Fender Road Worn Player Stratocaster Review: A Hidden Gem!

Hello there, back again with another real guitar review here! In this review, I would like to talk about Fender Road Worn Player Stratocaster (Olympic White). Unfortunately, this guitar was discontinued a long-time ago, however, since it was one of my all-time favourites back in the day when I was working for the musical instruments industry.

This guitar actually has a story! When I joined Mydukkan, it was in our private stock. I don’t remember the exact reason why it had been there, but as far as I recall, it was due to a customer who gave up his purchase. For this reason, we had many chances to test the instrument. But until we were able to record a full review for our YouTube channel, no one bought this beautiful guitar.

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A week later we released the video, we received an order and I was so happy that I added some value to the sale 🙂

Fender Road Worn Player Stratocaster is a fantastic instrument featuring all classic Strat goodness with Texas Special pickups, at this price range and made in Mexico!!!

One of the best thing about this guitar apart from its Texas Special pickup set is its no finish maple neck and fingerboard. I can easily claim that it was one of the best guitar necks I had ever played among Strat design guitars!

This particular guitar that I demoed was made in 2010 so you can easily guess why it’s not available anymore. As far as I remember, the price was around €1000.

Before I provide you with some technical details and what I think about this instrument, I would like to share the video that helped sell this instrument.

I recorded this video with a Marshall JVM205C valve amp and Shure SM57 microphone directly into an ancient thunderbolt audio interface, TC Electronic Impact Twin! 🙂 All settings on 3 different channels on the amp were set to noon as in other videos for a better comparison.

Tech Specs of Fender Road Worn Player Stratocaster

Body 
Body MaterialAlder
Body ShapeStratocaster®
Body FinishDistressed Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck
Neck ShapeModern "C" Shape
Number of Frets21
Fret SizeMedium Jumbo
Fingerboard Radius9.5" (24.1 cm)
FretboardMaple
Neck MaterialMaple
Neck FinishDistressed Urethane
Nut Width1.650” (42 mm)
Scale Length25.5" (64.8 cm)
Truss Rod Nut3/16" Adjustable Hex Nut
Electronics
Pickup ConfigurationS/S/S
PickupsTexas Special™ Single-Coil Bridge, Neck and Middle pickups
Pickup Switching5-Position Blade: 1. Bridge, 2. Bridge & Middle, 3. Middle, 4. Middle & Neck , 5. Neck
ControlsVolume, Tone, Tone
Hardware
Hardware FinishChrome
BridgeVintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
Tuning MachinesFender® Road Worn Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
String NutSynthetic Bone
Pickup CoversBlack Plastic with Road Worn Treatment
Tools
Truss Rod Wrench3/16" "T-Style" Ball-End Hex (Allen) Wrench
Saddle Height Wrench1.5mm Hex Wrench
Miscellaneous
StringsFender® USA, NPS, (9-42)
Unique FeaturesDistressed Body, Neck, and Hardware creating an aged appearance, Aged Black Knobs, Switch Tip, Vintage Styling, Trem Arm Tip and Pickup Covers
Accessories
Case Gig BagsDeluxe Gig Bag
Pickguard3-Ply Black/White/Black
Strap LocksVintage Style Strap Buttons

Conclusion

No need to add a lot more words to describe my love for this guitar! Unfortunately, you can not buy it new anymore however you may have a look at the 2nd hand market. With all these traditional Fender Strat specs plus Fender Texas Special pickup set, this guitar is a steal! I would definitely consider buying this if it was available!

I must confess that even most American made Strats in that era did not impress me as this guitar did! So I give 5 stars without a doubt 🙂

Hope this review with a bit of a background story of my encounter with this instrument has been interesting for you and see you in the next review!

Osman

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