‘88 American search of a lifetime

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  1. Ben Decko

    Ben Decko Strat-Talk Member

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    Because I want to be cool...I have an ‘88 Strat with a unique color, but I am on a specific quest. I am looking for an ‘88 Strat with the serial number directly before or after the one I own now.

    Does anyone here own guitars with consecutive serial numbers? To me, that would be the coolest thing ever. Incidentally if you have an ‘88 I am looking for numbers ending in 70 or 71
     
  2. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member

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    what is the whole serial number?
     
  3. Ben Decko

    Ben Decko Strat-Talk Member

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    Do we do that here?

    I mean, I’ve had it for 25 years so concerns about theft claims have most likely come and gone
     
  4. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    My math is a bit rusty.
    What number might fall between 70 and 71 ?
     
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    heavypic Strat-Talk Member

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    OP - I have an '88 American Strat in Tanqueray Green. It was won by my then father-in-law in a Tanqueray Gin contest drawing, and later sold to me. Love the guitar/pickups/Delta-Tone pot. My only complaint is the skinny stock neck. Once the frets wore out, I replaced it with a Warmoth Strat neck with a '59 Roundback neck profile. It's among the 'first string' of all my players. Hope to be buried with it and my other favorites...LOL!!
     
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    Paperback Rocker Do it or screw it.

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    Good luck with that
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    Guessing xxxxxxxxxxx70.5 ?
     
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  8. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Papa Americano Silver Member

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    Which series?
    I have an '88 AV series ending in 40
     
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    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Pics or it never happened.
     
  10. ibdrkn1

    ibdrkn1 Strat-O-Master

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    They changed math a few years ago.

    I'm not sure how it works anymore.
     
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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member

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    I think they switched to to metric system...so who knows
     
  12. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    That's going to be a tough quest, given that sequential serial numbers may not even be the same model.
    You could be asking for a bass or Tele, and given how inventory was handled, a sequential serial number may not have even been built the same month as yours.

    Unless you're looking at something from the Custom Shop or some other special run like the AVRI series, you may not find what you want to find, even if you find what you are asking for.
     
  13. Jethro1972

    Jethro1972 Talentless Hack Silver Member

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    Nothing ventured, nothing gained.... It is an likely to be a fruitless search but, if this is your goal, you are at least making an effort. Good luck!
    My oldest strat is a 91 so I cannot be of any help.
     
  14. Paignton boy

    Paignton boy Strat-Talk Member

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    It’s pronounced maths speak English boy.
     
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    Paignton boy Strat-Talk Member

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    It’s pronounced maths speak English boy.
     
  16. Nick L Plate

    Nick L Plate Strat-Talk Member

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    That's an interesting, strange goal. Considering Fender spews out guitars assembled from vast batches of parts, I don't see what meaning or difference sequence makes. It's more like serial numbers on kitchen appliances than serial numbers on Les Pauls.
     
  17. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Negative... Not in the US.
    We have "math class" and we study "math"
     
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    BuddhaFingas Strat-O-Master Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure IF it works anymore.
     
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    Is this like "The Price is Right"? I got one pretty close, within 40.
     
  20. Ben Decko

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    I’m dumb. It ends in 69 (huh, huh, huh). Therefore I’d need 68 or 70.