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Your time machine to the vibe of the '60s.

The Fender '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar looks like a real vintage classic thanks to aged knobs, pickup covers, pickguard, tremolo, and switch tip. U-shaped maple neck with rosewood fretboard. Vintage tuners and tremolo. Fender includes three vintage single-coil pickups with your '60s Stratocaster for sound as old as it looks.

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  • Alder body (polyester finish)
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • (gloss urethane finish) 25-1/2" scale length
  • Rosewood 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
  • 3-ply mint green pickguard
  • Aged knobs and switch tip
  • Synthetic bone nut
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FenderClassic Series '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 70 reviews)

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    (59)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

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    (1)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

stratmaniak

If you are looking at this guitar because you want something affordable and like strats then by all means look no further. Actually, you know what, if you are looking for a strat...Read complete review

If you are looking at this guitar because you want something affordable and like strats then by all means look no further. Actually, you know what, if you are looking for a strat type guitar in general look no further. Why spend all the extra cash on american made when this is just as good if not better. Honestly, I have played many guitars in my day from squires to full custom shop masterpieces and all I can conclude is that this is the best guitar I have ever played. Lets go through why I believe you cant buy a better guitar for the money and for that matter for less than 5 times what this sells for. First of all, its the features. This thing has hardware exactly like you would find on an American made strat. The bridge assembly for instance is exactly the same, including the tone block as found in the American vintage bridge. The wood used in its construction is American wood, shipped from California to Mexico for assembly at the Mexican plant. Sure the pickups are made in Mexico, but they are among the best voiced single coils in the world in my opinion. They are a fairly low output but when set to the right height, they can scream and chime with the best of them. The bridge pickup is a bit of a weak point, but then again, think of vintage pickups from the 1960s. Back then, they didn't wind bridge pickups hotter and this guitar is meant to be like one you would buy in the 60s. As for the action and playing feel, I think this guitar improves your playing like no other will. The action isn't low but somehow it feels right. The vintage 7.5 inch radius fingerboard is just right for anything apart from sweep picking, but I'm sure someone could prove me wrong. The vintage profile frets feel perfect with the rosewood fretboard and allow you to get in close to the wood and feel the connection with the instrument. If you want something easy to play, this may not be for you, but if you like me think the greatest rewards lie in a bit of a challenge, then this guitar will reward you for years to come. You will never feel better than this guitar. All this being said I will say that this may just be my guitar, be sure to play a few of them and find the best one for you. Also, fender set ups are always terrible so take the time to set the action, intonation and pickup height when you get it. Pickup height is massively important to get the sound you want. The reason I put a 4.5 for quality and a 4.5 for features is because of personal taste. I believe that all fender bridges are scope for improvement, hence my addition of a Callaham unit, and also my slight preference toward a hotter wound bridge pickup. The final area that could be improved is the pots and caps in the wiring. I think all fenders including American can benefit from a signal chain upgrade and of course a treble bleed circuit. these however are more general Fender complaints then criticisms about this guitar. This thing punches massively above its weight. If you have the money and want a 60s style strat, look no further. I think you would need to go to the 60s and buy a brand new Stratocaster then to get anywhere near the sounds and vibe that this thing has. For this price, this is a total no-brainer.

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problems

it looked amazing, a 60's candy apple red with rosewood fretboard and aged parts. i made it sound like hendrix with a cry baby through a marshall. the neck had a problem,...Read complete review

it looked amazing, a 60's candy apple red with rosewood fretboard and aged parts. i made it sound like hendrix with a cry baby through a marshall. the neck had a problem, though. the 17th fret would buzz like mad on the 1st string. this was the second guitar i got, the first also had a neck problem. play hendrix and pink floyd solos and try not to notice the buzz. can't. still, a good value for the buck. play it thoroughly before buying. check for the buzz.

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5.0

A Classic Even A Generation Y Kid Can Appreciate

By AcousticMetroTech

from Oxnard, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

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

    After owning an Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro for a while, I started to somehow feel detached from it as time went on. I ended up playing it less and less. Rather than keeping it in its case and not playing it, I decided to walk in to my local Guitar Center yesterday to trade it in. They had a Classic Series 60s Stratocaster in lake placid blue hanging on the wall and I fell for it instantly. I plugged it in, played it for a while, and it justified my reason to buy it even more. The guitar looked really gorgeous and the aged plastic parts, the tuners, and the tinted neck and headstock really brought in the vintage look. The C shape neck played really smooth and comfortable for me. The tone and response was was simply amazing. It comes with a nice gig bag, but it'd probably be best to get a hardshell case for it. For the money, this is one of the best guitars out there in my opinion. If you're thinking of getting this guitar, you should go ahead and buy it. I know I'll be keeping mine for a long time.

     
    4.0

    Fun fun fun

    By Jizmo

    from Navarre,FL

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Surprised to say the least

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

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

    I have retired from performing. I teach and front porch pick, but I pick with some of the best. I have an old Tele and an older Martin. I was looking for a mid grade Strat to hot rod for playing blues. My friend suggested the 60s classic which he had. I tried his and was slayed. Immediately went to my local dealer grabbed one off the wall and it really sucked. Lesson we all know,,, it's hit or miss with the MIM. Screw it I ordered from MF and got a good in. Besides MF is so righteous on returns it doesn't matter. Just keep ordering till you get it right. This guitar has soul.

     
    5.0

    Candy Apple Goodness

    By Garrett

    from Corona, CA

    About Me Experienced

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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

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

      I've been wanting a candy apple red strat for years, just hadn't found the right one. I can say that this was the right one! I opted for the 60's strat as it has the rosewood fretboard and more of the "boat" neck feel. Something different from my elite strat. I love the look, the feel and the color. The sound is amazing. Don't get hung up on the fact that it's MIM, it's a beast and tbh, setup better then the elite that i had gotten earlier this year.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best!!!

      By Juan

      from Cali, colombia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Recording

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

      The best guittar!!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gorgeous 60's style Strat

      By 64 Tele

      from Holiday Island, Ar.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        Back in 1983 I bought one of Fender's first reissue Strat's ('57 RI). This MIM Classic Series 60's model is every bit as gorgeous a Strat as the MIA reissue I had back in the early 80's.
        The sunburst finish is perfect, great neck, and Strat-y pickups. It's got the 60's look and also the sound! Love the rosewood fingerboard.
        I've got 2 other MIM Fenders (Deluxe Nashville Tele and Deluxe Roadhouse Strat). They are solid guitars I wouldn't hesitate to record with or play live. ONLY negative is no case (gig bag), but that's easily fixed. Fender (G&G) Brown Tolex case to complete the 60's look/feel. Musician's Friend had the best price on these (Brown Tolex), too!

        (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        2nd Classic not so polished.

        By mixer

        from Davisburg, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

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

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

        Purchased 57 classic player and it was wonderful right out of the box. I then purchased the 60 classic player but the strings buzzed between 5th and 12th frets and the intonation was way off. Tried to set intonation but the saddle heights could not be adjusted. Allen wrench supplied with guitar did not fit saddle adjustment screws nor did any Allen wrench sets I have fit. I returned the 60 classic to Musicians Friend with no hassles.

        (4 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Tuning nightmare

        By WhiteBear

        from New Mexico

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

        I just finished "trying" to play a black one at my local store, wanting truly to like and possibly buy it. The danged thing wouldn't stay in tune long enough to switch from tuner mode to amp play mode. Darned shame. The neck felt great. The finish was good. Appearance was real nice (black w/mint p/guard).

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A quality instrument for the price

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

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

        I've had this guitar for 6 months now. Being the owner of several American strats, I wasn't sure if I should buy a MIM. I'm glad I did. This is a really nice guitar. The pups sound just like the original 60's Strats. Owning a couple of vintage Strats, I really appreciate the 7.25" radius fretboard. The only problem I have experienced with this guitar is that the bridge saddle for the high E string lowers by itself. The adjustment screws back out from heavy playing, causing the string to fret out when stretched. Re-adjusting the screws fixed the problem for a while. I have since applied some lock tight to the adjustment screws and I think the issue has now been solved for good. Otherwise, for the money, you can't go wrong with the guitar. I house it in a vintage tweed case. I find myself playing it more than my American Strats. Shame on me!

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Strat

        By Jeremiah

        from Chandler, AZ

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

        I bought this guitar as a present to myself after selling my PS3. I picked up the Blue one at a local music shop for $500. It is one of the the best guitars i have ever played. Much better than the typical Mexican strat and almost, if not as good as an American. The pick ups are a bit noisy, but this thing is versatile. It's my go-to-guitar and i use it for almost anything, practice, recording, live, all. You will not go wrong with this instrument.

        (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        stratmaniak

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

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

        If you are looking at this guitar because you want something affordable and like strats then by all means look no further. Actually, you know what, if you are looking for a strat type guitar in general look no further. Why spend all the extra cash on american made when this is just as good if not better. Honestly, I have played many guitars in my day from squires to full custom shop masterpieces and all I can conclude is that this is the best guitar I have ever played. Lets go through why I believe you cant buy a better guitar for the money and for that matter for less than 5 times what this sells for. First of all, its the features. This thing has hardware exactly like you would find on an American made strat. The bridge assembly for instance is exactly the same, including the tone block as found in the American vintage bridge. The wood used in its construction is American wood, shipped from California to Mexico for assembly at the Mexican plant. Sure the pickups are made in Mexico, but they are among the best voiced single coils in the world in my opinion. They are a fairly low output but when set to the right height, they can scream and chime with the best of them. The bridge pickup is a bit of a weak point, but then again, think of vintage pickups from the 1960s. Back then, they didn't wind bridge pickups hotter and this guitar is meant to be like one you would buy in the 60s. As for the action and playing feel, I think this guitar improves your playing like no other will. The action isn't low but somehow it feels right. The vintage 7.5 inch radius fingerboard is just right for anything apart from sweep picking, but I'm sure someone could prove me wrong. The vintage profile frets feel perfect with the rosewood fretboard and allow you to get in close to the wood and feel the connection with the instrument. If you want something easy to play, this may not be for you, but if you like me think the greatest rewards lie in a bit of a challenge, then this guitar will reward you for years to come. You will never feel better than this guitar. All this being said I will say that this may just be my guitar, be sure to play a few of them and find the best one for you. Also, fender set ups are always terrible so take the time to set the action, intonation and pickup height when you get it. Pickup height is massively important to get the sound you want. The reason I put a 4.5 for quality and a 4.5 for features is because of personal taste. I believe that all fender bridges are scope for improvement, hence my addition of a Callaham unit, and also my slight preference toward a hotter wound bridge pickup. The final area that could be improved is the pots and caps in the wiring. I think all fenders including American can benefit from a signal chain upgrade and of course a treble bleed circuit. these however are more general Fender complaints then criticisms about this guitar. This thing punches massively above its weight. If you have the money and want a 60s style strat, look no further. I think you would need to go to the 60s and buy a brand new Stratocaster then to get anywhere near the sounds and vibe that this thing has. For this price, this is a total no-brainer.

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