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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / SIL wants a 50's Road Worn Strat for Christmas


Buckeye Country, USA

Motorcycles, Guitars, and Golf
Nov 14th, 2017 07:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Does anyone own one? Played one? Opinions?

FWIW, he knows I'm not a fan of reliced guitars but it's his choice, so let's keep that out of the equation.



Nov 14th, 2017 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't own one.
I've only played a few in music stores.
That said.........

When the relic thing started oh so many years ago, one word immediately came to mind: Stoopid. I have since changed my thinking somewhat.

The few that I have played, if done right, just feel so good in the hands, particularly the necks.
I'm not sure that I buy into the dinged up body line of thinking, though. I'd think that a clean unblemished thin finish would be more attractive to some people. Me, I don't really care. It's how it feels and sounds that is important.

FWIW, GP gave the RW Strat and Tele very high marks in a review a few years ago.

Also, in a YT profile/gear rundown of Waddy Wachtel, there is a segment where he has a bunch of vintage guitars lined up in a room. When they get to the Strat, he says that it's not vintage but rather a RW. He also gave it very high marks.

If I were looking for a new/another guitar, I'd give the RW series a serious look. And, they also seem to go for reasonable prices on CL in SoCal.

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Orlando, FL

My brain hurts!
Nov 14th, 2017 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

They feel, play and sound like a more expensive guitar. They're nice. My only complaint is the tall frets on some I've played are not dressed well and the fret ends need some attention. Otherwise GTG.

Strat Man Do


Making music one note at a time.
Nov 14th, 2017 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Purchased a 60's Olympia White Roadworn approx. 5 years ago. Love it, especially the feel of the neck. Tex-Mex pups also great, although I recently swapped them out for John Cruz Tone Bones. I play this strat more often than my Deluxe HSS or American Standard. Can't go wrong for the price!

(This message was last edited by Strat Man Do at 02:05 PM, Nov 14th, 2017)

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So. Cal. USA

Nov 14th, 2017 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Quite the gift!

In any case it really doesn't matter what we think about that model, it's what he would like.

That being said the Roadworns I have played were as good as any other MIM Fender Strat. No hidden faults IMO. I think the newer models have better fret dress.

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the downtime
Nov 14th, 2017 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a GOOD choice for a Strat.

Swing the deal!

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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Nov 15th, 2017 02:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like them. I've also just had an MJT strat in with a Musikraft licensed-by-Fender neck which is a similar idea to the Road Worn and possibly similar price, but they have a much bigger range of colours and finishes.


Buckeye Country, USA

Motorcycles, Guitars, and Golf
Nov 15th, 2017 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the replies. It sounds like it's worth the money.

"In any case it really doesn't matter what we think about that model, it's what he would like."

He doesn't have a lot of experience with electrics and I don't have experience with the RW series. He's leaning on my advice.

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Maryland - USA

Move out Draw fire....
Nov 16th, 2017 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I own the 60's white roadworn too. Got one when the came out. Played a bunch of them and picked the one I liked best.

Best electric guitar I own. Love the thing and beat the hell out of it and don't have to care about it. This is one I will never sell.

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