The Fender classic player 60s Stratocaster is a Mexican made guitar which was designed by the Custom Shops Master Builder Greg Fessler, and for a Mexican made guitar it’s pretty sweet.
The guitar is not built by the custom shop, but because it’s “Custom shop Designed” it does have some cool features that the Standards and Re-issues don’t have. More about that later…
For now, here’s some videos of the guitar in action, my good friend Bert is playing this Classic Player 60s Strat through a Vox AC-15, there is also a Line6 pedal board between the guitar and amp.
This guitar does sound extremely good, the pups are so nice, and like many people online I too thought these may be the Custom shop 69s, but according to Eric Molinari, the Consumer Relations Representative for the Fender Musical Instruments Corp, the pickups in the Classic Player ‘60s Strat are not Custom Shop ’69s, but vintage style pickups that were specially designed for this model, they have cloth wiring too I might add
It also has CTS pots, a five way switch, as well as an orange drop capacitor.
The Tremolo is a two point tremolo, with the vintage style bent steel saddles and a full sized zinc block.
The two point tremolo is set up nicely to float, and feels very responsive to use.
I don’t think you could really block this tremolo, unless you either knew what you were doing or you got an experienced guitar tech to set it up properly. It would take a lot more than just tightening the springs in the back, like you would to a vintage 6 point bridge, you would have to adjust the actual height of the bridge, which would obviously affect the setup of the guitar entirely.
The 72 Sonic Blue polyester finish, looks and feels great, not plastic feeling like many of the Mexican clear coats, and Sunbursts that I have had in the past. It also has a three ply mint green pick guard with aged knobs and switch tip which really set this guitar apart with a real vintage 60s look.
The Truss rod adjustment is in the heel of the neck, which was standard in (correct me if I’m wrong) all Strats prior to the 70s.
The maple C-shape neck has a nice comfortable feel to it, not as slim as I thought it would be, in comparison to a a 62 re-issue neck that I have, which was made in 84 at the Fullerton factory. but it feels really nice to play, not overly done on the lacquer, so it feels like your playing on a neck made of real wood, not plastic like many of the vintage re-issues.
The 21 medium-jumbo frets have a 12″ radius which make for easy bending, the fingerboard is a nice rosewood fretboard and there is no skunk stripe at the back of the neck.
it also has the “Custom Shop Designed” on the neck plate, which obviously distinguishes this model from the other Mexican made guitars.
The tuning pegs are also the vintage Kluson style, and the headstock is the smaller size, typical of this era.
All in all the Fender Classic Player 60s Stratocaster is a really nice vintage style guitar with some modern upgrades, it has a good weight to it, and feels and sounds great to play.
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