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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / 2004 Anniversary '54's - chopped liver?

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Contributing Member

Boston area, USA

I feel like a preserved moose
Jan 31st, 2009 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just noticed there is one for sale here (Classisfieds - MODS: not pushing the ad, just commenting as its relevant to thread). while I'm sure its a fine instrument, the asking price is much higher than I've seen one go for maybe ever. They didn't even cost that much new (street price).

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Mpls, Minnesoooota

Lunacy has found me
Jan 31st, 2009 10:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mikey D + 1

jag man


Feb 1st, 2009 04:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi guys just a simple question I hope ,Rumble seat music have real 54 ,$65000 yes ,more than what I payed for my house. Its unlikey I will every get to play a real 54.I just wonder how close are the RI 54`S from a few years ago .
Thanks . Chris

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Boston area, USA

I feel like a preserved moose
Feb 1st, 2009 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I"ve never played a real '54 either, but the 50th anniversary MB's are supposedly as close as you'll ever get to it



Feb 1st, 2009 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I remember seeing the comparison a while ago.

CS MB 54 vs Real 54 Strats

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Land of the Lobstahs

Let me check with the wife....
Feb 4th, 2009 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mikey_D - There is a Mark Kendrick on e-bay right now with a very reasonable starting price. I only looked at it real quickly, but it looks to be the real deal. And no, it is not my listing!



Feb 4th, 2009 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am looking for one too but would rather buy from a forum member than take my chances on e-bay... For that kind of $$$ I stay away from e-bay...

motorcity chick

USA Nashville TN

Feb 5th, 2009 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am looking for one of these 50th Anniversary 54 Masterbuilt Strats, that has the 2 cases and certificate and it is not relic out heavy. Does anyone know of a dealer that has one of these?
thank you

Contributing Member


Feb 5th, 2009 09:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one (both cases and COA) that is not getting much play lately as I am preferring the rosewood board and thinner neck on my CS 60. I installed a Suhr Backplate system that really cut down on the 60 cycle noise without a noticeable change in the tone (easily could be put back to stock). Email me if you are interested: cander328@aol.com. I was not really thinking about selling as it is such a cool guitar but it should probably be played!

Mark Kendrick MB '54

Contributing Member

Washington State

Feb 6th, 2009 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I also have a Kendrick '54. It's the best Strat I have ever owned and I've been a Strat-guy since the early 70's.

motorcity chick

USA Nashville TN

Feb 6th, 2009 06:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am looking to buy through a dealer, because I am using a credit card and I do not use paypal. Some of the dealers that have contacted me have been asking between $3,100 to $3,800, which too me is crazy for a used guitar. Call it pre-owned, but it is still a used guitar. If I don't find one now, no skin off my back. I have seen them on ebay going for around $2,600 and that is around the price I will pay for one. Thank you to the forum for helping me and if you know of a dealer that won't try to rip you on price, let me know.
thank you

(This message was last edited by motorcity chick at 06:42 PM, Feb 6th, 2009)


mpls, mn

...c'mon baby, just one more...
Feb 7th, 2009 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Holy Cow! I thought I'd sell my #4084 to MxxxxD,
but after seeing these threads - and the Kendrick on 'the Bay' which at last look was $2900...well, i'll just sit on mine...anyone here, besides me, have one of the 1st 100 produced???

Contributing Member


Feb 8th, 2009 10:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How would you be able to determine if it was indeed one of the 1st 100 to be produced ?



Feb 8th, 2009 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ebay is not as bad as it sound. Last week I sold a LP Goldtop historic for more that it cost me in Ebay in 2005. I sold a Deluxe Strat 50th Anniversary for $1050, and I paid less than 1000 for it new.

It all depends, Fender and Gibson are always in high demand. I tried to sell my Rowan Journeyman and my Brian More MC/1, both exquisite guitars, and I can't give them away. Two years ago I sold a 66 Tele for twice what I pay for it at the GC. Go figure.

In Ebay it depends on how you market the guitar, what's on sale and the same time, and luck.



Feb 10th, 2009 09:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

motorcity chick - i think $3,100 - $3,800 is a very reasonable price from a dealer (especially if from a well known dealer in which you could return it).

Some of the ones that I have seen go for under $3k on eBay didn't have both cases, or were missing the COA (or had a mod of some sort - the 5-way switch installed etc.)...

I think $3,100 is a very reasonable price overall - I'd even like to say a little higher because of the super-sized recent (just as of last week, early Feb '09) Fender price increases.

Most people prob paid around $3,800 plus tax and or shipping for their 50th CS MB Strat's.

Also with this guitar you have to remember you can't expect someone to sell it for nearly half of the orig price when this is a guitar that is not super rare but not really easy to find (only made for the specific time frame and there's nothing just like it that you can even buy new today).

Plus these guitars have a super reputation.

$2,600 seems way too low (especially again with the new price increases)- I hope someone isn't in such a desperate position that they have to sell one at such a low price.

I'd get a 2nd job before I'd even consider selling mine for $2,600 (under $3,100 actually) :-)



Feb 11th, 2009 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just bought one of these locally... It's a Mark Kendrick and is about 7.5 lbs. Have to put new strings on it and give it a good setup but it seems very nice. Has a small wear spot on the fingerboard at the first fret that i wish I could fix but don't know how... a few dings as well that can be touched up...

Now I just have to sell my Clapton and Eric Johnson Maple Strats to be able to pay for this...



Feb 11th, 2009 10:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

davidos - congrats on the '54 Kendrick

i had a chance to see / play around with a few 50th '54s before I bought mine.

Some of them did have a few dings (one John Cruz was really "beat up", it was at a GC - the very 1st '54 that I came across, so i thought originally the '54 were more like relic's than "closet classics" - the GC staff swore that particular Cruz '54 wasn't "damaged" & that it came that way

i haven't kept up with the 50th '54s enough to know if there were some that went out with a lot of dings or not (I know that some of the builders preferred to "age" them more than others ).

My Fessler has a couple of spots that could be thought of as dings i guess, pretty minor but they are there - they def were intended as it was brand new when i 1st saw it.

Anyway, do you think that your Kendrick's dings are from the factory or do you think the dings are from the previous owner (playing) ?



Feb 11th, 2009 10:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

last post tonight, promise....

for anyone that just has to have a brane new '54 CS MB:

i just came across a dealer online in KY that has a NEW Art E. '54 CS MB in stock for $4,320 , that's a pretty steep price but worth it for someone that wants a brand new one in '09.

(searching right now for "54 masterbuilt strat '54" on Yahoo! , it's the 3rd result if anyone wants to check it out - dunno if posting links to various sellers is permitted on the forum)

p.s. - we need to remove "chopped liver" from the subject of this thread, I think we def have shown that these are not exactly chopped liver (the selling price of used '54 models may not have climbed beyond the orig selling price, but they can hold their own, especially with the new price increases)



Feb 12th, 2009 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I 'think' the dings are from the previous owner but have no way of knowing... The Kendrick that I have seems more NOS than Closet Classic but I have nothing to compare it to... I can tell you that the finish on the neck seems 'very' thin as there is a wear spot already on it from previous owner.

Some observations after restringing and minor setup....

-The springs in the cavity are different than typical and I would guess period correct in that the ends that drop into the block are 'angled' in more than normal.

-The trem block is routed so that the strings go about 1/4 the way in and stop - not like the typical vintage bridge nowadays that the strings go all the way in... (the EJ Strat has this feature too).

- The trem unit seems 'harder' to me.... more solid... also the springs on the saddles seem longer.

- The neck to body fit is perfect and tight.

- The frets seem pretty low... is that common on all of them? vintage style? Feels almost like a fretless wonder after playing Strats with Medium Jumbos and 6150 fret wire..

- The tuners are a 'bit' hard to turn... again, is that to emulate the vintage thing?

Also, are all the necks quartersawn?

Sorry for my ramblings but I am still trying to figure this thing out...

Here is a pic of the neck wear... quarter sawn?



RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Feb 12th, 2009 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought the chopped liver comment was supposed to be facetious anyway. If money were not an object, I would have one of these and several others. Th pups in this are supposed to be the best the Custom Shop custom winds. I am greatly impressed with my CS 60 Relic pups. The Abby Masterwounds and CS 65 Relic pups are probably my next test subjects.

Ah! How many Strats does a person need?
How many amps does a person need?

Any richey richs want to give me one?

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