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Designed by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder, Dennis Galuszka.

The Classic Player '50s Stratocaster guitar features an alder body, a maple neck with a 9.5" radius, 21 medium jumbo frets and Gotoh vintage-style locking tuning machines. 57/62 vintage-style single-coil pickups (reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup) with a 5-way switch and custom pickup switching offer distinct voicings, The electric guitar's custom 2-point vintage-style tremolo along with the Gotoh tuners let you whammy wildly while locking in your intonation.

Includes a gig bag.

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Designed by Custom Shop Master Builder Dennis Galuszka
Alder body
Maple neck with a 9.5" radius
21 medium jumbo frets
Gotoh vintage-style locking tuning machines
57/62 vintage-style single-coil pickups (reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup)
Custom 2-point vintage-style tremolo
5-way switch and custom switching
Includes a gig bag

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FenderClassic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 40 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Small venues (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Terrific

I've hd this guitar for about two weeks and... Wow! I originally planned to buy and american standard or special, but after trying this one on a whim, it was the only...Read complete review

I've hd this guitar for about two weeks and... Wow! I originally planned to buy and american standard or special, but after trying this one on a whim, it was the only one I could see myself buying. Great feel, awesome shoreline gold finish, and the electronics sound beautiful. The locking tuners are easy to use, and with some graphite on the nut, gave perfect tuning stability with frequent tremolo use. Being a common user of the tremolo, I was disappointed to find the threads starting to strip after only a few days of playing, causing a black dust and strong sulfur smell to come from the bridge hole. Regardless, I cleaned it up and teflon-taped the threads and it has been working perfectly since. The zinc trem. block will probably get switched out when the problem gets out of hand, but that is the only issue I've seen in this otherwise wonderful guitar.
Sounds fantastic clean and dirty. I use it for funk, blues, classic rock and jazz- tone fits perfectly for all.

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Great guitar - horrible finish and warranty

Let me start with the positive. I love Stratocasters and the neck on this one is terrific. I'd say I prefer it to my '62 reissue as the jumbo frets and 9.5"...Read complete review

Let me start with the positive. I love Stratocasters and the neck on this one is terrific. I'd say I prefer it to my '62 reissue as the jumbo frets and 9.5" radius are far more versatile. The shape of it, the finish and hardware are all great. The pickups are also very good ones. No need to upgrade there.Where mine let me down was the paint. I've never seen anything with such thick but weak paint on it. A small chip appeared just after an action job but it soon spread to a fairly large area (a few square inches). The paint had little staying power. All the paint near the small chip started lifting from the body although there was no mark in the wood. It happened in one other place as well. What started as a small mark just spread. No luck with Fender either. For whatever reason, they don't care if the paint doesn't stick.I wish they'd used a nitro finish which I have on 3 other Fenders. I ended up getting mine refinished with nitro and am much happier but I shouldn't have had to do that on an instrument of this price range.

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(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great guitar - horrible finish and warranty

By NowPreferNitro

from Seattle, WA

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

Let me start with the positive. I love Stratocasters and the neck on this one is terrific. I'd say I prefer it to my '62 reissue as the jumbo frets and 9.5" radius are far more versatile. The shape of it, the finish and hardware are all great. The pickups are also very good ones. No need to upgrade there.Where mine let me down was the paint. I've never seen anything with such thick but weak paint on it. A small chip appeared just after an action job but it soon spread to a fairly large area (a few square inches). The paint had little staying power. All the paint near the small chip started lifting from the body although there was no mark in the wood. It happened in one other place as well. What started as a small mark just spread. No luck with Fender either. For whatever reason, they don't care if the paint doesn't stick.I wish they'd used a nitro finish which I have on 3 other Fenders. I ended up getting mine refinished with nitro and am much happier but I shouldn't have had to do that on an instrument of this price range.

(10 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

works on every single style

By tobias bonfiglio

from argentina

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

i bought this guitar in 2007, since then i can't stop playing it, from pink floyd to john mayer, it's the best always, the neck, amazing, body, is just sexy, and the sound? it is like a choir of angels singing "ave maria" sometimes distorted and sometimes clean, this guitar is awesome!
i'm from argentina and bought it in miami, for us, it's really expensive to think on an american guitar, even more if we are talking about an american vintage reissue, which i love! but this one, is affordable to us southamericans and its AMAZING.
so fender, thank you, i got married at the age of 18 with this guitar.
excelent
excelent
excelent

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Terrific

By DS

from Toronto

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Cheap Tremolo Block

Best Uses

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

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

I've hd this guitar for about two weeks and... Wow! I originally planned to buy and american standard or special, but after trying this one on a whim, it was the only one I could see myself buying. Great feel, awesome shoreline gold finish, and the electronics sound beautiful. The locking tuners are easy to use, and with some graphite on the nut, gave perfect tuning stability with frequent tremolo use. Being a common user of the tremolo, I was disappointed to find the threads starting to strip after only a few days of playing, causing a black dust and strong sulfur smell to come from the bridge hole. Regardless, I cleaned it up and teflon-taped the threads and it has been working perfectly since. The zinc trem. block will probably get switched out when the problem gets out of hand, but that is the only issue I've seen in this otherwise wonderful guitar.
Sounds fantastic clean and dirty. I use it for funk, blues, classic rock and jazz- tone fits perfectly for all.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Two Tone~Tone Bone!!!

By Texasguitarman

from Rockwall, TX

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

Picked this up last Friday, changed strings, removed protective plastic on pickguard and trem cover, polished it, plugged it in, turned it up and floored it. Played an outside gig in 100 degree heat Saturday. Three Hours later, still was in tune!I have a first year SRV, a Fender Strat with Noiseless pick ups, and several acoustics. I bought this to keep the SRV out of the heat, etc. I believe this classic player 50's strat is a great alternative to draggin my SRV to a gig. I am sacrificing nothing when using this vs. a very expensive SRV

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best strat imo

By adam oneil

from michigan

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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 Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    this is a great guitar. Ive owned my share of Stratocasters. I had another 50s strat in daphne blue about 12 years ago, and then later saw the shoreline gold in a store and saw that it was also a 50s series, I bought it. I had an 80s Japanese Stratocaster, and a Mexican standard. the 50s strat just sounds so warm, has a great neck, such an eye catcher too. Ive jammed on friends americans, and unless they are the real deal vintage, I cant really see spending the extra money for one. actually, if the Mexican make is the only thing stopping you from buying this, do an a/b comparison. get a us special or standard on a tube amp, and then plug this thing in first, guarantee the American one will not impress you any more. stays in tune, durable, affordable, sexy, sweet, comfortable players guitar. I used it to play everything from Motown to the stooges. sweet soul to crunchy punk.

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    WOW...great guitar!!

    By blue49

    from Portland, OR

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I had been looking into a '57 reissue Stratocaster. But as soon as I picked up the Classic Player 50s Strat, I was sold. After 9 months of ownership, I can say that it's an incredibly versatile guitar with more versatility than your average Stratocaster. It stays in tune very well, the vibrato works great, having a tone control for the bridge PU makes it really nice to roll off some of the biting high end but still get a nice twangy tone, and the ability to use the neck and bridge PUs together gives what is actually my favorite tone out of this guitar for 50s country, 50s pop, and rockabilly. All of my other guitars that I own and play are in the $2,000-$3,000 price range, but this [$] Stratocaster has great workmanship that leaves me shocked to know that it was produced outside of the US or Japan. It's a reliable, comfortable instrument (well...other than the HUGE frets I don't like). It sounds fantastic for most 50s and 60s popular music genres, but it is not of high enough quality that I would probably use it to record an album with. For gigging though, it's a reliable, durable instrument with great versatility and is easily replaceable in the case of a major accident or theft. As with any guitar, it needed some initial adjustments, so I lowered the action and installed 9-gauge Gibson Vintage Reissue strings, which are tonally incomparable to cruddy Fender strings. I'd recommend this 50s Classic Player Strat to anybody looking for a nice, relatively inexpensive guitar to play 50s music on.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Trade In Your Other Strats, Dudes

      By Jazzorama

      from Atlanta

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

      Glad to see I'm not the only one--Nealio, D.C., is another--truly expanding the capability of the uber-flexible Fender Strat by using it for jazz. I A/B'd this beautiful shoreline gold number against stiff competition (PRS, LP, Ibanez) and this one came up the winner. I have no particular love for any one guitar brand, but I LOVE this guitar. The only thing that's annoying in appearance is a pickguard that will not stay flush with the body. Probably a jig problem, but it shouldn't really have been distributed with this flaw. I notice it on every Classic Player's 50 that I tried out and have seen since. Fender: how could you do this??? Given that this guitar is soooo sweet in all other aspects--soft-v neck, novel switching, thin Poly paint, locking tuners--how could something this simple and obvious leave your factories? This is why I gave it a 4.0 on quality.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best guitar in my collection

      By B.B. Hari

      from California

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

      I've owned my shoreline gold Classic Player 50's strat for about 6 months now, and actually love it more as time goes by. I currently own 6 guitars and find myself playing this one the most. The soft V neck, the super-stable tuners, the 2 point tremolo bridge, the overall way it feels, plays and sounds through a small tube amp; it all adds up to a great guitar. I won't even say "for the price", I just cannot see any reason to spend more when this instrument is so sweet. It does have poly finish, not lacquer, and a single ply pick guard; but for me these do not diminish anything about the guitar. After all, even the EC custom comes with a single ply guard at, let's just say a bit higher cost. So I guess I will say it, not only is this a great guitar, FOR THE PRICE this is one hell of a deal.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A diamond in the vast Fender Line

      By sdfndrs

      from NYC

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

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

        For the money OR NOT- a solid instrument....in all respects....had to adjust string heights out of the box and have relieved the neck once since owning it....for about a year.......nothing too awful....and easy to do. Plays and sounds like any top-end or vintage Strat I've ever picked up.......

        (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        The Best of Custom Shop when Made in Mexico

        By Nofearrockstar

        from Boston

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

        Unless you can find on a great deal, I bought mine thru Level 1 with Musician Friends. Go for a few extra and take the pain of buying American Std. You might as well at this point.
        Back to the basic set up with 5 Way Selector, one ply pickguard, aged knobs with vintage locking tuners and trem block. Only the lowest priced Fender Strat with V Neck configuration for easy to play and bend with radius on maple.
        The Only Finish to get is the two tone Sunburst which shows the grain of the wood and came flawless. Arrived in a gig bag somewhat in tune but just needed a string change to really come alive.
        This is a true Custom Shop design with Made in Mexico parts, just about as good as you can get on a budget and go for the Two Tone Sunburst.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Impressive Guitar

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

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

        I was really surprised when I got this guitar. Sounds great! Very nice pick-ups, love the locking tuners, and has an overall extremely nice, vintage tone. And best of all, it's custom shop designed. The only problem I noticed is that when you switch between pick-ups, there is a very light ping noise that you can hear through the amp. Other than that, I highly recommend the guitar.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful instrument for an amazing price

        By StratoLover-Z.SmJ

        from New York, NY

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

        I purchased my 2-Tone sunburst 50's Strat 3 years ago, and I have loved every minute with it. It is a custom shop machine for sure. The fingerboard is insanely fast and I love the v-shaped neck. The guitar itself is beautiful and has a nice timeless look about it. The sound is unparalleled and has a wonderful richness without being too bass or treble heavy. The stock strings themselves are great and lasted me a long while. I cannot recommend this guitar highly enough. For the money, there is no better instrument.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great guitar

        By Jelly Bean

        from Florida

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

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

          This is one of the only guitars fender has that comes in a 10 gauge string. Its made for a fatter sound and that's what it produces.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Still The One

          By Tennessee Strat Cat

          from In a cave

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

          It has been two years since I purchased my Strat and I've only grown to love it more.The one area I previously said I would change is the finish. It's beautiful, but I said I would prefer nitrocellulose. For those of you who really know your guitars, you know there are some who swear nitro-finished guitars sound better. Honestly, I can't tell the difference. Evidently neither can Eric Clapton, who routinely plays his Fender Clapton Signature Strats right off the rack. They have a poly-finish. Additionally, most manufacturers use poly exclusively. Poly has many advantages. It is much more durable than nitro and maintains it's "new" look much longer than nitro. So unless you are really looking for that "relic" look, poly is the way to go. Fender has other options for "worn" looking guitars, and the new "Road Worn" series is a great addition. Regarding resonance, I have learned that it is not so much the type of paint but the thickness of the paint. You really want a thin paint finish on your guitar for the best resonance. This Strat, and all the Classic Player series guitars have a thin poly finish. So you don't have to worry about resonance. This guitar has it in spades. It has the mojo you are looking for, and it has the features you are looking for. This is one tremendous product that Fender has come out with. I'm exceedingly happy with mine in every aspect. There is virtually nothing I would change, and I wouldn't trade it for any other guitar in the world. This is my "keeper". This is the one.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          50's Classic Players

          By Dogarr

          from Ridgely, MD

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

          Tone monster, very strong sounding guitar, you can get good sounds from any position or pickups and they custom wiring is decent. Neck and bridge together in post 4 and bridge and middle in position 1, tone controls 1 and 2 work combined in those 2 spots. The pickups sound great, and the V neck is very nice, easy to reach the higher frets etc.Now the only let down, the neck has some spots where the lacquer looks rough, the frets all had residue on them from it. Some spots the lacquer was over the frets. The ground wire to the trem claw when I got the guitar had to be re soldered, it was barely hanging on. The 2 tone sunburst is what I got, the body looks nice honestly.The setup wasn't real hot but after adjusting the trem and intonated the guitar it just got better and better. This guitar kills the mexi standards I own on the acoustic tone alone, plugged in its very rich so yeah it's worth it if you can swing the cash.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Quality Control Problems

          By Zero the Hero

          from Salem, OR

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

          There is a lot to like about this guitar. It has the nicest tremolo that you could ask for on a Fender, the soft V neck is divine and the American Vintage pickups are nothing short of sublime. The problem is with quality control at the Mexican plant. My first Players 50s guitar was certified "unplayable" by the in-house repairman at my local music store due to improper fret placement. My second guitar was marred by flaws in the paint an finish. If Fender is going to charge top-dollar for a Mexican made guitar they better get their act together down there. I have seen flaws on the Jimmie Vaughn strats and the Buddy Guy model as well. My American strats are flawless by the way. If you want a Mexican-made Fender such as this, you need to examine the guitar very carefully and play it with a critical ear. This is your hard-earned cash, make Fender earn it, and send it back if it is substandard. Period.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Classic Player, Classic Value

          By Tennessee Strat Cat

          from In a cave

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

          This is definitely a home-run for Fender. The Classic Player series of guitars is a winning formula, no matter how you look at it. I have been playing for about 3 1/2 years. Compared to many of my fellow musicians, my experience with guitars may be short. However, since I began learning guitar it has been my passion and I have spent a great deal of time researching what makes a good guitar. This is a good guitar. Before I bought this guitar I tried many many other Strats. I can honestly say this was my favorite of all of them for feel, sound and overall quality, regardless of price. The 50s Classic Player Strat feels more substantial than an American Series strat, the v-shape neck plays like a dream and the tone is unreal. Overall, it has a vintage vibe that reminds me alot of the Eric Johnson Strat at less than half the price. On top of all that, it' a beautiful instrument! No, it's not an American-made Fender, and honestly that shouldn't matter. The people down in Ensenada, Mexico are doing a fantastic job. Will it hold it's value like an American Strat? Time will tell. But don't forget that this is a Custom Shop-designed Strat and I would be willing to bet that fact alone will help this little beauty maintain and perhaps even increase in value over time. The bottom line: Don't take my word for it. Go out and play one of these beautiful instruments and compare it with other guitars in it's price range. You will be amazed at what this much can buy. Thanks Fender for another great value. And thanks for a great website!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Guitar for the Money

          By Josh

          from Carrboro, NC

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I've had this guitar for over a month now. Simply put, I have been blown away. The fit and finish is better than what I've seen on $2000+ guitars. Originally I wanted a hardtail Strat to avoid tuning issues. With this bridge and these locking tuners, there haven't been any issues. The guitar was in tune out of the box. I repeat: THE GUITAR WAS IN TUNE, OUT OF THE BOX. The intonation and action were set up. The tone is classic. These pickups are really special. In a clean to overdriven setting this guitar just shines.

              My only complaint is the hum. Yes I know 60Hz hum is inherent to single coil pickups. I just haven't owned a guitar with single coil pickups in over twenty years. I have to get used to it again. Plugging my amp into a different wall outlet sometimes helps. Sometimes it goes away if I move to a different location a few feet away and just change my angle. Lowering the master volume on the guitar helps too. In the two position the bridge and (reverse wound) middle cancel out the hum. In the four position, you get the neck and bridge pickup instead of the traditional neck and middle pickup combination. I'll probably get this guitar rewired so it's like a traditional Strat.

              Other than the inherent hum, it's a fantastic guitar at twice the price.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Lovely Strat with a great neck

              By Dante1963

              from St. Louis

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I could not be happier with this instrument.

                  First, the finish (two-tone sunburst), was absolutely lovely, without a flaw.

                  The neck has a great, but sublte v-shape that fits nicely in my hands and make chording much easier. In fact, I don't think I've ever held a guitar with a nicer neck.

                  The Gotoh tuners make string-changing a breeze, and I'm thinking of adding them to all my guitars.

                  Through my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, I was able to dial in a very sweet, glassy overdrive. Pushing the gain a bit, I found a convincing
                  "Sunshine of Your Love" tone.

                  I had concerns both about buying an instrument online, as well as buying a MIM Strat. Both fears were totally unfounded.

                  The only changes I made were adding Schaller Strap-Loks to protect it, and adding two additional springs to the tremelo block. (I don't use the trem much, and prefer the stability and sustain of a tighter bridge. But that's just a personal preference.)

                  I love the sound of the pickups, and the fit and finish of the guitar is first-rate.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Man, I wish I lived back in the 50s.....

                  By Anonymous

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

                  This is probably one of the best middle priced guitars ever. If you like the look and the sound of the old 50s Stratocasters this is the guitar you should buy. I bought it over an American Standard Stratocaster due to its amazing sound and playability and, ofcourse, looks.First of it looks beautiful in 2 tone sunburst and the aged parts compliment the 50s vibe perfectly. The neck has a dark maple colour which looked better than the ill-looking pale maples you ussually see on modern Fenders and also doesn't hamper the playability of the instrument by being sticky. If you are, though, a trained Stratocaster train-spotter you will noticed that the bridge is a hybrid of a Vintage Stratocaster bridge and the new Schaller Stratocaster bridge. The sound is incredible. You can easily switch from a clean Jimi Hendrix or John Frusciante tone to Derek And The Dominos-ear Clapton sound with the flick of a switch. So, in conclusion, this guitar is astounding. What more could you want, amazing looks, amazing playability, amazing sound. I t is just an amazing guitar.

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