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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Two original '54 Strats compared

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Jan 14th, 2015 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice vid showing year and spec are no guarantee. Yumm!

Juliet and Anne

Purple Valley
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Jan 14th, 2015 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool. I love stuff like this.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Jan 14th, 2015 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Excellent clip.

Makes me want to run home and plug in a Strat!


Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Jan 15th, 2015 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for sharing.

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Washington DC

Jan 15th, 2015 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very enlightening! Thanks so much for posting.

Which '54 would you choose? Juliet or Anne?

To me, Juliet seems in better, nearly perfect, condition, with a warmer, more nuanced tone. But Anne seems to have more balls--"aggressive" as the guy said--which I think would make it more excellent to modern tastes, including mine. I think it has seen more play-time, judging by the deeply rutted nut, rusty tuners, etc.

It's Anne for me!

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Jan 15th, 2015 10:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Glad you liked it. He does a nice demo and seems a genuinely nice guy.

I tend to be drawn to a warmer, darker Strat which should point to Juliet but I thought it (she?) sounded a little restrained at times which could of course be due to many factors including the amp settings. Anne on the other hand I felt you could possibly tame some of the 'spikeiness' whereas you might have difficulty getting more dynamics from Juliet.

Truth be told I'd be more than happy (understatement) with either.

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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Jan 15th, 2015 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great little video. On my computer speakers, I had no preference but I sure liked his backing track and playing.

The closest I'll get to anything like that is my CC '56 Strat from the Fender Custom Shop.



Jan 15th, 2015 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice video. I think I liked Anne the best too but I wouldn't pass up Juliet either. Both were great guitars.

Tyrone Shuz


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Jan 16th, 2015 02:22 AM   Edit   Profile  


Towards the 10min mark or so give or take he started playing neck pickup solos on Juliet and whoa!! I love warm, round, and throaty. To me, that's the rarer commodity, especially on a maple neck strat.

Anne definitely had the sparkle, but even the neck pickup was still bright as can be. To me, Juliet was plenty bright enough yet had that warmth and roundness to go with it.

Anne = Ginger
Juliet = Mary Ann.

Mary Ann for me!

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Seattle, Wa

Jan 17th, 2015 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great little demo on how the guitar dictates and directs the player the way it wants to be played.

I was kind of partial to Anne, but I'd take either.

Think I'll get my MB '54 RI out and play it today. The '60 RI is sitting right in front of me.

Closest I'll get to a '54 Strat

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Jan 17th, 2015 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

The '54 is gorgeous. To me, that's what a Strat *should* look like. I've got the same burst on my '56. All my other Strats are solid colors. Well, except the Squier Pro Tone which is transparent turquoise over ash.

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Jan 18th, 2015 11:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Quite a dilemma you have there urby.

Life sucks ;-)

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Manchester, TN

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Jan 19th, 2015 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd have to go with Mary Ann, I prefer the smoother rounder tone.

Grey Goose
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Jan 20th, 2015 06:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice, thanks!

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Seattle, Wa

Jan 20th, 2015 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Quite a dilemma you have there urby.

Life sucks ;-)"

It would be nice to have the actual vintage instruments, but what I have is way more than good enough.

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Aug 2nd, 2018 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great video. Incredible Fender Strats. WOW! Either one, don't matter. Thanks, Charente, for sharing.

(This message was last edited by socal at 09:24 PM, Aug 2nd, 2018)


USA / Pennsylvania

Jan 6th, 2019 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey all - Yes, I know this is an old thread, but I'll cast my vote for Anne. While both guitars are very nice in their own right, Anne's neck position is the sound in my head...clear, open and a little raw... for lack of better description those are the words that come to mind.

I was researching Strat pups a while ago. At the time, I thought the CS54 Fender pups came closest to this sound. I've got one more Strat in mind that I'd like to have...one with pups like those in Anne, an Ash body with oil finish and a Warmoth '59 Roundback neck (roasted maple with either pau ferro, rosewood or maple FB). Decisions...decisions like this can drive you mad!

Opinions please...Would the current CS'54 pups be best option for Anne's tone? Pot and cap values?? Treble bleed? Wiring diagram? Yikes!!

Thanks all!

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Eastun' Carolina

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Jan 7th, 2019 08:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’m going with Anne...


Of course you should

...everyone needs another guitar
Jan 21st, 2019 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Old thread! Love this video. But i'd have to vote for Juliet.

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