2004 Fender Masterbuilt 50th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster Guitar - Greg Fessler

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Built by Greg Fessler in 2004, this 1954 reissue Strat is meant to capture the look and feel of the original model with custom plastics and pickups, as well as an aged nitro finish and era-correct hardware. This guitar greatly resembles one you'd find in the hands of Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, and Ritchie Valens in the golden age of rock n roll. Greg is a name to know as he's gone on to build and tech for Robben Ford, and build for a numerous host of other great artists.

A quick look at the unique features on this guitar:

  • Short skirted knobs with original font
  • Football shape selector tip
  • Serial engraved backplate
  • Beveled pickup covers
  • 3-Way selector
  • Round string tree

The list above breaks down some of the steps taken to ensure a realistic look and feel- some features which are nary seen on another model! The action sits exquisitely low, and the feel of the neck and fingerboard is warm and welcoming with a smooth, un-sticky gloss. Overall the guitar has spent most of its life in a humidity controlled case, being played only on the most special of occasions. So, the frets have almost invisible wear on frets 2-5, but nothing substantial by any means. The finish checking makes it look like a closet classic- folks have definitely been fooled when seeing it at the shop, and we don't blame them! It's useful, it's fun, and it's art!

All stock and ready to rock or hang on the wall!

Guitar: EX-Mint. Some barely visible fret wear on frets 2-5, and light discoloration on the bass side of the fingerboard from fret end maintenance.

Thermometer case: VG-EX, some slight wear on the bottom tolex

Molded case: EX-Mint

Includes COA, Thermometer case, Molded hardshell case, bridge cover, cable, polish cloth, and more. Specs below.


Year: 2004

Brand: Fender 

Model: Masterbuilt 1954 Stratocaster 


  • Body Wood: Ash
  • Color: 2-Color Sunburst
  • Finish: Aged Gloss Nitro


  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Neck Shape: 'U' Shape
  • Depth at 1st Fret: .900"
  • Depth at 12th Fret: .990"
  • Finish: Gloss Nitro
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.65"
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Frets: 21
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Action: 0.060"
  • Strings: 10-46


  • Pickups: 3 x CS Handwound 1954 Stratocaster Single Coil
  • Controls: Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-Way Selector 


  • Bridge/Tailpiece: Aged Vintage Stratocaster Tremolo
  • Tuners: Aged Vintage Fender

Case: Vintage style Thermometer case and Molded Plastic Case

Weight: 7.6 lbs


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