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The Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster was designed using 1950s specs augmented by Tex-Mex pickups and 6105 frets. Like classic cars or your favorite...Read More

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A guitar with a cool, aged look; feel; and mojo - like your favorite old pair of jeans.

The Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster 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 aura 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 '60s Stratocaster is a true player.

Includes a gig bag.

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FEATURES
  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck profile: "C" shape
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • 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: 3-ply mint green pickguard
  • Pickups: Three Tex-Mex Strat 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)
  • Includes a gig bag

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FenderRoad Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.4

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (5)
    • Recording (5)
    • Jamming (4)
    • Rock concerts (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I have Fender road rage

    I'm not a Strat guy. I'm pure Gibson and when it comes to Fender I'm a Tele guy. But I'm obsessive about sound and I'm missing the Strat sound in my collection, so...Read complete review

    I'm not a Strat guy. I'm pure Gibson and when it comes to Fender I'm a Tele guy. But I'm obsessive about sound and I'm missing the Strat sound in my collection, so I decided to trade an American deluxe Tele for a Strat. The sound I want is the Stevie Ray Vaughan Southern blues style. I tried a lot of different Strats including american deluxe, standards and customs, but the owner of the shop noticed that I kept coming back to the cheaper Mexican made '60 Road Worn so he let me borrow it for a week. Smart man, now I won't give it back, so I guess I owe him some money. What draw me to the RW was the pickups, I love Tex Mex pups, they just scream dirty southern blues, their not the loudest but hey I don't mind turning up the amp a bit. I'm not to sure about the bridge pickup though, it seems a bit weak to me, but when mixed with the middle pup they sound great, so I'm scared to change it (besides I'm new to strats so it might be a perfectly normal bridge sound). The number one issue I have with Fenders Strats is their colours, especially in their higher end guitars. Boring colours with pure white pick guard, no character whatsoever. But the RW works for me, because the finish is satin, so no blinding shine, and the pick guard is yellowed to make it look like a chain smoker as used it for forty years, now that's character. The aged look is definitely an gimmick, but one that works. The aged process is real, not a paint job, the only bad thing about it for me is the neck; Fender sand blasted the back which feels weird certainly not naturally used, but the neck still plays nice. There's a couple of faults with the guitar like knobs that are to close or far from the pick guard, but these faults actually work with the aged look. A stupid advantage of this guitar that I noticed is because it 's already beat up, I'm not afraid to bang or scratch it, so I'm always carrying it around with me and it gets lots of use. After playing many different Strats, mostly high ends, I ended up buying this one. It's not the best quality but it's perfect for that barroom gig feel. The only other Strat I'd consider is the SRV signature Number One (which I haven't played yet) but I figured I would save a grand and I have no regrets yet.

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    rebuttle to killer ax

    OK so anyone can go to a guitar store and test drive one of these so owning it has no bearing. I own 2 fenders and love both of them dearly. This guitar is...Read complete review

    OK so anyone can go to a guitar store and test drive one of these so owning it has no bearing. I own 2 fenders and love both of them dearly. This guitar is a great looker but leaves much to be desired in the feel department and the sound. If you have six american strats then dropping almost a grand for a "mexican made relic" is a no brainer. and lets not forget that if you have that kind of chedder you can afford to spend 100 bucks on a fret dress and another 40 0r so for a great set up. This guitar is a glorified mexican strat and for what you would spend getting the frets dressed you could get an american strat and really be set. If you have extra cash to burn then go for it because they do look sweet and with some work it could be a nice ax but I swear by american strats. I do have to say they look awesome though. I still may buy one but its hard to bring myself to spend that much on a Mexican strat. The pickups real are crappy sounding to. But I cant say enough about how cool they look. But looks arent everything.

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    4.0

    A detailed review after day 1

    By chop883-t3zpx

    from Traverse City, MI

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Requires Immediate Setup

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I have always had my eye on the Fender Road Worn Series since they came out in stores around 2008. It seems you rarely see them in stores anymore which may indicate they are reaching the end of their retail life. I recently sold one of my American Strats and felt an overwhelming sense to fill that void. It is crazy to me that with so many strats in the world today, it seems hard for me to find one that actually suits all of my requests. The Road Worn always seems to have been very close, except that I was very afraid of buying a Mexican Fender, especially for the cost. I went back and forth between the road worn and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Strat, but the thick poly finish on the KWS model was a real downer for me. I own many poly finish, high gloss guitars and while they sound and play great, some of them very high end guitars, it is just not what I am into. The thinner nitro finish on the road worn was very cool to me, the 6105 Dunlop frets are my preferred fret wire for a strat. But most of the road worns I have played and seen have had the stained relic white pickguard which was a bit of a turn off for me as it started to cross the unrealistic zone. I have not found any used that I could play before buying. Finally, I just did it. The instrument I received is absolutely awesome.....after some initial work.

    First, the 3 tone sunburst I bought came with a non relic mint green pickguard. Mint green on sunburst even if it is glossy looks old anyway and it is just perfect. This is way better than the falsely stained white pickguards I have seen them come with before. Not sure when they changed this, but it is a step in the right direction. I had actually already ordered a mint green pickguard for it when I bought the guitar, but now I will not have to use it. The relic on the guitar finish itself is very,very good, it is not overdone, or in strange places, it is just right. I was very impressed. I have never seen one this good in the stores back in the day. The neck is great, but I would have liked a shade or two darker tint on the neck for the whole vintage look. My neck is lighter than other vintage necks I have had, but that is not all bad. Give it 20 years and I am sure it will be plenty dark enough. After taking it out of the box I just looked at it for a while and firmly believed that I had an authentic 62 strat in my studio. The Mexican factory producing the Road Worn guitars with these few subtle changes has really stepped it up a notch. This guitar is beautiful. Mine looks like a very well cared for 62 strat rather than a beat up road worn guitar.

    The Tex Mex pickups are very good. I had already ordered a set of custom wound vintage type pickups from a hand builder when I ordered the guitar. I have not installed them yet, but I am certainly not suffering while I wait for the custom pickups to be built. They are quite good. I would say they are focused. They have good highs and mids, with less bottom end. They are hotter than I would normally run, but only slightly. I would rather have the Tex Mex than Texas Specials for the type of SRV or KWS tones I like to play. I will change them just to customize the guitar to my personal tastes, but I do not feel it is required to "upgrade", they are great.

    The relic on the hardware is a bit of a mixed bag. The tuners are slightly relic - nice. The saddles are pretty heavily reliced, but the trem top plate itself is not reliced at all. Also, the input jack horn/plate is not reliced either. I will relic them myself when I do a full service pro setup. The trem block is a FULL trem block exactly the same as my US strats. I was very surprised buy that. I see no reason to change it, despite the fact that I ordered a steel block in advance thinking I would get a puney import style block. The trem on this thing is legit.

    The neck is a 7.250" radius. This was a spec that almost kept me from ordering the guitar. Playing blues, I like a large radius, almost flat fretboard. The 7.25 radius is something I have never experienced. It is a very tight radius and you can feel the radius of the fretboard while you are playing. I had heard (but had no personal experience) that these small radiuses on older vintage strats make them hard to play, especially for blues with big bends. I had heard that if you want to play blues on a small fretboard, you have to set them up a certain way with fairly high action so the high strings do not fade out on big bends. In short order, I was able to set the action at about 4/64s on the proper radius and bend 2.5 steps without the note dying, so what I heard was not my experience with this guitar. The new 7.25" radius is different to me but I like it a lot and I am excited to play it. I would say if you are a big guy with big hands, the tight radius might make you feel crowded on the fretboard, but am average/smaller and I totally dig it. wheeeewww.

    Now for some bad items. Out of the box, the guitar was unplayable. If you are a novice or do not know how to set up or work on a guitar, you would have to take this guitar right to a good tech to fix some issues right off the bat. First, the neck had obviously shrunk since being made so the fretwire stuck out over the ends of the fretboard like razor sharp daggers and would cut you up. Other reviewers mentioned this as well, so I am not the only one. This is very discouraging. Unplayable. It took me about 2 hours to re-file the fret ends and reshape them so all was smooth. Next, I do have about 3 slightly high frets so it will need a fret level. This is a small, small issue. I run almost a flat fretboard with hardly any relief, so I have to level the frets or I get buzz. The average person could run the relief just at a point where there was no buzz and this would likely not be an issue. The action was set very high out of the box, at an unplayable level. I set the neck relief and action and intonation in about 20 minutes and got the guitar 80% there pretty quickly.

    I have more fine tuning planned for this guitar, like the new pickups, fret level, and properly relicing the trem top plate. But I honestly could not be happier. It sounds great and I got it to play great in short order. If you are willing to fine tune the guitar and deal with the fret end issue, this guitar is totally worth it. I know some people would think it is totally ridiculous that you have to do that much work to a brand new guitar. I am one of those people, Fender should not have these issues. BUT, I have been through so many guitars that I did not like for one reason or another and ended up dumping them and loosing money. I DO like this guitar a lot and I am so glad I bought it. It has all my important bases covered. If this is what you want, and have an extra hundred for the set up, I say go for it. I like this guitar 5X more than the American Strat I sold to get it. I think that Fender has dialed in the general design of the Road Worn series to be less "Road Worn" and more "Vintage Re-Issue Relic". Again, mine looks more like a collectable 62 strat than a bar guitar that has been beaten up, and I much prefer this result in the evolution of their relic process. It does not fall into the category of "just another Mexi strat". It feels and sounds just as good if not better than my US strats. It has a solid quality feel to it. Long term, I think it is a good guitar to invest in.

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    5.0

    Great Strat Vintage Vibes

    By StratRatt

    from Ny

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • GREAT
    • Great Tone
    • Vintage Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar for that vintage tone without shelling out major $$$. Will pry need a professional set- up but played fine right out of box after adjusting to humidity. Great tone and very good quality for a Mex Strat. Unless you are wealthy and can afford the American vintage series this guitar is the way to go! Nitro finish just adds that extra mojo for lack of better term. This guitar did NOT disappoint!

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      5.0

      Awesome Guitar!

      By Pharoah

      from Mississippi

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar knowing that i liked the way it looked but i had no idea i would like it this much! It has a great tone, a great feel, and just a great vibe for me anyway. Neck is smooth, no sharp frets at all. Great sound playing unplugged and a great sound plugged into my amps! So glad I bought this guitar! Just love it!

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        4.0

        slightly road worn

        By larsoguitarso

        from Windsor,Co.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Not As Road Worn As Shown

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I do love this guitar. I am mainly a double humbucker player but this guitar if you dial both tones back and put the toggle in the center has a close sound. it totaly rocks with the strat tones, this is my second strat and it makes my Mexican deluxe look like a squire.when I oiled the neck the aging on the white dots disappeared, & the pick guard was not at all aged. The knobs and pickups are aged, and I will certainly age the rest in time. Its a cool, solid axe!

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        5.0

        This Is A Great Guitar!

        By Jonezee

        from nyc

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Hello This is now my favorite guitar and i own a few of them. This guitar is made of AMERICAN PARTS ASSEMBLED in MEXICO. Thats right an american guitar assembled in Mexico. Sweet!

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          (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing

          By Mark Serrano

          from Northern VA

          Comments about Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Amazing guitar!!!

          for my electric guitars, i look for three major things:
          1.) They have to sound AWESOME
          2.) They have to feel GREAT
          3.) They have to look COOL (Gibsons are pretty not cool)
          This guitar follows everything above

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Very Comfy Fit

          By Derek R

          from Rockwall, Texas

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          Comments about Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I have owned a ton of Strats over the years. They continue, for me, to be consistently great guitars. There are just so many models, I want to try them all! I like this RW Strat ever bit as much as my Deluxe V. It looks great, feels great and plays great.
          Everything you would want in a Strat. Not much to add in this category.
          Well, it is beat up very nicely! Seriously, it feels solid, body is light, neck is great and sustain for days. Mine stays in tune extremely well, even after using the whammy. The quality is really top notch.
          I remember when American Standards were less money, but I guess if you compare it to a "Closet Classic", then I'd have to say it is a very good value. I can not get over how great the MIM models are these days.

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          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Road worn Strat

          By GuitarGuy-sw9bv

          from Minneapolis

          Comments about Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          I saw these on web and liked the look.Went to Local music store and Checked out a White one.It was impressive.Workmanship was very good, played great,Stock pickups Sounded Good. I am A guitar Builder and Repair Guy and was impressed with Quality and feel.Very good and alot less money than American Relic which are over priced IMO I bought this Guitar and Love it!!! Only Minor complaint is back of Neck that feels a little rough. But I am Getting used to it.

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          (4 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          buy a normal fender

          By Patmanrickrockfiecal

          from Harborcreek, Pa

          Comments about Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          i have played this guitar over 20 times so i am very familiar with it because my bandmate owns this guitar. i must say this guitar sounds absolutely amazing, but there is a downside to the great tone. that would be that i have cut myself on the guitar at least three times and those cuts were not pretty. i like this guitar but my regular fender has not given me problems as much as this road worn has given my bandmate and me have. i recommend that if you are looking for a fender strat then don't buy this, buy the normal fender strat. if you are a strat collector, then maybe you will want this but other than being a collector i see no reason to buy this guitar.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I started with a laugh....

          By Dlanguitar

          from Vancouver, Canada

          Comments about Fender Road Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          It started with a laugh and a scoff. It turned into 'I would like to like them but naaaa' and now I am sitting here with one hanging on my wall... not sure how it happened.Ok, so I have already (first day of ownership) replaced the pickguard with the mint one from my Robert Cray. I kept the tex mex pups and my RC pots etc... also have a n-tune on the RC pickguard. I have set-up the guitar from top to bottom. Added a spring to the tremolo, removed the center 4 trmolo to body screws to basically make it a floating bridge (it is staying in tune now... yay!).I lOVE the 7.25" radius neck... I bought this (great price) with the intent of parting it out but it stays right here. The pups are great... better than the GFS I had in the RC. I love this guitar... awesome sounding (sounds like a strat:))plays like butter and looks ok as well... Go ahead... once it's all set up you'll thank me!

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