Fender Custom Shop

Fender Team- and Masterbuilt Guitars

2004 Fender CS MB '54 Strat 50th Anniversary Masterbuilt by Todd Krause


What a fantastic remake of a real '54 Strat. Very resonant! Fantastic sound amplified, created with great dedication and craftmanship. The tone is authentic 50's. The combination of the premium wood and hand wound 1954 Pickups provide the immediate snap and bloom that a vintage Strat possesses. This guitar doesn't comes with the relic vintage brown poodle case. The previous owner went personally to Larkstreet Music in New York to buy this instrument and bring it to Switzerland. Since he considered the poodle case as to fragile to ship it on the plane he setteled with the black CS Fender case and left the original case in the US. He told me that there were 2 cases for the guitar.

According to the previous player he bought the guitar new. It had been played in the shop and possibly used by the owners who were players themselves. There has been playing signs on the body when bought. The swiss owner hardly played the guitar during the many years he owned it. But he left a playing sign on the lacquer too. There are minimal signs of use on the vintage frets. Everything else is in a very good state. The neck was never removed, electronics were untouched except for the removal of the 3 position bladeswitch, 5-way switch was installed in Switzerland. An all original guitar and a fantastic player. Meant to be played! This guitar is outstandingly comfortable to play.  The neck carve is the the best I have ever felt on any Stratocaster.
Todd Krause is Eric Clapton's personal guitar builder.
Model Name: 50th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster®  

5'300 Euro

  • Custom Shop-Master Built Limited Edition Series
  • 2-Color Sunburst finish in Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer
  • Comfort Contoured Premium Ash Body
  • 1-Piece Maple, U-Shape, with Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer finish
  • Fender/Gotoh Vintage Style tuning machines
  • Maple fingerboard with 7.25" radius (184 mm)
  • 21 Vintage Style frets
  • Scale Length 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut 1.650" (42 mm)
  • 3 new Custom Shop Vintage 1954 single-coil Stratocaster pickups -  FormVar Coated Copper Wire with White ABS covers
  • 1-Ply white pickguard, (8 Hole)
  • Master Volume, Tone 1 (Neck Pickup), and Tone 2 (Middle Pickup) controls
  • 3-Position blade switch: Position 1 - Bridge Pickup, Position 2 - Middle Pickup, and Position 3 - Neck Pickup.
  • American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo with "Ash Tray" bridge cover
  • Nickel/Chrome Hardware


Other Features:


Each Instrument is Master-Built with Builder Logo on back of headstock,
Serialized Round-Hole PVA Back Tremolo Cover Plate (#5196)
Single “Button” String Tree,
Black Face and Side Dot Position Inlays,
Vintage Styling,
Built with a Closet Classic Finish; as if Bought New in 1954 and Played a Few Times a Year and then Put Carefully Away. Oxidized Hardware and Aged Plastic Parts.


Source: U.S. Fender Custom Shop
Vintage Form Fit Case
COMMENTS: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stratocaster guitar, the Custom Shop is building the Limited Edition 1954 Strat®. These faithful replications will be made with the same exacting detail as the original instruments, using many of the same machines and manufacturing methods used 50 years ago. Every deep body contour, pickup magnet and screw is a replica of a 1954 Strat. We even went as far as having pre-CBS Fender® employee, Roger Centeno, stamp each tremolo cover plate with the original die. And, yes they do come complete with the round holes!




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 3,520 kg

6'300 Euro

"LION" 2007 Fender CS Relic 69 "red sparkle"

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 3,680 kg

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3'900 Euro