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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Anyone Remember the 60th Anniversary American Strat?



Mar 16th, 2012 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The 50th Ann Strat thread keeps going like the Energizer Bunny but I also wanted to remember the 60th Anniversary AMSE Strat with the stock 57/62's. I am coming up on my 6th year anniversary (I got mine in April 2006) and just wanted to share a few thoughts. I was in the market for a strat 6 years ago and did not know about the 60th anniversary model. Walked into my local GC, started playing a few Strats, and the salesman told me if I had tried it (they had just got one into the store). I did and fell in love with the guitar...Beautiful two tone burst, with very little red on the edges, and she played like butter so I took her home.

6 years, and several strats and other guitars later, I can report the following. She has aged beautifully (both the neck with the nice natural tint and the pups as they mellow with age) and plays as good as the day I bought her. She has never left the house because I am afraid to lose her but I play her every night for practice. As I have become more of a tone freak recently, and match her up against my other Strats with other model CS pups, she still sounds the best to me (and reverse wound middle 57/62 pup at that). For a "cheaper" production model strat, with a non-traditional AMSE bridge which some folks don't like, she comes in at a nicely balanced 7.5 pounds and is definately a "keeper".

Still happily married to her 6 years later and I will never divorce her.........Now I have to give her a name I suppose after all these years............. :)

(This message was last edited by celius at 01:04 PM, Mar 16th, 2012)

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Mar 16th, 2012 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"For a "cheaper" production model strat, with a non-traditional AMSE bridge which some folks don't like..."

Makes no difference what they cost. Cheap or expensive, some sound great and some don't. When you find one that does sound great, you put a ball and chain on 'em. Played many super expensive CS Strats (and had some, too...) that don't sound as good as my late '98 American Standard. But then these instruments don't "boil-down" to tidy little equations all that well. There's no way to figure the how and why of their quality of sound. But you know it when you hear it and play it.

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Mar 22nd, 2012 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still remember my MIM 60th. I just played it yesterday :)

May not be in quite the same league as the U.S. model, but it's a beautiful guitar in the Blizzard Pearl and it plays and sounds nice.



Mar 22nd, 2012 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

KC Fender Fan

You are correct. I wanted a maple neck after I got the AMSE 60th in April 2006 and picked up the MIM 60th at a blow-out sale 4 months later for $ 400.00. The Blizzard Pearl is incredibly beautiful and it is my Number 1 when I play out. I might have gotten a bum set of the stock TexMex pups because they did not do it for me. I put in a set of TX Specials last year and I am one happy camper too............ :)

(This message was last edited by celius at 10:44 AM, Mar 22nd, 2012)

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Mar 23rd, 2012 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love my 60th Anniversary MIM for playability and it does look sensational, but I'm not a fan of the Tex Mex set that is fitted. I haven't tried adjusting them yet 'cause I'm a bit lazy, and they are different from every other pup I have so they stay in.

Come to think of it, only a month or two ago I spent some time amp tweaking with the Tex Mex and actually got some pleasing tones. Can't remember what I did though.

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