Fender Classic Player '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
Fender Classic Player \'50s Stratocaster - 2-color Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard image 1
Fender Classic Player \'50s Stratocaster - 2-color Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard image 1

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Affordable Custom Shop-Designed Axe!

Fender's Classic Player '50s Strat, is the result of a collaboration between Fender's world renown Master Builders, and the company's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, offering Custom Shop features at a modest price. With decades of combined guitar building experience, Fender Custom Shop Master Builders Dennis Galuzka, Gregory Fessler and Chris Fleming were tasked with creating their own "dream list" of specifications for these new Classic Series instruments. No ideas would be off limits, and no feature would be excluded in creating these customized and affordable guitars. What they came up with were features such as the vintage tuners, custom wiring, custom 2-point vintage bridge and 9.5" fingerboard radius on Dennis Galuzka's Classic Player '50s Strat.

Classic Player '50s Stratocaster At-a-Glance:
  • Classic Strat Design
  • Trademark Strat Sound
  • Fast Playing Soft "V" Maple Neck

Classic Strat Design
Though the original Stratocaster was first introduced more than 50 years ago, it's more popular now than ever, and the Classic Player Series instruments are the end result of 50 years of evolution. This guitar takes the best of the Stratocaster of the '50s and merges it with Custom Shop touches. The sleek, select alder body is covered with a classy 2-color sunburst and a jewel-like polyurethane finish. Each Classic Player '50s Strat features a special matching pickguard. In this case, the 2-color sunburst finish is beautifully complemented with a single-ply white vinyl pickguard along with special aged plastic parts.

Trademark Strat Sound
The original Strat had three single coil pickups, but the Classic Player '50s utilizes 3 American Vintage Strat single-soil pickups with staggered, Alnico 5 Magnet Pole Pieces, Aged Covers and the middle pickup reverse wound/reverse polarity for hum canceling in the middle switch position, so you get instant access to all those classic, glossy Strat tones with a simple flick of the five-position blade switch.

Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
  • Position 3. Middle Pickup
  • Position 4. Neck and Bridge Pickup
  • Position 5. Neck Pickup

Fast Playing Soft "V" Maple Neck
Leo Fender wasn't afraid to "think outside the box" when it came to guitar designs. In the 1950s and well into the 1970s, the blond natural maple neck became almost synonymous with Fender guitars. This Strat keeps the trademark maple neck and fingerboard, but this one has that special '50s soft "V" shape that many players prefer (Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy to name just two) along with a 9.5-inch radius.

Classic Player '50s Stratocaster Features
  • Body: Alder
  • 2-Color Sunburst
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Soft "V" Shape, (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5" Radius
  • No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Pickups: 3 American Vintage Strat Single-Coil Alnico 5 Pickups
  • Master Volume, 2 Tone Controls
  • Vintage Style 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Stamped Solid Steel Saddles and Milled Solid Steel Block
  • Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style Locking Tuning Machines
  • Chrome Hardware
  • 1-Ply White Pickguard
  • Deluxe Gig Bag included
Unique Features
  • Aged Knobs and Switch Tip,
  • Vintage Style Tuning Machines,
  • "Custom Shop Designed" Neck Plate,
  • Vintage Style 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo,
  • 9.5" Radius
Fender Classic Player '50s Stratocaster - Vintage Style with Modern Touches!

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 Alder
Body Finish Polyester
Color 2-Color Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Soft V
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" 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 Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style Locking
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup American Vintage Strat Single-coil
Middle Pickup American Vintage Strat Single-coil
Bridge Pickup American Vintage Strat Single-coil
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way switch
Strings Fender Super 250R, (.010-.046)
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0141102303

Customer Reviews

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Beautiful Instrument

Sweetwater has done it again. Their 55 point evaluation along with Fender quality has made me a happy camper. The sound and quality of this instrument is amazing. The pickups are wonderful as is the finish of the instrument. For this price you cant get a better guitar. I'm glad I went with this one.


crystalline, very good and comfortable sound to play, i love my new baby

Great Classic Strat Tone!

This is what I am looking for, a classic Strat tone. Also, it has an excellent finish despite it is MIM. I am used to the "modern C" neck of my previous Fender American Standard Strat so I guess I am still getting use to the "soft V neck" of my new Classic Player. As you can see, I am dumping the excellent playability of my American Strat to the great vintage tone of my new CP. Thank you Sweetwater and Ryan!
Music background: Hobbyist

A natural 10 gauge

Very few fenders (even the expensive ones) come in 10 gauge. You could turn any guitar into a 10 gauge, but when it comes in a 10 gauge, it's much less, if any, work at all. It's not just about having thicker strings, it's about having everything else adjusted to where you have no buzzing, a good key, and a guitar that stays in tune. I got this guitar about a year ago, after returning a highway one that I thought I wanted so bad. This guitar stands up to and passes many of the American made fenders, except that it doesn't come with a hard case and that it only has 21 frets. This is not a problem for me, cause I like to keep my guitar on a stand and for me, a 21 has less buzz and more sustain. This is a great Jazz guitar with a little dirt to add when you want. It's not a guitar that you could easily get a Hendrix sound out of, but classical rock and blues still come out pretty easy.
Music background: Blues, Jazz, Classical

Love My Classic Player 50's Strat!

Awesome guitar. I wouldn't bother writing this review if it wasn't. It's a guitar Leo would be proud of. Very solid, substantial feel. V-neck plays like a dream. Beautiful paint job. All the features you could want in a classic Strat with the tone to match. I did a lot of research and played a lot of Strats when I was in the process of choosing a guitar I could love for ever. I kept coming back to this one. This is the one. You'll know it when you play it.
Music background: Intermediate Player
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars