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longhair55

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Michigan

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May 28th, 2014 05:30 PM        

Still can't believe it's been 10 years already.<br /> <br /> I had ordered the Deluxe 50th,... first one in town,... then I checked out this thread,. it definitely peaked my interest in the 50th AmSe.<br /> Shortly after that I walked into the same store where I had picked up the 50th Deluxe,.. and there IT was, on "display" first thing everybody would see as soon as they walked in,..<br /> <br /> I picked it up,. played it un-plugged and was sold,.. I walked out with it.<br /> Once home,.. plugged into my Mesa,.. and my Wife said (as soon as I stopped) "I like the sound of that one the best"! At the time I think I had a early HWY1,. the Deluxe and a Texas Special fat Strat,.. they're all gone, along with a '57 RI,. but the 50th AmSe is still here!



Viera

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May 28th, 2014 05:51 PM        

smrybacki, well put. I too am past the idea of it being a special Anniversary model. It's just a special electric guitar, period.<br /> <br /> longhair55, those are some excellent Strat models that you've let go while hanging on your 50th AmSe. It must truly be a good one.<br /> <br /> Mine has never needed a setup with the exception of a truss rod tweak a few months ago. The action was getting a little high. A 1/4 turn later and it was back to near perfect. The only other thing I do from time to time is adjust the trem/springs to get it to float the way I like it. <br /> <br />



smrybacki



Newville, PA

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May 29th, 2014 11:10 AM        

Nice to see all of you (The Brethren) again here (the Church) and I hope all is well with you.



supersonik



Germany

May 29th, 2014 03:01 PM        

Hello longhair, if I remember correctly you also had a very nice 54 Thinskin Strat...did you like the AmSe better?



longhair55

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May 29th, 2014 03:05 PM        

"did you like the AmSe better?"<br /> <br /> Yeah I gotta say yes I do,. it gets played more,. which isn't saying much, I hardly play anymore really. <br />



Iron Man

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May 29th, 2014 07:17 PM        

Welcome back bros.<br /> <br /> I hope we don't have top wait another 10 years to call our 50th a piece of history born here on the FDP.<br /> <br /> I don't think I will ever depart with mine. It still gets a fair amount of play and I know my son is keeping a close eye on it...hopefully for quite some time.<br /> <br /> I haven't eyed any other Strat for 10 years. I did play this past week a Jaguar while in New York City, but was not impressed at all.<br /> <br /> However, I admit to a sin. I bought a couple of months ago a Tony Iommi Epiphone as it has been discontinued and becoming exceedingly rare to find. I was always contemplating the real Gibson Iommi but I could never afford it or justify the money, so I opted last minute for the Epiphone that I bought new but as old stock from Kansas City. <br /> Honestly, the Iommi neck threw me off very quickly and I still haven't gotten used to it. I've barely played it and keep going back to my Strats, the 50th, EC and very occasionally the 79.<br /> <br /> Glad to see y'all active and well.<br />



Stratboy56



So. California, USA

Jul 10th, 2014 05:33 PM        

I bought my AmSe in November of 2004 and still have it. I play it often, and it's definitely one of my favorites!<br /> <br /> I just wish mine was lighter - it's pretty much the heaviest Strat I own.



longhair55

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Aug 25th, 2016 07:35 AM        

ok,.. now the 50th is my only guitar.<br /> <br /> I even thought about selling all my gear,. but couldn't part with it,.. still amazed at the total confusion about the '04 50th's.<br /> <br /> I was told by a "guitar store" manager, that, after seeing a pic of mine,. that the "only 50th that was worth any $$$ was the one with the gold hardware (the Deluxe 50th),.. I gave him a "pass" since he plays basically only Gibson's,. but he does have a "strat player" working for him,. he was clueless too,... so I tried to enlighten them, on the 4 "true anniversary models",. but after leaving the place,. I doubted they believed me!<br /> <br />



Viera

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Aug 25th, 2016 09:32 AM        

Yeah, the confusion about the 50th Strats can be frustrating. I occasionally respond to incorrect CL adds politely pointing out the mistakes. Most of the time I just move on. <br /> <br /> I will soon be without a Tele. Just about any sound I want to get from a Tele my 50th AmSe does better, at least to my ears. I'll miss the middle Tele position a little, but a Strat can be wired to get the bridge/neck sound.<br /> <br /> Thanks for reviving this great old thread longhair55. <br />



Iron Man

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USA/Frisco Bay

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Aug 29th, 2016 07:28 AM        

Still holding on to my 50th as well. I remind myself that I first acquired the 50th with the gold hardware but was not impressed by its sound and looks so I exchanged it for the AmSe. The rest is history.<br /> <br /> Thanks longhair and Viera for straightening the record of the 50th origins when you can. I too have seen many false claims on the Bay.



smrybacki



Carlisle, PA

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Sep 12th, 2017 10:19 AM        

For what it's worth, still have and still love mine. 13 years now -- hard to believe!



longhair55



Michigan

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Sep 12th, 2017 02:14 PM        

^ Me too!



Viera

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Sep 12th, 2017 07:08 PM        

Mine is the first non-essential thing I would grab if I had to bail from my place in an emergency. <br /> <br /> I can't remember the last time it was in its case. It's always out on a stand, on a wall hanger, or in my hands being played. The parchment guard and maple board have faded slightly, in a nice way. <br /> <br /> Thanks for bumping this thread smrybacki. Enjoy both your 50th Strats.



bluzcat

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Eastun' Carolina

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Sep 12th, 2017 07:31 PM        

Mine was bought in '04 -gets played regularly and has a few scars to show it.<br /> <br /> How have your cases held up? My latches broke and I eventually ordered replacements from G&G. The nails for the compartment occasionally back out. By comparison, my other G&G case has had zero issues.



Iron Man

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USA/Frisco Bay

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Sep 16th, 2017 11:45 PM        

Alive and well....I mean the 50th. <br /> It gets played not as often as I like but it's holding up pretty good. It still drives the DRRI and a few pedals. No major disasters.<br /> <br /> Hope all the 50th vets are holding up as well.



bluzcat

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Eastun' Carolina

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Oct 4th, 2017 04:49 AM        

Just read through the whole thread-whew! Played my 50th two days ago on my Mustang III on the ‘57 Twin setting...still a sweet guitar! I’m thinking of bumping back up to 11’s (I go back and forth from 10s).



stratcowboy

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Oct 4th, 2017 10:25 AM        

I'm impressed. You obviously have a lot of spare time! LOL



bluzcat

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Eastun' Carolina

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Oct 4th, 2017 11:25 AM        

Lol! Should have said read/skimmed over the past few days.



Viera

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Oct 5th, 2017 06:31 AM        

Way to go bluzcat! <br /> <br /> I also once read through this entire thread back when it was at about 2500 posts. I've kept up with it since then. It's easier that way. :)<br />



bluzcat

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Oct 5th, 2017 09:53 AM        

I’ve kept up lately but missed a large section in the middle. Weird running across my own posts in the mid-2000s. Lots of “oh yeah, forgot about that amp”!



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