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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.

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  • 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: 3 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)

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FenderRoad Worn '60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 45 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (7)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A detailed review after day 1

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...Read complete review

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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Better Fender strats for the $$$

I felt this guitars price point is too high for what you get. I had some reservation on the faux relicing, but since the intro circa 2009 they tamed the look and it grew...Read complete review

I felt this guitars price point is too high for what you get. I had some reservation on the faux relicing, but since the intro circa 2009 they tamed the look and it grew on me. Although my review is based on an Olympic white blemished model in the low 600s, there are a few things I've read on prior reviews that I can confirm. I bought this model because I wanted a nitro finish. First off, the current picture of the pick guard doesn't match what you get. Mine was a non relic mint. Back doesn't match and is white. Second, I agree with other posts in regards to setup. Paying 900 and tax on a Mex made guitar, I feel should be very close to a good setup, not 180 degrees off. I base this off of another purchase of a Classic Players 60s strat,which came gig ready for my personal setup preference. By the way, that's a better guitar all around, 12" neck rad, and CS features. OK, so I liked the Look of this one, but that's about it. Sent it back due to a major fault which was a partially broken off nut by the low E. Deal breaker. Next, for a guitar in this price range, it should have better pickups. I have more than a few strats, USA and mim, and these just don't cut it for your hard earned money. I've not pulled the trigger on a brand new one at asking price since I feel based on my array of 30 years with Fender strats, it's just not there. I've also thought about the nitro. A guitar such as a solid body LP will benefit more than a strat, since your vibrating the Plastic pick guard then the finish/wood. Last, the 7" neck radius is cramped for someone like myself with larger fingers. Now, I'd love to deal with all of this if they were properly priced in the 600-699 range, but with too many cons, I'd look at an American special for a C note more. Best value on a MIm, I'd highly recommend checking out a Classic Players 60s strat. I prefer that over 2 of my American strats along with a hotrodded seriesAmerican strat. Choose wisely!!

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4.0

Best Non-American Made Strat

By Will's Jazz

from NJ

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Bad Setup

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

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

The nitro finish and rosewood board was the the initial deal-maker for me. The bad factory setup is the only things that keeps this review from getting 5 stars. Otherwise, a very nice guitar. Once this guitar is setup, frets dressed/leveled, and nut cut properly, it's a great guitar. Even the pickups are pretty good. Very Strat-esque sounding, not over wound or under wound, just right. Very versatile too, I can get a wide range of sounds, even jazz on the neck pickup. The hardware and finish are authentically reliced, not overdone. Definitely the best non-American made Srat on the market. With a proper setup it is a great guitar.

 
5.0

excellent strat what more could you want?

By Swamp Thing

from Dodgeville Wisconsin

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • these guitars are fenders hidden treasures

Cons

  • need good setup

Best Uses

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

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

I've been playing fender guitars for 45 yrs in my opinion these are some of the best.- I now own three strats one Jazzmaster and 2 p-basses( road worn) I also have 12 other guitars all top end PRS, musicman, Gibson, parker, Hamer(usa),and two American strats the road worns have the best unpluged tone and you can feel the bodies vibrate- pickups and hardware can always be changed but tone comes from the wood,and you don't have to worry about scratches. I love them and play them out often. who cares where thy are built. Thanks Fender

 
5.0

Fender '60s Road Worn Stratocaster Olympic White

By Lloyd

from Belsano, Pennsylvania

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • 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 a road worn telecaster, and loved it so much that i had to get a strat as well. i love this guitar, the road wear looks legit, not fake like on earlier models, the pickups sound great. these are great guitars, and in my opinion priced fairly, as the relicing is another step in the process of making these guitars.. you can expect to pay a little more. The craftsmanship is top notch... i wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I would buy this again

    By Rick Foxx

    from Queen Creek, Az.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • I would like to see a better relic job

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    I was a little apprehensive in buying this model (having already purchased the 50's road worn and was very displeased in the overall playability and look of the instrument) but decided to take a chance and wow, I was pleasantly surprised in the way it handled (no fret out) for a 7.25 radius guitar. the frets needed some work (real rough on the edges) and the set up was bad (major fret buzz... which is minor work for me) but once I took care of that it played wonderfully. This is the first M. made guitar I have not had to put a great deal of money into to make it sound decent. The relic look could use an overhaul and let's dispense with the 7.25 radius (this guitar did not fret and i don't know why, but most with this radius do). Take care of that and I believe people will be flocking to buy this instrument. After all who doest want a decent relic for an affordable price point. For the most part good job on this great low end guitar.

     
    5.0

    Very happy with this Strat. Feels, Looks & Sounds GREAT!

    By Osttocs

    from NY, NY

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Very happy with this Strat. Feels, Looks & Sounds GREAT!

         
        2.0

        Better Fender strats for the $$$

        By Jammin Salmon

        from Sticks

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

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

            I felt this guitars price point is too high for what you get. I had some reservation on the faux relicing, but since the intro circa 2009 they tamed the look and it grew on me. Although my review is based on an Olympic white blemished model in the low 600s, there are a few things I've read on prior reviews that I can confirm. I bought this model because I wanted a nitro finish. First off, the current picture of the pick guard doesn't match what you get. Mine was a non relic mint. Back doesn't match and is white. Second, I agree with other posts in regards to setup. Paying 900 and tax on a Mex made guitar, I feel should be very close to a good setup, not 180 degrees off. I base this off of another purchase of a Classic Players 60s strat,which came gig ready for my personal setup preference. By the way, that's a better guitar all around, 12" neck rad, and CS features. OK, so I liked the Look of this one, but that's about it. Sent it back due to a major fault which was a partially broken off nut by the low E. Deal breaker. Next, for a guitar in this price range, it should have better pickups. I have more than a few strats, USA and mim, and these just don't cut it for your hard earned money. I've not pulled the trigger on a brand new one at asking price since I feel based on my array of 30 years with Fender strats, it's just not there. I've also thought about the nitro. A guitar such as a solid body LP will benefit more than a strat, since your vibrating the Plastic pick guard then the finish/wood. Last, the 7" neck radius is cramped for someone like myself with larger fingers. Now, I'd love to deal with all of this if they were properly priced in the 600-699 range, but with too many cons, I'd look at an American special for a C note more. Best value on a MIm, I'd highly recommend checking out a Classic Players 60s strat. I prefer that over 2 of my American strats along with a hotrodded seriesAmerican strat. Choose wisely!!

             
            3.0

            Good but needed a major setup adjustment

            By Ssxz

            from Hilo, HI

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

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

              Good but needed a major setup adjustment, i expect more from a guitar at this price point. The back of the neck is "aged" but was quite rough feeling - after a bit of work to make it smooth and comfortable it feels nice. Guitar is a little heavier than i expected, but not too bad. Other than that, pretty happy. Minus two stars for lack of immediate playability.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Speechless. Hands down the best guitar I've ever had.

              By Guitar Player

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • A guitar for a lifetime
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • This is a keeper

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I'm just speechless. No words to describe how I feel about this. Best guitar I've ever owned. This one's definitely a keeper, a guitar for a lifetime.

                 
                5.0

                Exceeded Expectations

                By Georgia Jim

                from Georgia

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    The nitro finish is the main deal hear. I could hear the difference in the tone immediately. I have a JV strat with a maple neck that I love but the tone from this guitar is so much richer and bluesier. If you're after that Texas tone, JV, SRV, Anson Funderburg, etc.-get this one!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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