Can we agree that "MIM" is not a model?

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  1. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Can we agree that "MIM" doesn't designate a model of guitar? We'd have a hard time counting up all the models, in differing configurations, that have been produced in Mexico.

    Folks seek advice (what pickups?, what bridge?, what whatever?) for their "MIM." We're left to advise on what we assume the OP is assuming we assume. I know I could give better advice if I knew what model was being discussed.
     
  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    Same thing happens with 'my Squier' and 'my American Strat'
     
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    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Yes, all the time. Can't do much to help those folks except guess.

    Hey, I hope the temperature is tolerable, up there. It's wretched, down here.
     
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    94F here, feels like 102.....
     
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    DickBanks Strat-O-Master

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    It does convey a lot of information in those 3 letters, especially since Fender names many of the different strat models with essentially the same names.

    Fender Standard Stratocaster - MIM

    Fender American Standard Stratocaster - MIA
     
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    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    MIM only means Made in Mexico - it can be the Standard, or Roadworn, or Classic Series, or Blacktop, or any other model....

    MIA could be American Standard, American Pro, American Special, American Series, some special FSR edition, etc.....
     
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    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    ^^^ What @Guitarmageddon said. That's the point of my post. MIM, MIA, MIC, MIJ, etc. don't correspond to models, just countries of origin. It's hard to comment on someone's questions about an MIM, for instance, if we have to be mindreaders about the actual model.
     
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    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    Here's an example, maybe for those who don't quite know what we're referring to....

    If someone creates a thread and says "Hi! I just bought this MIM Strat and I want to upgrade the bridge, what bridge can I buy that will fit?' ....

    Well we have no idea, because if it's a Standard it's 2 1/16", if it's a Classic Series or Jimmie Vaughan it's 2 7/32" AVRI bridge.....all that info is needed, or photos....without it, it takes much longer to get the OP an answer to their question....
     
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    I just assume standard if someone says MIM.
     
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    When people say MIM they mean a standard series guitar, otherwise they stipulate what model talking about. I have no problem with the term MIM.
     
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    Nadnitram Most Honored Senior Member

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    Whoa, WHOA, WHOA!

    Since when do Canadians express temperature in F?
     
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    mad axe man Senior Stratmaster

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    YEP..ITS FRICKIN HOT...DOG WONT EVEN GO OUTSIDE TO PEE
     
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    You’re assuming they know anything about guitars . Not always the case.


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    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    Although, some generalize about MIM when discussing inexpensive guitars, I would like to point out that MIM 'signature' models are not!
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    When you look at a strat, the only thing to identify it to the average Joe is the "Made in Mexico" or "Made in USA" label.

    I know a bit, and I wouldn't be able to tell you which model of MiM it was. However I could tell you it's origin, what fretboard, tuners and bridge it has, the radius and size of frets, style of scratchplate, maybe the pickups and switching. Still wouldn't know what "series" it was according to Fender's marketing dept.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    It's just like deja vu all over again. (Yes, I went to TDPRI first, so sue me) I'll ask again...


    I have an MiM, how much is it worth?
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    Whatever someone will pay for it.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    What kind of answer is that? Are you sane? What are you doing here? :p
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    Well I took some time off because the insanity was getting to me. I'm back now on a mission to sanity...

    (Can't imagine it will last long, but I'm trying)
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Good luck with that. :)