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

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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.

1976Tele
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USA

I'm taking my sweet time growing old!
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

"Good Luck. I hope you make it."
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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S.E. MO

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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SLC, UT

"Good Luck. I hope you make it."
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......

6stringer12

Michigan USA

Oct 2nd, 2009 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

DragonFire: Awesome wife. In '04 I was telling my wife about a friend who had one. She said to me, why don't you get one. So I did. Gotta love women like the ones we have.

Longhair55: Drop me a line, email in profile. I'm also in MI. Perhaps we can jam sometime.

kowalski

Canada

KKowalski
Dec 30th, 2009 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Time to bump this thread back to the top.

I am happy to be a member of the club once again. I sold my first one in 2005 and have since wanted to replace it. I begged my wife and here I am. I found one in Canada in mint condition and it is shipping today.

Here is the interesting part. The serial number on the hang tag and the neck no longer match. The guitar was purchased new from and authorized dealer in 2007 (really late). The serial number on the hang tag is DZ 4081602 which makes sense. The one on the neck and then place on the hang tag is DZ 6108618, which makes sense for the late sale.

I know fender had extended the production from 2003 (late) to 2005. Is it possible to have a very late one hit 06? My thoughts is it was a late one in 05, sent back to Fender due to a defect in the neck and the repacement is installed? My othet thought is the original dealer may have swapped necks with another deluxe, due to a customer request?

Any thoughts?

Kevin in Nova Scotia

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kowalski

Canada

KKowalski
Dec 30th, 2009 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I have the answer. The seller was in contact with FMI and they have replied

The guitar was actually built in 2004, but probably had a bad neck and the neck was replaced. So what could have happened is that by the time we received the instrument, we had the DZ6 decal necks available and that is how you got the SN#. I ran the SN# and the instrument does come up as a 50th anniversary.



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So I guess I have a pretty unique 2006 Fender 50th. anniversary strat.

I'll have to put it under the bed for 75 years and have my Grandkids take it to the Antiques road show along with the emails. LOL





69tele

Rockin Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Jan 12th, 2010 02:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had mine since 2005 now got it in montreal when on hols.. i havent played it that much when compared to my teles and les pauls but these last few months its been going to gigs more often .. even so that im thinking of getting another strat


Florida Mike
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United States

I can only Sing my Heart
Mar 3rd, 2010 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

69 Tele, it isd indded a great guitar. Love the S1 switching and the pickups are great, especially for recording...nice and quiet. This was the main reason years ago I opted for the Deluxe over the 50th Standard. Good luck.

woodall
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USA/Arizona

Albino Blue
Mar 3rd, 2010 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Count me in I own one.

Great Strat but I can only play it with the S-1 switch engaged, otherwise the PUPs sound wimpy. But engaged it kicks in positions 2, 4 and 5.

smrybacki

Newville, PA

Less gear....more practice!
Mar 5th, 2010 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Assuming you bought this used, perhaps someone fiddled with the wiring. Mine doesn't sound wimpy at all.

Tom52

USA

Mar 18th, 2011 09:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

kicking this to the top. I have an new in the box 50th anniv. stashed away. Only plugged it in once to make sure it worked after I bought it. I wonder if it will ever be worth more than I paid for it. Maybe I should look under the bed and make sure it is still there. Haven't even seen it for a couple of years.

(This message was last edited by Tom52 at 09:42 PM, Mar 18th, 2011)

the V
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Philadelphia, PA

That's alright...I still got my guitar
Mar 19th, 2011 06:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one and it's a joy to play.

I bought it in 2004 before I new anything about Forums or Strats in general. At the time, I had a MIJ Torino Red Strat and just wanted my first American made Strat in two-tone Sunburst.

Misinformation led me to believe that the only two-tone sunburst at the time was the Deluxe version of the 50th Anniv model. Later I discovered that the regular 50th Anniv model also came in two-tone. Nevertheless, I'm happy with the Deluxe even though I never use the S1 switch.

Since I didn't buy this guitar for collecting, I actually wish the pickguard did not have the 50th anniv logo on it. I also prefer the look of vintage tuners over the locking tuners. But these are all appearance issues as the guitar itself plays great and I've tried many different model Strats while browsing at guitar stores (including Custom Shop models).

With regards to future value, I can't imagine a 50th Anniv logo on the pickguard and neck plate (which I think are the main differences between this guitar and subsequent Deluxe's) will make it worth more. My guess is that it's future worth will be no different than other Strats from this same time frame.

I say take it out and play it!

(This message was last edited by the V at 08:39 AM, Mar 19th, 2011)

Gottabe
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Florida

I should'a bought a case for it
May 11th, 2011 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one and love it; but I got GAS badly -- My only Fender is my 50th Anniversary Am Dlx. I love it, but would like to find something with a lot more sustain and classic sound to go with it.

Should I be looking at a late model American Standard, or something older off of Ebay and pawn stores?

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