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  1. jonathanbarton9

    jonathanbarton9 New Member!

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    A local guy is selling this for $130...I have never seen this type of neck and all markings are gone. It seems as though it is a fender strat neck that has been sanded with some sort of stain on it. OR maybe it's just a bad picture lol. Either way seems to be pieced together. My question is whether or not the body is worth it - Looks like alder maybe? 3 to four pieces??

    What are yall's thoughts?

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  3. jonathanbarton9

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    Thanks, I was trying to figure out how to load the pictures within the post but I guess it just linked them. Sorry.
     
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    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

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    That is not a genuine Fender.
     
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    The guitar is a cheapo bottom of the line Squier Bullet with the logo removed.....not worth $130 by a long shot, it was that much or even less new.....

    The body is thin and made of basswood - about 1.5" thickness
     
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    Thank you for the info! How can you tell the body is made from basswood out of curiosity so I can keep my eyes out in the future?
     
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    That guitar ll bring you good tones and..coronavirus....
     
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    I can tell because of how the grain looks, and because of all the other giveaways that it's not a Fender......and all the specs point me to know what model it truly is.....

    FIRST GIVEAWAY is the neck plate that says SQUIER on it clearly.....then.....

    - very small shaft tuners with no split in the top of the shaft = cheap trapezoid tuners
    - string trees are very hard V shaped and wide and obviously import, if you know what to look for (asian)
    - bare hole in the wood with no liner where the truss rod access is at the headstock end (Mexico fender would be black plastic, USA would be walnut with a very small hole)
    - beveled thick 1 ply white pickguard
    - wide pre-1963 Fender 12th fret dot spacing, which most USA or Mexico models wouldn't have

    If you know how to memorize what to look for, you will learn to spot fakes very easily....and be able to identify what they really are.....

    This isn't something everyone can do either - you might have to keep asking each time and posting pics for us, and slowly you'll start to 'get it'
     
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    This is amazing info; thanks a ton because I'm trying to learn to spot this stuff and ALL the details help!
     
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    Just wanted to say welcome to strat talk lots of really great people on here :)
     
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    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yeah.. we know how to spot a bargain.. :D
     
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    I agree, not worth $130 - even it it weren't missing several parts...



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    Don't they have garbage pickup in your neighborhood?
     
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    +1 likely Squier based on the headstock features.
    the pickguard has the screw pattern of a MIA/MIM, but single ply. Thus, quite possible there is an upgraded, loaded, pickguard there. But you'd have to see pictures of the body cavity and the back of the pickguard to know for sure.

    Some of the Squier Bullet bodies are thicker, MIC saw thick and thin.

    Possible it's a "Starcaster By Fender" MIC model and those are quite nice with chunky necks and full thickness bodies. Newer MIIs are skinny and thin just like the Squiers. If priced low, I'll buy the Starcasters.

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    ST's doubler...
     
  16. Guitarmageddon

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    Can't be a Starcaster, wrong tuners - has to be only a Bullet, can't be anything else. Squier commonly uses MIM/MIA modern 11 hole pickguard pattern - in fact it's more common than the other 8 hole....

    Bullets haven't been full thickness since the 1990s.....

    it's made in China.....pre-1963 fret dot spacing (12th) and no truss rod hole surround/liner.....
     
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    Dude...aint nobody got their $#!+ together like you on this stuff.
    I've learned a ton from you
    Thankx
     
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