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  1. swick

    swick New Member!

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    howdy folks

    I've been out of music for awhile since 1999 basically, but last year i got into playing harmonica and it led me to want to have some music gear again.

    I came across a used fender that i bought, and am wondering where its from.

    a local fender authorized service thought it was a nonUSA guitar center special, also i brought it over to guitar center who thought it was a partscaster with the neck coming from a different possibly older guitar.

    Strat body marked 1995/ pickguard marked 1995 with Texas custom shop pups and weird 5 way switch/ neck with older Schaller tuners maybe from a different year not 1995??

    any comments to help identify origin helpful/welcome
    I will upload the pictures tomorrow, don't have them
    on this device, my phone.

    thanks , steve
     
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    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Welcome. As you are already aware, nobody can identify anything without seeing decent pics, so post them here as soon as you can & I'm sure that someone will be able to help you.
     
  3. swick

    swick New Member!

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    heres the pictures
     

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    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I don't know what the hell that is! Pics are not very good - clear pics of the front & back of the headstock are always helpful for identification, but we don't have those. The switch looks cheap & nasty.
     
  5. swick

    swick New Member!

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    a few more
     

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    swick New Member!

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    Sorry about the mish mash of pictures

    I should probably examine the neck more closely and
    take pictures of the neck in case the fellow at guitar center
    is correct.

    Its possible somebody just had the old schaller tuners and just
    stuck em on and this neck might be 1995 also??

    But anyway the fellow at GC who is into strats in particular
    thought it might be a partscaster.
     
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    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Hmmm, so there is no indication of country of origin anywhere on it? Well you already knew it was a partscaster, so that's no great surprise. Could the neck be from a Fender Mexico Standard Strat? The black plastic truss rod hole insert is making me wonder that. Perhaps the body is from some sort of Squier?
     
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    It would be nice to see more of the bridge & saddles.
     
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    lights out lights out london!

    more tomorrow
     
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    Here's what I see:

    MIM neck (possible MIA label added, slightly off angle?) that originally shipped with trapezoid tuners.

    MIM body (crop circle)

    Squier controls (switch and pots)
    Possibly Squier trem or the thin MIM style used later.

    Upgraded MIA pickups with cold-solder at the back of the volume pot.

    Possible this could have been one of the 'Mexican made Squiers' during the 90s with a logo and pickup mod.

    I'd suggest swapping the switch and pots for oak-grigsby/crl and bourns/cts and the jack for Switchcraft and the guitar will run a lot better. Get a local pro to do a full setup and you'll have a great player.

    When you get sorted out all the bits you have on this guitar, make a note on a note card and slip it in the control cavity for you to remember later or the next guy you sell it to will have the history.

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    It looks like some some bits of Mexican and/or Korean Squier with a fake Fender decal.
     
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    I was thinking that myself when I bought it.
    I did OK because it came with an 80's case.
    I sold the case for $100 and had a pickguard
    made up for the guitar by EFEX electronics
    in Burien, but then I started playing a different
    guitar and lost interest.

    The pickguard I had made up is in the picture.

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    swick New Member!

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    What would be a fair price range
    for the partscaster as is??
    (without the new pickguard)

    Used Schallers $75
    Used Texas Specials $75
    Neck and body $75

    So maybe $200 - $250 ish

    Is that reasonable estimation??
     
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    I think those are the same pickups that they use in the Fender Mexico Standard Strat. Or did any Squiers also have the twin bar magnets on the base?
     
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    Looks like a 1995 MIM Fender Squier series that been rebadged to me.
    with newer Tuners and upgraded pickups.
    Id take the pickups in the guitar, put them in the other pickguard with the better quality pots and switch and use it that way.
    Good Luck however you go
     
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    Hate to say that you won't get much for a neck that has had its serial number removed. Serial number is one of the first things I (and most others) look for. I agree with putting the guitar's pickups in the loaded guard you are buying. The guitar you got comes with the same crummy electronics in the Squier loaded pickguard I bought to practice soldering on.
     
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    Welcome to Strat-Talk :)
     
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