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An Unexpected Purchase!

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by timmer, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. timmer

    timmer Tele-Afflicted

    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.

    Anyway, here is a picture.


    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.
  2. GuitOp81

    GuitOp81 Tele-Meister

    Oct 13, 2013
    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?
  3. timmer

    timmer Tele-Afflicted

    The price was $1099.99.
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  5. tintag27

    tintag27 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 18, 2010
    Macclesfield, UK
    Those colours go together so well - that just looks right!
  6. 1962guitargeek

    1962guitargeek Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2008
    eastern n.c.
    pure sexy there! congrats...
  7. MrTwang

    MrTwang Friend of Leo's

    Feb 9, 2009
    London, England
  8. zimbo

    zimbo Friend of Leo's

    Jan 15, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    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.
  9. timmer

    timmer Tele-Afflicted

    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.
  10. John C

    John C Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 20, 2005
    Kansas City
    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.

    Obligatory photo of my sonic blue Am Std Strat:

  11. timmer

    timmer Tele-Afflicted

    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
    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
  12. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 28, 2006
    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.
  13. timmer

    timmer Tele-Afflicted

    Thanks, not sure I would have walked out with the Sonic Blue one had they had Shell Pink!
  14. PaulStrattele

    PaulStrattele Tele-Holic

    Jun 18, 2013
    Love some Sonic Blue. Congrats
  15. Starshine

    Starshine Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 20, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    I don't know why Fender doesn't use the classic 60s colors on more of its production guitars. They look so right.
  16. Sacdubro

    Sacdubro Tele-Meister

    Aug 21, 2007
    Sacramento, Ca.
    Great color with the rosewood board congrats!
  17. SixShooter

    SixShooter Friend of Leo's

    Sep 20, 2008
    A little trivia for sonic blue lovers: it was used on the 1956 Cadillac.
  18. ILoveLorita

    ILoveLorita Tele-Meister

    May 22, 2003
    New Jersey
    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.
  19. Flaneur

    Flaneur Tele-Afflicted

    May 24, 2010
    I didn't realise i needed another strat until...........
  20. Lunchie

    Lunchie Poster Extraordinaire

    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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