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Locking trem question on Japanese 80's guitarz

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by bloomz, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. bloomz

    bloomz Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 17, 2012
    yer mom's house
    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?
     
  2. blasphemoustrat

    blasphemoustrat Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Pa
  3. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    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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  5. John C

    John C Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 17, 2012
    Kansas City
    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".
     
  6. blasphemoustrat

    blasphemoustrat Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Pa
    Yes, i would call that a 27-4300 model.
     
  7. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    56
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Great, 21 years after I sold it, I now know which model it was! :D
     
  8. blasphemoustrat

    blasphemoustrat Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Pa
    Lol :)......
     
  9. mutato

    mutato Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 10, 2007
    RI
  10. ntotoro

    ntotoro Strat-O-Master

    566
    Jul 3, 2012
    NoVa
    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... ;)

    Nick
     
  11. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    56
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    This seems to be the only pic I have of mine.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. ntotoro

    ntotoro Strat-O-Master

    566
    Jul 3, 2012
    NoVa
    That was the same color as my buddy's!

    Nick
     
  13. bloomz

    bloomz Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 17, 2012
    yer mom's house
    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
     
  14. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    56
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    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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