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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Calling All Owners of 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Stratocasters!

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Villa Hidalgo, MX

Run-on sentences seem to be my forte.
Jul 16th, 2013 01:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I haven't played or seen mine in a few years, I will be picking it up next weekend from my mom's, I even think I'll take it to Mexico to record with. The pickups are perfect for recording on my "mini-studio." I have always loved this guitar, can't wait to spend more time with her!


Carlisle, PA

Less gear....more practice!
Sep 13th, 2013 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

So I just realized that I have had this guitar for over 9 years now! When I first got it, I bought it because of what it was, namely a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Stratocaster that I thought might gain some value. I liked it OK, but I really loved my other purchase that year, it's "little brother" a 50th Anniversary American Stratocaster also with the tweed case and embroidered emblem. I was at the time struggling with GAS, and started believing the detractor hype about this guitar and it's SCN pickups. I almost sold it three different times in fact.

But a funny thing happened...I stopped frequenting online forums (nothing against this fine establishment mind you in the least) and instead started to find "my sound" based on my own experiences, likes, dislikes and existing gear. While I still do love that "little brother" and still own it, I have come to really love this guitar for many reasons. First of all, it's neck is as playable as a guitar neck can be to me. Smooth, silky, no fret issues at all and a pure joy to play on with the stock .009-.042 strings still on board. Secondly, I stopped being stubborn and started using my tone knobs on all my amps (virtual and tube) a lot more judiciously. After finding the right height which turned out to be (you guessed it) stock, I found some of the sweetest tones in the world could be had with these so called "lifeless" pickups.

So I play this guitar all the time now really. The gold finish is worn considerably, but I don't mind even if the collector value of her is diminished. I got a lot more out of it than I originally expected, and while I might have made $1000 or whatever by parking it under my bed these last 9 years (or longer), I feel I got a lot more out of it as it was intended to be owned, that being as an everyday go to player.


New Jersey

Sep 13th, 2013 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

My dear wife bought me the 50th Anniversary Deluxe
since the Strat and I turned 50 the same year.

Since she is still my dear wife, I am hoping for a 60th Anniversary Strat in 5 months for my birthday:)

Oh....I also have a 40th Anniversary!


Newville, PA

Wherever you go, there you are!
May 29th, 2014 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had this guitar now for ten years as well as it's American Series sibling and it sure has grown on me during that time. The neck is simply stupendously comfortable and the pickups, although not my favorites have gotten better with time. Overall, a nice guitar that gets played often enough to strip the gold of the wang bar ;)


Anglicized Texan

Stone Free
Feb 23rd, 2017 11:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

It has been a while since I've posted anything. Got busy deploying, retiring, and chasing post retirement jobs. Settled back in Texas, and happy to report I still have 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Strat, and she still gets played quite a bit. Wow....has it been nearly 13 years already?


Ohio USA

Mar 2nd, 2017 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Lots of praise, and one issue!

I was incredibly lucky, and got one of these in a trade! I had a perfect, showroom condition USA Tele that just never "did it" for me. And I'm a Tele lover!

I came across a player, traveling across the country, gigging. She was a 100% devoted Tele Blues player. And a REALLY GOOD one!

She bought the 50th when it first came out, thinking she'd add a Strat to her gig gear rig. Tried it. Didn't like playing a Strat. Put it in the case.

She saw my ad, selling the Tele, and called me. We ended up trading even. The 50th was dead mint!

The setup was perfect! Not even a tweak needed!!!

And I gotta tell you ... It's the best sounding, and playing Strat I've ever played! I love it!

The tone variations are a major plus for me. I play a lot of different styles. Jazz, Classic Rock, BLUES!!! And a lot of Latin Rock. And recently got back into SURF! Lovin' it! (I'm 68.)

So a typical gig for me can include anything and everything from The Shadow Of Your Smile to Soul Sacrifice! Autumn Leaves to Apache! Caravan to Crossroads or Caught In A Crosasfire.

Yeah, I usually go to the PRS for Santana tunes. And yeah I have a Jazzmaster and a georgous Gretsch that're great for Surf. No doubt.

But ... I gotta tell ya ... The sound I get from my 50th is SO DRIPPY . . . if I play more than one Surf tune in a row, I gotta take a break, and MOP UP THE STAGE before I play another one!

I recently worked out my own version of Sleepwalk. Almost all harmony and chord melody. Very few single notes. And use the whammy all through it.

Using my "Surf Drip" pedal set up, it sounds incredible! I've never played that tune, at any gig, regardles of the venue, and not brought the house down with it! Be it a special event,
outside festival, Animal club, or biker bar!!!

It also works great on Santana tunes! As well, obviously, for the Classic Rock, and Blues!

Now, that all being said ... I have a question. And issue, actually.

Can anyone tell me why this guitar is always going SHARP out of tune!?! Especially the G string! I sometimes actually give the G a slight adjustment while in the middle of playing a tune.

Our other guitarist also has a 50th, not a Deluxe. And his does the same thing. All strings move sharp. And the G is a big PITA!

A tech I work with told me it's because mine only has one string tree on the headstock. BUT, the other guy in the band's Strat has two, and does the same thing.

I have a LOT of guitars. I know how to set up guitars. And this is the only one I ever owned that goes sharp when you're playing it!

FYI: Intonation is right on. And I''ve tried tightening the bridge screws to pull the bridge tight against the body. So you can only dive. And I've tried loosening them so you can use the whammy "a bit" either way. Dive it down, or rock it a little to pull strings higher.

In both cases, the strings go sharp. And the G jumps like 20 to 30 cents!!! Currently using Fender 1046's. (I use fatter strings on some guitars. But 1046's on my Strats.)

BTW . . . I've gotten really good at tuning while playing a song since I owned this bad boy!

I Just Wanna Play The Darned Thing!

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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Mar 2nd, 2017 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've owned many Strats including the American Series 50th (set to float) and never had the problem you describe. It and my other Strat stay in tune perfectly even with some fairly aggressive whammy use. There has to be some kind of fixable setup issue.



Mar 3rd, 2017 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Glad to see this thread is still going. I've had Am Series version on my bucket list for quite a while.


Carlisle, PA

Wherever you go, there you are!
Sep 12th, 2017 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I still have this guitar (as well as it's American Series sibling) after all these years. She still plays great and I use it all the time! The gold hardware is a bit worn though...


Villa Hidalgo, MX

Run-on sentences seem to be my forte.
Sep 15th, 2017 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had mine since new, and still pull it out and play at least a couple of times a month. The playability is incredible still, strait out or the box, no set-up ever. I keep toying with the idea to get a loaded pick guard, and trying it with some custom shop '69s still haven't done it though, mostly because it sounds really good as-is.

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