• Fender 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Stratocaster


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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."

There is a useful guide to anyone wanting to buy a limited edition 50th anniversary model strat, produced by eBay user elkay54. This guide points out that buyers should beware because as all standard Stratocasters produced in 2004 had commemorative neck plates and some unscrupulous or misinformed sellers try to pass these off as the limited edition 50th Anniversary models on the basis of this neck plate alone.


Specifications (19)


Body materialalder body
Body styleStratocaster style
Pickguard materialwhite pickguard


Bridgetremolo bridge
Hardware colorgold hardware


Fingerboard inlay materialabalone fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialmaple fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Finish colorstwo color sunburst
Finish effectssunburst finish, transparent finish
Graphicslogo on pickguard
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets22 fret


Pickup selector controls5-way selector switch


Pickups brand and modelFender Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickup(s)
Pickups configuration3 single coil pickups

Prices (3)

2004$1713.99newguitar-listFender's suggested retail price when new.
20044000 AEDnewStu Mannix

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