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Old November 24th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1988 American Standard Strat

Looking at an 88 MIA Standard with surprisingly few scratches and dings and excellent frets for a guitar of its age. They want $670. Comes with original hard case.

I live in Japan and deals like this arent everyday, but not hens-tooth rare either. Whats more, is my company will send me to Houston (Im American) to spend some time back home in the US.

Would Houston be a better place to find an American Std strat? pricewise, what are they going these days?

Also... as far as MIA standards go... Ive heard the post 2000 models are better. But there was no supporting evidence. Can anyone clue me in as to why I might not want a 1988 MIA Std? Ive played it, and it sounds great, but I was playing it through a nice amp.

I am concerned about the string trees. They are bent metal like on a 70s strat. Not the cast metal trees I see on contemporary strats.

Was Fender still using bent steel string trees in 1988?

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Old November 24th, 2009, 11:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Are you talking about the butter-fly style trees? I think in 88 they were using the roller trees on MIA strats...........I am sure someone with an 88 will pipe in though. Maybe you're looking at a reissue which would then be a steal at that price!!
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Old November 24th, 2009, 12:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah I have an 88 Am Std and it has the modern roller trees. It's a great guitar, built like a tank.
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Yeah I have an 88 Am Std and it has the modern roller trees. It's a great guitar, built like a tank.
There you go........you be looking at the fore-runner to the current AVRI guitars (I think they were called Vintage Series). Very good guitars and well-worth that price I would think........
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Old November 24th, 2009, 02:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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another 86, 87 and 88 with the modern trees
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Old November 24th, 2009, 07:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Have a look at these bridges. If this '88 has a bridge like the one on the left its an American Standard. The bridge on the right is off an American Vintage Reissue.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 08:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Pics!!! Or it didnt happen!
Headstock/string trees, MIA Std Bridge, 3pc body, pups

I remember the new style strat bridge. My first decent guitar was an MIA strat standard from 91. But these string trees freak me out. Either the last owner preferred them, or someone is pulling a fast one...??

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Old November 25th, 2009, 10:51 AM   #8 (permalink)
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It looks like an american std to me...if I were buying it though, I'd want to see under the pickguard....the trees are fishy, but not a deal killer in my opinion. If it's legit, 670 is a decent deal on it....I see them all the time from 700-1000 bucks depending on condition, color etc. I completely disagree that newer strats are superior.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I also disagree with the assertion that new strats are superior. I have an '88, and I much prefer it to anything new short of the AVRI series and CS stuff. And yeah, $670 would be a pretty reasonable price - I scour craigslist and ebay pretty religiously and rarely see anything nice get through at much less than that.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 11:22 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I like the bridge
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Old November 25th, 2009, 11:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Just to add spice to it...

The price is actually 59000yen. The dollar is kinda low right now, but I live here and get paid in yen, so to me its like $590 (when the dollar is stronger)

I agree the trees have got me hesitant... Ill have to see if theyll let me under the pickguard. One thing the pics dont show is the shaft on the lowest tone control is bent. It works, but the knob rotates at a slight angle, and Id fix that because Im anal about my guitars... Also, ALL the knobs are a bit stiff, but contact cleaner might square that away.

Ive got some spare roller trees I bought from StewMac, but well see.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 01:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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At 590 I would buy it
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Old November 25th, 2009, 01:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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$590.00 would be a pretty sweet price bro if it checks out under the hood!
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Old November 25th, 2009, 08:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Hey guys... its only been about 18 years since Ive been under the pickguard of an American Standard Strat. Can anybody provide pictures to show me what I should expect? (Like bar magnets, or colored pup wiring, or a certain spec capacitor?) It would really help a lot.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #15 (permalink)
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here ya go...this is an 88' American Std."



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Old November 25th, 2009, 10:09 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I see! Lil orange caps, no bar magnets, and that tall double tone control on the end (TBX?) Orlando Mike, you sir, are a Tinkerer and a Gentleman!

I thank you very much.
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i googed 88 strat, all the pics i saw had a single string tree, the old style
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Old November 25th, 2009, 10:23 PM   #19 (permalink)
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i was wrong....
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Old November 25th, 2009, 10:55 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Not to rub it in that motoman was wrong about the trees, but I just wanted to point out that he came back and posted up that he was wrong *without having been prompted or pushed to do so*. Its pretty hard to find standup people like that!

Well played sir!
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