Anybody recognize these markings on a Strat neck?

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  1. dadkeller

    dadkeller New Member!

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    I recently purchased a "frankenstrat" from a local guitar store. I'm using it to improve my skills on doing setups, replacing/cleaning hardware, etc. (Yes, I like working on guitars...).

    There is not a serial number anywhere to be found on the guitar. However, I did find a signature on the base of the neck and a sticker on the plate (pictures attached). Anyone recognize any of these? The guitar dealer thinks that the sticker was commonly found on 1990's MIJ guitars but I thought that I would share to see if anyone has seen these before. Thanks!
     

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    Welcome to the forum! I can tell you one thing - it's not made by Fender at all. The neck plate shape and hole distances aren't right.....

    Did you think it's a Fender or something else???

    It looks like the neck plate from a 70s/80s Strat knockoff....

    Do you have more shots of the whole guitar including headstock?
     
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    It looks very 1970s Matsumoku Strat copy to me.
     
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    the neck plate definitely is not an original Fender.. which means. . .

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    Hi, first thanks for all of the prompt replies. This is great!

    I'm pretty sure that this guitar was made by someone who wanted to build their own strat copy (which is admirable...maybe a "labor of love" or something). I just found the signature on the neck interesting. Attached are photos of the guitar and headstock. I got the guitar for next to nothing and all of the electronics work. So, now this becomes my project! I think this will be fun! Thanks again.
     

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    It's a modified 70s to early 80s El Degas......made in Japan......

    https://reverb.com/uk/item/814794-el-degas-strat-style-1981-3-tone-sunburst
     
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    Mystery solved! Thanks again to all. I do appreciate it.
     
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    I'd say it's a de-logo'd Hondo II, which would be mid 70's and made in Korea. Hondo was a US-owned brand that pioneered production of low-cost guitars in Korea.

    This guitar is for sale on Reverb right now and as far as I can see it matches yours detail by detail, but it still has the logo in place. It's also possible that yours never had a logo and was imported directly from the Korean manufacturer (Samick in this case, I believe) by some other company. But it seems to be an identical guitar.

    https://reverb.com/uk/item/23226357...st-compensated-bridge-maple-neck-vintage-cool