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Fender Classic Player '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar   

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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 Bui...Read More

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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.

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 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Fun to play (5)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding guitar

By Berto Ray Vaughn

from Phoenix, AZ USA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Neck relief is not easily adjustable
  • Not crazy about the pickguard color

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

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

This guitar came to me with an outstanding setup. I only had to adjust the string action a bit lower. The nut is perfect and the neck relief is fine. The frets have a good polish and were smooth at the edge of the neck. This guitar is a real player, I can get SRV and Hendrix tone out of it easily with the neck pickup and a Tube Screamer. I use overdrive pedals to give it some juice through a clean amp at bedroom levels. Its not an overly heavy monster either, I was pleasantly pleased with the weight. Love the 12" neck radius like my Les Paul. The vibrato bridge snaps right back into correct tune, amazing how it stays in tune. I'm looking forward to years of enjoyment with this guitar, I love it. There is some serious bang for the buck going on here. Sure you could probably "upgrade" many of the components but if you want to cut to the chase and get on with it, this will do right out of the box.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a MIM strat??

By Dude

from Winchester, VA

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

I'll be quick because I need to head out the door in a couple of minutes. I've owned MIA and MIM strats (two each), and not only does this thing simply feel better than the other MIM's I've had, it feels as good if not better than the MIA's I've had. When I say "feel", I'm referring to the fact that it does not feel "cheap"; it feels all around like a top-notch instrument constructed by people who know and care about what they're doing. The pckups are decent - I'd prefer a hotter bridge pickup, but the tone is great and I can always use a boost pedal.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I hit a very bad model

By Extreme85

from Poland

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Factory Quality
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

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

    I bought this guitar in Europe at a local store on the Internet. My happy did not last long. I am very disappointed that signed guitar logo Custom Shop Designed was released from the factory in such a bad state. After opening the box, I saw the bridge that hung over 3 cm above the body! To this were not enough, the nut was so unfortunate refined the strings literally wedged in the middle, which lost guitar tune, almost after each hit the strings. Looking more closely, nut strings in G, B, E1 was frayed. I have no idea how the guitar passed quality control, because the guitar I received a certificate of authenticity, which showed that the instrument was passed on all points. I closed an eye on that if I bought version of the Standard, but paying nearly 1,000 dolars for the Fender Custom Shop, expect an adequate instrument for the money and signed between the logo Custom Shop Designed.

    BTW If the guitar would have better quality control and before that was made as to the Custom Shop Designed befits, i think it was that nstrument, which could serve for many years.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    (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 tony f

        from Long Island, NY

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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
          • 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.

          (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!

            (1 of 6 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.

            (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??

                (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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