coil pickups with staggered pole pieces, alnico magnets, and aged covers generate vintage styling and tone. Highly requested by players, a great addition to your Strat collection.
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Fender '60s Reverse Headstock Strat Electric Guita
this is my first strat as an owner, so may not be as biased as some. however, i have owned many different electric guitar brands, peavey, westbury, ario pro 2,...Read complete review
this is my first strat as an owner, so may not be as biased as some. however, i have owned many different electric guitar brands, peavey, westbury, ario pro 2, dannelectro... and this guitar is light years ahead of any of them...it's A STRAT!!!i will start at the neck, and work my way to the bridge in this review.the headstock is jumbo, and i love it! these are hard to find, look very cool (and good grief, this is a REVERSE head stock!!!). and i may not be able to prove it, but i think the LARGE headstock strats have MORE TONE!!! the tuning keys are vintage style. they are very stable, and the guitar stays in tune for the most part.the neck is simply gorgeous! it has a solid feel, the fret wire feels good, and the slick maple fretboard is slick and fast! this guitar almost "plays itself" it plays so good! lightly touch any fret, and it makes a sound!the pickguard is only oneply. a part of me would rather it were 3 ply, but if it was good enough for jimi....(yuck yuck!). the pickups sound very warm, for single coils. they are alnico! i have tried them in every position, and this guitar has many great sounds. i think the sweet spot is the bridge single coil though. and through a hot tube amp, it sounds SCORCHING, yet you hear EVERY NOTE IN THE CHORD!!! one thing which puzzles me a little, the tone knob has no effect on the bridge pickup. not that that is a problem, is it that way on all strats? or is this a mod jimi specified?the only thing i am changing is the tremolo settings. i lostened it so it floats downward and will bend up more. i am playing with this, and in another week or so, i will find a sweet spot there. speaking of which, the tremolo bar seems a little whimpy, compared to the stock trem that was on my peavey. the bad seems kind of thin or something. it stays intonated well, etc. but, the feel of the trem bar is just a little thin. and what is with that tiny little spring in the hole?!! hello?!!! that thing got lost day one!!! is that what makes this bridge vintage, because they were tripping on acid in the 60s, and someone lost that tiny spring, and it shattered them?!!!i like the paint job, the olympic white looks nice, and was done with quality. i see not quality issues with this guitar at all.i do wish they had put the "scratch guard stickers" ABOVE the screws, because it has made it hard to get it off, and i really do not want to remove every screw to do that.my "rig" is pretty simple. for now, i am down to one electric guitar, this one, but i will buy nothing but strats from now on! i have a small univox u-45b tube amp for small applications like recording, etc. and i have a fender bassman 50 head (silverface) through a 2x12 national cabinet loaded with peavey scorpions. i use misc mxr, EH, and other brand pedals. so, overall, soundwise, this guitar fits in well.the peavey impact i owned had one or 2 more frets, so this is a little different, but i am getting used to it. i still would rather have one guitar like this than 500 peaveys! so, yeah...it plays great, it sounds beautiful, it looks cool! the price is more than other brands like peavey, ibanez, etc...but it is a real fender! and since one can spend 5 grand on a strat, i guess the price is not bad! as far as value, i dont know. i like it for me, so to me it is a value. but, is this a guitar that, 10-20 years from now will be sought after? time will tell. it was hard to research this before i bought it, since i bought it pretty much right when it came out.bottom line, i like it!
Most Liked Negative Review
Cheap-o, not worth it
It's made in Mexico, but they won't tell you that. It's overpriced and not all that great. I own the Hendrix tribute and this doesn't come close. It looks the part, but...Read complete review
It's made in Mexico, but they won't tell you that. It's overpriced and not all that great. I own the Hendrix tribute and this doesn't come close. It looks the part, but after a day, or two, it starts showing its true colors. If you care more about the looks, this will get you a great deal, even with a few upgrades. I'd go with something different. I think this is a cheap product slapped together by the board of directors at Fender. This isn't a quality instrument. I sent it back.
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Saw this with an outstanding Stupid Deal of the Day and had a coupon, so decided to try it as a goof.Very surprised by the quality. Fit and finish were surprisingly flawless, setup was better out of the box than any other guitar I own, including Fender Custom Shop. Someone knows what he is doing when it comes to setups. Dyed maple fretboard looks a little cheesy, but ok. Mine has a 3-ply guard.Pickups sound very "Stratty" and shout Fender all the way. Upgraded pickups might be in order for some, but not for me. I got an incredible deal and will now give Fender Mexican products a fighting chance. This guy is a keeper.Now if I can just get the same deal on the Olympic White model...
I picked up the black strat about a week ago at a good price. It will have to get a good set up as there are some pretty major string buzz issues and the intonation is off. This is to be expected though. What is not to be expected is the large dent in the side of the guitar. I decided that it's not worth sending it back, and with a good set up and maybe swapping the pickups for something that sounds a little better, it will be a keeper.
I just got my new Reverse Strat! love it!I must say I purchased this weapon because I like unique looking guitars. I was lucky enough to spot it on the Stupid Deal of the Day, What a steal! I own about 10 strat style guitars including 4 Fenders, Schecter c1, Kramer Van Halen model from the 80's & Jackson Dinky. I find no issue with the pick ups in this axe! The neck is tremendous! looks just like my early 70's strat's neck. I would recommend keeping this vintage including the Hum. If you play metal, I would look to one of the many strat style axes built for speed I mentioned three earlier in this review or grab a standard strat and throw a mini humbucker in the bridge slot.
I bought this 60's Reverse Headstock MIM Fender Strat to replace a much less expensive Squire Strat. To be used primarily for recording, I wanted more of a "true" Strat sound (lots of tonal personality) than the Squire could deliver...and, got the guitar a great deal, so couldn't resist. This instrument won't blow you away with fancy features - it has the typical volume/tone/tone controls and a 5-way switch. The 6 screw tremolo bridge is retro, but I've heard some prefer over the 2-pole version. Out of the box, the action was better suited for slide. Though, after some tinkering, I was able to adjust the action to a respectable height, put the proper amount of relief on the neck and properly float the bridge. The least desirable feature, if you can call it that, is the signature vintage 60 cycle hum and buzz from the vintage single coil pickups. Rather than plastering copper tape all over the guitar's insides and rewiring the harness, I replaced the stock pups with Fender Hot Noiseless. The sound is definitely "hotter" and still has maintained the Strat twang when needed. IMHO, for recording, noiseless pups are the answer. Overall, a decent purchase. I can't find any obvious flaws with the guitar and look forward to recording with it. BTW, I did replace the single ply white pick guard with a more solid feeling 3-ply (a real 'miss' on Fender's part). I'd favorably recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a unique twist on a classic Fender Strat.
This strat is supposed to give you that Hendrix sound from his Woodstock appearance. The pickups leave a little to be desired. I changed them out to GFS "Jimi" Reverse Stagger Pickups. Sounds much better. As far as comparing a Chinese strat, there is a huge difference, first the Chinese strats are plywood. This is an alder body. The necks are much better on these as well. How does it compare to an American strat? Well it is closer to those 69' strats than an American Standard. They weigh less and have only 21 frets, 6 screw tremolo, so this makes them closer to the original. These are an excellent deal for the money.
This guitar is great, it has standard pickups, but that is what Hendrix played with, so its true to the origonal... Aside from the right handed tremolo bar, but that just depends on what your style is. I like left handed inverted tremolobars...
I've had this one for 1 week now. I was disappointed when I first played it because the neck is off-center. The high E string is barely over the fretboard. BUT, I like the product overall so I'm going to take it to a guitarsmith and have them adjust to bridge slightly. Ok, sound, dynomite! Neck, smooth and fast. When I plugged it into my 100Watt Marshall it came alive! Mine is Black so I put a Black pickguard on it. I put 10s on it instead of the 9s it came with and it's more bendable. Get this one and play it a lot. Trick it out and make it yours. I love mine.
I own several Mexi made strats; a powerhouse deluxe w maple board, a Roland Ready and a couple other reg strats. The one thing I never cared for was the fret wire always seemed smaller. This strat has fretwire like I recall coming on early-mid 70's strats..very comfortable neck. I must've gotten a model they made after a few complaints aboutthe single pickguard as it was a tri ply.The pickups sound great and its easy to get a great deal of flexible tones. Normally I would swap out a bridge or neck pu but really, if you can't get a good strat tone plus a few other classic sounds.. there's likely a problem with yer ears. Just a couple very minor finish problems. The nut had some wood raised on the treble end, but nothing that isn't interfering and cant be corrected. There was also a small tiny mark on the edge of the 5th fret board.
love mine now after mods i did.everythings great but the pickups terrible.changed them out for dimarzio super distortion rails!now that baby sings,other than that killer guitar,plus they look better than any i have owned!! buy one now!!
This is actully my first strat and fender... I love it so much I regret getting white cause I want black now but it's got a smooth neck. The headstock reversed gives it a differnt sound and the pick up is switched around too. I love the vintage pick ups but some people complain there standard and want new one's If I were you swap em out for texas speicals or vintage noiseless if you want to. Rembmer this is a hendrix guitar so treat it like ONE!