Fender California Series Stratocaster

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Fender

Description Very similar as the Eric Clapton Model.
Posted By Marcelo Rocha de Souza (2016)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (of 5)
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On 8/16/2005, Doug Russell (1536) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is my dream guitar needI SAY MORE
Model Year: 2004
Where Obtained: one way music wolverhampton united kingdom
Features:
Us strat premium ash body neck maple 22frets 6strings volume and 2tone switches pickups hss sienna sunburst contoured strat body string thru body tuners not sure but are fender
Playability:
The playability is very good but very unforgiving but if I compare it to my Epiphone black beauty there is not as much sustain thus making the strat my choice to play good fingerpicking blues
Sound Quality:
Marshall mgdfx 50 digitech bad monkey blues screamer wahwah Iplay mostly blues and some easy listening [to please the little women] sounds are as hard or as soft as Iwant them only noisy if I dont be considerate
Durability:
All my guitars were bought from a shop which gives a free lifetime service
On 6/24/2004, Dick Reed (1927) posted:
Overall Rating:
The price got me one this one, I always wanted an american start but couldn't afford one. I would replace it if I could get a deal again, right now they are selling for $500. used and I wouldn't pay that but only because I had and american and now I know how good they can be so I would go up a step and get a different american and maybe not with tex mex pups.
Price: $380.00
Where Obtained: ebay
Features:
You have probably read it all before but I'll keep it short. Painted in Mexico , built in Calif with american parts. Medium jubo frets and tex mex pickups.
Playability:
This is a very playable guitar, action is low and just the way I like it. It is built like an american and the hardware is of better quality than the mexi strats.
Sound Quality:
I play thru a marshall and a twin sometimes. I play mostely blues and this guitar does that really well. I think the tex mex pickups are a little thin sounding but I do like the glassy bell tones.
Durability:
Very durable and well built guitar. I have gone over it myself and only once.
On 12/16/2001, Don Benninghoff (288) posted:
Overall Rating:
I have owned nothing but strats. I probably would not own another guitar except a fat strat because of the need now and then for a humbucker. The best thing about it is I can make it wail in the bridge position or play something warm and cozy in the neck position without having to add or delete any effects. Truly a very versitile guitar.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Features:
Black American Strat with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Logo embossed on body. Maple neck with medium/jumbo frets and Tex-Mex pickups. 5-way pickup selector switch. Alder Body.
Playability:
Neck had to be shimmed a little to get the low action I prefer. The guitar has been set up with 10 gauge strings. It plays as well if not better than any other guitar I have ever owned. The nut was cut a little uneven, resulting in the high E string being just a little to close to the edge of the neck for my liking, but is not insurmountable.
Sound Quality:
I play the guitar through a Marshall combo amp. Usually clean, however sometimes with a little overdrive. I generally play blues and with the Tex-Mex pickups, this guitar is a real screamer. The bridge pickup is very bright (and I do mean very) the middle pickup has a nice, edgy sound (it's the pickup I prefer) and the neck pickup is warm but not mushy, and is perfect for rythym as well as lead work for slow blues. The pickups hum a little bit much for studio, but for bars or stage, it's just a fantastic instrument.
Durability:
I have had this guitar now for a little over a year, and it has been adjusted only twice (initial set-up and follow-up) since I bought it. It has played great ever since. It stays in tune extremely well, with only the B string requiring a little tweak now and then.
On 11/6/2001, Marcelo Rocha de Souza (2016) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this model because of its performance and price. Of course I would buy it again. It's very versatile and easy to play. I think anyone can buy this model to play a lot of kind of styles.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: BlueMusic
Features:
Made in Corona, California and Ensenada, Mexico. This guitar has a maple neck. The body and neck are cut and shaped in Corona. Then they're sent to Ensenada where they're sanded, painted and buffed. Final assembly is then performed in Corona using genuine Fender US Vintage hardware and electronics.
Playability:
Well, it's very easy and pleasant to play it. I'd prefer if its neck would be a little bit large, but it's not bad and I can be used. I didn't find any flaw on it.
Sound Quality:
I use a little Marshall and a Zoom GFX-707 and a Zoom PS-02. I like to play a mix of jazz and blues and it's nice to play this style on this fender. I think this is a very versatile model and I can play a lot of slyles.
Durability:
Well, I think it's a reliable model and doesn't lost its tune easily.