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Bridging the gap between Fender's ultra-progressive Aerodyne body profile and vintage Fender instruments, the Aerodyne Classic Stratocaster is the most comfortable Strat ever! A basswood body with uniquely radiused figured maple top is joined to a maple C-shaped neck with matching headstock and ergonomic 7-1/4" radius rosewood fretboard. Creme body binding, chrome hardware, and unique mint green pickguard give it a totally unique look that's still all Stratocaster, while the Standard Strat pickups deliver classic tone.
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Fender, Special Edition Series, Aerodyne Classic Stratocaster2008 Model. Fender Part Number: 025-6506-538, Crimson Red Transparent "CRT".Full specs available on Fender's web site. Select Products, Stratocaster, Special Edition, Aerodyne.I have owned many Strats over the years from a 1956 original to a 2001 American Deluxe. One of my jamming buddies has an American Vintage 70's Series (approx. $2,700 MSRP in Canada).The Aerodyne is, probably, the most pleasant surprise Fender has unleashed on us!The Aerodyne carries features only available on *much* more expensive guitars. For example, to get the Vintage Synchronized Tremolo the Aerodyne has on any other Strat, you have to go all the way up to the 70's Vintage series.My review would have been 5 all-around except for two important things (IMO). One aesthetic, the other electrical.1) The fingerboard overlaps the bottom of the neck leaving a lip overhanging the body. The pick guard fits under this space only if you approach with it on a 45 degree angle. Very difficult to do with the neck pickup screws hitting the pickup cut-out in the body as you try to mount it.2) Fender used a Japanese "box" shaped switch for the 5-position blade switch rather than the Fender original semi-circle design. The specs are the same, but I would have preferred the other switch.The interaction between the vintage tuning machines and the vintage synchronized tremolo is flawless. Even with new-ish strings and using the trem hard, the guitar stays in-tune.I upgraded my Aerodyne with a set of Fender Vintage Noiseless Pickups (complete with pots, caps and resistor). Fender part number: 099-2115-000.The aged plastic parts add nicely to the overall vintage look. The gold lettering on the noiseless pickups matches the volume and tone knobs.I use a Line 6 POD XTLive into a pair of Peavey Classic 30 tube amp's (effects return inputs).This is now my main, #1 guitar and will be for a VERY long time to come. Most of my jamming friends are amazed [and some are downright PO'd at me ;)] at just how well this guitar gives that coveted (and usually very expensive) vintage sound. Well done, Fender!
Fantastic. I bought this guitar in July 2007 and am so happy about every aspect of it. The build quality and finish is a perfect 10. They look much better in person than any picture I've seen of one. They are a limited edition from Fender's builders in Japan and they really tried to show up the crew in Corona, CA. The binding looks great (who would have thought on a Strat!) and the (22 fret!) neck is the smoothest around. The frets are perfect for this guitar, very easy to bend but sturdy enough for good chord work. Tone-wise it has standard Strat pickups so you know what you are getting, but the body and neck give it a real solid feel. This is a pro guitar through and through.I added 2 more springs to the trem and put 10s on it. I love it! If I feel the need after I buy a better amp, I may add some Fender Vintage Noiseless Pickups to it, but we'll see. I think this it's already a winner and plan to be playing mine for a LONG time. With the craftsmanship that went in to the build the only thing I wish it included would be a hardshell case. Makes me smile every time I see it!
This guitar is more than exceptional. Plays every genre you want, good when clean, good when dirty. A little more power than my 91 strat. Little less than my schecter. Right in the middle. It's perfect. I play through a Kustom 200 stack and it puts that real classic sound back into the Kustom. But hey man, it's a fender, what else would you expect?