60th Anniversary American Vintage 1954 Stratocaster

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  1. Stonker

    Stonker Strat-Talker

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    Nobody?.....
     
  2. Stonker

    Stonker Strat-Talker

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    I've been offered one of these in a trade for my AVRI.
     
  3. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

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    I saw two used ones for sale at Guitar Center for $1599 each.
     
  4. Stonker

    Stonker Strat-Talker

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    I'm tempted to accept the offer...
     
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    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member

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    An AVRI for an AVRI eh? Is yours a lemon?
     
  6. Stonker

    Stonker Strat-Talker

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    It plays really nice but does have a few battle scars. I figured that a 60th anniversary may be worth a little more in time as there are only 1954 made
     
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    Mine's a coming...

    Sweetwater had 2 demo models left from last year I guess...one had a ding on it, but the one I'm getting is pretty much pristine from the pics on their site ...
    Got it for $2000 should be here Thursday...
     
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    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    Great guitar for a great price! Enjoy...

    Bazz.
     
  9. zane

    zane Strat-Talk Member

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    got mine Thursday...mighty sweet guitar!
    Sweetwater's pics of MY guitar!

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    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth

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    Very nice... Welcome to the club! ImageUploadedByStrat-Talk forum1431271361.617689.jpg
     
  11. otstratman

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    Mine was made 11/11/2013. I doesn't have a "side seam". I contacted Fender and they ran the serial number which confirmed everything I already knew except the lack of a side seam. I read that the early ones didn't have a side seam. Is this true?
     
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  13. problem-child

    problem-child Senior Stratmaster

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    From what I understand, accurate to 54, the bodies are two piece with an offset seam. It's not centered on the body its more on towards the treble side of the body. I just took delivery of a NOS Scratch And Dent 2014 54 from Musicians Friend. It's S/N is V14 and it definitely has the offset seam. The finish is super thin. Its already sunk into the ash. It's really a fantastic guitar. I'm blown away.

    You can see the seam in this pic.

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    problem-child Senior Stratmaster

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    Thnx
     
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    These are great guitars, it was my favorite from the series until I got my AVRI 65. Fender is making amazing stuff nowadays.
     
  17. otstratman

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    *Update* My Fender "60th Anniversary" '54 Reissue Stratocaster does, in fact, have a "side seam". It took me months to find it. Fender really matched the two pieces of Ash so well it's super hard to find. I was considering installing a humbucker in the bridge but then I came to my senses. "What am I thinking?". Now, I am all for original but my thought was to beef it up. Once I opened up the pickguard during a string change, I was so impressed with the wiring harness and just how neat and tight the solder joints are I decided to leave it be. I mean I was going to at least install a Fender 250K "Tone Saver" but even doing that would be messing with the original design. I could use alligator clips to attach the Tone Saver but again then it wouldn't be original. I do play my '54 Strat every day. It has some arm wear at the belly cut and some chips near the output jack and a few behind the upper body cut. I attribute this to the "Flash Coat". The finish is thin and delicate. Now I can see how those Pre-CBS Strat's have all that paint wear.
     
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