The first thing I thought when I was that it was the 60th Anniversary of the Stratocaster was “haven’t we already had some Anniversary Strats with a Diamond on the headstock”… yes I know I’m a bit slow, they were of course the Fender Anniversary not the actual birth of the Stratocaster which was, obviously, 1954. To celebrate this incredible milestone Fender have announced six anniversary models, and think about this for a second because it really is incredible, despite changes in hardware, woods and some slight changes to neck profiles, headstock shapes over the years the guitar design has remained the same as it was 60 years ago. That is unimaginable in any other industry. Imagine driving a car that was the same shape as it was in 1954 with a modern engine, or even with a copy of the original engine!
The 60th Anniversary models fall into 3 categories, Strat Past, Strat Present and Strat Future. As you can probably guess the Strat Past is the 60th Anniversary American Vintage 1954 Stratocaster® and is a faithful recreation of the 1954 Stratocaster.
Strat Present includes 3 models:
60th Anniversary Classic Player ’50s Stratocaster®
60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster®
Contemporary takes on the original-era Stratocaster, updated with modern features and appointments that combine the best of the past with the best of today.
Squier® 60th Anniversary Classic Vibe ’50S Stratocaster®
I assume this is a Chinese made guitar made in the same factory that make the current Classic Vibe series that have rated so highly over the years.
Strat Future includes 2 models:
Deluxe Stratocaster® HSS Plus Top With iOS Connectivity
Fender® Fishman® Tripleplay Stratocaster® HSS
Details are scarce on the site but obviously the Fishman Tripleplay is a wireless MIDI enabled guitar, the iOS connectivity must be in the way of a USB output.
You can check out more info on the Fender 60th Anniversary page which has a timeline of important milestones and unfortunately not much info on the actual guitars themselves – http://www.fender.com/en-AU/features/strat-60th/