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Own an icon.Fender' Classic Series '50s Stratocaster guitar is a reissue of the iconic Buddy Holly-era Strat. With its deep body contours, period-correct V-shaped maple neck, vintage-style hardware, vintage colors and aged plastic parts, this axe has all the classic Strat mojo that originally helped create rock 'n' roll. Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and 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
3 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
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FenderClassic Series '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 143 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (113)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Good pick up (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (4)
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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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(22 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

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

By assasinator

from Crestone, CO

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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

      (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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

      By OffsetPreferredNotMandatory

      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!)

          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          An *Almost* Perfect Vintage Stratocaster

          By Duckman

          from The Monadnocks, NH

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          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.

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Green Bomb!

              By james creeden

              from New England

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

              I can't find ONE thing wrong with this axe. Usually I can find some piddly/diddly fault but cannot do it this time. I just LOVE this guitar!!
              Well,Fender really surprised me this time! I am almost speechless ! I said ALMOST!!
              The guitar was actually in tune right out of the box.I kid you not. In perfect A-440 pitch!
              The fit and finish were perfect,and the neck was straight and true. It played like butter out of the box as well.Action was very good no adjustments needed.Playing it sans amp was proof of a nice resonant tone when I did plug it in.The Strat magic was there in the second switch position and the 4th as well.These pickup really get good tone for what they are.(i am not sure what they are.) Anyways they really wail on distortion settings and the chime is there on clean settings!
              A real price leader in the Fender MIM line,I don't care if they made them on the MOON!!
              You cannot beat the value you get for the short $$ you spend. Super well crafted and this does NOT happen by accident.

              (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar at a Great Price

              By Denton Dailey

              from Pittsburgh, PA

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

              Overall, I really like this guitar. The vintage tuners are solid and smooth. The guitar staed in tune reasonably well with tremolo use, but I blocked the tremolo because I don't really use that feature. With the tremolo blocked this guitar stays in tune as solid as a rock.

              The soft V neck is fast and comfortable- very easy to play. The tinted maple fretboard looks great too.

              As I said earlier, I just bought another one in the two-tone color scheme as a gift for my son. I have a bunch of different electrics- several Les Pauls, SG, Epiphone, Schecter, Ibanez, American Strat, and the Mexican Surf Green Strat Reissue) and he thinks this one has the nicest feel. I'm more used to the flatter LP fretboard feel, but I can see where he's coming from. Anyway, I wouldn't have bought it for him if I didn't think it was a good guitar.

              This is a very nice guitar. I recommend it without reservation.
              I bought the Surf Green version about a year ago. The neck is tinted maple, maple fretboard. Vintage pickups and tremolo. Just bouth another one (two-tone) as a gift for my son.
              The finish was flawless. No scratches, no drips, etc. The action was just a bit high for my taste, but I put on some good Elixer strings and adjusted the action a bit and in 15 minutes it was perfect for me. Intonation was almost perfect right out of the box.

              The pickups give that classic, clear, Strat sound and are not bad at all, but are a bit low in output. That's not a bad thing though, as it's just the nature of the vintage pickups used in this model. I did replace the pickups with Texas Specials for more output, but I could live with the stock pups with no problem. Don't be afraid of this guitar being made in Mexico. The fit and finish is excellent.
              This guitar is a very good value for the money. I own several Les Pauls, and although they are really beautiful and precice instruments, this guitar is really a much better value for the money.

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect Buddy Holly Guitar

              By Mercury49

              from Austin,Tx

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

              I bought this guitar about a month ago and its been the perfect guitar for all of the varieties of music that I play that varies from Buddy Holly to distorted Link Wray to the early, twangy Johnny Cash. Every one I know that's seen the guitar has always said that it is genuinely beautiful and eye catching. Starting with the vintage tint on the neck ending with the vintage tint on the pickup covers and volume knobs.

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really nice guitar

              By Rdstrat

              from NJ

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

              I bought this guitar.....well, because I love strats. Even though this is an import, it's a strat. I've been playing strats for 35 years and always wanted a 50's strat. Unfortunately, I just can't afford the real thing. However, this guitar is very close to the original 50's strats. I really like the 7.25" neck radius. I was born and raised on the 7.25" necks and I just love them. I wish Fender would make an american standard with the 7.25" neck. The guitar came out of the box ready to play. It needed minimal tweaking. The fit and finish is perfect. The pups are acceptable. I dumped the soft case it came with and it is now stored in a hard case. I'm definately happy with the guitar, it's fun to play. It has fit right in with the rest of my strats ('76 strat, '04 american deluxe, classic 60's). It's worth the price.

              (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Axe When Setup

              By Blakestyger

              from Ottawa, Canada

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

              The 7.25 radius neck is very comfortable with V-shape near top end, chording is facilitated. Pickups actually have a good sound to my ears, bridge pickup OK a low volumes, but spikes when turned up. Finish is very good looking not sure how it will age or fade. My axe weighs in at about 7 lbs 12 oz, a decent weight. Has lots of sustain, I have the tremolo set quite low and that causes the saddles to be at a height that provides great action with a set of 9-42s and allows the guitar to really sustain. Good overall quality.
              Agree with most of the players here, this guitar usually needs a good setup when the neck is adjusted with truss rod, the nut slots filed, bridge saddles proper height and intonated, it all depends on the particular instrument. Usually the truss rod needs to be firmed up, but here's a trick. Coax the neck by bending it in a backbow direction, carefully but firmly. This is a thin neck, if you hold the guitar sideways between your knees, with one hand on each side of the neck about 5-6 inches from the headstock, carefully apply firm pressure and bend it in a backbow direction. You will feel the neck bend. Don't overdo it. If you have previously adjusted the truss rod and found it maxed out, doing this simple fix will help set the neck. You may need to do this a few times and I found it works. Or remove the neck and do this fix, it may allow you to tighten up the truss rod a bit more, giving you great action with no fretting out once the neck really straightens out. Set the pickups fairly low, they sound better. My instrument is the Daphne Blue model, nice fit and finish, overall very good quality for a MIM Fender.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Gutar!

              By Guitarplayer

              from Connecticut

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              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.

                (5 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing Guitar With a Few Drawbacks

                By John

                from Upstate N.Y.

                About Me Experienced

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

                This is a great guitar I got it in Daphne Blue, looks great, awesome single coil pick up tone and I absolutely LOVE the maple neck. Hands down one of my favorite guitars out of the 7 that I own. However, there are some annoying aspects as well.
                First, it comes with a flimsy 1 ply pick guard that doesn't match the "aged" looking volume knobs, pickup covers, pickup switch tip and whammy bar tip. Payed a fair sum to get a 3 ply pearloid pick guard and all new matching knobs covers and tips.
                Second, I have an issue with the intonation on the high E string. Despite multiple professional adjustments and new strings it always ends up about a quarter tone flat by the 12th fret.
                Third, just so you know, you can't really tell from the pictures on this site but the truss rod access is not in the head of the guitar but actually at the base of the neck. you have to take off the whole pick guard and what not to get at it if you need to.
                Fourth, and finally, The tuning knobs are smaller and comfortable but it is a giant pain to attach the strings to the pegs. You have to wrap the string around as usually but then you have to wrap the string up and into the center of the peg instead of pulling it through the top of the peg like most modern guitars.
                Again other than these issues this an outstanding guitar. I have been playing for 14 years and would recommend this guitar to any strat loving player.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                classic strat

                By pc read

                from pine bush, NY

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                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:

                    The workmanship and finish is excellant the sound and playablity are the same . It has a nice feel to it easy to play , really nice guitar. Stays in tune
                    And the deluxe gig bag is nice to.

                    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    HipDaddy

                    By Housco

                    from Angelica NY

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

                    Excellent craftmanship, playability and color. I play on stage and no longer take high end instruments to gigs. This one is built to not only look and sound good but if damaged will be easy and inexpensive to repair. I will add a new pickguard and locking tuners but other than that a great bargain.
                    Excellent player except for the pickguard which is era accurate but still cheap by todays standards. I really like the 7 1/4" neck radius as I own a 1965 L-Series Stratocaster and essentially grew up on the narrow neck size. PUPS are good but its a Stratocaster and if U dont like the PUPS swap them out to Noiseless, Texas Specials whatever fits the type of music your playing!
                    Very well built and easy to play set up out of the box.
                    Compared to other "reissues' a great item. I have owned three Road Worn 1960's Strats 2 arrived with bowed necks and the third had dead spots on the neck. They felt nice but if the necks warped or has dead spots whats the point ? No issues on the 1950's maple neck straight and true!

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The perfect strat...depending on budget and taste

                    By Al-xVqRN

                    from UK

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

                    I've been playing for over 20 years. Owned a lot of electric guitars in that time...plenty of squires, a USA strat plus, a Jap strat, a Rickenbacker 330, A classic player 50's, a Fender roadworn 60's....I sold my roadworn because I had done my homework on this guitar. It has the classic country/twangy/blues strat sound. Think Buddy Holly. It's a 50's strat replica...not meant for hard rock or metal...All of the detailing is consistent with a late 50's era strat. Including the single ply pickguard, warps and all. That's why Fender changed to 3 ply later on. But it's period accurate.The neck is the big seller on this guitar. It's possibly an aquired taste, but once you get into it it feels and plays great. A solid piece of maple, soft V shape - certainly softer than the more expensive (but not better) classic player series neck. The finish on the neck is excellent, a dark toned vintage laquer which sets the whole look - and feel - off nicely.The finish on the body (mine is 2 tone sunburst) is flawless, excellent - it looks fantastic and is very dirable thanks to the poly finish. In an ideal world, these would be offered in a vintage correct nitro finish, but you cant have everything...especially for this price. Besides, the poly is harder wearing. Clapton's strats are all poly after years of blaying nitro finished "Blackie", so I would summise it doesn't affect the tone as much as some may say.The "aged" knobs, trem knob, PU covers and pickup switch look odd coupled with the white pleckguard and trem cover. Either age it all Fender, or make it all white. Do or do not, there is no try...;)Still, that's an easy fix with a relic'd single ply 50's cover from the net.Overall, the guitar is solidly built, looks beautiful, sounds great - I do like the stock PU's...I may consider switching them to Fender fat 50's, but for now am more than happy with the very vintage tone they produce coupled with my hotrod deluxe amp.Excellent guitar for the price, it's very roadworthy and loveable.Hard to pick up without playing "Peggy Sue"...As an 'old school' afectionado, I wouldn't consider purchasing a new American standard. Leo's original design is what I wish for.So, depending on your musical tastes, style of playing and budget, possibly the prefect strat.But TRY IT OUT FIRST.I went through a few models in store until I settled on the one. Some had less nice necks, small flaws in workmanship and so on. You have to hold it in your hands, look it over, listen and feel how it plays then decide.It might just be 'the one'.

                    (4 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    My Honest Review

                    By Fenderplayer1234

                    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.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Classic Fender

                      By Pi

                      from Berry, AL

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                      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.

                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        50s Classic MIM

                        By dna

                        from Pacific North-West

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

                        I got it last week; it played well out of the box but then I started to get string/fret buzz, I figured it was adapting to the local climate. I took a closer look at the saddles and pickups; they were both WAY out of height specified in the Fender Manual. The neck relief was correct so I adjusted the saddles and pickups, the lower E and A have to be a tad higher than spec, (the spec allows for +/- 1/64") but nothing I can't live with. The pickups use the surgical tubing popular with Fender nowadays, they start binding up sooner in their travel than the springs Fender used to use, I'm getting a set of pickup springs or I will shorten the tubing so it doesn't go into a hard bind before the height adjustment is complete.So far I really like the tone as is, it has a very bell like, shimmering, glassy voice when played through my DSL 50 in clean mode and sounds pretty cool when over driven. I can deal with the neck's contour, Fender necks don't off that much problem to me. I got the Daphne Blue finish, it's beautiful! I noticed (when shielding the guitar) that the finishers masked off the bottom of the pickup routing making for a nice crisp paint job, attention to detail in the finish department impresses me as I am a car painter by trade. The neck finish is tinted; it looks great! I don't like the 8 hole (period correct) pick guard; it doesn't lay flat, is aesthetically too thin and way too white. I get the attempt at vintage looks and appreciate it but.... I am getting a thicker single ply guard for both it and my Clapton Strat. Over all nice guitar; I am somewhat peeved about the partial lack of setup but understand that it has to be brought in for an price, Fender is thinking that most guitar players can adjust the saddles and string height themselves. I think it would be great if Fender would route out a place for a 9 volt battery for later upgrades. I blocked the Whammy bar with 5 Tremolo springs and a block of wood, I don't use it and it presents tuning hassles I just don't want to deal with.Recommendation: BUY IT! Get the shimmering, sparkling sound of a 50s Strat!

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Incorrect Neck Profile

                        By JTA1973

                        from Paducah, KY

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Tone
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                        • Poor Quality Control

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing

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

                        Solid, gorgeous guitar (I got the Daphne Blue). However, mine came with the wrong neck. The "Soft V" felt more like a c neck that had been shaved down to something remotely resembling a Soft V. The neck was what sold me on this guitar. However, quality control seems hit & miss. Returned mine and hoping the new one will have the thick, vintage Soft V that was advertised.

                        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Guitar!

                        By Guitarplayer

                        from Connecticut

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                        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.

                          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          KILLER guitar at a great price!

                          By GuitaristDog87

                          from Southestern PA

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                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording

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

                            I'm just a hobbyist that enjoys learning and playing music I love. I put a lot of thought into which guitar I wanted to buy, I just feel at home with the Fender Stratocaster and knew I wanted another one. I also own a Classic Series '70s Strat which is great. I tried the more modern series of strats but I just keep coming back to the vintage, old school vibe.

                            I love the soft V shape, it doesn't fight me as much as my other strat's chunky U shaped neck, I love that neck but the soft V feels a little more sleeker or something. Great for thumb over neck (Hendrix-style)chords. One vintage feature that some players don't care for is the 7.25 fret board raduis. I had to raise the action a little bit to cure fretting out issues but it's still relatively low and buzz-free. Many legendary players back in the day such as Jimi Hendrix played strats with this radius and they still got by.

                            As for the stock pick-ups, that's subjective to the individuals' ears. My Marshall solid-state amp doesn't bring the best out of this guitar so I'm not in a rush to change the stock pups yet like many do with their stock MIM Fender guitars but they're good enough for the kind of music I play (blues/classic rock). They're not noiseless though so you can't crank the distortion up too high.

                            Overall, this guitar has me satisfied and lives up to all my needs and expectations. Like I said earlier, I put a lot of thought and time into buying another guitar and this was the one. Don't believe the hatred agaisnt the MIM Fenders you see spewed on the internet. Fender Mexico makes great and durable instruments. The right guitar is the one that feel and sounds right to you regardless of country origin, the tone comes from the fingers,heart, mind and soul. Henry Garza from Los Lonley Boys plays a MIM Classic '60s strat and can make it sing. This guitr will stick with me for the long haul.

                            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Surf green strat

                            By Terry Burke

                            from Denver, CO

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

                            I bought this guitar for a surf/beach/party/Buffett/oldies style band I have, and it is a perfect fit. It plays like my "58 Strat, and is a virtual duplicate. I'm pretty darn satisfied.
                            I own a '58 Strat that I don't play out anymore for obvious reasons, and this 50's issue Strat is as close as you can get.
                            The only beef I have is the fret ends need to be dressed. The neck needed to be tweaked, but that's normal for whatever feel you prefer.
                            A great deal on a surprisingly good guitar!

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