The Fender AMERICAN DELUXE 50TH ANNIVERSARY STRATOCASTER was released in 2004 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster. They were made during 2004 only.Fender announced the 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Series model in the following press release:
"As with the recent upgrades made to the entire American Deluxe Series, the 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Series model will be built with the highest standards in materials and craftsmanship, utilizing today’s most state-of-the-art manufacturing methods at Fender’s facility in Corona, California.
Only the most select solid alder will be used for the bodies on these guitars, which are available in 2-Tone Sunburst with a modern “C” shaped maple neck. The 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Series Stratocaster also features three single-coil Fender Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups and S-1 Switching, making this one of the most versatile guitar models Fender has ever made.
The 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Series Stratocaster has a deluxe 2-point synchronized tremolo bridge with pop-in arm, 3-ply parchment pickguard with commemorative logo and aged plastic parts, abalone dot inlays, deluxe staggered tuning machines, a special engraved neck plate that celebrates the anniversary, and it comes with the new Meguiar’s Mist & Wipe Kit.
The 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Series Stratocaster will be available only from January 15th through December 31st, 2004. US MSRP is $1,713.99."