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MGR/Billy's review"Fender Classic 50s Strat"
The guitar sells for $699 with a gigbag. I tried it out at my local music shop through a Fender Twin Reverb Reissue for about an hour.
The tint of the maple neck and yellowed pickup covers, knobs and switch tip are not tacky or cheesy like the Roadworn stuff. That is just my opinion, but this proves Fender can make a classy reproduction of a vintage guitar without making it look like it got ran over by a truck.
$699 felt just a little steep. If it had been priced $599, I would have probably brought the guitar up to the front of the store and pulled out the plastic!
The maple neck is V-shaped. The body is either alder or poplar depending on the finish. The tremelo is the standard vintage style. I think it is what is on the MIM Standards Strats. The finish was a cool Daphne Blue with is similar to baby or sky blue with just a hint of green to it. The pickguard is era correct being a 1 ply white guard instead of the 3-ply WBW.
Overall the Classic 50s Strat is very 'stratty' Purists will not be let down. The V neck gives it that old strat feel and the pickups aren't overly high output giving it the classic tone you would expect.
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iamqman's review"Nice player's guitar"
Body Finish: Poly
Neck Shape: Soft "V" Shape
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Neck Plate: Custom 4 Bolt Neckplate
Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
Bridge Pickup: American Vintage Strat® Single-Coil Pickup
Middle Pickup: Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity American Vintage Strat® Single-Coil Pickup
Neck Pickup: American Vintage Strat® Single-Coil Neck Pickup
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
Bridge: Vintage Style 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Stamped Steel Saddles
Tuning Machines: Vintage Style Locking Tuning Machines
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Switch Tip: Aged White Switch Tip
Tremolo Arm/Handle: Vintage Style Tremolo Arm
Every Fender Stratocaster I have ever played needed the pickups replaced. It amazes me that someone like Fender who have build some of the world best guitars and amps completely and utterly fail at making pickups. Their pickups have to be the most horrible garbage sounding pickups in the world. I'm sure that someone out there has topped them but their pickups are just trash.
So for every Fender STratocaster out there you are going to have to replace the pickups. That being said the rest of the guitar is sort if a wash. This is a decent guitar but not for not for the money. You will have to replace pickups like I said but the feel of the guitar is not what I you would expect. Once you have felt the difference between an American and Mexican made Fender Stratocaster then you know what I'm talking about. These guitars do not meet the same requirements that the American ones do. They feel cheaper and they the balance is way off. All that being said the tone isn't much different.
At new these guitars come in right at around $799. That is about $300 cheaper than an American made one. I would not buy one of these new and buy an American made one for about the same price and probably even less. You will still have to replace the pickups for some Seymours or Fralins or something but you'll have a much better guitar.
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Hatsubai's review"MIM 50's Strat"
The guitar is similar to the regular Mexican line of guitars, but the one I played seems to have both better pickups and better fit + finish. The body is pretty much the standard '50s strat body that has been used for awhile in their line up, but the neck is a softer V shaped neck. Since it's a V neck, it won't be for everyone, but I find the soft edged V shape to be very comfortable to where it shouldn't be a big issue. The 9.5'' radius is standard on these guitars, and while I'm not a fan of the smaller radius, it works for a lot of people. I really wish it had 22 frets, but considering it's meant to be a '50s strat, it's forgivable. The fretwork on the one I played seems to be better than the normal MIM line. Not sure if that's due to luck or what.
The guitar sounds quite nice, and I could easily live with the stock pickups in this. The singles have that signature hum going on, but they also have all the great qualities that most people look for in singles. They're vowely, quack nicely, have some decent power and work great in both clean and mid gain tones.
If you're looking for a nice quality MIM strat without breaking the bank, you should really look into checking this guitar out. They go pretty cheap on the used market, and it can rival some of the MIA strats out there. Like all Fenders, you should really play one before you actually buy, but I don't think you'll be too disappointed with this guitar as long as you're not one of those people who absolutely needs the Fender custom shop quality guitar.
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The hardware and setup on this guitar are certainly the biggest drawbacks for me. The Mexican strats have a (mostly unfounded) reputation as being more sloppily made than their American counterparts. In reality, a lot of new American strats are just as bad, but that doesn't excuse this. The intonation on this guitar has been known to be troublesome, and the bridge tends to give certain strings a peculiar, almost muted sound. This could be fixed by replacing a few of the parts and getting it set up, but that shouldn't really be something that you should continually have to do, as far as I'm concerned. Other than that, however, the shape and weight of the guitar are great and comfortable. Getting a good sound, for a good player at least, shouldn't be too hard.
I use it with a Fender Twin reverb, and it sounds pretty great. It's not quite up there with my older '67 reissue, but I honestly haven't known many guitars that are as good as that. I think that, contrary to my initial expectations, this guitar does have a great sound though. I definitely prefer the clean sound, as I do with most Strats, because the distorted sounds on this model are sometimes thin (unless you have a good distortion pedal, in which case you're in good shape). Great for electric Blues and rock styles, this guitar would suit a great number of players. This is great for my rock, blues, and country styles of playing, but particularly great for my R&B. One thing I enjoyed was that the bridge pickup wasn't too bright, which sometimes bothers me. It seemed to be just right in terms of being bright without being shrill.
The frustrating thing about this guitar is definitely the suspect setup. The fact that it required so much work for me was frustrating. Whether or not this is true of all these models is unclear, but it definitely gave me a bad taste. The sound however is pretty fantastic, and anyone who's not a real stickler would probably agree. This, being a Mexican model, is usually more affordable than the comparable American models. Considering it's not much worse (if it's worse at all), I'd highly recommend this to anyone under budget constraints, as it will be more than capable of creating the sounds you want. It always plays smoothly and is comfortable, so anyone would be satisfied, if not necessarily thrilled with it.
MGR/Turco's review"Fender Classic Series ´50s Strat"
I was looking for a maple fingerboard Strat since I already have an American Floyd Rose Classic Strat (Floyd Rose tremolo, HSS pickup config) and wanted a dose of pure classic Strat sound.
The American is awesome, but with DiMarzio PAF Pro hum and 2 standard single coil (plus the Floyd trem) just can´t be as vintage as I wanted.
The look: the guitar finish is simply awesome. The neck is perfect, no defects at all. The tinted maple neck is a beauty. Mine is two color sunburst and is so well finished that is hard to determine where the wood junctions are (it really looks like 1 piece alder body!!). I would like the Daphne Blue version but I was lucky getting this one, I live in Argentina and many things are unavailable, specially on these bad days we are running; So I´m grateful having this one.
The feel and playability: comfortable "V" shape neck, nice for open chords and phrasing. The maple fingerboard behaves very expresive when finger picking; I just love this. I felt this neck more comfortable than the American Series Strat but if you´re looking for an Ibanez fast neck type then this one is not for you.
The body is maybe smaller than an American Series, very comfortable too.
I think the guitar´s weight is similar to the American Series.
The sound: Ultra ultra clear. Neck PU very SRV likes (not so hot, but close) Mid PU nice David Gilmour sound and Bridge PU with good bite. Neck+Mid PU, airy rhythm sound, very detailed for finger picking and arpeggio executing. Mid+Bridge PU, I liked this blend but can´t get a comparition that depict the sound you get with it.
The noise: all the PU positions have it´s noise dose. No noise cancelling on pos 2&4 at all. Is a little annoying but I believe you can deal with that.
The machine heads aren´t perfectly aligned, is not that bad but I don´t have any other complaints to fill this section.
Maybe I should read all the questions BEFORE I start writing, but for the moment please refer to the "Likes" section to get the info about quality and contruction you´re looking.
Uh, I´ve got something to add: This is a MIM guitar. The quality achieved on this Classic line is very close (if not better in some cases) to the MIA series. I´m serious: I´ve played alternating my American Classic Floyd Rose Series (remember this is an American Special Series) and this ´50s babe for a while and I´ve noticed this: equal quality construction and beautiful tone (while different) on both guitars.
I´ve played some MIA Standard Series (and an ugly "American Traditional" series) that sounded and felt just as ugly as my fat ass.
So the Mexican buddies have a very well done instrument. And for a reasonable price.
Congratulations and thanks pals.
I´ve never played a "real" vintage Strat but I guess this guitar must be close to that sound: very clean (while a little noisy on the background) classic guitar.
As you´re suspecting at this stage I liked the guitar a lot.
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bbhack's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent strat for a reasonable price"
To summarize this is a strat "classic" with a maple neck and a body part a three-piece alder, with three U.S. microphones, a set of mechanical gotoh "vintage locking" and a 5-way switch quite a bit particular.
The model is available in two finishes: silver (AF photo) or two-tone sunburst. Note that Fender offers a handle with maple fingerboard on CP50.
I have no complaints about the finish or no frets, but I bought my copy in a store and I have checked the instrument before checkout.
Inside wiring is clean, but remained qq waste sawdust I subsequently removed ...
Fairly light guitar ~ 3kg, very nice to work and play without tiring standing!
Channel "old school" V-shaped profile, fairly substantial, but I find extremely enjoyable! Say it is typically the kind of unusual round we love or hate, but can not be ignored.
The action is pretty low and very comfortable playing ...
The selector is unique in the sense that the position 4 (from the bridge) activates the neck and bridge pickups. The "standard" neck pickup position + environment is not available on this model.
However on my copy it is possible to get a 6th position selector starting with 4 and sliding slightly to the three that gives sth approaching the classical position 4 ... I do not know if there is a loose connection in the switch (wiring is clean) or if it is a misuse remains possible other selectors / models ...
The quality of the knobs is very correct. They can not say a lot of variations, however they lack a bit of finesse in the beginning of the race.
Well I'm not a fan of locking tuners "vintage" because I find them inconvenient. But we must admit that they do a good job because the tuning stability is excellent!
To summarize, we are dealing with an extremely comfortable because low light strat, action and taking good agreement ...
The guitar excels in the funk, the affro the hendrixien blues, reggae, rock, very old school, anything that "slap".
on the other hand hard to get out of the round sounds more "jazzy" ... The bass is still a bit too far back.
As against the sound delivered is very precise and well-defined clear that both saturated. Moreover it has a very nice color "old."
Overall sound quality is excellent but the instrument does not offer a huge versatility.
While the 5 (or 6) positions allow variations but still a bit in the same register.
Basically we are dealing with an instrument of good quality, light, easy to play and provides incredible sound.
Behind the scenes it is a lack of versatility for the lack of range sound more "round" sound.
This is a guitar that has a true musical identity opposite strat that say "general".
This can be seen as a defect or quality, it depends on what you want ...
Personally I was looking for a more funk-oriented and I must say I am fulfilled, hence the relatively high overall rating guitar!
In a year of intensive use nothing "moved" which seems to confirm the quality of manufacture.
A budget needs and equal choice I would do with your eyes closed.
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Alex Phoenix's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
The handle is wider than the current sleeves that does not bother me (strings farther apart) If this is a classic strat.
The electronics is very low for all the good rock of the 50's to 70's. Beyond the microphones begin to suffer.
I replaced the pickups 57/62 by DiMarzio Hs3 cashing better the distortion (single humbucker format) despite having a lower output level.
After about sustain, it is not huge but satisfying.
Good quality guitar that has a very good price for the electronic and can serve as a basis for changes. After I think They are still superior in terms of quality wood, we will better sustain but they are twice as expensive then meditate.
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Noted the tremolo 2 points more than the 6 screws mechanical routine, however, for the purists know that this type of vibrato n'exitait not in the 50s!
My model is sunburst, with it seems, are guaranteed to have an alder body.
The models are now painted poplar. Check.
If you like the Fender Staratocaster you'll love this model.
Still talking about the lever vibato home, I find it too long and too curved.
You can always buy to replace the easy mute (Hank Marvin), which comes in 3 lengths 110, 130 and 155 mm. However, about € 50 for a piece of scrap ... a bit pricey.
I have my own shortcut to 130 mmm and straightened a bit tip.
We must regain control over the anchor block tremolo springs, the threaded portion of the lever must be perpendicular to the table, or almost, if you can not screw it! logic.
A little clarification, this setting does not influence the functioning of the guitar, these springs balance the string tension, whatever the setting of the anchor.
We have also to handle, 0.5 mm gaps between the 1st and the 12th box full, adjust the string height, etc. ...
The sound is not, it's just a case of guitar, we are no longer in the 50s ... What follows, pedals, amps, and effects were equally important.
Again it is a stratum. Everything has already been written.
Two years without a problem.
Obviously when you removed the plate micro one is surprised ... wiring of the 50s, nothing has changed.
Sacrilege color microphones and buttons, a horrible beige plastic supposed to imitate the old ....., idea what was Fender?
Look at the old models, even 50 years later, the plastic microphones do not have this affeuse color. We must therefore invest 15 € and replaced the so-called palstique old with white. Within minutes everything changed.
For info and pictures of this model have microphones and white buttons, but a photo is not contractual!
For younger in 1963 was worth a Start En 3000 about 530 €.
If the price had kept pace with inflation it would pay about € 4,800 today!! No comment
Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ... Sure.
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victhebig's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
maple neck with "V"
tremolo fender twin screw suspension!
fender tremolo block solid!
mechanical self-locking Kluson type!
american vintage microphones Alnico5!
handle very pleasant, I noticed a little difficulty qd mm to soar in solos but nothing serious (the U.S. are a little better ... but with a veneer of crappy shit and mechanical)
very light weight
its amazing, beautiful harmonics
accuracy of pitch, good performance tuning!
my purchase was motivated by my passion for the blues hendrix, Nirvana punk etc..
So the goal established at 750 euros I could never find better!
The U.S. tried me (1000 euro and more) but it would cost to replace Mecas yet.
The model we tried to purchase: mustang, jaguar, telecaster, stratos in rosewood or maple for all kinds of price and quality
The price quality ratio is unbeatable, the rival American Fender 1500 euros without problem!
With the experience I also buy an American ahahaha
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bbhack's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Résumé for this is a classic Start with a pice Saddle handle and a body in three pices of alder, US team of three microphones, to a set of Gotoh vintage locking mcaniques and a slecteur 5 positions while a bit unusual.
The MODEL is available in two finishes: silver (Photo AF) or two-tone sunburst. Note that Fender does not offer a round button with the SLAR CP50.
I have no complaints about the finish or not the frets, but I bought my copy in a store and I really verifies the instrument before spending the cash.
At the indoor cblage own, however, remained qq rsidus sawdust I limin later ...
Guitar lgre enough, ~ 3kg, trs enjoyable to work and play without tiring standing!
Channel old school, V-shaped, rather consquent, but I find extremely enjoyable! Say it is typically the kind of handle unusual or that is worshiped dtest, but that can leave indiffrent.
The action is low enough and the game trs comfortable ...
The slecteur is unique in the sense that the position 4 (from the bridge) active pickups the neck and bridge. The standard position mid + neck pickup is not available on the MODEL.
However on my copy it is possible to obtain a position on the 6th slecteur starting from the 4 and 3 to the slippery lgrement giving sth that approaches the classic 4-position ... I do not know if this is a bad contact in the slecteur (the cblage own) or if it is a use that is possible dtourne on other slecteurs / MODELS ...
The quality of the knobs is correct trs. Let's say they let a lot of variations, nanmoins they lack a little finesse in the beginners course.
Well I'm not a fan of vintage mcaniques blocking because I find them impractical. But I must admit they do a good job because the holding of agreement is excellent!
For résumé, one is dealing a strat extremely comfortable because lgre, low action and taking good agreement ...
Guitar excels in funk, the Affro, hendrixien blues, reggae, rock trs old school, anything that "slap".
Difficult to break through against the sound rounder, more jazzy ... The bass are all the same a bit behind.
By dlivr is against sound and trs trs prcis well Dfine clear that both saturated. In addition there possde a nice color trs "old".
Overall the sound quality is excellent but the instrument does not provide a standard versatility.
While the 5 (or 6) positions allow variations but still a bit in the same register.
Basically we are dealing with an instrument of good quality, lightweight, easy to play and provides wonderful sound.
Behind the decor is a lack of versatility because the lack of sound palette sounds more "round".
It's a guitar sound possde a true identity of the opposite strat who call themselves "gnralistes".
This can be seen as a default or quality of any dpend what you are looking ...
Personally j'tais looking for a guitar funk plutt East and I must say I'm thrilled to note gnrale enough o leve!
In a year of intensive 频 nothing has changed for me seems to confirm the quality of manufacture.
A budget needs and the choice I would do Gaux eyes closed.
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