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

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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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Ed Treat

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Scottsdale

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?

Ladoux

Chicago, IL

May 20th, 2011 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The V, it is a great guitar. My daughter uses mine now since she's in a band and I'm not. She said once that she wishes the pickguard didn't have the 50th logo and thought of replacing it. I asked her if she's ever seen another one. She hadn't. So many Strats start to look the same, it's nice to have on that's unique. Beautiful 2-color burst, too.

Fro

USA

Froman
May 21st, 2011 06:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How hard is it to get just the tweed 50th anniversary hardcase?

Gottabe
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Florida

I should'a bought a case for it
Jul 10th, 2011 10:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bought my 50th Anni Am Dlx in 2004 and Its still my favorite. But it was also my first strat. Has anyone tried switching out the SCNs to N3 PUPs to see if how the Am Dlx sounds with those newer noiseless pickups?



Fro

USA

Froman
Jul 11th, 2011 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have both a 50th Deluxe and a newer deluxe HSS with the N3's. The N3's are an improvement over the SCN's IMO. That said I wouldn't change the pickups in the 50th.

Fro

USA

Froman
Oct 29th, 2011 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What do you guys think a mint 50th Deluxe is worth nowadays? I'm thinking about selling mine to fund a Clapton Strat.

Gottabe
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Florida

Should'a bought a case for it
Dec 13th, 2011 09:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, we've been together for 7 years now. So versatile, so golden, and really like the looks of that two-tone sunburst. She sits on her stand with that pleading look, "play me, now." So, I'm massaging her neck now more than ever. Am liking these pickups more and more.
Have you all named your 50th's? I haven't come to terms with that yet, but am now finding myself driven to name her. Gotta let that come naturally...


the V
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Philadelphia, PA

That's alright...I still got my guitar
Dec 14th, 2011 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gottabe maybe you should get a room
;-)

It is a great guitar but I'm looking real hard at a '62 Hot Rod. I really love the big neck and vintage look.

chordmaster

Southern California

Mar 3rd, 2013 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are the neck specs exactly the same on the Am Deluxe 50th Anniv. Strat as on the current American Standard Strats; (nut width, profile, radius, rolled edges, scale length etc.) ?


Gottabe
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Florida

Should'a bought a case for it
Jun 3rd, 2013 10:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone switched out your pickups on your 50th dlx and think you have more of a vintage tone?

smrybacki

Carlisle, PA

Less gear....more practice!
Jun 6th, 2013 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I named mine "main squeeze" just lately, as it's the only one I play anymore. Great guitar, and I've kept it bone stock too. While it took me a few *years* to come to terms with this guitar, I have done just that.

It was never the problem -- I was!

I use it with my Pod HD500 and a Boss RC-30 Loop Station played through a pair of Tech21 Power Engines and I can get any sound I want with very little fuss. Now I spend 95% of my time playing now (and looping and recording) and zero time obsessing about my tone. Back when I got this guitar, those numbers were largely reversed because I spent far too much time on forums and in local guitar stores drooling over gear.

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