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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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Marty D.
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With Our Thoughts We Create Our World
May 24th, 2004 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

JDR,
Check StewMac for the shielding.
Westley,
I've played mine through a vintage DR and it's incredible!Sweet and low or loud and proud, take your lick, er, pick. it has a real bright, clean sound at low vol. and easily distorted when dialed up.
YRD,
What's yours? ;)
I think we have a winner with this guitar, any suggestions on nicknames? 50AnnAm is a bit long.

(This message was last edited by Marty D. at 02:27 PM, May 24th, 2004)

yellowrubberduck

Vancouver BC, Canada

May 24th, 2004 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

nope, that's a pic someone posted in another thread. but it was a nice clear shot.
i'll play with my web can and see if i can get a decent pic. the grain on mine is pretty sweet :)

nickname??? i can't think of anything... AM50th?

Marty D.
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May 24th, 2004 02:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I need to post something too. My webcam is el cheeso. How about Annie 5-0 or AmAnn...(amen);)

Westley

Florida, USA

Strats and women get better with age.
May 24th, 2004 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dear Marty...hello and THANK YOU!!!

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.

In test driving the new 50th Anniv. AmSe, 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?

Yes, I know I repeated this question from a previous thread :)

THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!!!

Sincerely,

Marty

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Westley

Florida, USA

Strats and women get better with age.
May 24th, 2004 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oooopppsss...sorry about the incorrect signature (not "Marty") on my previous thread.

Sincerely,

Westley

http://www.eworldmedia.tv/globalwealth

Marty D.
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May 24th, 2004 03:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Westley,
I'm not sure how Fender makes the necks but I think you're right, they feel slimmer than other C shapes I've played and owned in the past.
You know, the neck really got me too! I played a 50AmDel and even had a V neck AmDel loaner while I waited for my 50Am to arrive. I was really digging the feel of that neck and thought I would have to have both. Once I got mine though, "IT JUST FELT RIGHT." This would be a good question for Morgan. I wonder what the process is and how it differs from previous years, if at all.

Westley

Florida, USA

Strats and women get better with age.
May 24th, 2004 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Marty...hello and thanks my man...BTW...I cannot believe you just said that about Morgan.

Why you ask?

Because NOT 5 minutes ago I just created a thread for Morgan in "Ask Fender" regarding that very same topic! LOL!

OK guys...here's my update.

My music store has two of these babies NOW in stock. I tried both and one "just felt right."

My problem...I'm a little strapped for cash and in order to buy my new 50th AmSe, I'll have to trade my 2003 G & L Legagy (3 burst w/rosewood).

Please don't get me wrong, my G & L is a great guitar, but after playing my 1999 AmStd strat, I realize I want another strat.

Guys...I'm a grown man, but honestly...AM I NUTS?

Please advise. LOL

Thanks, you guys are the best!

Sincerely,

Westley



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yellowrubberduck

Vancouver BC, Canada

May 24th, 2004 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I tried both and one "just felt right.""... how right did it feel? i mean do you think you'll enjoy it more than your G & L?

i don't think you're nuts at all, the American 50th is an amazing guitar. i'd say go fo it. you can always get another G & L

Cheers


Westley

Florida, USA

Strats and women get better with age.
May 24th, 2004 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks yellowrubberduck...I'll cancel my reservation for a week's worth of therapy on account of GAS...Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

LOL.

Westley

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weatherboy

usa

May 24th, 2004 09:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can someone verify to me that the middle 54 pickup is NOT Reverse wound and that positions 2 and 4 do not offer humbucking quality in this guitar??

If this is true, I may save $200 and go with the regular American Ash Strat. I love the quiet quack of positions 2and 4! I dont care so much about the collectability, just want a player!

yellowrubberduck

Vancouver BC, Canada

May 24th, 2004 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

nope it's not reverse wound, you get the hum in all 5 positions. but the tones it puts out makes it worth it. really. i'm still amazed at the sounds i hear, little details i didn't notice the day before.

but the only way to know for sure, is to play em side by side. if you can.

6 Cylinder Slim

New England

Shoes for Industry!
May 24th, 2004 10:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As far as shielding, I'd say that if this model doesn't come with full shielding, it is VERY worthwhile doing yourself. I bought a CIJ ash bodied 54 RI with CS-54 pickups. The only attempt at shielding was a bit of aluminum foil glued on the pickguard over the pots. I installed a full shield on the pickguard, shielded the cavities and used a shielded cable to the output jack. The difference was tremendous. I highly recommend this mod. You can have the great sound of the CS54's and a reasonably quiet guitar. From what I understand, simple aluminum foil works just as well, but I went whole hog with my Strat and bought a full copper pickguard shield from a guy on eBay. He has them for sale there all the time. His work is good and he ships fast. I like the product. Then I used a special copper shielding tape that has conductive glue. You can do a super neat job of shielding the pickup cavities with this stuff because you can use multiple pieces without worring about continuity. Then, I used a bit of shielded cable left over from an old guitar cable to the output jack. There's no reason for these guitars to be noisy. Don't understand why they don't come fully shielded from the factory.

shielding tape

yellowrubberduck

Vancouver BC, Canada

May 24th, 2004 11:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

6 Cylinder Slim, thanks for that link. i think i'm going to do that to mine. i'll try the pick guard first and see what happens.

i took a few pics on my 50th. (not very good) but you'll get the idea.

pics

Iron Man

USA

May 25th, 2004 12:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It is possible to cancel the hum through a Cybertwin for those who have access to one. There are many clean settings where there is absolutely no hum.

Yes, I also felt that the nek was very comfortable somewhere between a V and a C.

El_Dijevieto

Australia

My strat sounds like bacon smells
May 25th, 2004 01:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This guy for sheilding, Great product by the way!

Note that the cavity sheet does about 2 guitars, I found this out after I ordered 2 sheets for 2 guitars :)

Shielding

Sammy L

Woodstock, Heart

May 25th, 2004 01:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

yellowrubberduck, your 50th AmSe is beautiful^^
congrats

The pickup cavitys are shielded with shielding paints, still need extra shielding? I think it's very quiet~

Sammy L

Woodstock, Heart

May 25th, 2004 01:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dose anyone have the idea about the pickup height adhustment? I use 10/46 with my bridge flush to the body with 4 springs.



6 Cylinder Slim

New England

Shoes for Industry!
May 25th, 2004 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

yellowrubberduck, Great looking strat. Very good match on the grain. I like the looks of this model. I don't expect to see any used ones come on the market for a while, but I think I might start keeping an eye out for one. Glad to hear Fender is shielding the pickup cavities. How does the shielding paint connect to ground? Is there a wire running from trem claw to the shielding paint? If there is, you would want to make sure any full pickguard shield added doesn't contact the paint anywhere. That would make a big ground loop because the pickguard shield is grounded to the pots. If the paint doesn't come up over the edge of the cavity, I think a full shield would be useful in reducing hum. Then there's that last bit of unshielded wire that runs from the pots to the output jack. At only 2 inches, it doesn't seem like much, but it can still contribute to hum if left unshielded.

shakedancer

Massachusetts

May 25th, 2004 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think people think the pickups in the 50th strat are the custom shop 54's that you can buy. I think if you read closer they are not these, but a new custom shop 54 pickup that they designed for the new 54 strat and then they also put them in the 50th. Check it out.

yellowrubberduck

Vancouver BC, Canada

May 25th, 2004 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

shakedancer, very interesting... do you know where can we get some info on this?

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