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The Classic Players


2014 60th Anniversary Classic Player 50s


The Classic Player series launched in 2006 comprises a 50s model and a 60s model. There are several FSRs special editions and variations of these.

Classic Player 50s

Advertised as being designed by Custom Shop's Dennis Galuszka, this guitar is less vintage accurate than the classic series 50s as it has the 2 pivot bridge and flatter board, but has some features which put it above the classic series which is reflected in the price. In 2017 these are retailing in the UK for £750 to £800.


 

Classic Player 50s in Shoreline Gold


Headstock

Small with 1 string Tree truss rod adjust at body end

Logo

Spaghetti Gold

Pickguard

White 8 screw Single Ply with White controls and switch tip

Bridge

2 pivot vibrato

Neckplate

4 screw with custom Shop Designed logo

Body

Alder

Neck

Fretted Maple Soft V 9.5" radius with 21 medium jumbo frets

Pickups

3 single coil vintage style 57/62s Middle pickup reverse wound

Tuners

Vintage Gotoh style locking

Colours

2 colour sunburst or Shoreline Gold


Update Thrup'ny bit from the strat forum has mentioned that I have neglected to mention the custom switching on the CP 50. This guitar has a super switch and the 5 way switching is different from standard the switching is:
1) bridge
2) bridge and middle in parallel
3) middle
4) bridge and neck in parallel
5) neck
The second tone control, controls the bridge pickup.

In 2014 Fender released for 1 year only a 60th Anniversary Classic Player 50s. It is pictured above Desert Sand Gloss Nitro with Gold Hardware and Gold Anodised Aluminium Pickguard. It included a commemorative book and pro series tweed case.

Alainvey and Yogi from the Strat forum have told me that there was and FSR in 2012 in 2 colour sunburst in nitro with a Tiger striped Maple neck. I have found some pictures see below.


Classic Player 60s

This model is advertised as being designed by Greg Fessler master builder. It is again far from vintage accurate having an even flatter board along with the two point bridge. They currently retail in the UK at around £770.



Classic Player 60s in Sonic Blue
 
And one in Candy Apple Red


Headstock

Small with 1 string tree truss rod adjusted at body end

Logo

Spaghetti Gold

Pickguard

Mint Green 11 hole three ply with aged white controls and switch tip

Bridge

2 Pivot Vibrato

Neckplate

4 screw with Custom Shop designed logo

Body

Alder

Pickups

3 white covered strat 69s

Neck

Maple with Rosewood Board, 21 Medium Jumbo frets, C shaped 12" radius

Tuners

Vintage Style

Colours

3 Colour Sunburst or Sonic Blue on Launch. Candy Apple Red added later



Some FSRs

There was an Olympic White FSR issued around 2011/12 said to be 276 exported to Europe.



Currently available in the UK is a Vegas Gold Sparkle FSR price ranging from £679 to £750 certainly different.