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Fender Road Worn 50s Stratocaster with Gig Bag

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Product Description

Like classic cars or your favorite T-shirt, some things just get cooler with age. It’s especially true of electric guitars, they develop an unmistakable mojo over time that only makes ’em look even cooler and feel even more comfortable than when they were brand new.

That said, the Fender Road Worn 50s Stratocaster delivers that killer aged look, feel and mojo without breaking the bank; designed using 1950s specs augmented by Tex-Mex pickups and 6105 frets. A true player. Deluxe gig bag included.

Product Specifications
Fender Road Worn ’50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Lacquer
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Soft V Shape, (Urethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 7.25 Inch (184mm) Radius
  • Frets: 21 Narrow Jumbo 6105 Frets
  • Scale Length: 25.5 Inches (648 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650 Inches (42 mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • Pickguard: 1 Ply White, 8 Hole
  • Pickups: 3 Tex-Mex Strat Single-Coil Pickups with Staggered, Alnico Magnet Pole Pieces and Parchment Covers
  • 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 and Middle/Bridge Combination)
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Ping Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Strings: Fender Standard Tension ST250R, Nickel Plated Steel, Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046)
  • Included Accessories: Deluxe Gig Bag
  • Unique Features:
    • Distressed body, neck, and hardware creating an aged appearance
    • Aged Knobs and Switch Tip
    • Vintage Styling
    • Synthetic Bone Nut


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  (480) 596-9690 Warranty:  Instruments: Limited Lifetime; Electronic Products (amps): Transferrable 5 Year Limited; Accessories: 1 Year Limited
Michael Henningsen from United States
Overall Rating
Quality
Tone
Finish
Subject
Great guitar, factory setup atrocious
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Ash body, maple neck and relic's components are true to the original '56 and '57 specs this guitar is modeled after. THat means inherent little issues like the tendency of the single-ply pickguards to bow is present, and the tuners work like the vintage tuners they're standing in for, which is to say "not all that great. THese, too, are easily replaced if one wishes to do so. Overall, the quality of this Mexican build is great ... just as long as the truss rod works like its supposed to. My neck was shipped with a significant twist beginning st the 6th fret, but I was easily able to adjust the rod so that I got the neck bow I want on a Strat. I've heard so e of these guitars shipped with horrific twists and non-working truss rods, so be careful and pay attention to the return policy.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
If, like most, you can't afford a true collectible or the high-end relic, this is the Strat for you. If you like your guitars in their new, pristine condition, you shouldn't even consider the Relic or Road Worn series. But if you like guitars that have been "broken in," then I can't recommend the Mexican built Road Worn guitars highly enought ... with a couple of caveats.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The stock pickups have to potential to get you the sou D's you're after, but doing so requires lots of outboard EG, compression and noise reduction. Once I replaced those pickups with the Rio Grande Triple Calibrated set, sound is a wet dream.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
These guitars sport a thin nitrocellulose finish that looks great from a distance. It's when you get up close that you start to notice finish work that could have been completed by a team of chimps. The body relic'img looks terrific, though not beat up enough for my taste. So I simple took some fine grit sandpaper and steel wool, and went to town until I had it looking the way I wanted it to look.,I also used my Leatherman to,add a few strategic dings and scratches. I finished my own relic'ing work by rubbing used wet coffee grounds into the newly exposed wood, and the effect was amazing. The stock fretboard relic job, on the other hand, was a bit overdone. Again, a little sandpaper/steel wool and buffing did the trick.
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