Fender Classic '70s Stratocaster - Natural with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - Natural
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The Strat Evolves into the '70s!

This Strat is unmistakable with features like an ash body, a U-shaped neck, a big headstock, a bullet truss rod, a distinctive '70s Fender logo, Fender/Schaller vintage F-tuning machines, and three vintage single-coil pickups. Choose a maple or rosewood fingerboard. Platform shoes and lava lamps sold separately!

While the Telecaster (and the single-pickup version, the Esquire) was a success, Leo Fender listened to players who were looking for an instrument that was a step up from the plain vanilla Tele. The company had moved into a new factory and now had the ability to build an upscale solidbody electric guitar. In 1954, the Fender Stratocaster made its debut and a true American icon was born. But by the 1970s, the Strat had evolved to the point where the design changes were no longer considered minor. Most notable of all was that big '70s headstock, complete with a new Fender logo and the guitar model in big black letters. Other '70s features included a bullet truss rod and 3-point Micro-Tilt neck adjustment. Players had a choice of rosewood or maple fingerboards.

Fender Classic '70s Stratocaster at a Glance:
  • Straight from a time machine
  • That trademark Strat sound
  • Historically accurate maple neck and fingerboard
Straight from a time machine

The '70s Strat looks like it came straight from a time machine. Its sleek, stylish lines didn't change much from the original 1954 design, but other features make this unmistakably a '70s Strat! This re-creation features a sweet natural polyester finish over an ash body, along with a 3-ply white pickguard and a vintage-style synchronized tremolo.

That trademark Strat sound

The distinctive look is just part of the story. The '70s Strat also sounds faithful to the original, thanks to three vintage-style single-coil Strat pickups with Alnico magnet pole pieces. This delivers all the spank and sparkle you'd expect, but unlike early Strats (which came with a simple 3-position pickup selector switch), the '70s Strat comes with the more versatile 5-position blade selector switch. This allows you to quickly access the popular, glossy, out-of-phase sound produced by combining the bridge and middle or middle and neck pickups. In the '50s and '60s, players had to carefully place their switches in the in between positions to achieve that sound.

Historically accurate maple neck and fingerboard

Leo Fender wasn't afraid to think outside the box when it came to guitar designs. In the 1950s and well into the 1960s, the blonde, natural maple neck turned more than a few heads and became almost synonymous with Fender guitars. The '70s Strat comes with a 1-piece maple neck and fingerboard with the fast-playing, '70s U-shape and a natural polyester finish.

Fender Classic '70s Stratocaster Features:
  • Natural color with polyester finish
  • Maple U-shaped neck with 7.25" radius
  • Ash body
  • Fender/Shaller vintage F-style tuning machines
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 21 frets
  • Black dot inlays
  • 3 vintage-style single-coil Strat pickups
  • Master volume and 2 tone controls (neck and middle pickups)
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • 5-position blade switch
  • Chrome hardware
  • 25.5" scale length
  • Deluxe gig bag included

Get a great axe with vintage vibe - Fender's Classic '70s Stratocaster!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Ash
Body Finish Polyester
Color Natural
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape U
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 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
Strings Fender USA Bullets 3250L, (.009-.042)
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0137002321

Customer Reviews

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'70s Classic Strat

This guitar definitely as the look, feel and sound of an early '70s Fender. However, the build quality is top notch, which the '70s Fenders were not always known for. The setup was perfect and it was literally plug and play. As for tone, the pickups in this model do not have the bell like tone that Strats are known for, but it is a little more aggressive sounding. If you are looking for a true to the era '70s Strat, this is it in a nutshell.

This guitar takes me back in time!

I asked my personal sales rep, Brock, to help me find a guitar that matched my 1979 American Deluxe Strat that I had played from 1979 until 2001. This guitar is just as I wanted, and took me back to my younger days as a pro musician. The same exact features as my old baby. I will play this guitar until the day I die. And as for customer service, Sweetwater excels. I have nothing but praise for the entire organization. Guitar Center is no longer my favorite. Sweetwater rocks!!Thanks to you all!!
Music background: Former pro musician

Best strats ever!!!!

I currently own 4 of these classic series 70s Strats. I love the big CBS head stocks and the classic finish options . The pickups are ok but with any Strat you can easily change them out. One thing I wish that these came with were jumbo frets. Though the period correct vintage style ones play just fine once you get used to them. Overall these Strats are great quality. Don't let the 3 bolt neck scare you off because unlike some of the originals these are rock solid! I wish Fender Mexico would do a reissue of an 68 Strat with a maple cap neck, but if you want the CBS Strat look and modern quality for a fair price this is your Strat!
Music background: Hobbyist

definately first rate

i am really impressed with that quality of thhis guitar ..over my liffetime i have owned an original 70 strat an american reissue and this one and to be honest this one is better in quality than the american reissue i owned before... plays great intones great good fit and finish fender has made quality job one in these mex reissues my friend has a mex tele he just got and it is great also...sweetwater did a nice job of setting it up before they shipped it and oh so nice for the price its not a two thousand dollar guitar but its a gig workhorse and well worth the money
Music background: pro musician...

Seriously... A bag....

A gig bag. I want to purchase this for my father's 63rd birthday, he had an original back when dinosaurs roamed, but at 900 bucks this comes with a bag? Come on Fender. As a child I don't recall his strat because it was always in a hardshell case. We've got to preserve!!!!!
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars