2004 Fender Custom Shop 50th Anniversary '54 Reissue Masterbuilt
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For your consideration is this 2004 Fender Custom Shop 50th Anniversary, Limited Edition 1954 Reissue Masterbuilt Stratocaster by Mark Kendrick.
In the spring of 1954, in a small shop in southern California, musical history was made with the introduction and shipment of the 1st Stratocaster guitar. Everything about the guitar was new and innovative, the tremolo design, the sleek and distinctive body lines, the 'offset contour' body, and not 2 but 3 pickups! Instantly, guitar players from every genre of musical tastes sought out and purchased one of these 'futuristic' designed instruments. The first Fender Stratocaster guitars were used for western swing. jazz,blues, country, and any other styles of music guitarists could dream up. You could not contain this design. The Fender Stratocaster was not only ahead of it's time; it defined electric design. Now, over 50 years later, it still does!
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster, the Fender custom shop faithfully recreated a limited release 1954 Stratocaster guitar. Each guitar is Masterbuilt at Fender's world renowned 'dream factory' in Corona, California, and features custom reproduction original 1954 pickups, original 'u' maple neck and original finish body and contours.
True to the original instruments, are several other features. Here for the first time since 1954, are the unique knobs, switch tip, pick guard, tremolo cover plate, and pickup covers that have been retooled and manufactured using the exact formulas and materials. Also included are the original, then 'patent pending' bridge saddles. which have been replicated even though Fender has long owned the patents for these parts. Finally rounding out the package is a replica of the form fit case shipped with the originals in 1954.
For your consideration is this '54 Reissue built by Fender Master Builder Mark Kendrick. This lovely two tone sunburst Strat has all the features of the early '54s including bakelite parts, '54 knobs and switch tip and a formfit case. Mark carefully reliced it to resemble the wear normally found on a lightly used guitar and added simulated fingerboard wear in between the first three frets.
These instruments are highly collectible and are also a joy to play.
Comes with original Fender brown leather with red lining form fit hardshell case and Fender molded case, certificate, Leather strap, and case candy!