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.
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 Finish||Distressed Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Shape||Modern "C" Shape|
|Number of Frets||21|
|Fret Size||Medium Jumbo|
|Fingerboard Radius||9.5" (24.1 cm)|
|Neck Finish||Distressed Urethane|
|Nut Width||1.650” (42 mm)|
|Scale Length||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Truss Rod Nut||3/16" Adjustable Hex Nut|
|Pickups||Texas Special™ Single-Coil Bridge, Neck and Middle pickups|
|Pickup Switching||5-Position Blade: 1. Bridge, 2. Bridge & Middle, 3. Middle, 4. Middle & Neck , 5. Neck|
|Controls||Volume, Tone, Tone|
|Bridge||Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo|
|Tuning Machines||Fender® Road Worn Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines|
|String Nut||Synthetic Bone|
|Pickup Covers||Black Plastic with Road Worn Treatment|
|Truss Rod Wrench||3/16" "T-Style" Ball-End Hex (Allen) Wrench|
|Saddle Height Wrench||1.5mm Hex Wrench|
|Strings||Fender® USA, NPS, (9-42)|
|Unique Features||Distressed Body, Neck, and Hardware creating an aged appearance, Aged Black Knobs, Switch Tip, Vintage Styling, Trem Arm Tip and Pickup Covers|
|Case Gig Bags||Deluxe Gig Bag|
|Strap Locks||Vintage Style Strap Buttons|
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!