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

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Torino - Italy

..got a backbeat you can't loose it
Feb 27th, 2011 04:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ciso guys,
Is the scratchplate on your 54 going cream colured? Mine is no longer bright white and looks cool in my opinion. It is always out of the case but not in direct sunlight.




Feb 28th, 2011 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

My plastic isn't changing colour,but it is cracking! Pup covers have cracks on the top and sides, and knobs have lost most of their paint.
I was even thinking of putting new pup covers on to preserve the originals as I think they'd be hard to replace. I know the real thing suffered from the same problem.

Jon S


Blues & Jazz....mmmm tasty!
Mar 5th, 2011 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was just curious if anyone knows...

Are the '54 master builds p/u's Alnico 3's or Alnico 5's? I've heard fender used Alnico 3's in their 'early days'(that could mean anything) and then switched to Alico 5.

thanks for any info.



Respect to Leo Fender & John Page!
Mar 22nd, 2011 02:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

My pickguard has changed colour aswell, again mine is never in its case. All other plastic is okay though.


United States/ MD

"Max Punk Institute" The one gig wonder
Aug 3rd, 2011 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Unfortunately, I have to sell my mint Fessler
due to unforseen car problems. Let me know if you're interested.


New Joysee, USA

Jul 7th, 2012 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Like a few of us here, I needed to part with my '54 Cruz Masterbuilt. Sweet guitar, but when you have a mortgage to pay and the job goes sideways you do what you have to do.

In any event, things are turning around some. Looks like there are still some good ones out there for decent prices still. Although it seems the John English versions are commanding somewhat higher than the rest of the pack.

(This message was last edited by PlexiTim at 08:24 PM, Jul 7th, 2012)



Shut up and play yer guitar some more!
Jul 10th, 2012 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have still managed to hold on to mine ( a Todd Krause s:5497 ) despite the fact that I have been experiencing a tough financial situation as well for several years now.

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Warshington State

Jul 10th, 2012 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Still have my Kendrick built '54 with no intention of selling. It gets played a lot. Best Strat I have ever owned.


New Joysee, USA

Jul 14th, 2012 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's good to see some responses from folks managing to hang on to these. For me, I don't see this as so different from back in 2004 when I started thinking about getting one first time around. They're still available out there, prices vary. The trick then as now seems to be getting one from the right masterbuilder. Cuz that will drive the relicing and finish appearance, neck profile (varies from one builder to another) and price tag.

"Here we go again..." (wheee).

(This message was last edited by PlexiTim at 02:56 PM, Jul 14th, 2012)

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Boston area

Aug 19th, 2013 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

anyone looking to sell one? I may be interested. Let me know.



Sep 23rd, 2013 02:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just thought I'd re-visit this thread and throw in a little moody pic of my #4333 Dennis G.


(The VOLUME lettering is pretty much gone from when this was taken)



Nov 17th, 2013 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I recently sold my Kendrick lefty '54 Anniversary strat. I was the original owner and basically i just never bonded with the guitar. It was a real beauty, lightweight and had pretty decent tone though it just never spoke to me. Hopefully the new owner gets great enjoyment and pleasure from it.


Seattle, Wa

Nov 17th, 2013 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow, someone posted in the Custom Shop Forum?!

My right handed Kendrick '54 Anniversary is the only Fender CS Guitar I own. I went through several CS guitars in the past 21 years. 3 Teles and 3 Strats that I can remember off the top of my head. They were all real good guitars but I was constantly finding one just a little better than the last.

I'm still digging the Kendrick Strat. That and my '62 Reissue P-Bass are the only two Fender guitars I own, although I still have 4-5 Fender amps, both new and old.

I did pick up a Nash Tele a year or so ago. I liked it better than any of the newer Fenders CS Teles I have owned. The Nash reminds me both in feel and sound of a '61 Tele I owned in the 70's. It's a great Tele.



Jan 18th, 2014 10:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I will post in this forum as well :-) I have a Fleming! It is an amazingly beautiful guitar with a very high level of craftsmanship. Up to now the best Strat I held in my hands and I held countless.

I will never sell it.

As it is mine I eliminated a few small 'sins' of the Custom Shop when it comes to accuracy: the bridge block had deep holes, while shallow holes should be period correct. Therefore I ordered a 54 block from Pigtail which fitted perfectly. I did notice a change in sound and feel coming from the higher string tension. I also added Raw Vintage springs which gave the whole thing a bit more reverb.

My last touch will be the electronics. I take out the pickup assembly as a whole (not to touch the solder joints) and replant a set of JM Rolph 1954 pickups (as used by Eric Johnson). Moreover, I add an Allessandro 50's cap and 250 CTS pots with the period correct curve as sold by Crazyparts.

I will use this opportunity and speak out a recommendation for JM Rolph. I tested the majority of pickups available - Fenders, Kinmans, Bare Knuckles, Vintage Vibe. Countless... They were all nice but the Rolphs just captured the real thing effortlessly. I have a 59 set installed in a SRV Strat and I can put this thing through a Roland Cube 30 and still capture the tone of Number One easily. I really look forward to having his 54's installed in the Masterbuilt.



Feb 26th, 2014 08:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

i came close to having to sell my 54 CSMB , thankfully i still have it though i have not played it in 4 years (work is insanely busy, always on call, weekends, but i have the $$$ to at least keep my guitars) ......

i'm on this site for the 1st time in a few years as my uncle calls me every few months to ask to buy my 50th , i figured i'd take a look and see if Fender was offering anything similar to our 50th's for the 60th anniv models - but no dice, makes me feel that much better that i still have my 50th, ha (though i really, really, really want a few pinball machines so i'll have to sell at least 1 guitar soon, another story , even more expensive hobby than this..)

sorry to see the site here isn't as busy as it used to be, back in the day when we bought our 50th CSMB's as they were still avail at local dealers, what a cool period we went thru 10 years ago playing our 50th's for the 1st time!

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Mpls, Minnesoooota

Lunacy has found me
Aug 8th, 2014 04:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've always been interested in these. I have the American Series version.

Anyone selling theirs? I might be interested.



Aug 10th, 2014 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

The downside is you won´t play your AmSe any longer...I had both 50th´s and the MB (still have it) is simply the best Strat I ever played.


Los Angeles, CA

Fender man
Aug 31st, 2014 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I still have my English 50th MB. I took delivery in 2005. It is definitely one of the best Strats I've ever owned. I see that guys were saying that 2008 was a buyer's market. I think it's still a buyer's market for some types of guitars. I have not been paying attention to what it's worth because I haven't been thinking about selling it.

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Seattle, Wa

Sep 11th, 2014 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

For what it's worth I just saw that a Cruz and a Fessler sold on Ebay recently. THey went for some good money, too. More than what I payed for my Kendrick that I bought new back in 2004.


New Joysee, USA

Aug 18th, 2015 04:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I guess lightning strikes twice, sometimes. Had to sell off my original John Cruz #5606 a few years back when confronted with a job loss situation. Been looking for a while and tonight found another 2004 MB '54 with all the right stuff. It's a Yuriy Shishkov, Serial #4697. Seems like not played much at all and still has both cases, all the case candy, COA, strap etc. Original 3-way switch still in it with the 5-way never still in the bag. Nicely taken care of and plays beautifully. I had forgotten just how nicely these play, look and sound. Truly some of Fender's best!

(This message was last edited by PlexiTim at 11:08 AM, Aug 21st, 2015)

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