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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by 66Satellite, Jan 14, 2014.
I've been offered one of these in a trade for my AVRI.
I saw two used ones for sale at Guitar Center for $1599 each.
I'm tempted to accept the offer...
An AVRI for an AVRI eh? Is yours a lemon?
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
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...
Great guitar for a great price! Enjoy...
got mine Thursday...mighty sweet guitar!
Sweetwater's pics of MY guitar!
Very nice... Welcome to the club!
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?
What's a side seem?
My 54, from the Dave's and Wildwood exclusive days. 2007-2008 I think. It's been a while. I'd have to open it up to be sure.
DSC_1419 by problem-child posted Jul 31, 2017 at 5:31 PM
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.
These are great guitars, it was my favorite from the series until I got my AVRI 65. Fender is making amazing stuff nowadays.
*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.