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Old October 23rd, 2013, 03:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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An Unexpected Purchase!

I was in Guitar Center on Monday picking up some strings and I saw the most beautiful Strat high up on one of the walls, it was sonic blue with a rosewood fret board.

Tuesday rolls around and I can't get it out of my mind so I called GC and just happened to get the guitar manager. He said it was American made and came with a case. We chatted for a little bit and I told him I would try to get there on Wednesday (today).

After I hung up with him I went online and starting looking for this particular model but the closest thing I could find was the '60s classic Players Strat but is made in Mexico, has great reviews, and comes with a gig bag. Hmmm, will have to sort this out tomorrow.

I go to the store today and it is in fact American made and plays like a dream. The manager said they had just got it in, along with a seafoam green one, and they are part of a special run.

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I'll send Fender an email with the serial number and see what I can find out about this special run and will update this when I find out.

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Old October 23rd, 2013, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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wow, that's a beauty! Congrats.
So, what is it? American Standard special run? Vintage '59?
Maybe they have something similar for the teles.
If I may: price range?
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 03:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The price was $1099.99.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 03:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Those colours go together so well - that just looks right!
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 05:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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pure sexy there! congrats...
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 05:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'd say it's just called an FSR American Standard Strat (FSR=Fender Special Run - specially commissioned by individual dealers and built to their specifications so you won't find it on the Fender web site.)

http://www.strat-talk.com/forum/stra...ard-strat.html
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I saw one like that at GC and tried it out. It played great but the pups were too trebly for me. They were called Custom Shop pups which I found out here are actually Custom Shop Fat 50's. If you like that kind of bright sound ok but I like the lace sensor warm strat sound.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 06:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I saw one like that at GC and tried it out. It played great but the pups were too trebly for me. They were called Custom Shop pups which I found out here are actually Custom Shop Fat 50's. If you like that kind of bright sound ok but I like the lace sensor warm strat sound.
I was told the pickups were Custom Shop '69's but I'm waiting to hear back from Fender for the build sheet.

As far as "trebley", I have a full range of tone adjustments from the controls.

In other news, I've been practicing the Nowhere Man solo and it sounds spot on with an AC-4 (?).

Tomorrow I'll unleash my AC-30 and annoy the neighborhood.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 09:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've got one of these - also in sonic blue; picked mine up right before Labor Day.

Fender did a run of American Standards in sonic blue, surf green, and shell pink back in August - 500 in each color with 250 of each going to Guitar Center and 250 going to one of Fender's European distributors. No difference from any other 2013 American Standard other than the colors so the pickups are the CS Fat 50s.

I think the ones that went to Europe had the SKB cases that Fender had been using since 2008, the ones that stayed in the USA got the black tolex "Pro Series" case. From what I've read recently Fender is now using this black tolex case with all American Standards and they have a new molded case (with a red handle) that they are using with the American Deluxes - I guess they ended their contract with SKB and they have finally used up the old ones.

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Old October 24th, 2013, 11:09 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the information John! That's pretty much the story I received from Fender regarding mine.

Hello Tim,
Thanks for writing in!
The serial number US1308XXXX is attached to an FSR American Standard
Stratocaster in Sonic Blue from 06/2013, made in the US. The GC manager was
correct. The FSR nature of the instrument denotes Factory Special Run, in this
case specifically for Guitar Center, European markets and an Asian company by
the name of Yamano. There was actually only 400 of each color made, so it is a
pretty cool piece. Full spec sheet below!

Model Name: FSR American Standard Stratocaster®
Model Number: 017-0100-(Color #)
Series: American Standard Series
Body: Alder
Neck: Maple, Modern “C” Shape,
(Gloss Headstock Face with Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck)
Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5” Radius (241 mm)
No. of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
Width @ Nut: 1.685” (42.8 mm)
Hardware: Chrome
Machine Heads: Fender® Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with New American Standard Bent Steel
Saddles
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Pickups: 3 Custom Shop Fat ‘50s Single-Coil Strat Pickups (Neck/Middle/Bridge)
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
Controls: Master Volume,
Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
Tone 2. (No-Load Tone Control for Middle and Bridge Pickups)
Colors: (756) Shell Pink,
(757) Surf Green,
(772) Sonic Blue,
(Urethane Finish)
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.009 to .042)
Unique Features: New Bent Steel Saddles with Elongated String Slots,
Copper Infused High Mass 100% Metal Bridge Block,
Thinner Undercoat Finish for Improved Body Resonance,
Tinted Neck,
Maple Fingerboard Neck: Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Front;
Rosewood Fingerboard Neck: Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Headstock Front
with Buffed Fingerboard,
4-Bolt Neck Attachment with Micro-Tilt™ Adjustment,
Bi-Flex™ Truss Rod System,
Aged White Knobs and Pickup Covers,
Rolled Fretboard Edges,
Staggered Tuning Keys,
H/S/H Pickup Routing,
New Molded Fender/SKB Case with TSA Locks, Glass Reinforced Nylon Trigger
Latches, and Form Fitted Plush Interior
Source: U.S.
Accessories: Case, Cable, Strap, Polishing Cloth
U.S. MSRP: $1,679.99,
INTRODUCED: 1/2013
COMMENTS: FSR for GC, Europe and Yamano,..400 of each color
WRENCH SIZES: Truss Rod/Tilt Adjustment Wrench, (1/8” Hex), P/N 0023811000,
Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench, (.050” Hex), P/N 0018531000
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They apparently designed that for me. Been searching for a rosewood board strat. Saw the shell pink the other day in GC but don't have the $!

Enjoy yours. It's a looker.
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They apparently designed that for me. Been searching for a rosewood board strat. Saw the shell pink the other day in GC but don't have the $!

Enjoy yours. It's a looker.
Thanks, not sure I would have walked out with the Sonic Blue one had they had Shell Pink!
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Love some Sonic Blue. Congrats
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I don't know why Fender doesn't use the classic 60s colors on more of its production guitars. They look so right.
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Great color with the rosewood board congrats!
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A little trivia for sonic blue lovers: it was used on the 1956 Cadillac.
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They have one at my local GC in Seafoam Green. I played it and liked the way it sounded, but I could not swing the cash for it right now.
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I didn't realise i needed another strat until...........
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They also did a similar line with the lipstick pups in it like the VM Surfcasters. I would of really tried hard to get the one at the local ma and pa if it wasnt shell pink. Dont think I would rock a pink guitar.
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