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Fender Classic Series '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar Black Maple Fretboard (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Play a timeless classic.

The Fender '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar is a reissue that captures the real feel of the Buddy Holly-era Strat. Its deep body contours, characteristic V-shaped maple neck, vintage-style hardware, classic colors, and aged plastic parts all lend authenticity to the Strat that helped birth rock 'n' roll.

Includes a gig bag.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Alder body (polyester finish)
  • Maple soft V-shaped neck (gloss urethane finish)
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 7.25" radius
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 1.650" nut width
  • Three vintage-style single-coil pickups with staggered pole pieces, alnico magnets, and aged covers
  • 5-position pickup switch
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Master volume, neck pickup tone control, middle pickup tone control
  • Fender Ping vintage-style tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • 1-ply white 8-hole pickguard
  • Aged knobs and switch tip
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • Includes a gig bag
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FenderClassic Series '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 137 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An *Almost* Perfect Vintage Stratocaster

Desiring to get 'back to my roots' as a pre-Beatles rock guitarist I started looking at what was available among the many varieties of Strats. I wanted something with the appearance, sound and...Read complete review

Desiring to get 'back to my roots' as a pre-Beatles rock guitarist I started looking at what was available among the many varieties of Strats. I wanted something with the appearance, sound and feel of the fifties.

To me that meant a honey colored (rather than a bleach blond) look to the maple fingerboard, PUs that were wound as they were wound back then so they rang clear without overly exciting an amp's early gain stage tubes, an original style, Leo-approved, trem system and bridge, and a soft V-shaped neck with a smallish radius fingerboard and traditional "wire" frets.

That is *exactly* what Fender created in the Classic Series `50s Strat. Add vintage style tuners and hardware and a truly lucious "Surf Green" finish, how could this choice be wrong?

Well, on the whole it was not. I gladly and honestly give this guitar 4 stars. But I should have been able to give it 5. Why couldn't I?

The first guitar MF sent to me at first appeared perfect. The workmanship was outstanding in every respect. The sound and feel exactly what I was hoping for. But from the git go the trem arm didn't feel right, offering first some resistance to screwing in, then developing increasing 'jigglies.' Looking around the web I found that the problem I was experiencing on my new guitar was not uncommon -- it was just appearing sooner than it most commonly did.

MF's response was everything I'd come to expect from my favorite music dealer -- an immediate replacement.

Guitar two so far is free of trem arm problems, is also lovely to look at, was setup (string height, intonation, etc.) even better out of the box than the pretty well setup first example, but is a little less than perfection when it comes to the finishing work on the fret ends. Not Squire Affinty rough mind you, but not smooth as glass (as was the first one) either. So I give the Classic Series `50s Strat 4 stars.

Would I recommend this guitar to a friend? Absolutely. Do I love playing it? For sure! (Looking at it too.) But Fender needs to give a touch more attention to the quality control at their Ensenada factory. If they did that -- or if a buyer is lucky and gets a perfect one -- truly this would be a 5 star guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Must have been Miller time on Friday...

One of my students had purchased a classic strat and I was fairly impressed with the quality, and the neck was very nice. So I ordered one to be used and abused in the...Read complete review

One of my students had purchased a classic strat and I was fairly impressed with the quality, and the neck was very nice. So I ordered one to be used and abused in the classroom...Well, the neck WAS nice, but the pickups were loose and tilted, it had two volume knobs, and the bridge pot was wired to the middle pickup. When I tuned the guitar to 440 the bridge block was pulled out of the cavity a good 3/8". ZOWWY!!I know good ones are out there, it just might take you a few tries. I don't have the time..:(

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(0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

My Honest Review

By 

from Lafayette, La

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Accurate 50's Strat
  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

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

    I bought this guitar last year. It is a fine guitar but there were many things I did not like it about it. First I didnt like the tone of the pickups. I felt they were to bright and trebly or roo low and bassy. So I figured I'd swap them out for some Seymour Duncan SSL-1's "California 50's" Pickups. They are what John Frusciante uses. Then I decided I didn't like the feel of the "V Neck" and that I wanted more of a 60's neck with modern C profile, 9.5 radius, medium jumbo frets, etc. Then I decided I didn't like the way the single ply cheap white pickguard looked, and that I wanted a mint green 3 ply. Then I decided that the sustain was awful on account that Fender puts Zinc alloy blocks in these guitars instead of steel or bronze. The tone was very weak on this guitar. An finally the straw the broke the horses back is that the body (fiesta red) is painted with poly eurathane! It is not vintage nitro cellulose lacquer, which looks better as time goes on, like a bottle of fine wine. So with all that being said, This is a nice guitar but simply not what I was looking for.

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    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By 

    from Connecticut

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Don't worry about this being Made in Mexico. It is of good quality and the colors Daphne Blue and Surf Green are both nicer than most of the American colors. The only minor issue is that the bridge pick up is not wired to the tone knob, so there is no way to dial back some of the extreme treble when you are on the bridge pick up.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Gutar!

      By 

      from Connecticut

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

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

        Great value for the price. I also own American Strats and this one is lighter with a brighter tone. Also, the Surf Green and Daphne Blue are, in my opinion, two of the best colors available on any Strat model. Don't be scared that this is Made in Mexico - it's still Fender quality and classic Strat tone.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Played Made In USA's That Don't Compare.

        By 

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            This guitar is a phenomenal choice.
            Don't let anyone on the internet who's, "Heard this-or-that" give you a backhanded compliment-laden "almost as good as a U.S. of A" take on this instrument.
            The workmanship, electronics, and period-correct aspects of this guitar match the Fender production standard set long ago.
            There is no need to compare this line to U.S. made instruments.
            To be completely honest, most 'Made in USA' stamped guitars I pick up feel matted in terms of finish, and dark in terms of sound, and not at all jangly, trebly or twangy like a, "true Fender guitar"(Big air quotes there...)

            Ignore reviews by a few snobs on "the guitar boards" here or there, and take it from one player to another with nothing to gain from your purchase.
            This guitar lives up to the promise it makes in its above pictures, and in the listed features department.
            (I love my model in Surf Green!)

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            4.0

            Great Guitar!

            By 

            from Connecticut

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Great Finish

            Cons

            • Noisy Pick Ups

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

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

            The surf green is a great color! I own a couple of American Strats and so I was expecting this Mexican guitar to suffer by comparison, but it held its own. I like the fact that you get a different sound out of the pick ups on this guitar as compared to the U.S. version. For the price, you really cannot go wrong. On the lead channel, the pick ups do buzz quite a bit, but I have a Boss Noise Suppressor pedal that takes care of that.

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            5.0

            Classic Fender

            By 

            from Berry, AL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Retro Look And Feel
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Playing

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

              The Classic 50's Strat in Daphne Blue was the retro guitar I always wanted. I first saw this guitar in the 70's. At the time I didn't know what determined one model from the next. But after owning several different strats over the years,I know now. I've noticed many of the older players, play the 50's style strat. It's got to be the neck. The smaller radius, soft v, narrow frets neck is more comfortable to play. The pickups add to the retro sound. The quality is comparable to the American made models and therefore a good value. Musicians Friend is truely a friend to musicians to offer the product depth, quality and price.

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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Almost Pure 50s Strat BUT.......

              By 

              from Crestone, CO

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Flat Sound
                • Has Wrong Block Not Steel

                Best Uses

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

                  This is the real deal EXCEPT for one crucial thing that separates this from a USA 50s strat or say a 1957 strat. The REASON they sound different and why Fender wants to claim American better and thousand or more is this....

                  These 50s strats DON'T have a STEEL BLOCK.....they are cheap NON-MAGNETIC garbage BLOCKS ! Throw it away and get a real STEEL BLOCK.
                  Fender part no. 0019473000 001-9473-049

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                  5.0

                  Fresh out of the 50s!

                  By 

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • Sound Like Buddy Holly

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  If you want the sound of a 50s strat, without getting the real thing (and breaking the bank), this is the guitar for you! If you're looking for a heavy metal guitar or fat pickups, this is not for you. 50s tone, plain and simple. Its great!

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  An *Almost* Perfect Vintage Stratocaster

                  By 

                  from The Monadnocks, NH

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                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • Vintage Feel
                  • Vintage look
                  • Vintage sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Desiring to get 'back to my roots' as a pre-Beatles rock guitarist I started looking at what was available among the many varieties of Strats. I wanted something with the appearance, sound and feel of the fifties.

                      To me that meant a honey colored (rather than a bleach blond) look to the maple fingerboard, PUs that were wound as they were wound back then so they rang clear without overly exciting an amp's early gain stage tubes, an original style, Leo-approved, trem system and bridge, and a soft V-shaped neck with a smallish radius fingerboard and traditional "wire" frets.

                      That is *exactly* what Fender created in the Classic Series `50s Strat. Add vintage style tuners and hardware and a truly lucious "Surf Green" finish, how could this choice be wrong?

                      Well, on the whole it was not. I gladly and honestly give this guitar 4 stars. But I should have been able to give it 5. Why couldn't I?

                      The first guitar MF sent to me at first appeared perfect. The workmanship was outstanding in every respect. The sound and feel exactly what I was hoping for. But from the git go the trem arm didn't feel right, offering first some resistance to screwing in, then developing increasing 'jigglies.' Looking around the web I found that the problem I was experiencing on my new guitar was not uncommon -- it was just appearing sooner than it most commonly did.

                      MF's response was everything I'd come to expect from my favorite music dealer -- an immediate replacement.

                      Guitar two so far is free of trem arm problems, is also lovely to look at, was setup (string height, intonation, etc.) even better out of the box than the pretty well setup first example, but is a little less than perfection when it comes to the finishing work on the fret ends. Not Squire Affinty rough mind you, but not smooth as glass (as was the first one) either. So I give the Classic Series `50s Strat 4 stars.

                      Would I recommend this guitar to a friend? Absolutely. Do I love playing it? For sure! (Looking at it too.) But Fender needs to give a touch more attention to the quality control at their Ensenada factory. If they did that -- or if a buyer is lucky and gets a perfect one -- truly this would be a 5 star guitar.

                      Comment on this review

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      fender Stratocaster

                      By 

                      from Redford, mi

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing

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

                        plays just like a American Stratocaster. better price.

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