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Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster 1954 50th Anniversary 2004 Masterbuilt by Dennis Galuszka


Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster 1954 50th Anniversary 2004 Masterbuilt by Dennis Galuszka:

  • Limited release
  • Masterbuilt using original tooling and techniques
  • Original form-fit case and modern moulded case included

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Here’s a collectors’ item. In the spring of 1954, in a small shop in Southern California, musical history was made with the introduction and shipment of the first Fender® Stratocaster guitar. Everything about the guitar was new and innovative. The tremolo design, the sleek and distinctive bodylines, the “Offset Contour” body, not 1 not two – but THREE pickups! Instantly, guitar players from every genre of musical tastes sought out and purchased one of these “futuristic” designed instruments. The first Stratocaster guitars were used for western swing, jazz, blues, country, and any other style guitarists could dream up. You could not contain this design. The Fender Stratocaster was not only ahead of its time; it defined electric guitar design. Now, 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, using original tooling and techniques. Each guitar was Master Built at Fender’s world renowned Custom Shop in Corona (this example by Dennis Galuszka) and featured custom reproduction original 1954 pickups, original shape maple neck, original finish and body contours, and even an accurate reproduction of the original guitar strap shipped in 1954. True to the original instruments are several other features. Here for the first time since 1954, are the unique knobs, switch tip, pickguard, 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. A modern moulded Fender hardcase is also included. The guitar and both cases are in mint condition, this guitar being formerly owned by a collector.

Here’s the specification:
  • Brand: Fender Custom Shop
  • Model: Dennis Galuszka Masterbuilt 50th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster
  • Origin: USA
  • Year: 2004
  • Serial No: 5094
  • Weight: 7lb 15oz /
  • Finish: 2-Tone Sunburst nitro, Closet Classic Finish
  • Body: Comfort Contoured Premium Ash Body
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply White PVA, (8 Hole)
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, U-Shape
  • Profile: U-Shape
  • Fretboard: 7.25″ radius
  • Scale length: 25.5″
  • Frets: 21 Vintage Style
  • Neck Pickup: Original ’54 spec
  • Middle Pickup: Original ’54 spec
  • Bridge Pickup: Original ’54 spec
  • Controls: 1 x Volume, 2 x  Tone, 3-way pickup selector
  • Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with “Ash Tray” Bridge Cover
  • Tuners: Fender/Gotoh® Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Case: Original hardcase
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