Fender 40th Anniversary American Vintage '54 Stratocaster Sunburst 1994
Fender 40th Anniversary AVRI '54 Strat, two tone sunburst, made in Corona USA 1994. This is a special Strat, that's for sure. The Stratocaster launched to wild acclaim in 1954, so Fender released a limited run extra special American Vintage '54 Strats to mark the occasion; this is number 1409 of the 1954 made. It's the classic ash and maple combo, but oh boy, what a piece of ash, and what a piece of maple! The body is two piece bookmatched ash, light in weight with beautiful concentric grain patterns. The neck is a highly figured flame maple one piece, again light in weight and gorgeous to the eye. The natural resonance of this is as good as any Strat I've ever played; it's very loud unplugged and rings very truly at the lightest touch. Really good Strats have a certain thickness to the tone, and this absolutely has it: heaps of attack and weight through the lows, balanced by the traditional 'Strat spank' through the top end. It's got a complexity and depth through the mids you just don't get on a run-of-the-mill USA Strat; it really is a superb sounding guitar. Plus, the original case and full 50s style dealer notes are all intact. These sometimes list at prices significantly north of this mark, so nab yourself a great little collectable Fender before it turns thirty and gets very expensive indeed.
Model: Fender 40th Anniversary American Vintage '54 Stratocaster
Made: Corona USA, 1994 (serial 1409 of 1954)
Finish: 2-tone sunburst (2TS), 1-ply white guard
Neck: maple with maple board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Mods: back cover removed, 5-way switch installed
Pickups: Fender American Vintage alnico single coil x3
Case: original G&G Fender hard case, excellent quality and condition
Extra: awesome 50s style dealer notes, grey lead, original 3-way switch and hang tags
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has some minor dimples on the end and some checking on the back, no major marks. Neck is clean and smooth in the hands, just some minor dimples on the back and some checking near the joint. The back has a few dimples near the neck plate, light scuffs spread around the body but no major marks, it's pretty clean. The sides are pretty clean, just some dimples on both horns and near the jack. The front has a noteworthy chip on the edge in the elbow area, a couple of dimples behind the bridge and some standard play wear on the guard and horn. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have very some minor wear but are in good shape, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/46 Moonshiners strings.