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1997 American Standard Stratocaster

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by r.llc, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. r.llc

    r.llc New Member!

    7
    Mar 24, 2015
    LOUISIANA
    I'm thinking about buying this guitar, any reason to shy away?

    Fender American Standard Stratocaster, black with maple neck 1997 Model like new $700
     
  2. Yogi

    Yogi Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    31
    Jan 21, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Gonna need to see some pics to see if it's legit or not
     
  3. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    Hey r.llc... as Yogi said, we at least need a link to the ad for that guitar, or pictures would be better if you're able to go take them and post them here.

    The main reason to shy away from buying a used American Strat —if you're not sure— is because many people try to sell doctored-up Squier and Mexican Strats as USA Strats all the time.

    Welcome to Strat-Talk!
     
  4. r.llc

    r.llc New Member!

    7
    Mar 24, 2015
    LOUISIANA
    Thanks for the welcome!

    I haven't seen the guitar in person yet, will this weekend.

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  5. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    From just those 2 photos I don't see anything scammy looking... it looks unplayed! $700 would be a fair deal I think (I would try offering $600-ish myself).
     
  6. joeybsyc

    joeybsyc Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 11, 2009
    PA
    Hell yes... I'd buy that in a heartbeat. Don't waste any time or it'll be gone at that price.
     
  7. little_wing142

    little_wing142 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 24, 2010
    Piscataway, NJ
    For 700 you can buy a nicer strat from a more recent year. It is unfortunate that 90s stratocasters had differently shaped headstocks and boxy body horns.
     
  8. joeybsyc

    joeybsyc Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 11, 2009
    PA
    Yeah, you don't want that... send me the info, I'll buy it myself. ;)
     
  9. Yoda

    Yoda Strat-Talk Member

    33
    Apr 5, 2014
    New Mexico
    In my opinion, the late 90s to early 2000s American Fenders are the finest guitars to ever come out of Corona. Buy with confidence.
     
  10. harrysmo

    harrysmo Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 12, 2009
    Memphis, TN
    Headstock's shaped differently? I guess compared to a vintage reissue there is a very slight curve to the bottom on the standards. Certainly not a reason for not buying.
     

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  11. hornpiper

    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 23, 2014
    Portland, OR
    Had a '97 American Standard, I bought new. Great guitar...as usual, should have kept it!
     
  12. revtime

    revtime Strat-Talker

    256
    Jun 17, 2014
    kansas
    I have a 2000 roadhouse in Shoreline Gold. Really great guitar.
    I paid 650 with case 2 years ago.
    They are nice.
     
  13. wrvond

    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 22, 2011
    West Virginia
    I've got a neck from 1991, a neck from 2011, and several in between. Except for the number of string trees, they all look the same to me. Same for the bodies. Different routs, but all look the same with pick guards on.

    Three to four years ago, $700.00 USD was average price for an excellent condition MIA. Now they are getting closer to $900.00 USD.
    If you can get it for 600.00 great, but I wouldn't let it get away for 700.
     
  14. r.llc

    r.llc New Member!

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    Mar 24, 2015
    LOUISIANA
  15. Musicman2242

    Musicman2242 Strat-Talk Member

    90
    Jul 22, 2012
    Canada
    Guitar looks really nice and IMO $700 is a really good deal, I'd grab that quick
     
  16. swjake83

    swjake83 Strat-Talker

    277
    May 9, 2010
    SEC country!
    I've had 2 '99 Mia strats. Sold one, kept other and will never sell. It's amazing. As was the other just didn't dig it as much. The necks on both were flawless. I agree with above comment, late 90's early 00's are great guitars. my inca silver Mia standard will be passed on when I'm gone. (The other was a Mia roadhouse. Just didn't like the poplar body and tex specials)
     
  17. nadzab

    nadzab So many guitars, so little time... Strat-Talk Supporter

    Same here...CAR '97 Am. Standard. Wish I'd kept it.
     
  18. r.llc

    r.llc New Member!

    7
    Mar 24, 2015
    LOUISIANA
    Thanks for all of the help. I brought it home today for $700, plays like a dream
    even though the age of the strings is unknown (might be originals).
     
  19. Percy

    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    If ya want different shaped head stocks and boxy body horns you should see my 79 strat........
     
  20. Percy

    Percy Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Good on ya r.llc....Very nice strat...I have a 79 all black.........