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Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar  Sonic Blue

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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 48 reviews)

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    (39)

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    (7)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Fun to play (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), 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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4.0

Great guitar that is almost perfect.............

By Geetar76

from Bel Air, MD

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

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

I had been eyeing this guitar for a while. I had wanted a Strat with a rosewood fretboard, but do not care for the vintage radius. I really like the 12" radius of my Gibson's. When I saw a Strat that came with a 12" radius, I was sold. I also like the vintage tuning keys and vibe of the guitar. The visual quality of the guitar is excellent with no imperfections. The finish is sticky, and I will likely sand the neck down. I really love the "quack" of pickup positions 2 and 4. The guitar can easily get Knopfler or Garcia-ish tones easily. The very noticeable downside is the loud buzzing or interference if the volume is turned up to 10 on the guitar. The guitar plays so well, I'd hate to return it. MusiciansFriend offered a small credit to my account, which is not quite reasonable, especially given the money I have spent over the years. I'll take the guitar to a tech and see if they can diagnose the problem. All in all, the Strat plays great, sounds great (other than the noise), and the neck is super comfortable even though it is a little wide for my hands.

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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!

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Classic Player 60's Strat

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      By Anthony

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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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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          (1 of 4 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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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice strat

          By Bryan

          from undisclosed

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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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              (5 of 6 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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                  (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  "Poor setup, but otherwise good guitar".

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                  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.

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                  (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Did I get a dud?

                  By Dave

                  from South Carolina

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                  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.

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                      5.0

                      Just a fantastic guitar

                      By Royrogersmcfreely

                      from Chicago

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                      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?

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