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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / 50th Anniversary American Series: The Face and Sound of the Real Strat :)

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Viera
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Santee CA

May 17th, 2014 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"How come I don't see much talk about the 60th anniversary strats?"

Probably for a few reasons. 50th anniversaries (for products) are generally considered to be more significant than 60th anniversaries. I don't know about other forums, but this place was much busier 10 years ago.

That said, the 60th looks to be very similar to the 50th aside from the gold hardware and compound fretboard radius. The pups on the 50th were unique to that Strat but the ones in the 60th might be pretty darned close.

One thing about the 50th American Series Stats is that Fender seemed to go out it's was to use premium woods for both the bodies and necks. 3 of the 4 that I have played, including mine, were very light with very nice grain patterns. I'm pretty sure that mine is a 2 piece body but I can't for the life of me see were the seam is.

(This message was last edited by Viera at 06:55 PM, May 17th, 2014)

Iron Man
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USA/Frisco Bay

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May 26th, 2014 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for reviving our memory of the 50th, Dave.
Mine is still here and getting occasionally played. Haven't bought another Strat since then. Still rocks when it needs to.

I also was expecting some noise around the 60th, but I agree, 60ths don't make a cut like 50ths and I still think the 50th is more unique, although I could be wrong not having played a 60th.

I wonder if the old 50th gang still hold on to theirs. Might be good time for a reality check.

Enjoy!

Viera
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May 26th, 2014 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

:-)

supersonik

Germany

May 28th, 2014 02:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If it only had a slightly fatter neck, I´d never sold my 50th. To date, the nicest and coolest of all American Series models...

smrybacki

Newville, PA

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May 28th, 2014 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

10 years ago, I acquired my 50th and it just keeps getting better. It's not that it's a 50th Anniversary model really. It's more that it is an awesomely engineered, eminently playable, great sounding and beautiful looking piece of art that you can make music on.

longhair55
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Michigan

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May 28th, 2014 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still can't believe it's been 10 years already.

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.
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,..

I picked it up,. played it un-plugged and was sold,.. I walked out with it.
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   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

smrybacki, well put. I too am past the idea of it being a special Anniversary model. It's just a special electric guitar, period.

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.

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.



smrybacki

Newville, PA

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May 29th, 2014 11:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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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Michigan

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May 29th, 2014 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"did you like the AmSe better?"

Yeah I gotta say yes I do,. it gets played more,. which isn't saying much, I hardly play anymore really.


Iron Man
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USA/Frisco Bay

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May 29th, 2014 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Welcome back bros.

I hope we don't have top wait another 10 years to call our 50th a piece of history born here on the FDP.

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.

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.

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.
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.

Glad to see y'all active and well.


Stratboy56

So. California, USA

Jul 10th, 2014 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought my AmSe in November of 2004 and still have it. I play it often, and it's definitely one of my favorites!

I just wish mine was lighter - it's pretty much the heaviest Strat I own.

longhair55
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Michigan

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Aug 25th, 2016 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ok,.. now the 50th is my only guitar.

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.

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!



Viera
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Aug 25th, 2016 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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.

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.

Thanks for reviving this great old thread longhair55.


Iron Man
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USA/Frisco Bay

My eyes are blind, but I can see
Aug 29th, 2016 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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.

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   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ Me too!

Viera
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Sep 12th, 2017 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine is the first non-essential thing I would grab if I had to bail from my place in an emergency.

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.

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   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine was bought in '04 -gets played regularly and has a few scars to show it.

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.

(This message was last edited by bluzcat at 09:36 PM, Sep 12th, 2017)

Iron Man
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USA/Frisco Bay

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Sep 16th, 2017 11:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Alive and well....I mean the 50th.
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.

Hope all the 50th vets are holding up as well.

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