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Rating and Reviews: Fender Hendrix Monterey Strat

Get the blessing of the rock gods without sacrificing your guitar. The Monterey Strat pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of Jimi's most fiery performance.

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"Great sounding and looking vintage style Stratocaster" submitted August 6, 2018

By WJ W in SEATTLE, WA
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Musical Background: Hobby musician, plays piano, guitar and base.
Music Style: Blues, Rock, Pop and everything else depending on the mood
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Overall: I bought this guitar mainly based on its looks, the body design that is inspired by the guitar that Jimi Hendrix destroyed and burned at the Monterey Pop Festival guitar looks unique and awesome. I already own an American Deluxe Stratocaster and a Mexican made Telecaster, so I know that the quality of the Mexican made Fenders (at least the more expensive ones) is pretty good, no sharp frets, nice sounding pickups, quality tuning machines and bridges. Same can be said that for this instrument. Really the only general thing where I clearly prefer the American made Fender is the satin finished neck. This particular Stratocaster is clearly based on a vintage style (60's I assume, pre-CBS), so it has staggered pickups, vintage tuners and a vintage style truss rod. This is also the single main thing that I think Fender could have modernized, because it makes truss rod adjustments more inconvenient. Out of the box the neck bow was a little higher than I would have liked, switching to a lighter string gauge made improved that a bit. I don't fault the manufacturer though, because there are many things that can influence that. Overall this Strat looks and sounds great.
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"Get One While You Can" submitted November 5, 2018

By Mark Garner in Metairie, LA
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Musical Background: Former semi-pro now a stay-at-home jammer.
Music Style: Rock, mostly mid to late 60's rock.
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Overall: We all know this guitar is patterned after the Strat Jimi torched at Monterey so let's set that aside. This guitar is based on a mid 60's pre-CBS Strat. Vintage style neck, hardware, bridge and pickups, etc. I have two MiM Strats and they are very well crafted. This model is no different in that regard. The usual MiM Strat comes with ceramic pups while this one has alnico V's (just like the vintage ones). The sound is CRYSTAL CLEAR. The standard five way pickup selector offers all the classic Strat sounds. The neck is slim and very playable with plenty of room below the high E so you won't pull the string off the very nice pau ferro fretboard when doing pull offs. The narrow vintage style frets don't facilitate finger vibrato like jumbos but they are more than adequate. This is your basic, Typically Awesome Fender Strat with a seriously cool paint job. This limited edition came out 18 months ago. Most online retailers have sold out so quit reading this review and BUY THIS GUITAR RIGHT NOW (while you can).
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"Fender Limited Edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster" submitted August 19, 2017

By Mad Axe in Lynchburg, VA
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Musical Background: Played with a guitar for over 50 years.
Music Style: Classic rock, funk, metal
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Overall: I have wanted this guitar cloned for nearly 50 years. Fender's street date for this was August 15th the 50th Anniversary of the first day of Woodstock here I'm getting it on the day that Jimi played his set at Woodstock (Monday morning 7:30) 48 years ago today. Fender announced this guitar in June at the summer Namm show in Nashville. Since 1967 was the Summer of Love and the summer Jimi played Monterey and is the actual 50th anniversary it seems that a street release date would have matched the Monterey show date. Either way ordering it and getting it on the Woodstock anniversary is still to me very cool. The guitar bay the way, is 100% AWESOME ! Finish is outstanding and the fretboard wood looks like Brazilian rosewood (which of course it is not, but still beautiful). It is one sweet guitar.
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