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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / 50th Anniversary American Series: The Face and Sound of the Real Strat :)

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Iron Man


May 21st, 2004 10:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got it in 3 weeks from GC


new york

May 22nd, 2004 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

and it has the appropriate case and accessories right??

Iron Man


May 22nd, 2004 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes. It comes with the 50th tweed case and all its accessories.

Although GC told me it will ship in July, I got it 3 weeks after I placed my order!!! That was a real surprise considering I ordered and got the 50th American Deluxe, but then turned it down because the gold hardware looked too flashy for me and it wasn't that different from my EC signature Strat, which is a great axe.


Vancouver BC, Canada

May 22nd, 2004 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

check out this link... it was posted by another FDP'er and is a great shot.

i've owned mine for a week now.. and i'm enjoying it more every day.




May 22nd, 2004 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you don't want to wait, Wildwood will ship you one in 3 days..see link.

I got my AM 50th from them and couldn't be happier.



Marty D.
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With Our Thoughts We Create Our World
May 22nd, 2004 11:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Call around I found a shop that had one in stock while other places you had to wait.
That is a great shot! What's the deal with the clothes behind the case? You think the owner gets naked before they play it?! That's devotion!;)

Iron Man


May 22nd, 2004 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been playing it all day today and man it is so stratty!! My 79 Strat doesn't even come close.
Rory Gallagher's tone comes out so pure out of it.

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San Francisco, CA

May 23rd, 2004 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know it's a little off topic, but did you have a chance to compare the Deluxe with your Clapton, Iron Man? Did you notice a difference between the SCNs and the Clapton's VNs?

I've been toying with the idea of switching from a Clapton to a V-neck Deluxe myself.

Iron Man


May 23rd, 2004 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I did not play the V neck and Deluxe side by side, but I know what a Clapton sounds and feels like. After playing the V neck Deluxe with the S1 switching, I must say I still prefer the Clapton. I did not feel a tremendous difference between the VNs and SCNs, but I did feel a huge difference with the CS54 pups. Somehow the V-neck that GC (in San Francisco) has on the Deluxe felt a little chunkier than my Clapton. If you want, take your Clapton to GC in SF and compare it to the V-neck Deluxe that I played last week there ...that is if they still have it.

Somehow, I prefer having the versatility of the boost on the Clapton, than the S1 switching on the Deluxe.

Hope this helps.

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San Francisco, CA

May 23rd, 2004 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the tip. I stopped by GC today (w/o the Clapton) and the Deluxe gone. Oh well. At least I had a chance to find half a dozen or so other things I "need"



Florida, USA

Strats and women get better with age.
May 23rd, 2004 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I currently have a G & L Legacy with a 12" radius...how will it compare with the strats 9.5" radius?

Thank you.



Iron Man


May 24th, 2004 12:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

12>9.5, so the 9.5 will probably feel small for you, just like 7.25 is small for me. The neck shape is what I think more critical, V,C,boat, etc...


Florida, USA

Strats and women get better with age.
May 24th, 2004 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you Iron Man.

It's funny, I used to own a 2001 American Series strat and could NOT get used to the DEEP "C" neck. So I sold it and purchased a 1999 AmStd strat, like I had before, and loved what I perceive to be a slimmer profile "C" neck.

Yesterday, after reading tons of GREAT reviews about the new 2004 American Series, 50th Anniversary strat, I went to my local Fender dealer who had TWO in stock.

In a word...WOW...I loved everything about it.

I loved the beautiful grain of the two tone ash body...the mellow, bright and articulate sound of the vintage Custom Shop "54" p/u's...and most of all...I love the feel of the neck.

Is it my imagination or has Fender made the neck profiles of the new 2004 AmSe slimmer than previous years AmSe strats...or is there variation in neck profiles from guitar to guitar?





Florida, USA

Strats and women get better with age.
May 24th, 2004 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

One more thing...when I played the AmSe 50th at the Fender dealer, he did NOT have my amp is stock, a DRRI.

Has anyone played a 50th through a DRRI, and if so, can you share with me your thoughts? My DRRI has a beautiful bright, clean and articulate quality to it and I wonder how the CS 54" pups will sound?






Midwest USA

May 24th, 2004 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 50th Ann. Am Std on order, it should be here in two weeks or so. I know this has probably been covered countless times, but who sells a pre-cut one piece, copper pickguard shield?

Also, I'm not terrible fond of the single ply bright white guard, and am thinking about either a mint green or parchment with the aged covers, knobs, etc. The guard is the standard 11 hole-correct? (I like the looks of the Am Dlx ash model)

The 2004 Frontline edition I have is essentially completely wrong in the photo, and verbal description, in the two page table, regarding this model.

Thanks for the interesting comments.


Vancouver BC, Canada

May 24th, 2004 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

JRD, congrats!
good question, i want to shield mine also.

the pick guard is Parchment. my SRV has a 1 ply white pick guard and it is much brighter than the 50th.

check this link below, the pic is off but the description on on.



Midwest USA

May 24th, 2004 10:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

yrd-This weekend, I happened to see this guitar, which was in stock at a dealer I prefer not to do business with, and it was hanging next to an Am Dlx ash Strat (not the Dlx 50th). The 50th Standard guard looked bright white in comparison. Anyway, the '54's sounded great, nothing about the hum a bit of shielding won't correct, and the overall feel and vibe confirmed my decision to order one, albeit at a different dealer.

This is one sweet Strat.

Did you ever pull the guard on yours? On another thread, you said you were planning to do this. If so, are the cavities shielded on this guy?


Vancouver BC, Canada

May 24th, 2004 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

good question... still don't know. i haven't changed the strings yet. truth is, i'm enjoying playing it so much i haven't wanted any downtime at all.

Marty D., every player has a ritual... ;)

*edit to add*
seticat, do you remember if the cavities are shielded?

(This message was last edited by yellowrubberduck at 11:20 AM, May 24th, 2004)

Sammy L

Woodstock, Heart

May 24th, 2004 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I love this strat!

If you turn down the middle frequency in your amp(Mid scoop) you could get a glassy and sweet sound~



May 24th, 2004 02:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hello folks,

The cavities are not shielded (as I remember). You have some shielding on the inside of the pickguard but that appears to be it. I'm far from an expert in the area of Strato-electronics, but I do like to see what's on the inside before making decisions (as if that matters, the Strat sounds amazing). Truth is, I still haven't purchased the guitar from my local shop. I brought it back to the store, than asked to take it again. Yep, I know, I'm dragging my feet. I just wanted to really make sure I want the American Series over the Deluxe. I played it again today (and yesterday, and the day before etc.), and I came to realize that a Strat really can't play or sound any better than this one! I'm gonna keep her boys - let me in the club! Tonight I will perform the ritual where I remove the plastic from the pickguard...I love this part. I'll put my regular strings on, and I'll take some pics of the wiring. Is there somewhere I can post the pics when I get it done. Keep talking boys, this Strat is a winner!!

(This message was last edited by seticat at 02:04 PM, May 24th, 2004)

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