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longhair55

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Sep 12th, 2017 02:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ Me too!

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Sep 12th, 2017 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

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.

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Sep 12th, 2017 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

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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Sep 16th, 2017 11:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

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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Oct 4th, 2017 04:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

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).

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Oct 4th, 2017 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

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

bluzcat
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Oct 4th, 2017 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

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

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Oct 5th, 2017 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Way to go bluzcat!

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. :)


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Oct 5th, 2017 09:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

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”!

longhair55

Michigan

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Mar 21st, 2019 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

15 years later,.. still got mine!

Can't believe it's been that long.

(This message was last edited by longhair55 at 03:55 PM, Mar 21st, 2019)

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Mar 21st, 2019 09:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's great to hear longhair55. I still have mine, of course, and it's still my #1. If anything it's getting better with age.

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Mar 24th, 2019 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Still have mine! Did you guys have issues with your case? I had to replace both latches on mine a few years ago.

Iron Man
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USA/Frisco Bay

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Mar 26th, 2019 12:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

15 years and counting...Mine still sounds awesome and is in great shape. She's gracefully aging. No issues with the case.


Unstupid

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May 21st, 2019 03:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

So my father in law moved out of his house and in with us. He is in his last weeks/months. While removing the valuables from his house he said he had a Strat. So we grabbed it and brought it home. He said I can have it, but I don't know the first thing about guitars. Trying to find out if it is worth anything. I figured I'd ask in this thread since this is the 50th anniversary thread. From what I was able to research I think it is a 50th anniversary American Series Standard in candy apple red. It still has all that plastic stuff (that feels good to peel off) covering the white stuff. I can't find any dents on it. And I think it is the standard fender case since it doesn't fit quite right. I dont think it was ever played cause that whammy bar thing is still in the plastic bag, unless, can you play without it? Educate me please. Am I right in my assumptions? Is it worth selling or donating? Should I bury it with the old man so he has something to do on the other side? I put some pics up here: https://imgur.com/gallery/b9mqAuI Thanks for reading.

Pics Here

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May 21st, 2019 06:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ Nice pics. Looks virtually unplayed.
It appears to be a 2004 American Series Strat with the 50th neckplate.

It is not; however, the special 04 Strat per this thread. The 2 tone sunburst Strat per this thread has different pickups and a parchment pickguard, all unique to this specific model. It also has a maple fretboard and came with a different (tweed) case.

Don't get me wrong, yours is a very nice Strat and it can be played without the whammy bar. You might be able to get $1000 to $1500 for it.

Sorry to hear about your father. That's a tough thing to go through.

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May 21st, 2019 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes...tough family stuff to be going through. Very sad to hear stories like this. Hope you all have some quality time together.

As for the guitar...yes...it is an excellent quality guitar. Top drawer. But not an actual "anniversary" model; just a commemorative plate at the neck to acknowledge Fender's 50th year of Stratocasters.

That said, don't let anybody low-ball you on it. Personally I'm not sure as to its actual sale value; you'd have to talk to a high-quality shop to see what they would likely sell it for. Then you can decide what to list it for on Craigslist or something. As for donating it...that would be a VERY generous donation to whoever received it. But if that's a compelling way to express its connection to your father-in-law's life, that's a worthwhile thing. You could find an up-and-coming young musician who couldn't afford an instrument that matches his/her promising ability--that could be a life-changing gift. Just another suggestion...

Whatever...you've got an excellent and pristine instrument on your hands.

Best wishes to you and your family.

Te 52

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May 21st, 2019 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Go to the linked page and call, write or email Fender Customer Relations. Tell them you inherited a guitar, give them the Z serial number from the back of the headstock, and ask if they can provide the exact model number/name of that guitar.

click here

smrybacki

Coeur d'Alene, ID

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Aug 14th, 2019 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Still digging my baby, and it's mate the 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Strat. Play one or the other nearly every day!

15 years already? Where'd that go?

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Aug 15th, 2019 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

^ Excellent!

Mine hasn't seen the inside of it's case in at least 5 years. It's always ready to go on a stand in the music room. It's still the best electric guitar I have ever played.

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