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The Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster is an electric guitar that delivers killer aged looks, feel, and mojo without breaking the bank. The '50s Road Worn Strat was designed using 1950s specs augmented by Tex-Mex pickups and 6105 frets.

Like classic cars or your favorite T-shirt, some things just get cooler with age. It's especially true of electric guitars. They develop an unmistakable mojo over time that makes them look even cooler and feel even more comfortable than when they were new. In that regard, the Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster is a true player.

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FEATURES
Body: alder
Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer
Neck: maple
Neck profile: soft "V" shape
Fretboard: maple
Fretboard radius: 7-1/4"
Frets: 21 (6105 style)
Scale length: 25-1/2"
Nut width: 1.650"
Hardware: chrome
Tuners: Fender vintage style
Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized tremolo
Pickguard: 1-ply white
Pickups: 3 Tex-Mex Stratocaster single-coil
Pickup switch: 5-way
Controls: master volume, neck pickup tone, middle pickup and middle/bridge combination tone control
Strings: Fender standard tension ST250R nickel-plated steel (10-13-17-26-36-46)
Case: not included
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FenderRoad Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 53 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

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    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (4)
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    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This Guitar has the Mojo

I have a 50s road worn Strat--Black. Bottom line is it is a great value and loads of fun. Lots of people seem to think it is an overpriced beat up made...Read complete review

I have a 50s road worn Strat--Black. Bottom line is it is a great value and loads of fun. Lots of people seem to think it is an overpriced beat up made in mexico standard strat. That is simply not true. Though made in Mexico, it is a lot different than the MiM Strat - a completely different guitar. The differences are huge too. First, Fender was brilliant and put 6105 frets that have a great feel and bend great. Second, these have Tex Mex pick-ups with the middle one reverse wound. That means in position 2 and 4 there is a lot less pick up noise. These pickups are a lot hoter than the MiM pickups and the different tones (all authentic Fender) you get from this guitar are amazing. Lastly, they look really cool and feel great to play. I love the relic look and to find something worn in this good on the market is near impossible without paying a huge premium. The only issue I have is the bridge pickup (not controlled by the trebble on the guitar -- another 50s feature) is very bright for my taste. This can be easily mitigated. Beyond the very cool 50s relic look and feel, you really get very different sounds from each of the pick up combinations. If blues is your thing this guitar will make your day,and this guitar rocks quite well also. The quality of the guitar is also excellent. Here is the deal, if you want a classic/ antique looking and sounding strat this is a great compromise. A genuine 50s strat will run you over ten grand and will most likely have issues. A new custom shop relic will also be a few grand. This guitar is a great alternative, looks old and sounds great and will last you a long time. I rate this a high value for what you get and unlike some, I think this was a great idea by Fender to put this product out at this price point. If you have any playing skill at all, you will immediately notice that this is NOT a MiM standard in any shape or form and to compare this to a MiM Standard is beyond ridiculous. So from SVR to to Jimmie Hendrix to Ritchie Blackmore to Eric Clapton and everything in between, this guitar has the mojo and you will great playing it too!

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Good starting block

I bought this guitar to hot rod. I wanted a lacquer guitar but not at custom shop price. The soft v neck feels really nice to me, but the frets are inconsistent. A...Read complete review

I bought this guitar to hot rod. I wanted a lacquer guitar but not at custom shop price. The soft v neck feels really nice to me, but the frets are inconsistent. A good setup is do-able though. I still plan to swap for a USA neck. The pickups sound hard when the volume is cranked, but if you back it off on a tube amp the tone gets thin. I swapped for american standards. Overall solid guitar or a good building block for a professional setup. I rate this guitar three stars because it needs the usual tlc that a mexican does, and adjusting the truss rod sucks.

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Guitar has the Mojo

By Deep Purple Fan

from Alexandria, VA

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Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have a 50s road worn Strat--Black. Bottom line is it is a great value and loads of fun. Lots of people seem to think it is an overpriced beat up made in mexico standard strat. That is simply not true. Though made in Mexico, it is a lot different than the MiM Strat - a completely different guitar. The differences are huge too. First, Fender was brilliant and put 6105 frets that have a great feel and bend great. Second, these have Tex Mex pick-ups with the middle one reverse wound. That means in position 2 and 4 there is a lot less pick up noise. These pickups are a lot hoter than the MiM pickups and the different tones (all authentic Fender) you get from this guitar are amazing. Lastly, they look really cool and feel great to play. I love the relic look and to find something worn in this good on the market is near impossible without paying a huge premium. The only issue I have is the bridge pickup (not controlled by the trebble on the guitar -- another 50s feature) is very bright for my taste. This can be easily mitigated. Beyond the very cool 50s relic look and feel, you really get very different sounds from each of the pick up combinations. If blues is your thing this guitar will make your day,and this guitar rocks quite well also. The quality of the guitar is also excellent. Here is the deal, if you want a classic/ antique looking and sounding strat this is a great compromise. A genuine 50s strat will run you over ten grand and will most likely have issues. A new custom shop relic will also be a few grand. This guitar is a great alternative, looks old and sounds great and will last you a long time. I rate this a high value for what you get and unlike some, I think this was a great idea by Fender to put this product out at this price point. If you have any playing skill at all, you will immediately notice that this is NOT a MiM standard in any shape or form and to compare this to a MiM Standard is beyond ridiculous. So from SVR to to Jimmie Hendrix to Ritchie Blackmore to Eric Clapton and everything in between, this guitar has the mojo and you will great playing it too!

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THIS GUITAR IS MY NEW FAVORITE!!!

By tonylovestone

from Mechanicsville, MD

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Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

If you wanted to take this guitar from me, you would have to pry it from my cold, life-less fingers. I love this thing a heckuva lot. It really is phenomenal. You should get one before they wind up discontinuing these things.
This guitar (Fender 50's Roadworn Stratocaster) has all the features you need. The nitro finish makes it sound better. I don't care what anyone says. The fact that Fender didn't dunk this ax into plastic-like paint allows for the tone to bleed through the heart of the guitar. Tremolo is sturdy. Tuners are solid. (3) very hot Tex-Mex pickups and an amazingly comfortable v-neck. I don't know what else you would want in a Strat. This thing bleeds vintage.
Quality, so far, is very impressive. It is a solid guitar, and because it is already beat to heck, I don't worry about if it gets bumped or bruised. That just adds to the character. This guitar seems like it can really take a beating. MIM Fenders are definitely where it's at.
Maybe a little higher on price than I would like, but I really can't complain. This might be my favorite guitar that I own. Seriously. And I own a Thinline Tele, a Gibson LP, and a super-sweet Epiphone Sheraton. I love all of those guitars very very much, but I think this one takes the cake. See the features above. The features really make this guitar special. The tex-mex's and the finish. Not to mention the fact that the neck feels so worn in and comfortable.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Roadworn Strat

By FRETWERX-76VQ8

from Rochester, NY

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Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

OK, heres the deal, this guitar is great for the buck, the nitro finish is nice and thin, worn off in places and looks great. The thin nitro finish really lets the guitar resonate much better than heavier urethane finishes do, the pickups are great as is the rest of the hardware. I've been a guitar tech & guitar builder for a 40+ years (yeah I'm old) and am a huge Fender fan, this guitar is a total winner from stem to stern, buy one ..... I bought 2 and one of the teles as well !

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A really great guitar!

By SOUL GYPSY

from Grand Canyon, AZ

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Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Like any Fender guitar, finding the right individual guitar is the key. From my experiences, the quality of Fender's guitars varies widely, regardless of cost. My 2008 Road Worn 2-tone sunburst 50's Strat is amazingly wonderful. The action and tone are fabulous. The neck is very comfortable (a bit beefy, the way I like 'em), and the tone is the most realistic Vintage/SRV tone I have found on any Fender guitar. As far as looks, mine is beautiful in fit and finish. Tight neck pocket, nicely figured and laminated alder body, beautiful nitro paint job, nice neck tinting, etc. I have compared the simulated neck and body wear of mine to photos of naturally worn genuine vintage Strats, and mine is VERY accurate looking. However, I have seen some of the more recently built models, and the neck wear looks completely different, and not anywhere near as realistic, as if after the first year or two Fender got lazy and did'nt put as much effort into the neck relicing. Mine is a first year of production model, and it looks like they were trying to put thier best foot forward to encourage sales of the new Road Worn line. If you find a good one, like I did, this guitar is, IMHO worth MORE than it's price, as compared to lesser American and even Custom Shop Strats with much higher prices that I've seen and played. I play Blues, and this guitar really shines with it's tone, action and looks!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i tried really hard to complain

By randywolf

from louisville ky

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Pros

  • Feels Just Like A 58
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • No Case
  • Not Enough Wear

Best Uses

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

Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

i tried my best to find things i didnt like about this thing and i came up with two things
1. not as much wear as i would have liked to have seen
2. when i buy an expensive new guitar i expect to get a case with it.

okay i tried my best to complain about this thing and thats seriously all i could come up with... thats it. the sound is perfect, the tone is perfect, the feel is perfect even the weight is perfect. in short its perfect. i had to dig really deep to find things i didnt like and even then look at my reasons... not enough wear? no case? the only things i could find are borderlining ridiculous. seriously, buy this thing i personally guarantee you wont regret it

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Road Worn not Relic

By Bluesman

from Michigan

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I was at first a little disappointed that it wasn't more beat up looking- you know heavy relic looking like you just dug it up from the guitar cemetery. Other than that I couldn't be more pleased. It plays great and sounds great. I really like the smaller neck. I am a very electric guitar blues player. I am 60 years old and have paid my dues. I currently own and play 17 electric guitars; 7 which are strats. This is a keeper and a real steal. There ain't nothing wrong with playing a MIM guitar. If you are thinking about getting one of these do so.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice Guitar with one big flaw

    By Marco

    from Baltimore

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Bad Frets

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I like these guitars overall, Fender does a completely realistic job of aging them - they do genuinely look and feel like old, worn guitars. The only thing about this guitar i really found to be a problem, that i disliked in a big way, was the frets. "jumbo" frets have gotten high to the point of being ridiculous. Its possible the guitar i received did not get any fret work at all, and thats why they are so unuseable - either way is unacceptable, and a black mark against the product. I gave it an overall high rating because otherwise, i found the guitar to be great, and i have repaired the unuseable frets.

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Road Worn '50s Strat

      By TylerHier

      from Lancaster, CA

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      Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I played one of these in the local Guitar Center, and I have to admit... I was BEYOND impressed. It actually sounds like a strat. The only thing I don't like about the guitar is that neck pickup is a little more brighter than I like. But luckily we have the power of swapping pickups, right? Anywho, the road worn feel actually does make it feel broken in. I wouldn't really call it a faulty thing, but you could sand a little bit more off to make it seem more "relic" like. And believe it or not, the neck is pretty thin. I have no idea what the radius is, but it can't be a 9.5! I'm gonna get this strat after I get my Gibson, and I know that I'll be investing my money pretty well when I do.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A pretty fair choice, but...

      By Pascal_h

      from Virginia

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      Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This is a solidly built guitar and I LOVE how the neck feels. I also own a Highway 1, so I'm going to compare the two: hands down, I favor the Highway 1. The Highway 1 just resonates the tone much better; the Road Worn doesn't carry it quite as well, but does alright...it's all taste anyway, right? Okay...that being said, the two guitars sound almost identical coming out of my VM Deluxe or my Vox: they both sound GREAT!! If I weren't so used to the Highway 1, I'd be writing a GLOWING review of this guitar. If you like the way it looks and think you'd like a Strat: buy it, you won't be let down. One other thing, though: the "road worn" detail is great in some ways, but the way they wore the neck is confusing. There's almost no wear on some parts of it, and it's completely without finish in other parts; I doubt it would wear in that way in reality. However, it looks cool and it sounds great, and if you think that this guitar would motivate you to rock out, go for it. The amplified tone has that classic Fender "bell-like" warmth in the neck and mid pickups, and produces a savory twang at the bridge. This is a versatile choice, as all Stratocasters are.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Strat, frets required some work

      By Lee

      from Cordova, TN

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Fret Fit

      Best Uses

      • Recreating Layla
      • Recreating The Layle

      Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Two things leap out to me about this mostly excellent instrument:
      1. The fret ends were finished quite rough on the guitar I received, mostly on the treble side. A jeweler's file fixed the problem, and since it is already "relicked", I wasn't particularly worried about roughing up the side of the neck.
      2. This guitar plays and, most importantly, SOUNDS like a 1950s vintage Fender Stratocaster. I used to own a real road-worn 1959 Strat with maple neck, and I can attest that this MiM replica truly gets it. Play it through a small Fender vintage tube amp (like a Champ) or even a newer USA-made solid state Fender Bronco amp (which I now use), and I found that you can truly attain that classic early '70s Eric Clapton tone - you know, kind of biting and "crunchy" - with this amazing recreation. The Fender Tex-Mex pickups do indeed deliver on this axe!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Impressive Strat

      By Bob Gnarley

      from Chicago, IL

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      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Relicing Looks Awesome
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Needed Setup Obviously

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Don't listen to these haters with the negative reviews.. This is a great strat for the price. Besides the sweet looks.. this thing plays very comfortably and has a sweet sounding tone. Very crisp sound and is even better with a little overdrive. Only thing that needed adjustment was the action, found it to be a little high but thats typical for a new guitar. As far as it being a Mexican strat.. this thing sounds just as good if not better than my American strat. The nitro finish really makes a difference in tone.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      BLUES

      By Pete-wSVGo

      from Boston

      Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I have the Olympic White 60s Road Worn Strat. This is my new #1 guitar. The thing is this; I'm a huge SRV fan and I love Fender Relic guitars. If you know a good relic, you'll know that this one really is great for being under 1k. I think that the Olympic White looks like a better relic job than the Sunburst, although both are good. I thought that I was most likely going to change the Tex Mex pickups before I bought the guitar but when I played this guitar at home I fell in love with the sound. They are truely a vintage sounding pickup and really come close to Custom Shop tones. I do have a little bit of notes fretting out because of the 7.5" radius neck, but it's not horrible. The nitro paint really gives the guitar a different. It's much lighter and much more resonant. If this thing were assembled in the US it would probably be a 2500 relic. The value of this after the Fender price rise really makes it less attractive.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Features

      By JoeWMI

      from Lancaster, PA

      Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I was attempting to decide between this guitar, the 60's Classic Series, and the American Special. This guitar is much more than a MIM with a vintage look. What really sold me on this guitar was the 7.25 radius and soft V neck which you normally find on the Clapton. I love how comfortable the soft V neck is. The old style narrow frets are interesting to play with. It is extremely light and I really like how this plays.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      amazing!

      By the man-k6TD_

      from mcallen, tx

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      Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is just soooo amazing.Its tone is so incredible. It's one of the best sounding strats I've played with out a doubt. Plus it looks really cool. It looks like its actully old. With slight rust on the hardware and all the nicks and dings on the body.Even if you think the fake old look is pointless....the tone should be reason enought to get it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love these Roadworn guitars

      By Marc

      from Maryland USA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I have two of these roadworn Strats. The roadworn Tele's are great too. Its odd but I don't think I would even consider buying a "pre aged" guitar from anyone but Fender. It just suits the Fender guitars. Very comfortable to play and the Soft V neck (50's road worn) isn't available on any other Strat at this time ( I think), definitely not at this price...I've played the Hard V necks of some custom shop Reissue guitars , and the necks on these Roadworn series guitars is actually closer to a real 57' neck. Its identical to my own 57 and 58 duo sonic guitars except that it rounds out to a D profile after about the 5th fret instead of around the 12th on a real 50's neck. The thin lacquer finishes are fantastic. Just a great sounding and comfortable guitar all around.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good starting block

          By Satan

          from Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Flat Sound

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar to hot rod. I wanted a lacquer guitar but not at custom shop price. The soft v neck feels really nice to me, but the frets are inconsistent. A good setup is do-able though. I still plan to swap for a USA neck. The pickups sound hard when the volume is cranked, but if you back it off on a tube amp the tone gets thin. I swapped for american standards. Overall solid guitar or a good building block for a professional setup. I rate this guitar three stars because it needs the usual tlc that a mexican does, and adjusting the truss rod sucks.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice strat

          By HMB

          from Danville, CA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I recently purchased a two-color sunburst with light relic. It required a bit of work on the setup and the neck radius took some getting used to, but now feels comfortable. I have a number of guitars including American strats and this one definitely has a different vibe. The Tex-Mex pickups sound a bit more raw than the pickups in my other strats and I find the need to use the tone and volume to dial in my sound with these. Overall a nice guitar and I don't regret my purchase.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            relic you can afford

            By Frankenstrat1964

            from California

            Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            Dont miss the point.Its not expensive! Have you priced a genuine 1950's or 1960's strat? Anywhere from 15K to 100k. Fender has made it possible for dreams to come true, and its not beat up, its antiqued. A simple setup from a qualified luthier will make this axe sing! It sustains wonderful! cool guitar!kudos Fender!!! I played one thru a Fender Super Sonic, AWESOME!!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Surprisingly excellent

            By Nitrofinish

            from Oxford UK

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            Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I didn't read the other reviews on purpuse to give an unbiased review of my example. Just received it and I'm really impressed. It looks and feels much, much better than the photos. I was concerned that the fingerboard wear had been overdone but no, having played a few real road-wearly vintage Strats this is a huge surprise. In many ways, better than vintage for sheer practicality as it doesn't have that 'stickiness' that the real deal often has - therefore beatufully playable. I do prefer the squishiness of .009 - .042's but the .010's supplied feel just right! The nitro body has the authentic zing thru an amp (using a Rivera Venus 3 and Boss Bassman pedal). Great sound - all the right authentic tone. Lightweight body. You'll not go wrong buying this - incredible value. Corona necks used on the first run so get in quick. Can't give 5's all round as I must compare it to the very top line Strats but aging is really clever. And after a few months of playing you'll have added your own dings!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            The first fender I paid for

            By Chuck-SG4Lv

            from Colorado Springs, CO

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            Comments about Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            Well Im a metal guy mostly but I like classic rock and blues and jazz as well. Most of the guitars I own are pretty metal oriented. Ive been playing for 11 years and realized I have never owned a Fender. So I went to the store to look at a few. I played a lot before this one but what really got me was the frets and the nitro finish. Not so crazy about it being beat up or paying extra for it being beat up. Its just when I plugged it in (AND acoustic sound as well!) the sound I heard and the feel of it made me buy it. I played american and other mexican strats and even other road worn ones but I think maybe this one is special because it sounds sooooo good and feels great too. The only things Ive done to it is remove the tremolo cover and lower the middle pickup so the high E doesnt get too close. Its expensive yeah. I dont really look at it as me buying this guitar, I look at it as me buying that awesome sound.

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