1996 Tex-Mex Stratocaster - precursor to Jimmy Vaugh Sig

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    Thought I'd post a neat eBay find. This is a 1996 Tex Mex which from this web site was described as the precursor to the Jimmy Vaugh Signature model. [Thanks to Bob Leggitt] The Fender Tex-Mex Strat 1996 to 1997 | Planet Botch

    in keeping with Jimmie Vaughan’s suggestion, the frets were cut from jumbo wire, rather than the slim, traditional stock. Other than that, though, these guitars were patterned very similarly to Vintage Reissues. Vintage type vibrato bridge – looking suspiciously like an MIA component (because of the converse double-stamping of the word ‘FENDER’ on the saddles), pre-CBS style Kluson copy tuners, staggered alnico poles poking out above the pickup covers…

    Without constant reference to Jimmie Vaughan, the Tex-Mex was just another hybrid guitar with a slightly brash tone and compromises in build which didn’t really seem justified at the price. In 1997, the relationship between Jimmie Vaughan and the Tex-Mex Strat was thus made official, and after some minor changes the guitar became a Jimmie Vaughan signature model. It made sense to properly link the Strat to Vaughan. The signature finally gave the instrument an identity within the mass of products. An identity without which it probably wouldn’t have survived.


    There are several differences between this and the Vaugh Sig. Most significantly is the rosewood neck which is not 1 11/16" per Fender specs, but does have med-jumbo frets. (Disappointed in that. . .) The pickguard uses 11 screws. No "Deluxe Contour" decal and the neck profile is a standard C shape measuring 0.80" at the first fret in thickness.

    The Vintage White finish has the benefit of 18 years of sun to darken it a bit. Or it could be cigarette staining as the color under the pickguard is actually darker, but under the neck plate where it was air tight, it's a noticeably lighter shade of yellow.

    No extra screws in the bridge pickup bobbin either.

    Can anyone confirm that part about the "Fender" logo on the saddles? They're not embossed parallel as they are on MIM bridges. Always wanted a Vintage White body and was planning to use this for a Clapton replica since the neck isn't a keeper. It's in really good shape with just two dents in the back, the usual pic marks and very little fret wear. Doubtful if this is anything collectable, I dunno. . .

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    Specs courtesy of Paul @ Fender

    Tex-MexTM Stratocaster®
    Model Number: 013-7600-(Color#) and 013-7602-(Color#)
    Series: Special/Deluxe Series
    Body: Poplar
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Rosewood pn# (013-7600) or
    Maple pn# (013-7602), 9.5” 241/mm Radius
    Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver Frets
    Scale Length: 25.5” (648mm)
    Nut:* 1 11/16" (43mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Vintage Style
    Bridge: Vintage Style Tremolo
    Pickguard: 3-Ply White/Black/White
    Pickups: Tex-Mex Trio (Calibrated, overwound, single coils)
    Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade Switch
    Controls: Master Volume, Tone (Neck), Tone (Mid)
    Colors: (306) Black, (341) Vintage White, (372) Sonic Blue, (309) Candy Apple Red, (332)* 2-Color Sunburst add $50.00,(Polyester Finish)
    Other Features: Models produced in 1996 will have 50th anniversary sticker on the headstock.
    Source: Mexico
    Accessories: Deluxe Fender Gig Bag
    U.S. MSRP: $599.99
    INTRODUCED: 1996
    DISCONTINUED: 1997
     
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