2002 Fender Classic Series ’50s Stratocaster Daphne Blue

This is a very nice guitar. In the early 2000’s, Fender launched a classic series of the 50s surf Stratocaster. While the move was surely influenced by the pop punk 90s band Blink 182 (whose lead man played one), Fender did the reissue with class and made it a true tribute to the Classic 50s Strat (which are some of the most valued guitars for a reason). This guitar has a maple neck that rivals any I’ve played. I have an American made 2002 Telecaster that is ’52 reissue, and the necks on these guitars feel the same to me. It’s fantastically playable. It’s just a great example of a high-quality Fender Stratocaster that came out of these years (and still today). This guitar has those vintage-styled pickups, the 5-way switch, a tremolo, and of course, that unmistakable Strat sound.

Specs from Fender:

  • Maple neck with “soft V”-shaped profile and “small” headstock
  • 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 vintage-style frets
  • Vintage-style single-coil Stratocaster pickups with staggered pole pieces
  • Modern five-way pickup switch
  • Aged control knobs and switch tip
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge

This guitar has a crack in the finish on the back of the guitar on what would be the bottom back if you are playing the guitar. I think the picture captures it pretty well. Other wise, the guitar is in excellent condition (showing really no flaws except some light hairline scratches on the pick guard from play).