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Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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  • Alder body (polyester finish)
  • Maple C-shaped neck (gloss urethane finish)
  • Rosewood fretboard with 12" radius
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Take it on back with premium craftsmanship and killer pickups.

A finely crafted blast from the past with awesome pickups.Fender’s Custom Shop craftsmen compiled a "dream list" of Strat specifications, and this customized '60s-style axe has ‘em all. Designed by Master Builder Greg Fessler, it’s loaded with '69 pickups for the iconic Fender tone made famous by the hottest guitar slingers of the day. Also features "Custom Shop Designed" neckplate, two-point custom vintage bridge (not previously available outside the Custom Shop!) and a flatter, more modern 12" fretboard radius. The Classic Player Strat is constructed with an alder body and a C-shaped maple neck, with rosewood fingerboard and medium-jumbo frets for easy bending. Three-ply mint green pickguard, aged knobs and switch tip add to the classic retro vibe.Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

Features

  • Alder body (polyester finish)
  • Maple C-shaped neck (gloss urethane finish)
  • Rosewood fretboard with 12" radius
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • '69 Strat single-coil pickups with grey bobbins
  • Aged knobs and switch tip
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Two-point synchronized tremolo with stamped steel saddles
  • 5-position blade pickup selector
  • Fender/Ping vintage-style tuning machines
  • Chrome hardware
  • 3-ply mint green pickguard
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • 1.650" nut width

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FenderClassic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    One of the best strats available at the price!

    Overall, I love it! It plays like a dream, and once the holidays are over and I can get it down to my favorite shop to change out the strings from Fender...Read complete review

    Overall, I love it! It plays like a dream, and once the holidays are over and I can get it down to my favorite shop to change out the strings from Fender 10's to D'Addario 12's and adjust the set-up accordingly, it will be a killer guitar.
    The main reason I ended up with the Classic Player's 60's Stratocaster was all the features included with this model. I have been searching for a production level Stratocaster with a 12 inch radius neck (which I prefer - not for everyone I realize) and none of the American Standards or even the Vintage series have that. The only guitars that seem to have that neck stock are either very high end or signature series guitars, and I already own a SRV signature strat. Along comes this model having a 12 inch radius neck, throw in Custom Shop 69 pickups, the two-point bridge (previously only available from the Custom Shop), aged pickguard and knobs, vintage tuners, and it seemed like a perfect match to the specs I was looking for! These guitars are designed by the Custom Shop (Greg Kessler to be exact) and it shows in their quality. I don't get hung up by MIA versus MIM as Cornona is only miles from the Ensenada factory and these guitars, with the guidance and training from the Custom Shop are top notch. I would stand up this guitar next to any American Standard without hesitation, and in a lot of ways, it beats them when you compare the out-the-door prices and quality.
    The fit and finish is excellent ... albeit a poly finish, instead of nitro, and well put together throughout!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    "Poor setup, but otherwise good guitar".

    That's right! Very Poor Setup! First off, I have been a Fender Stratocaster owner/player all my life, and have been playing for over 30 years. The Custom Shop designed Classic Player...Read complete review

    That's right! Very Poor Setup! First off, I have been a Fender Stratocaster owner/player all my life, and have been playing for over 30 years. The Custom Shop designed Classic Player '60s Stratocaster is a great sounding guitar and the Custom Shop 1969 pickups produce a well rounded warm sound that's great for various styles of music including jazz and is particuarly great for playing Jimi Hendrix's music. The medium jumbo frets provide good solid action and contributes to the acoustic sound quality of the guitar. Unfortunately, the Custom Shop Designed badge on the neck plate, makes this guitar fall short of expectation due to the poor setup. The guitar was delivered to me brand new in the box with a truss rod that was totally out of adjustment. Also, for the life of me, I could not figure why I was getting major fret buzz from the first 3 frets on the 5th and 6th string. It turned out that the bridge saddle height screws were the wrong length for the 4th, 5th and 6th strings, therefore the string heights were to low causing the fret buzz. After arranging the bridge saddles to match the appropiate string gauge and adjusting the truss rod, the guitar sounds and feels great and will most likely turn out to be one of the best Stratocasters that I play. I would not recommend this guitar unless you are prepared to have it properly set up or have the patience to exchange it out enough times to get a good one that is setup properly.

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    5.0

    Classic Player 60's Strat

    By sirstratalot

    from Long Island. NY

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I love the made in Mexico Fenders as long as they don't have ceramic pickups as they're too agressive for my taste.
      Great guitar both tone and feel also fit and finish is excellent!
      As an older player the Mexican Fenders feel more like the vintage stuff also I hate the bi flex trus rod in the US fenders.

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      4.0

      A Good One!

      By Gearhead

      from Cincinnati OH

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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 '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have owned several Fenders in my day and I have to say this is one of the nicer ones in my collection. I love the feel of the C neck, it just feels great in my hands, the finish is beautiful in a three tone sunburst, and i cannot believe it was setup perfectly out of the box, just needed a little tuning, the pickups are dead on Mayer. Definately a keeper. Musicians Friend got it here fast too. Put one of these in your collection too while you can!

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice Strat for the dough.

        By John

        from Twin Cities MN

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • PICKUPS
        • Poor Pick Up
        • Wrong Pickups For This Ax

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I wanted to love this guitar from the get go, but as with previous Fender MIM purchases, things needed tweaking. The set up was awful from the factory as I expected. Everyone really should learn to do your own set ups. It's not that difficult.
        The first thing I didn't like was the choice of pick ups for this model. A weak output vintage stagger pickup just didn't cut it for me. The flat 12 degree neck radius required a better match. I was losing volume on the 1st and 2nd strings while the 3rd was hot. I bought some Lindy Fralin Blues Specials with a bridge baseplate and hybrid magnet stagger and it made a world of difference.
        The playability is excellent. I'd have preferred a nitro finish, but the guitar reeks of quality for its price. I might have to say it's the best strat I've owned, and it's probably about the 6th one.

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        4.0

        Nice strat

        By Bryan Brooks

        from Texas and Oklahoma

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I bought a scratch-n-dent, level 2. The only scratch I found was around the neck joint and couldn't visually see it, only feel it. Thank you Musician's Friend! I have had it all apart (adjusting truss rod & trem springs) and back together and everything is solid. No intonation adjustments needed and action is very low with out buzz. Comparing it to my American strats, it has a FAT neck, which I like, but it is a different feel. The pickups don't get quite the fullness of sounds either. So I will be looking for some replacements soon. One other odd thing, the finish(poly)is great but, just feels...THICK??

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Awesome Guitar for the Price

            By Teleonmybelly

            from Maui

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                For the price, this guitar has lots of features that are not standard for others in it's price range. The pickups alone are worth it. I've been playing Fender guitars for over 20 years and I haven't bought one yet that didn't need a setup. This guitar was no different. String buzz? Of course, because the Custom Shop didn't build it for me. They didn't build it at all, they designed it. Get this guitar, invest a little more cash in a setup and you're good to go.

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                (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                "Poor setup, but otherwise good guitar".

                By 2nd Planet

                from Northern California

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz
                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
                • Poor Setup From Factory

                Best Uses

                • Live Performing
                • Recording

                Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                That's right! Very Poor Setup! First off, I have been a Fender Stratocaster owner/player all my life, and have been playing for over 30 years. The Custom Shop designed Classic Player '60s Stratocaster is a great sounding guitar and the Custom Shop 1969 pickups produce a well rounded warm sound that's great for various styles of music including jazz and is particuarly great for playing Jimi Hendrix's music. The medium jumbo frets provide good solid action and contributes to the acoustic sound quality of the guitar. Unfortunately, the Custom Shop Designed badge on the neck plate, makes this guitar fall short of expectation due to the poor setup. The guitar was delivered to me brand new in the box with a truss rod that was totally out of adjustment. Also, for the life of me, I could not figure why I was getting major fret buzz from the first 3 frets on the 5th and 6th string. It turned out that the bridge saddle height screws were the wrong length for the 4th, 5th and 6th strings, therefore the string heights were to low causing the fret buzz. After arranging the bridge saddles to match the appropiate string gauge and adjusting the truss rod, the guitar sounds and feels great and will most likely turn out to be one of the best Stratocasters that I play. I would not recommend this guitar unless you are prepared to have it properly set up or have the patience to exchange it out enough times to get a good one that is setup properly.

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Did I get a dud?

                By Dave

                from South Carolina

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                Ask me a question

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz
                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                    Wow. By the other reviews, I ordered this guitar. I think only one or two had anything negative to say. Maybe I got a dud or something. First off the action on this thing was 3mm at the 17th fret as opposed to the 1.5 Fender recommends, yet there was fret buzz all over the neck. I checked the neck and it had more than the recommended bend in it. I adjusted it back to Fender factory settings and the fret buzz was crazy bad. Maybe I got a warped neck. I couldn't see any major tweaks in it. Oh yeah and the truss rod must be hidden underneath the pick guard too, not at the top of the neck or neck joint like other strats. It seems to me any strat under $1500 is not worth it the money you save. Guess I will stay a tele man for a while longer.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Just a fantastic guitar

                    By Royrogersmcfreely

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    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 '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      This is just a great guitar flat out. If your considering it, go for it. It's the best feeling neck I've ever played and the sonic blue color is awesome especially of your into the Beatles and Kurt cobain. Get it! It's a custom shop 60s fender strat! How could you go wrong?

                      Comment on this review

                      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      One of the best strats available at the price!

                      By Clifford Demczuk

                      from Connecticut

                      Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      Overall, I love it! It plays like a dream, and once the holidays are over and I can get it down to my favorite shop to change out the strings from Fender 10's to D'Addario 12's and adjust the set-up accordingly, it will be a killer guitar.
                      The main reason I ended up with the Classic Player's 60's Stratocaster was all the features included with this model. I have been searching for a production level Stratocaster with a 12 inch radius neck (which I prefer - not for everyone I realize) and none of the American Standards or even the Vintage series have that. The only guitars that seem to have that neck stock are either very high end or signature series guitars, and I already own a SRV signature strat. Along comes this model having a 12 inch radius neck, throw in Custom Shop 69 pickups, the two-point bridge (previously only available from the Custom Shop), aged pickguard and knobs, vintage tuners, and it seemed like a perfect match to the specs I was looking for! These guitars are designed by the Custom Shop (Greg Kessler to be exact) and it shows in their quality. I don't get hung up by MIA versus MIM as Cornona is only miles from the Ensenada factory and these guitars, with the guidance and training from the Custom Shop are top notch. I would stand up this guitar next to any American Standard without hesitation, and in a lot of ways, it beats them when you compare the out-the-door prices and quality.
                      The fit and finish is excellent ... albeit a poly finish, instead of nitro, and well put together throughout!

                      Comment on this review

                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome BANG for the buck!!!!

                      By MustangRobby

                      from Currently AZ.

                      Comments about Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      I would have give it a 10 but since I did those mods, I'll give it a 9.
                      I have this one, in Sonic Blue. I love this Strat!! I did make some mods though, nothing major. I put in Graphtech saddles and nut. Had the second tone knob wired for the Bridge and Middle P/U's. Also, on the second tone knob I put in a pop up knob so when the P/U switch is in the 1st position with the knob up I get the neck and bridge P/U's on and with the P/U switch in the 2nd position I have all 3 P/U's on.
                      The quality of this is really good!! I bought mine used and it was perfect!
                      800 bucks for a Strat that is just as good as a USA Strat, it's worth it!

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