2004 Fender Deluxe

50th Anniversary Strat

In celebration of the 50th “birthday” of its famous Stratocaster model, Fender has taken the reissue concept to new heights.

And why not? Arguably the most popular guitar – electric, acoustic, you name it – ever built, the Stratocaster is the epitome of a pop music legend, and a huge part of Fender’s history and lore.

Fender’s latest ode to its own, the Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster, made its debut at the January ’04 NAMM show. (from Vintage Guitar Magazine)

In sheer mechanical terms, the new reissue has a nitrocellulose-lacquered, two-piece ash body (in the Custom Shop’s “Closet Classic” style in two-tone sunburst) with offset glue seam, one-piece U-shaped maple neck with 25.5″ scale and 7.25” radius, synchronized tremolo with “ash tray” bridge cover, nickel/chrome hardware, bone nut, documentation, and the form-fit case. The degree of finish aging depends on the finisher, but it’ll typically have a few small dings, checked finish, oxidized hardware, and aged plastic parts... the 50th Anniversary Strat‘s knobs, pickup covers, switch cap, and tremolo cap are made of high-styrene ABS, and the pickguard is .070” PVC.
(Vintage Guitar Magazine)

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