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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Steve!, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Steve!

    Steve! Strat-Talker

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    Hey folks,

    I bought this lovely Fender MIJ Strat and I would love to try and get a bit more info about it as I cant match it up to anything in the 94 catalog. It has a three piece alder body, steel block, alnico pickups with wax wire and mini pots. The neck pocket states ST-57A ALD (which I guess means alder) and the neck has a very faint ST-57. however all the ST-57 models I have seen have a second number based on their cost in yen. The specs dont seem to match up to any particular model and from what I can tell its all original....in fact its near immaculate and has been left in a case for the last 20 years.

    Any help you guys can give would be awesome!
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  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Canada Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Easy peasy! It's from 1993/94 and has Fender Japan Texas Special pickups in it.....stock...

    Your pots don't look to be mini sized, they look to be full size flat bottom Alpha type.

    Have you ever tried the nitro test? in a spot like one of the pickup routes touch a little acetone or finger nail polish remover to it....with a q-tip....if the finish dissolves at all it's a nitro/lacquer finish and was the ST-57-110 for 110,000 yen back then....

    If the finish is not nitro/lacquer it's probably an ST-57-80TX and was 80,000 yen....
     
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  3. Steve!

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    Hey, thanks for the response! They are definitely mini pots, perhaps the angle is bad but they are way smaller than the cts pots I have waiting to go into it haha! I have tried the nitro check and its a poly finish.
     
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    Alpha are smaller than CTS....but not like half the size.....more like about 80% of the size....
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    They are mini pots. It's a very nice looking guitar.
     
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    Guitarmageddon Canada Strat-Talk Supporter

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    My eyes suck lately lol
     
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    Thats a very nice guitar. Congrats for finding it.
     
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    Yup, you've done very well there.
    I noticed in the pic of the neck pocket, there seems to be some metal concave plate to which the heel of the neck ends been stuck to.
    Is that to increase sustain?
     
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    It's your eyes playing tricks, an optical illusion.
     
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    Just once I’d like to come across one of these.
     
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    Beatiful guitar! The neck is very similar to my 89-90 MIJ ST57. Great guitars.
     
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