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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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stratcowboy
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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.

Viera
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Apr 18th, 2013 08:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Actually, it is the American Deluxe pop-in trem arm that I really like. They just feel good in my hand. I’ve never been comfortable with vintage style trem arms, no matter how I tweek them.

yellowrubberduck
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Apr 19th, 2013 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I particularly like having the neck/bridge pup combo, like what you get with a Tele. This mod is completely reversible. "

- Het Viera, that sounds really cool. how do you do this?

Viera
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Apr 19th, 2013 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

YRD, I’m far from the one to be answering your question (I’m not a tech and don’t do this type of work on my guitars) but I’ll try. One of the tone pots is replaced with a with a push/pull pot. The desired function, in this case having the bridge pup on in all switching positions, is achieved by pulling up on the tone knob. A wiring mod is also needed.

Here’s a link to a recent discussion on this topic. Peegoo’s comments (about 8 posts down) are worth a look. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable than I will come along and provide a good explanation.

more info

Modal Magic
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May 28th, 2013 03:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm joining this club! I scored an AmSers 50th Anniversary for a VERY good price. It's in brand new condition with no dings, fret wear or modifications . All it needed was a dust, polish and the plastic and goo taken of the pickguard and back plate. No set-up required. Simply awesome for a nine year old guitar. Pristine in fact.

A score like this is normally only dreamed about (or read about on the FDP LOL. Always seems to happen to everyone but me:-))


ecfan

New Jersey USA

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May 28th, 2013 06:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Modal - Congrats!

Viera
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May 28th, 2013 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great score Modal Magic! A 50th with the plastic covers still on. No surprise that it didn’t need a set-up. The only set-up type thing that I have done to mine is adjusting the springs to get the trem to float the way I prefer. It's my number 1 electric guitar.

Enjoy your 50th in good health. Please provide a pic or 2 if you get a chance.

stratcowboy
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May 28th, 2013 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Did you get it from a private sale, or was it still at a dealer/shop?

Modal Magic
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May 30th, 2013 02:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I acquired it through a private sale & I'll get pics at first available opportunity.

I must say I really like the Two Tone Burst and the pickups. They certainly sound different.


smrybacki

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Jun 6th, 2013 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still have mine, and it is a sweet guitar I will never part with. I play it's sister, my American Deluxe 50th Anniversary Strat far more by a country mile these days, but it isn't a bad reflection on this guitar by any means. The other one is just far more flexible to me.

If the so called "vintage tone" is all one craves however, this guitar has that in spades.

Modal Magic
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Jul 14th, 2013 03:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm trying to read this whole thread, roughly 1690 posts to go. LOL.

Viera
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Jul 16th, 2013 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I once read this entire thread (I'm easily amused). That was several years ago, but there were still over 1000 posts.

My 50th is back to being my #1 electric guitar.

Viera
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May 16th, 2014 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK, someone had to mention it. :-) Today marks the 10th anniversary of this really cool thread started by Iron Man. Of course, this year is the 60th anniversary of the Strat making it the 10th anniversary of the 50th Anniversary American Series Strat.

Since I bought mine in November of 2004 I’ve gone through about 30 other electric guitars, including a number of other Strats. While my 50th hasn’t always been my number 1, I’ve never considered selling it. It’s just too darned good. I still have 5 electrics including 4 Strats, but if I had to go with just 1 electric, it would be the 50th.


jammit500

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May 17th, 2014 04:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just curious. How come I don't see much talk about the 60th anniversary strats? both American versions.
are the 54 pickups in hose not the same sound as the 50th? I read they were hotter.I almost got the version with gold hardware, but I got an American deluxe ash instead. It was nicer for a few hundred more.

longhair55
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May 17th, 2014 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah,. I don't see much talk about the 60th either,.. wonder why?

I still have my 50th, one of only two guitars I still own,. thinking that it will end up as my only guitar,... maybe because it's the longest I've ever owned a specific guitar,. or it's that good!

Viera
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May 17th, 2014 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"How come I don't see much talk about the 60th anniversary strats?"

Probably for a few reasons. 50th anniversaries (for products) are generally considered to be more significant than 60th anniversaries. I don't know about other forums, but this place was much busier 10 years ago.

That said, the 60th looks to be very similar to the 50th aside from the gold hardware and compound fretboard radius. The pups on the 50th were unique to that Strat but the ones in the 60th might be pretty darned close.

One thing about the 50th American Series Stats is that Fender seemed to go out it's was to use premium woods for both the bodies and necks. 3 of the 4 that I have played, including mine, were very light with very nice grain patterns. I'm pretty sure that mine is a 2 piece body but I can't for the life of me see were the seam is.

(This message was last edited by Viera at 06:55 PM, May 17th, 2014)

Iron Man
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May 26th, 2014 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for reviving our memory of the 50th, Dave.
Mine is still here and getting occasionally played. Haven't bought another Strat since then. Still rocks when it needs to.

I also was expecting some noise around the 60th, but I agree, 60ths don't make a cut like 50ths and I still think the 50th is more unique, although I could be wrong not having played a 60th.

I wonder if the old 50th gang still hold on to theirs. Might be good time for a reality check.

Enjoy!

Viera
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May 26th, 2014 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

:-)

supersonik

Germany

May 28th, 2014 02:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If it only had a slightly fatter neck, I´d never sold my 50th. To date, the nicest and coolest of all American Series models...

smrybacki

Newville, PA

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May 28th, 2014 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

10 years ago, I acquired my 50th and it just keeps getting better. It's not that it's a 50th Anniversary model really. It's more that it is an awesomely engineered, eminently playable, great sounding and beautiful looking piece of art that you can make music on.

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