Fender Classic '50s Stratocaster - 2-color Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - 2-Color Sunburst
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Classic Sound, Look and Vibe!

The Classic '50s Strat epitomize the vibe of the '50s! The color selection alone takes you back to the era of diners and cars with fins. A Maple fingerboard, tinted neck, simple single-ply pickguard and aged plastic parts... a Classic '50s Strat has retro written all over it. With three single-coil pickups and staggered Alnico magnet pole pieces, you not only get the look, you get the sound, too.

Now made at Fender's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, the Classic '50s Strat features deep body contours, characteristic neck shapes and aged plastic parts.

Classic '50s Stratocaster Features:
  • Color: 2-Color Sunburst
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Soft "V" Shape
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Pickups: 3 Vintage Style Single-Coil Strat Pickups with Staggered, Alnico Magnet Pole Pieces and Aged Covers
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Unique Features: Aged Knobs and Switch Tip
  • Deluxe Fender Gig Bag included

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Polyester
Color 2-Color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Soft V
Fingerboard Material Maple, 7.25" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage Tremolo
Tuners Vintage Style
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Vintage Style Single-Coil
Middle Pickup Vintage Style Single-Coil
Bridge Pickup Vintage Style Single-Coil
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way Switch
Strings Fender USA 250R, (.010-.046)
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0131002303

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Great Guitar, great finish and sound

I've been playing guitar for about 15 years now and have several Squier strats and tele's, which I heavily modified them, they are basically Fenders with the squier name on them. And have built a few guitars myself and even wind my own pickups. Anyways, I always wanted a 50's strat, and figured this might be closest thing I could get for now. And it is, the only thing I have done to it is put on a set of flatwound strings (chromes), and that old strat sound that I think of from 50's and 60's recording is there. Even with the factory strings, which were a little trebly for me, it had a great sound, and with the flats it still quacks in 2 and 4, mellow on the neck, punchy in the middle, and bright and snappy on the bridge, with flatwounds the bridge pickup really thickens up to almost tele like snap, I play alot of Johnny Cash, Waylon, Merle, CCR, etc, and you usually don't see people playing a strat doing Johnny and Waylon songs, well with flats it can be done, not quite the same sound but close enough to get by. I always was and still am more of a tele player, but this has been my go to guitar ever since I got it. I still love my tele's, the strat and tele has its place, some things just sound better on the other. This guitar has a perfect finish on it, super shiny and smooth, neck plays great, I was kind of afraid I may not like the soft V neck, you can feel it, and it only took a couple minutes to get used to, if that. Out of the box, it was setup and almost in tune, the intonation was spot on, and string height is perfect for me, neck was straight, just a slight bow, not enough to mess with, which brings up another point, while it will be annoying when I do have to adjust it, its another detail that makes it more authentic to a 50's strat, having the truss rod adjustment at the heel of the neck, instead of the headstock. The pickups read about 5.7k ohms which is spot on for the era, and also is the identical output of the 57/62 pickups in another strat, and sound very similar, maybe thats what is in these, I don't know. It also has the .1uf tone capacitor which is another detail that helps shape the sound, it does make a difference, its a softer attack on the treble. I don't have any complaints about it, I'd rather had a hard shell case, but the gig bag is nice, I did put it in a hardshell case i had though. it deserves it! But overall great guitar, really glad I decided to get it!
Music background: 15+ years playing / building / modifying guitars

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If you want something that resembles for the most part what Fender was churning out in the 50's then grab one of these. I had never seen before the 2 color sunburst in person, and it simply looks elegant. Not sure about the single layer pickguard, kind of flimsy and one can notice some parts in which the edge stays away from the wood maybe because they are forced by the screws. Not a great fan of the shiny finish over the frets, but no big deal, I am more of a non finish fan.Very nice sound, I like the simplicity of the "leave it alone" bridge pickup, only volume and no tone for it. I have other Strats and the modern versions try to "innovate" on the pick up configurations, but I would say that this specific model matches my BSB Telecaster in terms of simplicity. Maybe I am a fan of the old "leave it like the original thing" gear, but I am a great fan of the bridge pick up sound: clean, glossy and LOUD.I got a great deal for mine, since I purchased a demo, and maybe because of that it came without the usual paperwork from a Strat (tags, manual, etc.), and no tremolo arm (not sure if it is included in this model). But apart from the very minimal wear and tear from 2 years of being a floor demo instrument, no complaints whatsoever. Get one while you can, if you like simplicity and tradition, maybe one can get a higher end Strat, but this one feels to me like the real deal from the fifties, for a very nice price. Fender Mexico should be proud of the instruments they make.
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars