Classic series 50 MIM

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  1. horax

    horax Strat-Talker

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    Looks like this one...for sale of photos

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    I’ll say so. I just bought a used Classic 50s Laquer, and it blew me away.
     
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    It's not even close. The supposed replacement, the Vintera Modified at $999 isn't close either.
     
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    Yes.

    In a nutshell:
    Soft V neck
    9.5" Radius
    Medium jumbo frets
    Vintage locking tuners
    2 point bridge 2 1/16" string spacing
    57/62 (RWRP middle) pickups
    Custom switching, Bridge and neck P4
    Tone 1 neck & middle Tone 2 bridge.

    I've had mine 14 years, the only thing I've changed is the tuners, I hated them, YMMV. I consider it less like a vintage model, more like an American Std with a nice neck.
     
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  5. horax

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    Are you saying the classic player 50 is better than Vintera in your opinion?
     
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    Quality wise yes.
     
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    Still confused if you’re talking about Classic Series 50s or Classic Player 50s :p
     
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    I would expect no more from a Steely Dan fan...:whistling:
     
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  10. FrieAsABird

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    As other have said, based on the colour it has to be a classic player, not a classic series Strat. In my opinion, these are the best stuff that ever came out of Fender Mexico. The pickups alone are reason enough to want one. The one thing I ironically do not like about them is the modern 2 point trem, but of course it has its advantages too. If you like it, try to negotiate a bit and snatch it up- in my area, they have been going up in price ever since they were discontinued.
     
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    Of course not....
     
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    Again, IMO. You have to play both to determine your opinion.
     
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    This. However, I will say, that if I were in the market, I'd jump on that CP at that price, as long as it doesn't have any issues. That color is spectacular, and as others have said, the CPs are very nice, with a nice combination of features if you don't want a purely vintage feel.

    I think they came with a gig bag too, so if it's NOS, the shop might be convinced to throw one in. I hate gig bags and immediately replace them with cases, but you can throw a new Fender gig bag on ebay and recoup $20 or $30 of your cost. Or, negotiate for a hardshell case for the $780 - that would be a sweet deal.
     
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    They did come with a gig bag, the zips on mine broke about six years ago, other than that the bag was ok. It protected the guitar well and I could carry it on my back, very handy when you walk with a stick.
     
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    I reiterate, that axe requires close examination for any issues. Surely a lot of folks passed it by for 7 years making it suspect. There could be a reason.
     
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    Not vintage specs. It has a 9.5 radius neck, medium jumbo frets, and different pickup switching combination, 2 pt bridge and locking vintage tuners...I own a 2014 CP50. It is an excellent guitar, but has been discontinued. The current closest equivalent to it now is the Fender Vintera Modified Strat (edit: corrected from Player Strat) . I think $780 is too high for a 2014 Classic Player 50 which sold new for $699 with no case. I paid $595 in 2016 for mine, with a hard shell Fender case (it's the nitro model which sold new for around $ 850).

    https://shop.fender.com/en-US/player-stratocaster/0144502515.html
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The closest equivalent is the Vintera Modified. The Player is the closest equivalent to the discontinued MIM Standard, which is why they're $300 cheaper.

    https://shop.fender.com/en-GB/elect...era-50s-stratocaster-modified/0149962303.html
     
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    I agree, but don't think the differences in specs between V-Mod and Player justify $300 diff. in price. One can live without vintage locking tuners , S-1 switch, and 22nd fret. Fender/Ping locking tuners @ $40 are a direct swap and are just as good as the vintage locking Gotoh tuners Fender uses. Other than that, and the pickups differences, there is not much else of any significant difference I can see from reading the specs. But I have only played the new Player vs. the Classic 50 the OP was initially referring to.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    But the OP was never talking about a Classic Series, he'd mis-identified it. If you read the thread, you would have known that he'd already been given the specs for the Classic Player and that we were discussing that.
     
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    I don't know how prices are in other countries, but in Germany and surrounding countries, those models were about 800 euros new and they go for anything between 400 and 700 bucks used. 780 for a brand new one doesn't sound too bad but then again, a bit of haggling cannot hurt, can it? I love me a golden guitar, so I would go for it if it didn't make me homeless.


    Or, if it plays nicely, maybe even if it made me homeless...
     
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