Fender 60th Anniversary Classic Player 50s Strat review

  • £994
  • €1187
  • $1399

The celebrations continue with this Mexican model

Image 1 of 2 Fender 60th Anniversary Classic Player 50s Strat
Fender's Mexican builds rarely disappoint - it's impossible to find a flaw of any kind on our test instrument
Image 2 of 2 Bridge
The Classic Player's two-point vibrato reduces friction: but not with the purists

Our Verdict

Almost impossible to criticise, the 60th Anniversary Classic Player 50s is a stunning Strat for the money.

For

  • Excellent build quality. Upgraded components make a difference. Great blues tones.

Against

  • Goldfinger looks might not appeal to all.
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60 DAYS OF STRAT: There was little wrong with the Classic Player Stratocaster even before Fender gave it the 60th Anniversary treatment.

With its great build quality, value and vibe, we loved the 9.5-inch radius 'board, medium-jumbo frets, American Vintage Strat pickups and tuneful two-post vibrato with stamped-steel saddles.

"It's hard to know how Fender could improve on such a winning formula, but improvements there are"

In fact, it's hard to know how Fender could improve on such a winning formula, but improvements there are. These include an ash body, vintage-style locking tuners, gold anodised pickguard and backplate, commemorative neckplate and headstock medallion, gold hardware and gloss nitrocellulose finish.

That final detail should tell tone hounds that this Classic Player occupies a loftier space than its already illustrious predecessor. It comes in Desert Sand finish that gives off an ultra-cool 'surf ' aura, with its gold anodised aluminium plate and tinted plastic parts.

Mexican build quality rarely disappoints. In fact, it's impossible to find a flaw of any kind throughout this guitar's construction or finish.

In the hand, the Classic Player's gently V-shaped neck is neither too thin nor too fat. Strung with 0.010-gauge strings, which actually feel lighter, the action was perfect for almost any style and one could noodle on it all day.

Sounds

To test the guitar, we went through our house AC15 with no outboard trickery, so any differences belong to the instrument itself. Generally speaking, the Classic Player is quite dark; its tones are fat and 'rounded'. It also accepts overdrive beautifully, and thickens further as a result. There's no need to change these pickups: so no 'pimping' costs further down the line!

Fender has put thought into the balance of features, materials, hardware and electrics and come up with a superb guitar. Priced and styled to capture hearts, the Classic Player is a peach. It looks wonderful, its vintage-meets-modern neck won't offend a soul, and its big, fat tones make it the blues-rocker's new best friend.

Tech Specs

No. of Frets21
Scale Length (Inches)25.5
Country of OriginMexico
HardwareGold anodised aluminium pickguard and back plate; commemorative neck plate and headstock medallion, 2-point vibrato with stamped-steel saddles, vintage-style locking tuners
Weight (lb)8
Neck MaterialTinted maple
NutSynthetic bone
Circuitry TypeVolume and two tones (tone works on bridge pickup), 5-way switch
Scale Length (mm)648
Weight (kg)3.63
Fingerboard MaterialMaple
Pickup Type3x Fender American Vintage single coils
Available FinishDesert Sand (as reviewed)