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Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar  Sonic Blue

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Take it on back with premium craftsmanship and killer pickups.

Fender' 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' 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.

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  • 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 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Fun to play (5)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

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!

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"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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(10 of 11 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!

(6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

"Poor setup, but otherwise good guitar".

By 2nd Planet

from Northern California

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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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome Guitar for the Price

By Teleonmybelly

from Maui

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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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Classic Players 60's Strat

      By Bamason1967

      from Brantley, AL

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

      I have had this instrument for a week and I must say it is really nice. I have always been kinda of an "American Made" snob when it came to fender but the reviews that I read were so good I decided to take a chance on this guitar and boy am I glad. It looks, plays, and sounds like a dream. I bought one of the newly designed American Standards about 2 years ago and this guitar is every bit as good as that instrument in my mind especially considering that there is 200 difference in price. The only really negative thing that I can say is the pickups are a bit nosier than some but they are classic 69's and this is a strat after all. Great guitar! I would recommend it for anyone not wanting to spend a fortune and looking for that classic Strat look, feel and sound.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Strat...Gigantic Hands Only Need Apply

      By weemusicman

      from NY/NC...and a bus

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

      I am a professional touring muscician and have played many high and low end guitars. When I came across one of these just in a pop buy at the local music shop in Manhattan I fell in love with it immediately. I ordered one (in sonic blue...gorgeous) and waited patiently for the guitar to arrive. Once out of the box I started running it through the normal course of my routine and was blown away by the true, sharp, twangy tone of this guitar. Not only that, it is loud and clear. The bridge pickup is one of the sharpest I have heard. But then after awhile...here's the sad part of the story, I started to fatigue. I found that my hands were tired and straining just after 30 minutes of play. I knew the neck was a bit larger than a standard strat but I did not realize how much. After a good four days of playing on this beautiful sounding and looking guitar my hands were completely worn out (and just to clarify, I am 6 feet tall). This beautiful little blue guitar has now left my possesion to find a home with someone else and I leave anyone considering this guitar with one thought. Do not even consider this guitar if you find a standard strat neck the least bit big. This guitar's neck will put the hurt on anyone that isn't blessed with a larger hand. But if you are one of those people, do not hesitate, and buy this guitar now. I don't think this guitar will be offered from Fender for too long with all of the features and craftsmanship they have packed into it. Gigantic handed guitarist...I envy you.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Can't Lose

      By Fenderflare

      from Canada

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

      I don't think you can go wrong with this one. I own an american strat and all but I am so impressed with classic series strat. I play it quite a bit and the tones are very pleasing. Alright so the mexican issue. It seems to me alot of people think that these guitars are bad because they are made in mexico. Really guys? Play this thing and you will look past that. I have owned so many mexican strats and I love them. THEY ARE STRATS!! Thats all that matters. If they play great go for it. The quality of this guitar is freaky. The action was set perfectly. The finish is a little thick but honestly I broke mine in. The color is so spot on. Try it and you will buy it. Trust me

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Found a gem

      By Sir Charles

      from Southern California

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I've owned a Classic Players strat in sonic blue model for over 4 years now. I actually stumbled onto this guitar in guitar center while browsing. I didn't know what it was at first, but the sonic blue and mint pick guard caught my eye, so gave it a test run. I noticed it was a Mex model and years back switched over to a few MIA strats, so pretty much know what's up. My first Guit was a squire strat in the 80s, then a mim 93 which I still own (along with a few more now).
          As I strummed and ran my hands up and down the neck I was like, hey, this isn't the slim C neck I've grown to not like as much. This neck felt chunkier, nice and flatter fretboard. Neck gloss is hit or miss for some, but I happen to like it (and wash my hands from that greasy taco prior to picking up any guitar for that matter). Plugged into a basic hrdx and was like, darn, this sucker sounds great! CS 69s huhn? OK. Neat. Moving on with the story..
          Walked around, picked up a few MIA standards didn't have the same feel or excitement as 60s, yadda, wasn't really in there for a new guitar, so split.
          Got home and couldn't get that sonic blue guitar outa my head, so jumped onto MF and started reading. 12" radius? Hey, I seem to like that more than my MIA 9.5". Hugh tremolo block? What's this? Wow. OK, so I hit the gears and ran back and took her home. As far as I'm concerned, I like this one more than a few of my MIAs. Too much to explain here. Only mod I personally did that I felt this guitar suffered from, was lack of tone control on the bridge. It does get bright. So, a Lutheir buddy showed me how to jumper it with a single small wire and a soldiering iron. I have a little soldering experience, so this was a piece of cake and takes about a half hour going slow from start to finish. Saying that, on the bridge I typically run my tone at around 6. This cured this guitar from that little nuisance. All in all super stable using the trem, sounds killer, neck great, yadda yadda. Buy it!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Classic Player 60's Strat

          By Sir Stratalot

          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.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome BANG for the buck!!!!

            By MustangRobby

            from Currently AZ.

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            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!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

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

            I don't usually write these, but the below review is skewed and plain wrong. The big turn off for anyone would be the price tag on this MIM guitar. I scored mine in GC for a clearance price. I actually prefer the playability of this guitar to my 2000 American Standard. The quality, action, fit and finish is excellent. The 69 CS pickups sound great, but not great for (all) hi gain applications (IMO). I gave it a 4.5 on features because this guitar should have come with the bridge tone pot activated. The bridge gets overly bright after you have dialed your amp into the neck or middle position. The neck is perfect, with a nice tint and high attention to detail. It has a big fat vintage trem block, comes setup with .10's, looks amazing, plays even better. I think Jimmi went thru my hands the other night! The bridge sounds like a half cocked wah to me. Great guitar, price a bit unattractive. Don't worry about any of the Arizoners comments, My 93 MIM standard was subject to the same 'conditions' and still looks new to this very day. These have a thick poly finish, so I'd find it very hard to relic it without the intent to do so. But, I don't put my guitar away sweaty, wet, etc. It gets wiped down if wet...and lives in a case. Bottom line is that this is a very special professional guitar. I'd hope it goes on sale, since I don't' think I'd pay more than 8 or 9 for it on a good day.Rock on.

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