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Old December 7th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Locking trem question on Japanese 80's guitarz

On Japanese strats that have system 1, 2 or 3....

Does that necessarily mean Contemporary Strat?

I see many different pickup configurations on them,
(SSS, HSS, HSH, H, HH, front loaded some of them)
and have fallen in love with this particular breed.

If you see an SSS with those bridges, does that automatically mean they are Contemporary?

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Old December 7th, 2012, 02:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For being wikipedia this is surprisingly accurate as far the different models and what makes them a contemporary strat.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fende...apan#section_2
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Old December 7th, 2012, 07:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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On Japanese strats that have system 1, 2 or 3....

Does that necessarily mean Contemporary Strat?

I see many different pickup configurations on them,
(SSS, HSS, HSH, H, HH, front loaded some of them)
and have fallen in love with this particular breed.

If you see an SSS with those bridges, does that automatically mean they are Contemporary?
I think that depends on how you define "Contemporary". I bought a Fender Japan Strat new in 1987, & it had the System One trem, locking nut, S-S-S pickups & a 12" radius fingerboard. Would you call that "Contemporary"?
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I think that depends on how you define "Contemporary". I bought a Fender Japan Strat new in 1987, & it had the System One trem, locking nut, S-S-S pickups & a 12" radius fingerboard. Would you call that "Contemporary"?
I've seen a lot of folks on the web call that particular model (3 single coils and a trem system of some kind) a "Contemporary Standard" but I don't think Fender ever officially used that name on them. And I'll freely admit that I call them a "Contemporary Standard" as well because they split the difference between the other Contemporary models and the MIJ Standards of that era, but I think thats kind of internet/Strat shorthand like calling a 1982 Strat a "Smith Strat".
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I think that depends on how you define "Contemporary". I bought a Fender Japan Strat new in 1987, & it had the System One trem, locking nut, S-S-S pickups & a 12" radius fingerboard. Would you call that "Contemporary"?
Yes, i would call that a 27-4300 model.
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Yes, i would call that a 27-4300 model.
Great, 21 years after I sold it, I now know which model it was!
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Great, 21 years after I sold it, I now know which model it was!
Lol ......
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Here is some more info:

Contemporary Model, Fender Stratocaster, Made in Japan, Crafted in Japan

I owned a 1986 Contemporary (pix in my album)
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Old December 7th, 2012, 12:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The co-guitar player in my band when I was in High School had a MIJ Strat with a System I tremolo. He put a chunky Warmoth neck on it and EMG's (didn't sound bad, from what I remember). What I'd give to have that guitar and his Elite today.

Not too much, mind you... I'd just like to have them...

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This seems to be the only pic I have of mine.

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That was the same color as my buddy's!

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I think 22 frets also was a part of it. And - the 22's all seem to be rosewood if I'm not mistaken.

I've seen them referred to also as "Super Strats"

Scott Grove sure has good stuff to say about them, and he's got a strat or two
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That was the same color as my buddy's!

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I still remember seeing it on the wall in the shop & thinking what a gorgeous colour it was. After I sold it, it was 17 years till I got another Lake Placid Blue Strat.
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