OK,just to wrap this up once and for all... Take a closer look at the pics of the "Standard Strat" with the USA branding that I posted originally one page 1, (reposted here below)... and compare them to pics of a very early serial number 1990 Made in Mexico. Unquestionably identical features on them, from the tuners, to the string tree, to the body and headstock shapes, trem cover, pickups, bridge and saddles, etc. etc. The USA branded 1989 Standard Strat (Not to be confused with an AMERICAN Standard) was actually the same guitar that would be introduced as the "new" Made in Mexico Standard Strat in 1990. First, let's compare headstocks... 1989 Standard Strat (USA) : Compared to the 1990 Standard Strat (Mexico): As you can easily see, they are identical aside from the country of origin markings and serial numbers.