Bill Alston

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Roadworn

I have to say that I am not a fan of the roadworn or relic look. Some people however are. There are three SSS models Roadworn 50s and Roadworn 60s which are both current models launched in 2009 and the discontinued Roadworn player made in 2011 and 2012.

Roadworn 50s

Replica of a 50s strat with worn nitro finish and aged parts current price showing on Fenders website is £1069 almost £400 more than the Classic Series 50s.


Black Roadworn 50s


The specs of this guitar are mainly similar to the Classic Series 50s with one or two significant differences which are
The pickups are Tex Mex
The Frets are 6105s Narrow Jumbo rather than medium jumbo
It has a worn nitro finish with yellowing plastic parts and rusting hardware
Alder body
Colours are 2 tone Sunburst or Black



The Sunburst Version


Roadworn 60s



Roadworn 60s Olympic White


The price of this guitar on Fender's website is the same as the Roadworn 50s at £1069. The specs of this guitar are again mainly similar to the Classic Series 60s with one or two significant differences which are
The pickups are Tex Mex
The Frets are 6105s Narrow Jumbo rather than vintage
It has a worn nitro finish with yellowing plastic parts and rusting hardware
Alder body
Colours are 3 tone Sunburst or Olympic White




 
Roadworn 60s body and electronics


Roadworn Players Strat




This guitar was quite short lived just 2011 and 2012. It is an attempt to mix vintage, roadworn looks with a more modern feel. I would have thought that this would be quite popular but evidently not. Despite the name this is not a roadworn version of the Classic Player series.


Headstock

Small Single String Tree

Body

Alder finished in Worn Nitro

Neck

Maple lightly worn with Maple Board

Neck Specs

21 medium jumbo frets Modern C 9.5" radius

Pickguard

3 ply worn black plastic with black controls and pickup covers

Bridge

6 pivot vintage trem with cast block and bent steel saddles

Tuners

Die-cast square button type

Neckplate

Plain and worn

Pickups

Texas Specials

Colours

2 tone Sunburst or Olympic White


Even though it has been out of production for a few years some dealers still have new ones. They are selling at around £800 or a little less.



The Olympic White Version