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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by YALCaster, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. YALCaster

    YALCaster Strat-Talker

    Age:
    19
    289
    Mar 14, 2017
    America
    Something seems off about this Strat, and I'm not sure what it is. Anyone care to chime in?

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  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    It looks like a Bitzacaster to me. Bitza this and bitza that.
     
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  3. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    Mexican neck for sure, maybe body but the rear cover middle screws look more MIA to me. Maybe there is an MIM model that has the middle screws offset. Wrong knobs. Neck plate has something (serial number?) stamped there.
     

  4. YALCaster

    YALCaster Strat-Talker

    Age:
    19
    289
    Mar 14, 2017
    America
    The horns look off to me, maybe it's just me.
     

  5. Kosh

    Kosh Strat-Talker

    256
    Jan 11, 2016
    Wisconsin
    Body contour looks bizarre too.
     
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  6. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer

    Sep 18, 2014
    Victoria TX
    It's not just you. Reminds me of one of Dali's clocks.
     
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  7. Uncle Fiesta

    Uncle Fiesta Senior Stratmaster

    Whatever it is it's going to sound pretty awful with the bridge saddles all in a straight line like that.
     
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  8. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    31
    Sep 24, 2013
    Montevideo
    Body contour is wrong. And the bridge has the cheapest squier saddles I can think of.

    I got fooled when I got my first fender strat. It was a cheap squier body with a MIM neck. So, I know lol.
     

  9. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    31
    Sep 24, 2013
    Montevideo
    Also the string tree is not correct I guess...
     
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  10. John C

    John C Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 17, 2012
    Kansas City
    Who knows what body/electronics/bridge, MIM Standard neck with a replacement round string tree.
     

  11. YALCaster

    YALCaster Strat-Talker

    Age:
    19
    289
    Mar 14, 2017
    America
    It almost makes me want to contact the seller to say something, I would hope he's not intentionally selling a sham!
     

  12. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    the neck is a 2006 mim and someone has replaced the string tree.
    i dont think the body is a fender.....probably a squier.
     

  13. Ash-Man

    Ash-Man Senior Stratmaster

    That's REALLY fake, yikes!
     

  14. Yogi

    Yogi Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    30
    Jan 21, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Almost all MIMs have offset screws. Only the early MN0 models have parallel maybe the mim squiers too, but any modern mim made in the last 20 years or so should have them
     
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  15. Lonn

    Lonn Administrator Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 6, 2014
    In the shadows
    Admin Post
    Fake neck plate as well.
     
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  16. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

    Age:
    51
    May 7, 2014
    UK
    Early to mid 50s style. Probably just liked the look of it.
     

  17. spikypaddy

    spikypaddy Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 7, 2011
    Devon, UK
    As others have said, neck looks legit MIM, albeit with a replacement 50s style string tree instead of the standard butterfly one. Top horn definitely looks wrong, bridge looks too cheap for MIM and (hard to tell for sure whether or not it could just be shadow) on my phone it looks like the neck plate has a plastic/rubber washer as found on some of the Esp Ltd range and other far eastern made bolt ons.
     

  18. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    I thought the neck plate had the gasket as well.
     

  19. Yves

    Yves Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 2, 2016
    London
    Unlicensed production