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Fender Custom Shop 60th Anniversary '54 Strat vs. American Original '50s

dnabbet2

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I'm a Gibson man but I'm thinking of picking up a maple 'board Strat.

I'm definitely "not in Kansas anymore" but in my actual neighbourhood is a used 2018 two-tone sunburst American Original '50s Strat at about $2,000USD, and in the teeming megalopolis there's a Fender 2015 Custom Shop 60th Anniversary '54 Strat purporting to be a three-tone sunburst at about $3,500USD.

Any thoughts or advice? I don't want to pay more than I have to but I do want resale value. Thanks in advance for any guidance.
 

jrgtr42

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I would say to play each of the guitars and see if either one really speaks to you more than the other.
I will say Custom shop guitars seem to hold their values better than standard production, but that said, even regular production gutiars right now seem to be selling used for as much or more than they sold for new. This probably won't continue indefinitely, once shipping, production etc open back up and supply chains are back to normal things will probably go down in price.
 

dnabbet2

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The one guitar is in my neighbourhood, so I can definitely trot over and play it and see if it DOES work for me, but the Custom Shop number is in a city I'd have to fly to ... and it really interests me 'cause of the three-tone sunburst.

Because of where I live, I'm fairly used to buying online, and an objectively good guitar has never let me down.

I'm just not Strat-knowledgeable, and thought I'd see if anybody had any for-God's-sake-don't type of advice. And I'd try a Strat forum but I think they'd drown me in detail. The Custom Shop tip is good, and I'll keep that in mind. Thanks very much, jrgtr42.
 

akstrat61

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The old addage most likely still holds, you get what you pay for. Fit, finish, componets, materials....need I say more? MHO
 

jrgtr42

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The one guitar is in my neighbourhood, so I can definitely trot over and play it and see if it DOES work for me, but the Custom Shop number is in a city I'd have to fly to ... and it really interests me 'cause of the three-tone sunburst.
In that case, |I'd say play the local one. if that does it for you, then great. If it doesn't, if it seems to be lacking something, and the Custom Shop is doable financially, then see if they have a return policy or some sort of trial time frame. You'd probably be on the hook for shipping if it doesn't do it for you.
 
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