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American Standard 2010 serial Number doubt

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by NachoRC90, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. NachoRC90

    NachoRC90 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    27
    49
    Sep 26, 2010
    Argentina
    Hi guys! how are you? i hope you're well. Today i bought a brand new American Standard from a seller who bought it in Guitar Center, im from Argentina. The guitar sounds and plays beautifully, it's a gem and i really like the new features of the 2008 upgrade, but i have a little doubt about the serial number: it'll start with the "10" (the entire serial number is 10031373) prefix and no letter at all (i have seen some 2010 with the "US" prefix).

    The guitar has the 22 frets, 2 point tremolo, delta tone, etc. it's Olympic White with rosewood fretboard and has the original case with the check paper, etc. but i would like to know what's the deal with this prefix to know if my guitar is authentic.

    Thank you in advance and best regards!
     

  2. miurasv

    miurasv Strat-O-Master

    581
    Dec 1, 2010
    UK
    A 2010 US Standard Strat shouldn't have a 2 Point Tremelo. Actually, I'm wrong it does.
     

  3. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    52
    586
    Sep 10, 2010
    Dallas TX
    No worries, your guitar is legit. Per Fender's website:

    Yes they should, they did, and do. You are probably thinking of the American Special, which is like a Highway One, with the traditional 6-screw tremolo. American Standards still come with the 2 point tremolo.
     

  4. NachoRC90

    NachoRC90 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    27
    49
    Sep 26, 2010
    Argentina
    Thank you very much JayFreddy, now i got some relief :D

    Best regards!
     

  5. NachoRC90

    NachoRC90 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    27
    49
    Sep 26, 2010
    Argentina
    Guys, i have a little doubt more, it's really silly, but i noticed that in my headstock it says "Made in U S A" instead of the " Made in U. S. A.", i mean my strat doesn't have the "." in between the letters, this could be cause the guitar is made in 2009, but it's that correct? could someone with a 2008/2009 american standard strat check this in his own headstock please?

    I know maybe i'm a lil bit paranoid, but this is my first brand new stratocaster and i want to be 100% sure of what i bought.

    Thank you very much and i'm really sorry to bother you with my silly questions.
     

  6. The Apostle

    The Apostle Strat-O-Master

    717
    Feb 15, 2011
    Adelaide, S.A.
    Even without photos, I say its legit as I have exactly the same guitar! Right down to the body colour and neckwood and same style serial number. Mine is 10029XXX. According to Fender, mine was "made" on the 14th of June 2010.

    Front of headstock should be gloss with "Fender Stratocaster", "Made In U.S.A." and the "original contour body" decals. Note dots in between U.S.A..

    Rear of headstock should be satin with serial number in the middle. It should have both "serial" and then "number" underneath it (both in bold) and then a 8 digit serial number. The last 6 digits are slightly smaller and bolder than the first 2 digits.

    Also your neck should have a skunk stripe and a "Fender, Corona, California" stamped neck plate.

    Does yours look like that?

    Here's what Fender sent me regarding my Stratocaster:

    Date: 6/14/2010
    Model Name: American Standard Stratocaster®
    Model Number: 011-0400-(Color #) and 011-0402-(Color #)
    Series: American Standard Series
    Body: Alder on:
    (700) 3-Color Sunburst,
    (705) Olympic White,
    (706) Black,
    (712) Candy Cola,
    (755) Blizzard Pearl,
    (769) Charcoal Frost Metallic,
    Ash on:
    (747)** Sienna Sunburst, **add $100.00 for Special Wood Requirements,
    Neck: Maple, Modern “C” Shape,
    (Gloss Headstock Face with Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck)
    Fingerboard: Rosewood (P/N 011-0400) or Maple (P/N 011-0402), 9.5” Radius (241 mm)
    No. of Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
    Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
    Width @ Nut: 1.685” (42.8 mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Fender® Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
    Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with New American Standard Bent Steel Saddles
    Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
    Pickups: 3 American Strat® Single-Coil Pickups
    Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade:
    Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
    Position 3. Middle Pickup
    Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
    Position 5. Neck Pickup
    Controls: Master Volume,
    Tone 1. (Neck Pickup),
    Tone 2. Delta ToneTM
    (“Delta Tone” system includes high output bridge pickup and special No-Load tone control for Middle and Bridge Pickups)
    Colors: (700) 3-Color Sunburst,
    (705) Olympic White,
    (706) Black,
    (712) Candy Cola,
    (747)** Sienna Sunburst, (Ash Body),**add $100.00 for Special Wood Requirements,
    (755) Blizzard Pearl,
    (769) Charcoal Frost Metallic,
    (Urethane Finish)
    Strings: Fender® Standard Tension™ Bullet ST3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042), p/n 073-3250-203
    Unique Features: New Bent Steel Saddles with Elongated String Slots,
    Copper Infused High Mass 100% Metal Bridge Block,
    Thinner Undercoat Finish for Improved Body Resonance,
    Tinted Neck,
    Maple Fingerboard Neck: Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Front;
    Rosewood Fingerboard Neck: Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Headstock Front with Buffed Fingerboard,
    4-Bolt Neck Attachment with Micro-Tilt™ Adjustment,
    Bi-Flex Truss Rod System,
    Parchment Knobs and Pickup Covers,
    Rolled Fretboard Edges,
    Staggered Tuning Keys,
    H/S/H Pickup Routing,
    New Molded Fender/SKB Case with TSA Locks, Glass Reinforced Nylon Trigger Latches, and Form Fitted Plush Interior
    Source: U.S.
    Accessories: Fender/SKB® Case, Cable, Strap, Polishing Cloth
    U.S. MSRP: $1,299.99, $1,399.99, **(747)
    NOTICE: Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice
    INTRODUCED: 1/2008
    DISCONTINUED:
    DISCONTINUED COLORS:
    COMMENTS: Uses Case P/N 0996101506,
    MSRP Price drop from $1,590.00 to $1,299.99 in 1/2010, No upcharge for Sunburst
    WRENCH SIZES: Truss Rod/Tilt Adjustment Wrench, (1/8” Hex), P/N 0023811000,
    Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench, (.050” Hex), P/N 0018531000
     

  7. NachoRC90

    NachoRC90 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    27
    49
    Sep 26, 2010
    Argentina
    It's EXACTLY like that, every detail but the dots in between U .S .A., just U S A, but it's exactly like that. What could it be this?
     

  8. stratphobic

    stratphobic -----------------------

    Age:
    28
    Jan 14, 2011
    Fort Smith, Arkansas
    if you're really worried, you could always shoot fender an email
     

  9. The Apostle

    The Apostle Strat-O-Master

    717
    Feb 15, 2011
    Adelaide, S.A.
    There's definitely dots inbetween U S A on mine. Maybe get a magnifying glass to see them as they are really small.
     

  10. NachoRC90

    NachoRC90 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    27
    49
    Sep 26, 2010
    Argentina
    I'm emailing Fender about this dot thing, i gues i'll wait till they have an answer to me.
     

  11. The Apostle

    The Apostle Strat-O-Master

    717
    Feb 15, 2011
    Adelaide, S.A.
    They should be able to tell you the date "made" and what fender guitar it is from the serial number.
     

  12. NachoRC90

    NachoRC90 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    27
    49
    Sep 26, 2010
    Argentina
    I'm pretty sure it's legit, but i have the doubt about the dots, any help here guys? i emailed Fender but they will take a few days to answer for sure.

    Thanks in advance.
     

  13. Vintage59

    Vintage59 Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Lost Angeles
    My advice is patience if you've emailed Fender. This sounds like much to do about nothing...
     

  14. miurasv

    miurasv Strat-O-Master

    581
    Dec 1, 2010
    UK
    Email a pic of the U S A bit on your guitar to Fender too and see what they say.
     

  15. NachoRC90

    NachoRC90 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    27
    49
    Sep 26, 2010
    Argentina

  16. The Apostle

    The Apostle Strat-O-Master

    717
    Feb 15, 2011
    Adelaide, S.A.
    Definitely legit! Exactly the same as mine right down to the small "CE" and rubbish bin stickers on the neck plate!
     

  17. NachoRC90

    NachoRC90 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    27
    49
    Sep 26, 2010
    Argentina
    Yes :D it's totally legit! i remove the neck and finally i can rest:

    ImageShack Album - 3 images

    You can see the body and neck stamps are correct (i think so).

    Guys, i wanna thank you all for your help, it's my first new am std and i was really worried about counterfeits, but now i got relief and will play the hell out of this geetar :D
    Mistery solved!

    Cheers and best regards!
     

  18. 56Pboy

    56Pboy Strat-O-Master

    531
    Oct 7, 2010
    Omaha Nebraska
    Congrats on your new Strat. I'm also glad you are now confident that you have a genuine American Standard Strat. I was going to say that if it wasn't, the Chinese counterfeiters have gotten amazingly good as of late.;)
     

  19. Actionman

    Actionman New Member!

    6
    Aug 2, 2012
    Campbellton, NB
    Same paranoia...lol
    Completely different guitar but same concern and now I to can rest easy.
    Thanks guys