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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Calling All Owners of 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Stratocasters!

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smrybacki
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Earth

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Feb 3rd, 2008 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Crabby, I got one just like that!

:-)

Gottabe
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USA, Hurricane Land

I should'a bought a case for it
Mar 8th, 2008 09:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All American Delux strats made in 2004 have serial numbers that start with DZ4 + 5 or 6 digits. There are DZ serial numbers for each of the years 2000 through at least 2005; the number following DZ represents the year. See the product dating page at fender.com. The link below is for Fender US instruments. It isn't clear from the web site which particular DZ4 serial numbers were applied to 50th Anni Am Dlx. One of my guitar students purchased a 2004 Am Dlx (not the 50th) about the time I bought my 50th Delux. I'll compare serial numbers. I wonder if Fender set aside a subset of the DX4 serial nos strictly for the 50th Anniversary version, or if they just numbered them sequentially, mixing the serial nos for 50th Anniversary Am Dlx with those for the regular Am Dlx.

I have a 50th Anni AmDlx and my serial number starts with DZ4 followed by 6 numbers. I bought mine in fall 2004. Its a 2tone sunburst, not 3 tone. It is the sweetest guitar I've ever owned, and rivals my 1958 Martin 0-15 in sentimental value as well.

Cheers - gottabe

Dating your US made Fender Stringed Instrument

(This message was last edited by Gottabe at 12:43 AM, Mar 9th, 2008)

Gottabe
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Mar 8th, 2008 10:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And here's the specs on the 50th Deluxe. Nice page to bookmark if you don't already have one saved...

50th American Deluxe Specs

Gottabe
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USA, Hurricane Land

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Mar 8th, 2008 11:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And here's a nice testimonial on the 50th Deluxe, with a good photo at the bottom of the page.

Has anyone seen some better "testimonial" web sites on the 50th Deluxe? Can hardly believe its 4 years old now, and I'm surprised these web pages are still active.

2004 Collector's Corner article on 50th Deluxe

Gottabe
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USA, Hurricane Land

I should'a bought a case for it
Apr 10th, 2008 10:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is my 50th am dlx heavier, or lighter, than the 50th Am Series? Seems heavy to me.

smrybacki
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Earth

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May 21st, 2008 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Is my 50th am dlx heavier, or lighter, than the 50th Am Series? Seems heavy to me."

Mine both weigh about the same to me.

douglong
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Upstate NY , USA

Jul 20th, 2008 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Where is the love for this guitar lately?

Time to revive this thread!

smrybacki

Earth

Less gear....more practice! Never club!
Dec 10th, 2008 06:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Saving this thread from the archive...

medblues

USA

Dec 11th, 2008 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought one off ebay last year, I had to change its whole electronics because the S-1 switch came broken (the seller did not want to hear about it and I had already left feedback). I put .11 flatwounds on it for a jazzy tone but it works well for blues sounds too. I am very happy with it. Very nice neck as everybody else has mentioned. Plus, I ended up getting a very well matched three piece body which converted me to the beauty of sunburst (even my wife who hates sunbursts liked this one).

it has a pearloid pickguard now !

Big Bad Blues

Canada

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Dec 11th, 2008 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm looking at buying a 50th anniversary strat. This is not the delux but the plain 50th with only the neckplate logo.

It's in mint condition, and comes with the moulded fender case.

What would be a fair price for this model guitar used?

BBB

elkay

Croydon, UK

Dec 11th, 2008 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BBB, by 'plain' 50th I take it you mean the 50th AmSe version, which, as it happens, many including me consider to be the better instrument than the AmDel version. However, if it comes with a moulded case, it's more than likely not the genuine article. Be warned that all strats produced in 2004, the anniversary year, including the standard production models, were given the commemorative neckplate, so if the guitar you're looking to buy does not have the unique features like ash body, two-tone sb, single ply pg and 54 pups, then it's just a non-commemorative production model AmSe, not that there's anything wrong with that, but you should not pay more than the going rate for normal AmSe strats.

Hopeful

US/Maple Valley

Dec 27th, 2008 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After four years of playing, my 50th AmDlx is still my go to guitar. It is still stock except for the strings and my favorite guitar by far. I also own an '80's MIJ Contemporary, 40th Anniversary Strat, VG Strat, '94 James Burton Tele, Heritage H157 LP, Epiphone Dot and a cheap Hamer Stellar 1. I love all these guitars, but the 50th has seen the most playing time of all.

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Dec 27th, 2008 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bought my 50th Anniv Am Dlx in 2004, It's a great sounding guitar in it's own right. Wish i had the money to buy both the Dlx and the Standard at the time. The Am Std probably has more "true" strat tone than the Dlx though.
Love this guitar.

Viera
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Santee CA

Jan 8th, 2009 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FYI: There's a 50th AmDlx for sale at Buffalo Brothers. It's virtually brand new with the original plastic stickers. I might just check it out as I live semi-nearby.

Elderly also has one for sale.

StratPat
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SLC, UT

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Feb 8th, 2009 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hello to all. Thought I'd stop by and wish all a happy new year. I'm still playing my 50th Anniv. Am Deluxe Strat, and its still my fave. I'm still using my Cyber-Deluxe amp. I will be 60 years old in just a few days, so I don't drop by like I used to.
StratPat

1976Tele
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I'm taking my sweet time growing old!
Feb 8th, 2009 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

She's my fave electric guitar too StratPat, playing her through a new Fender Super Champ XD these days, both are keepers.

StratPat
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Feb 8th, 2009 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm glad to hear that 1976Tele, I left you a message over at Moe's.

Sorry I missed you kids, but I'll be back some day.

Oh, Frosty the Snowman . . .

DragonFire

New Jersey

Feb 9th, 2009 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was driving my wife to work the other day and my wife said she wanted to buy me something for my birthday but she couldn't pick it out herself..."I want to buy you that guitar we couldn't get you for your 50th birthday in 2004"
Science does not have an instrument that can measure the the small amount of time from when she ended that sentence and I was already locked on to a 50th Deluxe. Although my birthday is at the end of the month I am already sitting pretty with the sweetest strat (I have 4) I have ever laid my hands on.

Kmaz

Canada

Feb 9th, 2009 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dragon, very nice of your wife. Enjoy!

Tim1

New Zealand

Oct 2nd, 2009 02:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just picked up a mint fiftieth anniversary deluxe strat. Lovely neck, almost too sweet for me - I will have to raise the action a bit (no buzzes, I am not "fast enough" for it). So many tones and so little time......

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