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Value of a 1995 MIM?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Fatneck, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Fatneck

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    Hi there,

    I've got a question for you all about the value of a 1995 MIM Strat I'm planning to sell.

    Unfortunately I'm pretty ignorant of most of its specs so can't give too much detail; the serial number is MN5177463, I'm fairly sure that it is an American Standard (I was told by someone that it could be a '62 reissue, but I don't think they were making those in Mexico back in the '90s). The neck is a slim C profile that tapers down rather narrowly at the nut. Everything on it is stock.

    Cosmetically, it is very good - the finish is a glossy Candy Cola Red (possibly Candy Apple Red, not 100% sure). It has a 3-ply pickguard which has scratch marks on it from natural play wear. Other than that, it looks great.

    Any ideas on what this fetches on the market these days? I saw a guitar at a shop recently that was identical except for the colour, and it was one year older, which was selling for $699 (Canadian). It also had significantly more cosmetic damage as well... Does this price range seem reasonable??

    Thanks a lot for your input - Mike
     
  2. sjtalon

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    >I'm fairly sure that it is an American Standard ...............serial number is MN5177463<

    That wouldn't be made in the USA

    >value of a 1995 MIM Strat <


    worth about $250 American
     
  3. peskypesky

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    $250-350 is what i usually see them going for. usually $300.
     
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  5. DTh213

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    hey i have the same guitar 95 mim strat -red. my guitar has no fretboard - is that normal - or rare for that matter - it has cheap hardware all around so i would assume that no fretboard we be the cheap route - but it plays really nice. any thoughts?
     
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    That is about the same as here (Austin, TX). Prices vary by geography...
     
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    "M" serial = "Mexico". Not American Standard. It is a Standard Stratocaster.

    If in decent condition, $225 - 275 USD. I saw a decent one on Craigslist today in southern Cal for $225. It will sell quick. The guys that are asking north of $300 are going to be camping for a while unless we're talking w/HSC and/or nice upgrades or a MIM special issue like those Classic 50's.
     
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    No fretboard?? Uhh....that would be pretty unusual. How can you play a guitar with no fretboard??
     
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    :D......
     
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    Very carefully! ;)
     
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    I REALLY need to see a picture of this no fretboard guitar.
     
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    I think he means that it doesn't have a rosewood fret board. Being that the board is most likely (at least I hope) maple, the maple board and maple neck seem to be one.

    We know in reality even if it is a maple board it is still a separate piece of wood.


    I'm pretty sure that is what DTH meant.
     
  14. LeftyBlake

    LeftyBlake Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Both my CIJ and MIM are one piece necks.
     
  15. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The $250-$300 MIM guitars that I've seen lately were made in 2007, 2008 and in minty condition.

    Most 15 year-old MIM's are much closer to $200 in my book. If a nice hard case is in the mix, higher.
     
  16. DTh213

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    yeah it has frets and inlays- if it is a seperate fret board, they did a crazy job of blending it in. the neck and (fret board) seriously look like one piece, you cant see a line in between them anywhere. just seems weird to me that they would spend that much effort on it because the guitar is on the cheaper side - plastic tuning keys, came with ****ty pickups etc. does anyone else have a neck like this? i will try to get some pics up when i have a minute.
     
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    so the fretboard is actually part of the neck, not made seperate and glued on right? are a lot of strats like that?
     
  18. Yogi

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    Its just a one piece maple neck. Thats the way original 50s Fenders were done and how Fender Currently does maple necks. Just because it doesn't have a seperate fretboard doesn't mean it doesn't have one. The surface where the frets are applied is just called the fretboard.

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    Now this makes much more sense...the previous statement really left me wondering. It would have been clearer to say that there was no apparent lamination.
     
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    thanks for the info. sorry to confuse anyone. do they make a lot of strats like that?
     
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    As Yogi said, that's the way Strats were made back in the 50s, & the current method for maple boards. I believe that the CBS-era maple boards were 2 piece, just like the rosewood fretboards.
     

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