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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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guitars3

usa

Mar 10th, 2012 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just bought a used 50th today. It's American select moh crimson red. Picked it up and brought it to be set up.

Iron Man
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USA/Frisco Bay

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Mar 11th, 2012 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"It's American select moh crimson red"

The 2004 50th Strat anniversary was never produced in crimson red, only in two color sunburst and a MIM version in Aztec gold.

guitars3

usa

Mar 12th, 2012 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well I went on Ebay yesterday and they have a black 50th. The one I bought is a 2004 per the ser# on the head stock. The back plate has the 50th logo. This guitar looks just like American Deluxe. It's at the place that does work for me and I'm gonna have them pull the neck and see if the ser#s match. If your curios goggle it. Better yet Guitar center in Rhode Island has it under their used gear if they havn't taken it off yet. This guitar might be going back for a refund. Could they made a special run of these for someone? Any comments. This is my first Fender so help me out hear guys' Thanks. I may have gotten screwed LOL but I can still return it.

Iron Man
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Mar 13th, 2012 12:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guitars3:
There is a Fender 50th anniversary and a Stratocaster 50th anniversary. 2004 was the year of the Stratocaster 50th anniversary guitar.

The 2004 "spotless" 50th black Stratocaster on ebay is fake although the back plate logo is correct. I am pretty sure that Fender did not have a run of black ones. Call up Fender and they'll tell you if the serial number is correct for a 50th Stratocaster anniversary.

longhair55

michigan,usa

Hold my beer,..I'm gonna try someth'in
Mar 15th, 2012 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guitars3:

All 2004 American made strats have the 50th anniversary neck plate.

The ones Fender made to specifically celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Strat only came in 4 models,.CS,Deluxe,AmSe,and the MIM one,..and as Iron Man said,.all were 2 tone sunburst/maple neck,.except the MIM which was "golden".


yellowrubberduck

Vancouver, Canada

Mar 16th, 2012 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

longhair is right.

i see lots of people on ebay selling "50th ani's" but they are just strats madein 2004 with the 50th logo neck plate. and they try to sell for more than they should.

the differnce would be the wood is ash not alder and the pick ups are different. pick gaurd too

not that yours is a bad guitar, it's just not a 50th anniversary modal. so don't over pay :)

Fro
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Froman
Mar 19th, 2012 02:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still loving these pickups in my 50th. Tuned to Eb thru a tubescreamer into my Supersonic is pure SRV.

yellowrubberduck
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Jun 21st, 2012 11:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

wow... 8 years! still an amazing guitar! with a rosewood neck of course ;)

how many of us who bought in 2004 still have it?

JDR

Chesterfield, MO

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Jun 21st, 2012 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still have mine. Great guitar. I don't plan on ever selling it.

54stratguy

Asheville, NC

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Jun 21st, 2012 08:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought mine in 2007 used and I will never sell it for anything. Best strat I ever owned.

Harald

germany

Jun 22nd, 2012 02:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After owning three beautiful 50th Strats I found a 2001 2-tone AMSE (ash/maple) with nice grainy & lightweight body and dropped in CS 54 pu´s. Basically the same guitars but the neck is a bit thicker which is more to my liking. Always wanted to keep one of the 50th but could´t get used to the thin neck shape, pity. Had to learn to live without the Anniversary neck plate and case badge, but it is possible. :-)


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Santee CA

Jan 9th, 2013 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK, this thread needed a bump. The past few years I’ve been mostly playing acoustics and Teles, but my 50th (I’m the original owner – purchased in 2004) never stays in the case for too long. Lately I’ve been playing it quite a bit.

I can’t add much, if anything, that hasn’t been said about this great Strat model in this thread. One thing about this Strat is that is absolutely ROCKS with the bridge pup engaged. It’s the most rocking vintage style Strat bridge pup I’ve ever played.

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Jan 12th, 2013 03:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 50th Anniversary is still my main working guitar...frets are almost ready to be replaced after over eight years of ham-fisted playing. Bought it brand new in '04. I own six strats and it's the best of the bunch by far. Here we are at a New Year's Eve gig through a '66 Princeton Reverb...tone heaven!

50th Anniversary Strat hard at work...

(This message was last edited by holler_box at 03:48 AM, Jan 12th, 2013)

Viera
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Jan 12th, 2013 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the comment “Kinda fuzzy, but that's about how I remember it..”. Sounds like a great New Years Eve. Keep rocking that 50th holler_box.

Iron Man
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Jan 14th, 2013 10:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes my 50th still rocks as well. Holler is probably the one who got the most out of it. Haven't heard of anybody from the thread that replaced the frets yet. Glad to know the 50th is aging gracefully!!

longhair55

michigan,usa

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Feb 16th, 2013 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still have mine,.in fact,with the arteritis in my hands,its the one I pick up,versus the '54 RI,.mainly because it still has 9's on it,.the '54 came stung with 10's,..which are still on that one,.the 50th is easier on my fingers.


Iron Man
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USA/Frisco Bay

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Feb 17th, 2013 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good to know you're still holdin' on and playing it, longhair. My 50th and EC are still the ones I play the most. I occasionally indulge into the 79 as well.

longhair55

michigan,usa

Hold my beer,..I'm gonna try someth'in
Feb 17th, 2013 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah,.I don't play much at all anymore,.but when I do,.it's the 50th,..it's getting to be like "an old friend" now!

Viera
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Apr 18th, 2013 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought that I would give this thread a bump because, well, it’s a really cool thread about one of the coolest Strats ever, and because I wanted to get opinions about a couple of mods I’m considering for mine.

The first mod would be to install a push/pull pot on the first tone control that would enable the bridge pup to be engaged in all switching positions. I recently had that done to another Strat with great results. I particularly like having the neck/bridge pup combo, like what you get with a Tele. This mod is completely reversible.

The second would be to swap the bridge with an American Delux bridge; which is my favorite Fender Strat bridge. I would only do this if it was a simple swap (no drilling). Does anyone know if that is the case?

Anyway, what do you think? Yay or Nay? Thanks.

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Apr 18th, 2013 07:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What is different about the American Deluxe bridge other than the pop-in trem arm? If that's what you want, you need to change the trem block, not the bridge.

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