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  1. blocher65

    blocher65 Strat-Talk Member

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    I have a Lefty Flame Maple Strat. Which is rare, from what I hear from some people in the know.

    Its a '97. It has had some work done to it. New pickups, push pull knobs, etc. But my problem is its a flame maple body, and I'm pretty sure its not a Foto flame. Pics show the guitar.

    Its not a DX, the neck says a standard American made.

    Anybody know a ting about this?

    It plays great and sounds great. I love it. Being a lefty its hard to find a nice guitar, albeit a rare one.
     

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  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier Freak Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It's not a fotoflame, it's a Fender USA 1997 American Standard with a flame top and back.....I've seen them on Teles and Strats, not as common as regular sunburst but they exist.....
     
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  3. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    I dont recall an American standard coming with a flame top.
    Fender serial states it's a brown burst body.
    Would need more pictures of the insides of the body with pic guard off to confirm if its original or not.

    1996 50th anniversary models had a flame top but was a limited run of 2500 and the serial format was different
     
  4. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier Freak Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I did check the Fender serial site and got the same results....however.....look at this Tele from the same year, not a 1996 limited model either...and flame....

    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/fender-standard-telecaster-usa-97-267812459
     
  5. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    John C Senior Stratmaster

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    Agreed - you can't rely on the online lookup for oddball things. I don't remember American Standards with flame tops in 1997, but you just never know about FSR models. Running the serial number through customer service is about the only way to get more info on FSRs.
     
  7. blocher65

    blocher65 Strat-Talk Member

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    this is great. Thanks for the info. I know NOTHING about Fender guitars, only that I love to play them, lol.

    Next Time I change the strings I'll take a look inside. Thanks for the info. If it weren't for guys with your knowledge I'd be stumped.
     
  8. blocher65

    blocher65 Strat-Talk Member

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    Whats an FSR?
     
  9. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier Freak Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Factory Special Run or Fender Special Run, guitars made to order by a large retailer like Guitar Center.....

    I would send your serial number to consumerrelations@fender.com they can give you a full spec sheet on what your guitar is....
     
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    Fuzzy Sock Rabbit. Nah just joking, it's Fender Special Run
     
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  11. qblue

    qblue Senior Stratmaster

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    That is likely a Maple cap over an alder body, uncommon, but not anymore common than a lefty Strat. There are always FSR's lurking in all Fender eras. The 1990 Strat Ultra I have has a maple cap or veneer, or whatever you want to call it. It might be a special order due to the lefty status of the guitar.

    I think Foto Flames involved the neck to give an appearance of flame in the necks
     
  12. Nubs

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    Very interesting guitar you have there. I don't recall seeing an MIA lefty with a flame top before. A few years ago, they had the Strat Plus Top in 2 different models (cherry burst w/ maple neck & tobacco burst w/ rosewood neck) but those were MIMs.

    If/when you find more info, please share. I'm very curious about this now.

    Thanks & nice Strat!
     
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    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    No, they had flamed tops. I don’t recall the back or the neck though. It could be a veneer. Back in the nineties some models had a veneer. I know they did it on the Mexican ones, but I don’t know about MIA though.
     
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    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

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    I still have a 1997 American Standard. It started its life as a two tone Sunburst.. veneered back and front. Five piece Poplar body too.. :eek:
     
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    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    I had an 82 Strat that had a five piece body, and they didn’t even try to hide it.
     
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    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    On my old Bird amp it was F*****g S****y Reverb..............
     
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    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    Why do they never make multi piece bodies with the joins top to bottom rather than parallel with the strings? It would make smaller pieces useable.
     
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  18. Mr Dunlop

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    I ran a serial for a guitar I was thinking about buying and ran the ops serial.

    Fender confirmed the body should be alder finished in brownburst.
     
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    or make em out of particle board
     
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    I can only help if you are at a LOS.
     
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