60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster®


Model #: 0170182703
60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, 2-Color Sunburst

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Available in 2014 only, Fender’s 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster is a beautifully crafted U.S.-made instrument that celebrates six decades of the world’s greatest electric guitar. Fine features and appointments include an ash body with a comfortably contoured heel, three special-design 1954 single-coil Strat® pickups, a compound-radius fingerboard, gold hardware, custom-engraved neck plate and headstock ingot, and a beautiful 2-Color Sunburst gloss finish.

Other premium features include a maple neck with modern "C” profile and satin finish, maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and black pearloid inlays, Micro-Tilt™ neck adjustment mechanism, five-way pickup switching and “no-load” tone control for middle and bridge pickups, two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with vintage-style stamped steel saddles, and deluxe tuners with white pearloid buttons. Includes vintage-style tweed case with embroidered 60th anniversary logo, strap and strap locks, cable, polishing cloth and special commemorative book.

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One Great Guitar!

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daveporter on August 3, 2014
Blues R&B Jazz Rock Classic Rock Country

I have purchased many guitars over the last 50 years. This Stratocaster is one of the very best! The playability, fit/finish, beauty, and tone are superb. At this price point it is a steal!!! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a professional quality instrument.

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My First Fender Stratocaster !

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Fretshred10 on July 22, 2014 (updated August 4, 2014)
Blues Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Classical

I was influenced at a very early age by the unique sound, tone and character of the Fender Stratocaster, although not aware, I owned another guitar rather than a Strat, years gone by and found out that my instrument didn't really produce the character and nuances that only a Fender Stratocaster can offer. I started dreaming about it for years, and just right after my Eurovision Young Musicians 2014 experience was over I got my hands on a piece of history. I finally own a 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster. She is just beautiful, the gold hardware makes her stand out from the other instruments. The tone is smooth, sparkingly bright and with 60-years of non-stop history making in popular music. This guitar has a unique tone. A Fender Stratocaster tone! Plus to make this guitar even better, It's very modern in it's features, it has 22 frets, Micro-Tilt mechanism on the neck and Vintage 1954 Pickups. It still retains the character of a vintage Fender Stratocaster though. I gave this beauty a 5/5 in any aspect. Definitely a must have guitar !!

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Rockin the 60s

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Andy on June 25, 2014
Blues R&B Jazz Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

My son tried one of these out while shopping for new strings. We brought home new strings with the 60th Anniv. Strat attached. Awesome guitar!! Great feel and action - the neck and the pickups are Sweet. Much different and more authentic, vintage tone than his old American Strat that was made in 2004 (not an Anniversary Model, but made that year) that we traded in, or my Clapton Blackie with Lace PUPS.

Fender did such a great job on the 60th Anniversary Standard I had to buy one for myself since my son won't let go of his. We run them through a '65 Princeton Reverb reissue and/or a '65 Reissue Super Reverb FSR and the sound is pure Fender at its best.

I don't know how a '54 Reissue 60th Anniv. Strat would sound in comparison, but the sound, tone, and build quality of these 60th Anniversary. American Standards sets the bar very high.

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It feels good!

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ColtonTarrant on June 21, 2014
Blues Pop Rock

The moment I picked up this guitar I immediately fell in love with it. The neck fits so good when you play it and everything about the guitar is very comfortable.

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The Strat and the Love affair!

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m0dest on June 12, 2014
Blues Funk Alternative Rock Classic Rock Country Bluegrass

After 17 years of playing my Beloved 1995 Japanese Foto Flame Telecaster Deluxe I recently lost in a bar fire, I had to get another Fender soon. Looking at the Telecasters on the showroom wall I meandered to the end of the Tele line and accidentally into the Stratocaster section.
Picking up the 60th anniversary model as it was already plugged into a warming 59 Bassman Reissue. "Just got it in!!" Timmy shouted..."hasn't even been tuned!"

The tone, the playability!! I was instantly mesmerized by her beautiful Ash body and the 2-color sunburst which is gorgeous accented by the gold hardware. Looking closer I noticed the Black Abalone dot inlays. Finally that woman tone I had always longed for only a Stratocaster can produce. The 1954 Single Coils are beautiful pickups, very chimey in all the right places and smooth in all the others.

Playability is second to none, by far one of the best playing guitars I have owned right out of the box. Everything very smooth out of the gate, perfect action, no buzz, and I got comfy real quick with the tremolo bar. The guitar itself is just smooth, makes me want to solo all day long.
There's nothing like a fender plugged into a fender and playing the commemorative Strat through that 59 Bassman was some of the sweetest direct tone ever.
I played for almost an hour after strings were tuned and stretched, I just couldn't let her go.
Soon greenbacks and handshakes were exchanged, the Vintage Tweed case was brought out with all of the goodies and she nestled right in for the trip home.
By the way....her name is Grace!!

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Dream guitar

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chrisH60 on June 11, 2014
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Having owned and played various guitars I finally decided to get the real thing. Its been in the back of my mind for years .
I started looking in 2012 and I liked the two tone sunburst though that wasn't available in am standard , then I saw this on the fender website.
Wow what is that ,thinking it must be custom shop.
I bought one just on the picture and its everything I'd hoped for.
Happy 60th fender and saving up for the 70th!

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Love At First Sight!!!

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michaelssong87 on June 9, 2014 (updated June 9, 2014)
Blues Gospel Funk Jazz Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country Reggae/Ska

I have always wanted an American USA made Fender Guitar. Normally, when I walk into a music/guitar store I see guitars and they all kinda look the same nothing really special same usual... I then turn and see this guitar and literally fell in love. I couldn't look any other way. It was the most beautiful guitar I have ever seen. I couldn't pass it up and the fact that their is a limited quantity makes it even a must buy! When you hold this masterpiece in your hands you will understand that it's like no other. It literally melts in your hands. Also, all the stuff it comes with is even sweeter. This will be my first Fender and I have waited a long time. I'm so happy with this purchase. I always tell people that an instrument is an extension of you. It becomes a part of your life and in someways who you are. I feel that Leo Fender would agree with me on that. I guess I'm now a part of the Fender family! That's just awesome!

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One of a Kind Style

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Lenny1716 on June 8, 2014
Jazz Rock Classic Rock Country

This affordable guitar offers many of the features I have wanted in my "next" strat..primarily, the compound radius fretboard, which adds to improved string bending ability. As well, I love the tone from the PUPs. Aesthetically, this model is unique, with the gold hardware and White Pearloid tuner buttons. Though my first strat, in 1963, was a three tone sunburst, that I liked so much, the two tone comes in a close second, since that is the only finish available. All-n-all, as an old timer, I enjoy the beauty and workmanship of this guitar, which adds to enjoying my memories of the famous stratocaster, as I play this through my vintage, and originally owned, 62 Fender Concert and 68 Bandmaster amps.

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6string Love Affair

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JoeSteenkamp on April 30, 2014
Blues R&B Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Folk Country

I turned 50 when the Stratocaster turned 50.
To me, owning the 50th anniversary model was a cherry on an infatuation and relationship that started when I was a 9 year old boy. I sat for hours staring at my Billy Strange album with all the Strats on the cover and wondered when I would own one.
I've owner many over the years since then and currently have 4 beautiful babies that are absolutely amazing.
I wish I could afford the exchange rate to own the 60th Anniversary model as well, but I cannot justify it, however hard I try. BUT I am so happy with the ones I own and consider myself fortunate to be a proud owner of a 50th Ann. model.
I can only imagine the perfection of the new one.

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60 Glorious Years

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Paul Meek on April 13, 2014
Blues R&B Rock

When Fender announced they would release 60th anniversary guitars, I knew I would have to get as I am also celebrating the same birthday this year.

All of the models look superb but for me it had to be the Commemorative Stratocaster, it just oozes class with the 2-tone sunburst finish, pearl tuners and the gold hardware.

Picking up the guitar, plugging it in and turning up the amp just adds to feelgood factor as it sounds as good as it looks - it is a wonderful guitar and a fitting tribute to the world's greatest ever musical instrument. Well done Fender!

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Beautiful

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Speedacer on April 9, 2014
Rock

This guitar was a present for my birthday!
Absolutely adore the sound and feel of this stratocaster.
Having learned to play on a 1973 three colour sunburst strat owned by my dad this guitar blows that one away totally.

I CANT PUT IT DOWN!

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I LOVE IT

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stratocasterersmlt on April 9, 2014 (updated April 18, 2014)
Blues Funk Alternative Classic Rock Pop Rock

For 60 years, and that wonderful spirit of the products you are reflecting in us that we receive from you are happy with inspiration.

This guitar is living,talking, and continues to inspire.

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Can't put it down

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erniek512 on April 8, 2014 (updated April 8, 2014)
Blues Rock Heavy Metal

I worked for Leo back in the mid 80's when he started G&L, but never owned a Fender until this weekend.
I am used to the latest super thin necks, and high-output active humbuckers, so at first I was kind of dissatisfied with the standard Strat.
Tell you what, after two hours of playing, and adjusting tone and getting to know it...I could not put it down. It has a certain feel that just grew on me real quick. I'm very happy with mine. One thing I had to do is order shorter saddle height screws. I like my action about 1mm at the 12th fret, and lowering it made the stock screws stick up and scrape my muting hand.
Fender should supply them with the guitar.

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Best guitar i came across so far

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Dmitriy on April 6, 2014

HI,
I have checked out big number of guitar in my life.
I was pretty skeptical from the beginning when i saw it on the shelf. But it looked good to me and i decided to try it. When i plugged it in and took a couple of notes i thought what i am going to tell to my wife?

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Best strat ever

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780_laffin on March 31, 2014 (updated March 31, 2014)
Blues Rock

I have owned a few high end American made strats over the years including a 2006 American deluxe HSS in sunburst and a 2012 American deluxe SSS ash body in a nice tobacco burst. This guitar exceeds both of them.
The sound is a balance of vintage and modern as it does the natural spot on strat clean but also can handle the overdriven sounds of my Budda amp. At moderate gain settings the guitar is very quiet with little hum to be heard. Having the pickups wired just on the hot side works perfectly. They are much better sounding than the current deluxe strat pickups. I could sit and play on the neck pickup only and be very happy.
The neck feels amazing and the compound radius makes notes anywhere on the fretboard easy to play.
This is my first strat without a rosewood fretboard and i dont think i will ever go back. The maple just has that pop to the sound that stands out. The trem stays in tune better than any start i have ever played on. The action was pretty standard and sits perfect for me. The neck is very straight with just the right amount of relief. The bridge sits up on the back end just a hair so i can bend the pitch slightly up and still stays in tune. The case is a great feature. The classic tweed case is a nice touch and of course all the 60th anniversary touches on the guitar and the case are awesome.
It is truly too nice to play however i have found a guitar that has brought new life to my playing. I am very inspired when i have this instrument in my hands. It has an amazing feel or vibe to it that i cannot put into words. This is a special instrument that i will cherish forever.

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First Fender Stratocaster!

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vandegrypk on February 18, 2014 (updated February 19, 2014)
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal

I own several guitars. All special in their own way. I have attempted to pickup Strats in the past based on the fact you can not get strat tone from anything else! Every time I have attempted to buy one, I could never find that one that felt right. The necks never worked for me, I thought I would never find a Fender Strat. Until last week. I walked in looking for a pedal power supply. Then she caught my eye. The stunning look of this Strat had me thinking, Deluxe?, Select?,... no, she's an American Standard 60th anniversary. I picked her up and instantly fell in love with the neck. Plugged her in and WOW! This guitar has so much more going for her than any other Strat (IMHO). I love Charvel Pro-Mod necks, very close to that! Fit and finish is excellent! Upgrades from an American Standard can't compare. More like a deluxe with better pickups, again IMHO. Case candy galore and pearloid tunning keys and black pearloid dot inlays! Thank you Fender! I own a Strat, finally!

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Model Name: 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, 2-Color Sunburst
Model Number: 0170182703
Series: American Standard
Color: 2-Color Sunburst

Body

Body
Body Material: Ash
Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
Body Shape: Stratocaster®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Fingerboard: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (241 mm-355.6 mm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Special-Design 1954 Strat Single-Coil
Middle Pickup: Special-Design 1954 Strat Single-Coil
Neck Pickup: Special-Design 1954 Strat Single-Coil
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. No-Load Tone Control (Middle and Bridge Pickups)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Vintage-Style Stamped Steel Saddles
Hardware Finish: Gold
Tuning Machines: Fender Deluxe Cast/Sealed with White Pearloid Buttons
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: 60th Anniversary Medallion on Back of Headstock, Engraved 4-Bolt 60th Anniversary Neckplate with Micro-Tilt™ Adjustment, Black Pearloid Dot Position Inlays, Contoured Heel, Lightly Tinted Neck, Bi-Flex™ Truss Rod System, Parchement Knobs and Pickup Covers, Rolled Fingerboard Edges, H/S/H Pickup Routing, Single "T" Roller String Tree, Straplock Strap Buttons