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Classic Series

These very popular guitars comprise of a 50s a 60s and a 70s model, there are several FSRs special editions and variations of these.

Classic Series 50s

Replica of a 50s strat launched in 1999 and still a current model available in the UK at a little under £600.

 
Classic Series 50s 2006/7 in Daphne Blue


Headstock

Small with single string tree, truss rod adjustment at heel

Logo

Spaghetti Gold

Pickguard

8 screw white plastic single ply with aged white plastic controls and switch tip

Bridge

6 screw vintage style vibrato

Neckplate

4 bolt plain

Neck

Fretted Maple soft V 7.25" radius 21 nickle silver vintage frets

Body

Poplar or Alder Sunburst is always alder

Pickups

3 white 6 polepiece single coils

Tuners

Vintage style Chrome

Colours

see below



At launch the colours available were, 2 Colour Sunburst, Daphne Blue, Olympic White, Black, Dakota Red and Surf Green. Colours have come and gone so have FSRs and as at 2017 the colours offered in the UK are 2 colour sunburst, Daphne Blue, Fiesta Red and Surf Green.
Update rbspql from the strat forum tells me he has a CS50s 2006 60th Anniversary model. I will ask for pictures.


Here is the 60th Anniversary model picture kindly provided by rbspql. Looks great.


In 2014 a lacquer version was launched, specifications unchanged except nitrocellulose on Alder Candy Apple Red only.
According to two members of the strat forum Neil C and The Kid there was an FSR in 2015 the 50s came in Rangoon Red, Apple or Jetstream Blue



The 2015 FSR in Rangoon Red


Classic Series 60s

Released at the same time as the classic series 50s these are also still current and are available in the UK at £650 to £700 occasionally a little cheaper.


 
Classic Series 60s


Headstock

Small with 1 string tree truss rod adjustment at body end

Logo

Spaghetti Gold

Pickguard

Mint Green 11 screw laminated aged white controls and switch tip

Bridge

6 pivot vintage style vibrato unit

Neck plate

4 bolt plain no microtilit

Neck

Maple with Rosewood Board, C shape 7.25" radius 21 nickel silver vintage frets

Body

Poplar or Alder Sunburst always alder

Pickups

3 white 6 polepiece single coils

Tuners

Vintage style

Colours

See below


As I have said before colours came and went and there were FSRs along the way. At launch in 1999 the colours were 3 colour Sunburst, Lake Placid Blue, Olympic White, Black, Shell Pink or Burgundy Mist Metallic. In 2017 the colours available in the UK are 3 colour Sunburst, Candy Apple Red or Lake Placid Blue. The 2015 FSR mentioned by The Kid and Neil C introduced us to Cerulean Blue, Lilac and Canary Diamond. Canary Diamond shown below.
In 2014 a lacquer version was introduced Nitro on Alder Sunburst only.



The 2015 FSR in Canary.


Classic Series 70s

Also launched in 1999 as a replica of the 70s 3 bolt neck strat, also still a current model available in the UK for around £750 although I have seen Thomann sell them for as little as £640.


 
Classic Series 70s

Headstock

Large with 2 string trees, Bullet style truss rod adjuster

Logo

Black 70s style

Pickguard

White 11 screw laminated plastic, white controls

Bridge

6 pivot vibrato vintage style

Neckplate

3 bolt with reverse F logo

Neck

Fretted Maple or Maple with Rosewood, 7.25" radius, U shaped with 21 nickle silver vintage frets

Body

Ash

Pickups

3 white six polepiece

Tuners

Vintage F schaller

Colours

Sunburst, Natural Olympic, White. In 2002 Black added




This picture of the 2015 FSR for the CS50s and 60s was kindly provided by RadioFM74 of the strat forum