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  • Alder body (polyester finish)
  • Maple soft V-shaped neck (gloss urethane finish)
  • 25-1/2" scale length
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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 129 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (105)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Practicing (4)
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      • Experienced (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Green Bomb!

    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...Read complete review

    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.

    VS

    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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    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.

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        5.0

        fender Stratocaster

        By jay

        from Redford, mi

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        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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          4.0

          Time traveler

          By UKNOWATT

          from Mendocino Ca.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording

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

              I have owned this guitar in the surf green finish for about 3 years, and having grown up around fender guitars and amps,... this one was a must buy for my studio. The contour of the neck is flawless and easy to play. While some folks may not realize the single ply eight hole pick guard is period correct and maintains the 50's vibe don't be a chump and thinks it cheesy its COOL!
              also the pick ups are lower output than new axes wield and have that great Strat Chime, buy yourself a tweed case and you have an authentic 50's start for a fraction of the cost

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              5.0

              sounds as good as it looks

              By PoopyPants

              from Moose Jaw, Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Surf Green Paint Job

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Blowing Peoples Minds
                • Buddy Holly Impersonating

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

                I play this through a Fender Princeton Reverb Reissue and it is all the classic Fender tone I could ever want. I will play this guitar/amp combo until I die, it is that good.

                This is the best Stratocaster money can buy as far as I'm concerned. The tone is unreal and very authentic and vintage sounding. It is also the most comfortable guitar I have ever played, the neck is just so awesome, the maple is beautiful too.

                I had been looking for a surf green guitar for a long time and am very happy with this one. The paint is flawless and looks very nice with the maple. One odd thing is that the pickups, knobs, and selector switch are a parchment colour (off white) and the pickguard is pure white. It still looks awesome but I thought it was a little weird. I put on an aged pearl pickguard from Warmoth and it matched up perfectly.

                I have heard from countless people that this is the nicest guitar they have ever seen! All of my guitar buddies agree that it sounds deadly as well.

                Get you one

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                5.0

                Love it

                By tom

                from St Petersburg, FL

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

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

                  I had a MIM 50's Reissue Strat maybe 15 years ago, and I traded it for a BC Rich Mockingbird (I liked that too, but I missed my Strat). I bought an American Standard Strat, but I didn't like the C-shaped neck. When I saw this 50's MIM, I had to buy it. The soft V-shaped neck and tight radius make chording and playing effortless. I do a lot of jazz-fusion, and play mostly on the neck pickup clean through a Fender Princeton. A touch of reverb, and the sound is gorgeous.

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                  4.0

                  Looks Sweet

                  By guitmesa

                  from Covington, LA

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming

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

                    Sweet looking. This is my first strat, wanted a made in USA but got this instead just to kinda mess around with. The overall verdict on this guitar is pretty good. Sounds and plays well, don't give into all the talk, MIM isn't garbage, this thing sounds and feels pretty good. I would recommend a professional setup, noiseless pups, better tremolo if you plan on using it alot, and a better pickgaurd. As for me, I will probably get a new pickgaurd because this one is el cheapo. I'm not a professional setup guy but I can probably tweak this one to get it where I really want it but all in all it is set up pretty well and plays nice out of the box. Really like the neck PUP for my cleans, has alot of tone.

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                    (5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing Guitar With a Few Drawbacks

                    By John

                    from Upstate N.Y.

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                          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.

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                          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.

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                              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              KILLER guitar at a great price!

                              By GuitaristDog87

                              from Southestern PA

                              About Me Experienced

                              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.

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                                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Just what i was looking for

                                By brad watt

                                from Pa

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Have To Tune Alot

                                Best Uses

                                • Good Versatility
                                • Jamming
                                • Practicing
                                • Rock Concerts

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

                                Great guitar, nice balance, tons of sounds, maple neck is one of a kind finish

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