#1
well ive been looking at some fenders for a while and was wondering:
what really is the difference between these 50's, 60's,
70's strats?
and what makes them different from just the standard strats?

is it just the aged pickups. knobs and switches?
or do these really sound and feel better?

i must know these things!
any knowledge/insight/opinions are appreciated...
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also, are there any other guitars around 600 dollars that are good for blues and rock?

this one looks like it is a nice one, with the noiseless pickups. any thoughts?
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#2
There's no REAL difference, I mean, there all Strats. There is a slight variation in neck profiles, as well as a slight variation with the headstock design. All in all though, it's just Fender's way of saying..

"Hey, were fucking Fender, and we can do whatever the fuck we want... and you know what? Your going to fucking like it."


I would just buy a Standard American Strat if I was you. Then gets some better sounding vintage pickups. (if thats the sound your going for) All your really buying is model name if you go for the replicas.
#3
The 70s strats have the BIG headstock, the 50s - 60s strats have differnt neck profiles, V and U I think. They all have aged knobs and plastics. They have slightly different pickups, but Guitar Junkie is right. Get an American Standard with a maple fretboard. You'll be in blues heaven.
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#4
I love the necks on the 50's ones.
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#5
thanks for the help.
unfortunately i dont really have 1000 dollars to give to fender for an american strat.

i have like $600 maybe $700.
#6
Neck shapes. The 50's is more V-shaped, the 60's more C-shaped, and the 70's more U-shaped. It's a matter of personal preference and comfort, really.
#8
I think 50's era guitars and basses are the best. I love the necks. I have a '57 American P-Bass and I love it. I'm think about getting a 50's classic strat and turning it into a metal guitar, like Dave Murray from Iron Maiden(but his is real
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Okay.. You got issues.

The difference is that those models are made to the general specs of each decade, and along the way Fender changed the neck profile (V, C, U), wood of the fretboard, shape of the headstock, body wood (50s & 60s are alder, 70s is ash) and neck joint (70s with 3-bolt). Go play them and see what you like most.
#10
the players deluxe MIM is nice, but from what ive heard, there isnt a ton of tone difference when utilizing the S-1 option on that guitar.
other than that, it's as nice at the classic guitars.


they are all pretty nice for the money. i like the 60's looks, but some guys prefer the neck and styling on the 50's ect...
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#11
The Classic series strats have a smaller neck radii than the modern ones, and also have 21 frets instead of 22. The best thing is to go and play as many as you can, who knows, a standard MIM may turn out to be the guitar of your dreams. As an aside, if you're after a classic blues-rock tone, stay away from noisless pickups, they have their place, but will not give you true single coil sounds.
#12
I personally love the 70's, White on Maple The 50's might be your thing though, depending on the neck style you like.
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The main thing that they all have in common is that you should get a Carvin Bolt instead of any of them.



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#14
SOrry for the hijack, but what are the main differences between the 60's mexican and the '62 Vintage American. I was orginally going to buy the mexi 60s, but i was told that there are few differences between a standard and the 60s, so now im leaning toward the american.
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there are few differences between a standard and the 60s.


does this also go for the '50's and '70's? what are the differences, and would it be better to take a mexi over one pricewise?
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^not sure if u realize, but the classic 50,60,70 series is all mexican too.
just with upgraded colors, pickup, hardware.


the difference between the mexican made classic 60 and the american made 62' is written out in their specs.
the necks on the MIM classic series are pretty nice. a step up from the standard MIM.
but, u'd need to try them to know if the feel of the reissue is worth the extra money...

Model Name Classic Player ‘60s Stratocaster®
Model Number 014-1100-(Color#)
Series Classic Series
Colors (300)* 3-Color Sunburst, *add $50.00,
(372) Sonic Blue,
(Polyester Finish)
Body Alder
Neck Maple, “C” Shape,
(Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
Fingerboard Rosewood, 12” Radius (305 mm)
No. of Frets 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
Pickups 3 Custom ‘69 Single-Coil Strat® Pickups with Grey Bobbins
Controls Master Volume,
Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
Tone 2. (Middle 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
Bridge Vintage Style 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Stamped Solid Steel Saddles and Milled Solid Steel Block
Machine Heads Fender®/Ping® Vintage Style Tuning Machines
Hardware Chrome
Pickguard 3-Ply Mint Green
Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Unique Features Aged Knobs and Switch Tip,
Vintage Style Tuning Machines,
Custom ‘69 Single-Coil Strat® Pickups,
21 Medium Jumbo Frets,
“Custom Shop Designed” Neck Plate,
Vintage Style 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo,
12” Radius
Strings Fender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel,
Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046),
p/n 073-0250-006
Accessories Deluxe Gig Bag
Case Deluxe Gig Bag
Introduced 7/2006
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American Vintage ‘62 Stratocaster®
Model Number 010-0100-(Color#)
Series American Vintage Series
Colors (800)* 3-Color Sunburst *add $50.00,
(805) Olympic White,
(806) Black,
(808) Ocean Turquoise,
(857) Surf Green,
(883) Ice Blue Metallic,
(Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
Body Comfort Contoured Alder Body
Neck Maple, “C” Shape,
(Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish)
Fingerboard Rosewood, 7.25” Radius (184mm)
No. of Frets 21 Vintage Style Frets
Pickups 3 American Vintage Strat® Single-Coil Pickups with Aged Covers
Controls Master Volume,
Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Middle Pickup
Position 3. Neck Pickup
(5-Way Switch Included in Kit)
Bridge American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with “Ash Tray” Bridge Cover
Machine Heads Fender/Gotoh® Vintage Style Tuning Machines
Hardware Chrome
Pickguard 3-Ply Mint Green, (11 Hole)
Scale Length 25.5” (648 mm)
Width at Nut 1.650” (42 mm)
Unique Features Aged Knobs and Switch Tip
Strings Fender Super 250R, Nickel Plated Steel,
Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046),
p/n 073-0250-006
Accessories Deluxe Brown Hardshell Case, Strap, Cable, 5-Position Switch Update Kit, Meguiar’s Mist and Wipe Kit
Case Deluxe Brown Hardshell Case
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#17
Hey thanks for that, but are the changes worth it? They dont seem monumental, nor do they seem to warrant an almost 700$ increase. Also, could I buy the '62 without the case and extra care supplies to lower the price? The case must be worht 100$+, so w/o it, it should be dramatically lower.
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#18
yeah sorry about that, i meant standard, not mexi, seeing as theyre all mexi.
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Hey thanks for that, but are the changes worth it? They dont seem monumental, nor do they seem to warrant an almost 700$ increase. Also, could I buy the '62 without the case and extra care supplies to lower the price? The case must be worht 100$+, so w/o it, it should be dramatically lower.



for me, finding a deluxe 62 players strat for about 1,080 was worth it.
i love the pups, the tuners are better, (tho both are vintage looking) and the Finish, i mean i cant say enough times how much better a nitro finish feels. plus mine came with the hardcase, cable, and beleive it or not a fender acoustic.

But, the 62 reissue, ur looking at is almost twice the price.
the classic series wasnt out when i got mine, but if they had been, even i would have thought twice about my purchase.
i mean, for the price of that reissue, u might even find something vintage on ebay.

i dont think i would spend the $700. i mean, pups and tuners can be changed.
plus it's all in a pack. u cant tell them to drop the case for -$70. it's all together.

it's up to u tho. :/
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#20
My standard looks pretty much like the 60's one, after changing the tuners and installing aged parts. Except the for the logo.
#21
is there some glitch on gak.co.uk? cos classic player's '60's strats are going for £360, which is less than the classic '60's.
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