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Strange USA Strat serial number font??

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by guitarman1984, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 24, 2013
    Italy
    Have you ever seen a similar font?
    This is supposed to be a 1999 American Series Standard stratocaster.
    IMG_20170913_114205.png
     

  2. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR Strat-O-Master

    639
    Feb 8, 2014
    Minnesota USA
    I've never seen that...
     

  3. Yogi

    Yogi Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    30
    Jan 21, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    I agree the font looks weird, but we need to see the rest of the guitar
     

  4. tealsixtysix

    tealsixtysix Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 30, 2015
    Massachusetts USA
    I might remember seeing a (legit) Fender with its serial number in that font. It rings a dim bell, but I can't place it right now. Can we see more photos of the guitar itself?
     

  5. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter Vendor Member

    Age:
    44
    Oct 4, 2008
    Stratford,Ontario
    It does look non-typical, but Fender does occasionally do something non-typical, so it would be interesting to see the rest of the guitar.
     

  6. balston11

    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 8, 2013
    Preston UK
    I think I may have seen that before also, but yes more pics please.
     

  7. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member

    May 10, 2012
    stamford, CT
    I would run the other way
     

  8. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    Some kind of fontophobia? Get help!
     

  9. VanWhelan

    VanWhelan Strat-Talk Member

    42
    Oct 24, 2011
    Roswell, GA, USA
    never seen Fender use a font like that, especially on a USA-made guitar. I'd be skeptical
     

  10. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 24, 2013
    Italy
    Is it allowed to post the bay auction?
    It is not mine of course...
     

  11. vid1900

    vid1900 Strat-O-Master

    858
    Nov 25, 2016
    USA
    Post it.

    If someone here ends up buying it, ST gets a commission (that's a good thing).
     

  12. Inverness

    Inverness Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 24, 2013
    Salt Lake City
    Serial should be up on the ball for American Series, shouldn't it?
     
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  13. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    PLEASE share the auction link - i cannot find it at all on the ebay italy site and it's driving me crazy to know if this is real or fake...
     
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  14. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 24, 2013
    Italy
    http://www.ebay.it/itm/112557636336
     

  15. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 24, 2013
    Italy
    All seems legit to me except for the serial font...
     

  16. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Looks kind of legit to me, the headstock shape is a little weird...never seen that font before....if you're interested in buying I would contact consumerrelations@fender.com and see what that serial number is supposed to be - you could send them pics too.
     
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  17. Ebidis

    Ebidis Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    50
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    Looks like the normal '90s era "pregnant" headstock shape to me.

    I think it's legit.
     
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  18. Inverness

    Inverness Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 24, 2013
    Salt Lake City
    The finish on that neck looks suspect, even with the age. Grain isn't filled on the walnut and looks uneven to me.
     
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  19. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 24, 2013
    Italy
    Mail sent.
     

  20. tealsixtysix

    tealsixtysix Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 30, 2015
    Massachusetts USA
    It's a legit 1999 color, Aqua Marine Metallic. Hardware looks right.

    Is it possible that it's a legit guitar that had its neck replaced, maybe under warranty?
     
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