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Fender '60s Reverse Headstock Strat Electric Guitar

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A modified version of a famous Strat seen at Woodstock, the flipped headstock reverses the length of the strings, and combined with the reverse-slan...Click To Read More About This Product

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Create your own screaming "Star Spangled Banner" with this unique Strat!

A modified version of a famous Strat seen at Woodstock, the flipped headstock reverses the length of the strings, and combined with the reverse-slant bridge pickup, delivers feel and tone uniquely different from traditional Stratocasters. 3 vintage-style single-coil pickups with staggered pole pieces, alnico magnets, and aged covers generate vintage styling and tone. Highly requested by players, a great addition to your Strat collection.

FEATURES
  • Alder Body
  • Maple neck with 7.5 Inch Radius
  • 21 Vintage Style Frets
  • 1-Ply White Pickguard
  • Aged Plastic parts
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Vintage Style Bridge and Tuning Machines
  • 3 vintage-style single-coil pickups with staggered pole pieces, alnico magnets, and aged covers with reverse slanted bridge pickup
  • 5-Position Blade
  • 9-46's
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4.7

(based on 33 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Viva Mexico

Saw this with an outstanding Stupid Deal of the Day and had a coupon, so decided to try it as a goof.Very surprised by the quality. Fit and finish were surprisingly flawless, setup...Read complete review

Saw this with an outstanding Stupid Deal of the Day and had a coupon, so decided to try it as a goof.Very surprised by the quality. Fit and finish were surprisingly flawless, setup was better out of the box than any other guitar I own, including Fender Custom Shop. Someone knows what he is doing when it comes to setups. Dyed maple fretboard looks a little cheesy, but ok. Mine has a 3-ply guard.Pickups sound very "Stratty" and shout Fender all the way. Upgraded pickups might be in order for some, but not for me. I got an incredible deal and will now give Fender Mexican products a fighting chance. This guy is a keeper.Now if I can just get the same deal on the Olympic White model...

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Cheap-o, not worth it

It's made in Mexico, but they won't tell you that. It's overpriced and not all that great. I own the Hendrix tribute and this doesn't come close. It looks the part, but...Read complete review

It's made in Mexico, but they won't tell you that. It's overpriced and not all that great. I own the Hendrix tribute and this doesn't come close. It looks the part, but after a day, or two, it starts showing its true colors. If you care more about the looks, this will get you a great deal, even with a few upgrades. I'd go with something different. I think this is a cheap product slapped together by the board of directors at Fender. This isn't a quality instrument. I sent it back.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Viva Mexico

By Dave-HyfBn

from USA

Saw this with an outstanding Stupid Deal of the Day and had a coupon, so decided to try it as a goof.Very surprised by the quality. Fit and finish were surprisingly flawless, setup was better out of the box than any other guitar I own, including Fender Custom Shop. Someone knows what he is doing when it comes to setups. Dyed maple fretboard looks a little cheesy, but ok. Mine has a 3-ply guard.Pickups sound very "Stratty" and shout Fender all the way. Upgraded pickups might be in order for some, but not for me. I got an incredible deal and will now give Fender Mexican products a fighting chance. This guy is a keeper.Now if I can just get the same deal on the Olympic White model...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I got tri ply...

By Charvelguy

from Twinc Cities

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I own several Mexi made strats; a powerhouse deluxe w maple board, a Roland Ready and a couple other reg strats. The one thing I never cared for was the fret wire always seemed smaller. This strat has fretwire like I recall coming on early-mid 70's strats..very comfortable neck. I must've gotten a model they made after a few complaints aboutthe single pickguard as it was a tri ply.The pickups sound great and its easy to get a great deal of flexible tones. Normally I would swap out a bridge or neck pu but really, if you can't get a good strat tone plus a few other classic sounds.. there's likely a problem with yer ears. Just a couple very minor finish problems. The nut had some wood raised on the treble end, but nothing that isn't interfering and cant be corrected. There was also a small tiny mark on the edge of the 5th fret board.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unique Guitar

By Widespreadtrumpet

from Canton, GA

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I bought this 60's Reverse Headstock MIM Fender Strat to replace a much less expensive Squire Strat. To be used primarily for recording, I wanted more of a "true" Strat sound (lots of tonal personality) than the Squire could deliver...and, got the guitar a great deal, so couldn't resist. This instrument won't blow you away with fancy features - it has the typical volume/tone/tone controls and a 5-way switch. The 6 screw tremolo bridge is retro, but I've heard some prefer over the 2-pole version. Out of the box, the action was better suited for slide. Though, after some tinkering, I was able to adjust the action to a respectable height, put the proper amount of relief on the neck and properly float the bridge. The least desirable feature, if you can call it that, is the signature vintage 60 cycle hum and buzz from the vintage single coil pickups. Rather than plastering copper tape all over the guitar's insides and rewiring the harness, I replaced the stock pups with Fender Hot Noiseless. The sound is definitely "hotter" and still has maintained the Strat twang when needed. IMHO, for recording, noiseless pups are the answer. Overall, a decent purchase. I can't find any obvious flaws with the guitar and look forward to recording with it. BTW, I did replace the single ply white pick guard with a more solid feeling 3-ply (a real 'miss' on Fender's part). I'd favorably recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a unique twist on a classic Fender Strat.

 
5.0

nice!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Well this is a good strat for the money. It?s made in Mexico. But this thing can rock. The tone is almost as good as my 84 fender. The look is so cool to any one who wants a good guitar but dose not have a ton of money to put down then buy this guitar.

 
5.0

Best MIM I've played

By Chris E-9Xtri

from SC

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Played this one and fell in love. Actually had an audience. Had to buy one. Rivals any other american strats i have played, may even be better.? Really gets you that vintage dirty strat TONe. Get a little more low end from the A and E strings because of the rev head and rev bridge pickup. So u really get a unique strat with this one. Must have gotten one that was setup by a mexican g-tech who knew his stuff cuz the setup on it is nearly perfect. Was a little disappointed that they did not spend the few xtra $ to put a 3ply PG on it but had an xtra lying round so I put it on. Looks much better. Go to guitar center and try it out for yourself. Plug into a marshall or fender. You will be pleasantly surprised.

 
5.0

everything you could want in a strat

By stratman420?-RsPHU

from joliet IL.

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I've been playing a les paul for a few years now, and I started to get tired of the humbuckers, because although they were great distorted, they were lacking when it came to a clean tone. So I made the choice to get a single coil guitar. I bought this guitar after always fantasying about getting a perfect Hendrix, and Stevie Ray sound, and this guitar does just that. Every thing you could expect from a strat, and more is in this guitar. This is definantly the ultimate strat.

 
4.0

CLose, but playable

By JScott-QJXAm

from Vista,Ca

I've had this one for 1 week now. I was disappointed when I first played it because the neck is off-center. The high E string is barely over the fretboard. BUT, I like the product overall so I'm going to take it to a guitarsmith and have them adjust to bridge slightly. Ok, sound, dynomite! Neck, smooth and fast. When I plugged it into my 100Watt Marshall it came alive! Mine is Black so I put a Black pickguard on it. I put 10s on it instead of the 9s it came with and it's more bendable. Get this one and play it a lot. Trick it out and make it yours. I love mine.

 
3.0

Cheap-o, not worth it

By Neil Jung

from Indiana

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It's made in Mexico, but they won't tell you that. It's overpriced and not all that great. I own the Hendrix tribute and this doesn't come close. It looks the part, but after a day, or two, it starts showing its true colors. If you care more about the looks, this will get you a great deal, even with a few upgrades. I'd go with something different. I think this is a cheap product slapped together by the board of directors at Fender. This isn't a quality instrument. I sent it back.

 
4.0

MoJo Vibe!

By Electrixblu

from Maryland USA

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When I recieved mine it was very nice, neck pocket tight,no paint issues,and hardware was better than most guitars this price.The p/u's are the same difference as Tex-Mex are to Texas Speicals...these are not Tex-Mex!.They are Fender Knock off of the 69 custom shop p/u.Guitar played without amp is very acoustic,once plugged in it give you that strat vibe....neck seems a little warm,middle p/u is my fav on this Strat and very nice balance between neck & bridge.Guitar comes w/Fender gig bag.I really enjoy this Strat and most likly it will go up in value.

 
5.0

GREAT STRAT

By HendrixLover

from Iowa

This is actully my first strat and fender... I love it so much I regret getting white cause I want black now but it's got a smooth neck. The headstock reversed gives it a differnt sound and the pick up is switched around too. I love the vintage pick ups but some people complain there standard and want new one's If I were you swap em out for texas speicals or vintage noiseless if you want to. Rembmer this is a hendrix guitar so treat it like ONE!

 
5.0

Surprise Surprise

By Sundawg-nwWIu

from Texas

i have wanted a reverse headstock Fender for some time- i dont know- just seemed like something i needed. I really didnt expect alot - i have two American made Fenders and although they didnt say it was a "made in Mexico" strat - for the price i just knew it was. i bought this mainly to hold on to - i bet they dont make them long- getting back - i didnt expect it to hold up to my other strats - but amazingly enough i was wrong - this baby is sweet. i have every imaginable guitar from Ibanez to gibson to PRS (yeah i am spoiled) but this axe will get played-everyday- its holds its own quite nicely. no hum from the pickups (which i expected)- they say they are vintage - but what they are -are the TEX-MEX pickups - but thats okay they sound nice- it stays in tune real well (so far) i have been playing it a half step down - Hendrix and Vaughn stuff and i must say - i like it.i suggest anyone to pick one up - hell i would do it again.there is one thing i dont like and thats the single ply pickguard - its not to hot- if your going to take it on the road - pick up a 3 ply and keep this back at the house- other than that - its worth the price- and it gives you that JIMI feel - go for it !

 
5.0

Great features at a great price

By StratMan421-xUa2r

from Paramus NJ

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This guitar not only looks amazing but it sounds just as amazing. It's got great alnico magnet pickups and really good machine heads. The pickups give it a glistening clean tone and a really strong overdrive. The machine heads keep the guitar in tune (It has the same machine heads found on strats costing thousands!) The neck feels awesome and once again it looks amazing. Walk on a stage with this and trust me you'll get noticed. For the price, it's definitely worth buying!

 
4.0

Buy American

By Gold Topless

from Los Angeles

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I recently purchased two Mexican Strats one was the reverse head stock model. I love Fender guitars and amps I've been playing them for over 30 years. I like the necks on the Mexican Strats but as far as the rest of the guitar forget it. The quality of both guitars are way below Fender standards. Unless you get lucky be prepaired to spend money on a full set up (neck) (trem Adj) Serious lack of quality control. Buy American

 
5.0

Relive History

By MrRnFR

from Madison, WI

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The Fender 60's reverse headstock stratocaster if a very fine piece of Mexicana! Mine had a good setup out of the box. I love the feel of the neck and was bending notes and running the fretboard with ease. The pickups are decent, but the 1 ply pickguard really is a letdown. Otherwise, outstanding value and a welcome addition to my collection!

 
5.0

after the upgrade

By Stratted

from New York City, NY

The action out of the box was high, needed to adjust it, had to add another spring for the the bridge to come down to the body, then adjusted the saddles and action was close to my liking. The pickups are powerful but after a while it sound harsh...so as time went on I decided to make a few changes: changed the pickups to Bill Lawrence Strat type pups...change the tremolo/claw/springs to all stainless steel from Callaham guitar, I purchased their Mex Strat upgrade package then I rewired the switch, added a jumper so the tone control works for bridge pup and added push/pull pot to make the bridge pup activate for the seven sound Strat mod....then they lower the price. Now after the changes I have a cool sound Strat. Before you hear a slight difference between a standard Strat.

 
5.0

S-I-C-K-!-!-!

By LPlover#1

from Rye, NY

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simply the best guitar i've ever played in my entire life. totally amazing. buy it. the only flaw, is the pickguard. it's nice, but it's kinda sharp toward the edges, considering it's not bevel cut, on an angle. other than that, it's the greatest guitar ever.

 
5.0

love it

By fndstratocaster

from Chico, CA

Got this the guitar the other day, after seeing it in person. This is my 5th mexican strat, and its got most of the high end features an american made would. Compared to my others, the neck is much better laquered, the looks are incredible, and the sound is def. unique. In my opinion, the only thing id like is a little more volume control and responce out of the pickups. Unlike my others with vintage noiseless, hot noiseless, tex mex, and 57-62 custom shops, this guitars just don't have that umphhh. Besides that, i would highly recommend this guitar.

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By stratman111

from Fredonia, KS

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I got this guitar a little while back, man it sounds great. The reverse headstock makes it sound a little different than your average guitar kind of like a hendrix or SRV tone on the neck pickup. To get a nice over driven tone I play straight through my Carvin Bel Air amp an channel 2 with the soak at 4. You don't get cooler than that sound. This is a GREAT GUITAR.

 
4.0

Nice guitar...Good deal.

By Love Strats

from Tennessee

I picked up the black strat about a week ago at a good price. It will have to get a good set up as there are some pretty major string buzz issues and the intonation is off. This is to be expected though. What is not to be expected is the large dent in the side of the guitar. I decided that it's not worth sending it back, and with a good set up and maybe swapping the pickups for something that sounds a little better, it will be a keeper.

 
5.0

IMMACULATE

By dhub

from Atlanta, Ga

This is by far the best guitar I have ever owned. I purchased this guitar after choosing it over a Highway One. The headstock looks just amazing and the neck feel so wonderfully buttery in my hands. I got the olympic white and it is simply beautiful. The frets are huge, and there is no buzzing whatsoever. Tone is amazing. The paint job is flawless. The one ply pick guard is a little thin, but adds to the vintage look. If wrinkling becomes a problem a replacment shouldn't be hard to find. This is the finest strat I have ever played by far and even though it is Mexican it plays better than some American strats I've played. Do not hesitate to make this purchase!

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