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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Adf91081, Jun 24, 2020.
Oh... I'd like that ST-54. Now I need to measure my CP 50s (and my Baja 50s for good *measure*).
My CP50 trem is every bit as smooth as those on my two Strat Plus guitars. But I prefer the Strat Plus block saddles over the vintage bent steel saddles, and it's on my procrastinated list to replace the latter. Also I have the CP50 trem set up quite different than the other two..only a slight float.
Nice playing. I really like the bridge and neck without the middle.
Yeah, it sounds similar to the middle position in a Tele. I liked it so much that I rewired my American standard with Master volume, master tone and a blender pot to get the same tone out of that too.
CP strats are serious value for money IMHO!
A little while back on a “What pickups Do you use” thread, @fezz parka described his go-to Strat setup: 3-way switch on the neck/bridge like a Telecaster, master volume, master tone, rear tone as a bleed for the middle pickup. You get that neck/bridge telecaster jangle + variable neck middle or bridge middle or all three. The only thing you don’t get is the middle by itself. I’ve got a loaded pickguard with that config. It’s in my Classic Player 60’s at the moment. It’s a decent setup.
It looks like the CP 50 was made over a 10 year period in Mexico.
What’s the difference between the ones in 2007 until the last year in 2017?
Any changes in Components, build differences or quality? Ten years seems like a long time to not have parts and quality deltas. Even the craftsman building them probably changed. Are there preferred years?
Also what exactly is custom and exclusive with these “Custom Shop Designed” pieces? Can I get equal with A parts build with a CP 50s body and soft V replacement neck?
Classic Player '50s Stratocaster
2007 - 2017
I noted no difference across the years the CP 50s was produced, other than the early ones having non-beveled magnets in the pickups. There was a slight tonal difference.
Functionally and tonally, all a partscaster would need was a CP50s neck and 57/62 pickups with the CP50s wiring. The CP50s neck is a bit different than the generic Fender soft V Strat neck. I just bought a new Fender replacement CP50s Strat neck for my next partscaster: a white blonde, '56-style, hardtail, Mary Kaye with gold hardware.
Hmm..I really like my AmPro but I'm going to have to take a look at those Classic Players...
I bought the CP 50s a new week ago. Would definitely recommend it
Another recommend for the CP50 - Great guitar/neck/tones for the money - not a big fan of the vintage locking tuners tho.
They always had bevelled magnets.
Is the Vintera series the up to date version of the CPs?
It's similar, but I would guess that Fender's costs are now lower and profits higher.
They have done away with the V neck and replaced it with a modern C and finished it in satin instead of gloss. The 57/62 pickups have been replaced by "Hot 50s", whatever they may be and they've added an S1 switch.
So on the whole, they are quite different beasts.
And if you can’t locate a CP50s neck, a Jimmie Vaughn neck makes a great substitution (satin finish though).
Cool. The early 57/62s had non-beveled mags, but the CP50s has always had the beveled?
I couldn't take off those lockers fast enough. Some folks like them, but that specific design seemed to require a screwdriver and pliers to REMOVE the strings.
Yes. The middle pickup is RWRP, so they're not a standard set.
They're the only thing I've changed on mine. It took me longer to get one string off than it does to replace all six now with a proper vintage slotted set.
Ok I have a shore line gold Classic Players 50s Strat Let me take some of the guess work out of a few things if you have not figured it out yet. Locking tuners it took me a while to figure this out if you break a string just cut it as close to tuner as you can and just on screw locking head easy if you want to change set of strings do the same. Know to restring tighten locking head by finger loosen just enough to pull string through start to tighten tuner key in the direction that you normally would tighten key when you feel it getting tight take screwdriver hold locking head till it is tight and tune a lot easier than it sounds. Ghost position on switch is not neck and middle it is all three I've tested it so I know its right and my strat is 2014