Fender 60th Anniversary American Stratocaster (2006)
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Fender 60th Anniversary American Stratocaster (2006)

60th Anniversary American Stratocaster (2006), ST モデル from Fender in the Stratocaster series.

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Hatsubai 10/26/2011

Fender 60th Anniversary American Stratocaster (2006) : Hatsubai のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Rosewood version of the 60 Anniv."
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To celebrate Fender's 60th anniversary, they released this commemorative stratocaster. It's really not that much different from any other standard American series strat, so it kinda makes me wonder what the point of it was. The guitar features an alder body, a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, dot inlays, two point tremolo, three single coil pickups, one volume, two tones and a five way switch.

UTILIZATION

The guitar is pretty much what you'd expect for being made in America. The fretwork is generally pretty solid, although there are a few dogs out there. They're a bit more consistent than the Mexican ones, but the difference isn't really night and day. The ends were nice and beveled, so I didn't have any issues with cutting my hand up while moving up and down the fretboard. The neck joint had a slight gap in it, but I've seen worse. The nut was cut correctly, so no issues there.

SOUNDS

The guitar had the stock pickups in these, and I'm not the biggest fan. To be fair, they're decent pickups for a guitar that costs around this much, but I was hoping to get some better ones for their 60th anniversary strat. The bridge is a bit noisy and bright. It can do gain levels up to rock, but after that, it starts to really lose clarity and bottom end. The in between positions are great for clean and funk lines. The neck pickup is pretty cool for clean tones, although I find myself struggling on it when it comes to playing leads.

OVERALL OPINION

The guitar is pretty decent, but it's really not that different from any other strat out there. You can save money by buying a cheaper standard on eBay or craigslist. That's the way I would go. If you do buy one of these, spend some extra money upgrading the pickups. You'll get much more out of the guitar this way.