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FDP Forum / Fender Product Reviews / 2017 Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster

Modal Magic

MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Feb 23rd, 2018 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Two Strats I've GASd for over a number of years are the MIM '60s Classic (and a '50s Classic because I have a '70s Classic) and some sought of Jimi Hendrix Strat. I haven't really being able to justify spending money because I already have two '60s style Strats (AVRI '65 and MIJ '66), and a the Classic '70s fitted with CS '69 pups which gives me Hendrixy Woodstock tones.

I've dreamt of a Monterey themed Strat since Fender released the CS version in '97. Along comes the 2017 MIM 2017 Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster. Yay! Happy days!

The guitar is the same specs as a '60s Classic with the not-so-accurate Monterey paint job. It is a tribute and is inspired by the Monterey Strat so it's no biggie it isn't accurate (the '97 CS version was not accurate either). It has a non-traditional Pau Ferro fingerboard. Not a problem given the current situation with Rosewood and the price range of the guitar. The pups are the standard Classic series OEM. In comparison to the pups on my AVRI '65 (which has custom grey-bobbin '65 recreations) they are thinner sounding and not as complex. They are, to me, a generic low output vintage-toned pup. Nothing wrong with that though, they sound great when overdriven and are a variation of the many subtle differences between vintage Strat pups. This is the third guitar I've had with 'em and they are more than adequate.

Fit, finish and set-up is to a high standard that I now expect from Mexican Strats. Can't fault it at all; the set-up is perfect for me out of the box, straight neck, well dressed fret ends, good quality neck pocket (which is the primary go no-go thing for me), all is good.

Love the Fiesta Red (always wanted this colour to partner with CAR and Dakota Red guitars I have). The white 'spray over' is vintage white which looks cool. The original Monterey Strat had a yellow flower on the upper bout, this one is red. The red area around the jack plate on the original is larger, on this guitar it's smaller. There are many minor differences but, hey, who cares, the intent is not 100% accuracy.

To summarise- In many ways there is nothing special about this Strat. It's basically a good quality Classic '60s. The paint job, Hendrix neck plate and Hendrix headstock signature sets it apart an provides an inspirational vibe and makes it a little unique. The fact that it's not accurate is irrelevant because it's a tribute guitar, and it's impossible to make it a 100% accurate because of Hendrix's unique art style and the poor quality Monterey photos.

Do I like it? hell yeah! It's cured GAS for both a '60s Classic and a Hendrix Strat. Couldn't do much better than that.

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Santee CA

I forgot my tagline
Feb 23rd, 2018 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Glad you like it and nice review. Coincidently I had just changed strings on my white JV Strat prior to checking in to the FDP this evening. It has a CS '69 in the neck, so it sort of has the Jimi Woodstock thing going. I'll be spending the next hour or so with it.

Enjoy you new Strat!

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell?
Feb 24th, 2018 05:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds nice!



Apr 3rd, 2018 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have read claims the reverse headstock reduces string tension on the higher strings, making bending easier. I tried one of these out at GC when they were first introduced and didn't notice any difference. Now having had plenty of time to put your new guitar through it's paces, have you found any validity to these claims?

(This message was last edited by Ricey at 01:06 PM, Apr 3rd, 2018)

Modal Magic

MBJ, Highway Hound.

You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Apr 9th, 2018 02:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ricey, the model I have doesn't have a reverse headstock. It tributes Hendrix because of the paint job, headstock signature and neck plate. Other than that it's a nice MIM '60s Strat.

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