Fender Stratocaster 50th Anniversary Chrome Blue
This is a limited edition USA 50th Anniversary Stratocaster in good condition and in this beautiful rare Chrome Blue finish. Comes loaded with Fender Custom Shop pickups that sound fantastic. Also wonderful feel to the neck with its frets in good shape with no pitting. There are some light surface wear over the body but nothing major, some dings are visible on the neck and other signs of use around the guitar. There is a slight crack on the body lacquer next to the neck slot which you can see in the images. The guitar still has the original plastic on the pick guard and the original stickers. No case is included with the guitar.
Here is what Fender had to say about it:
Fender® Celebrates 50 Years of Musical Heritage with New Commemorative Model Guitars!
THE STRATOCASTER® GUITAR TURNS 50!
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The most popular and influential electric guitar of all time, the Fender® Stratocaster®, will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2004! To honor this musical icon, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is proud to announce that it will commemorate the Stratocaster guitar's history with three new Limited Edition instruments that will debut at this winter's NAMM show.
The Stratocaster guitar first hit the musical scene in 1954, when it was designed to be the ultimate solid body electric guitar. With its three single coil pickups and revolutionary tremolo bridge, the Stratocaster offered musicians new tones, features and versatility never before available in one single musical instrument.
Since that time, a Stratocaster in the hands of guitarists has helped pioneer literally every form of popular music as we know it today. From Bill Carson to Buddy Holly, from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, or from Stevie Ray Vaughan to John Mayer--and everything in between!--the Stratocaster has been the guitar that started the rock revolution, and it has been the guitar that has helped to create musical legends.
To pay homage to 50 years of Fender innovation, Fender will offer a Limited Edition 50th Anniversary American Series Stratocaster. The solid ash bodies with polyurethane Chrom Blue finish, maple neck and parchment pickguard evoke the classic look of the original 1954 Stratocaster guitars, while the Fender American Series synchronized tremolo bridge, custom staggered tuning machines, 9.5" radius fretboard and medium jumbo frets add a modern touch.
To give this guitar even more of a vintage vibe, the 50th Anniversary American Series Stratocaster will feature the same 1954 replica pickups used on the Custom Shop model, reproductions of the original pickups wound by Abigail Ybarra, who has been making Fender pickups since the 1950s.. It will also feature a special engraved neck plate that celebrates the anniversary. The 50th Anniversary American Series Stratocaster will be available only from January 15th thorough December 31st, 2004.
- Made in USA
- Finish: Chrome Blue
- Body: Solid Ash Body
- Neck: Maple, Modern "C" Shape (Satin Polyurethane Finish)
- Fretboard: Maple, 9.5" Radius (241 mm)
- Number of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
- Pickups: (3) Custom Shop Vintage 1954 Strat® Single Coil pickups
- Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1, Tone 2. • 5-Position Blade Pickup Switching
- Bridge: American 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo w/Stainless Steel Saddles
- Machine Heads: Fender®/Schaller® Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
- Hardware Finish: Chrome
- Pickguard: 1-Ply Beveled Parchment
- Parchment Knobs and Pickup Covers
- Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
- Width at Nut: 1.6875" (43 mm)
- Unique Features:
- Special Commemorative 50th Anniversary Neck Plate
- Custom Shop Vintage 1954 Strat® Single Coil pickups
- Original Headstock Shape
- Original Body Shape w/"Original Contour Body" Decal on Headstock
- Rolled Fingerboard Edges