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Fender Stratocaster 1990 MIJ 54 Reissue - opinions

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    I'd try and get the price down a bit, but if I couldn't it, wouldn't put me off. I love ST54s. Huge necks, tiny frets, did I mention I love them?
     
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    Cheers dude

    Do they have ceramic pickups, cheap electronics?. Or are we talking about a guitar on a par with MIA strats..I can't be arsed to mod - want a guitar ready to gig!
     
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    Mine still has it's ceramic pickups and cheap electrics after 23 years, gigged it plenty, I haven't seen any need to change them. I haven't heard anything that feels or sounds better yet, wherever it was made. The one you're looking at doesn't appear to have ceramic pickups.
     
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    Along with the early JV series, early re-issues are becoming quite collectable. But they do seem to vary in price quite considerably. Anything from £600 to £1,000 for a JV series. Haven't check for re-issues recently.
    Search for re-issues on eBay then have a look at the completed listings, that might give you a guide.
    I think that you could probably offer a bit less because of the wear between the first few frets, and that's relatively easy to repair.
     
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    Sounds promising. What gives ceramic pickups away? how do you know..
     
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    I don't find EBay to be of any use for comparing the prices of locally available guitars. It's like going to the local pound shop expecting quality items.
     
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    Flat poles with machined faces. (Not the wear on the end of the cover... :p)
     
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    I can't recall my '62 re-issue having cheap electrics and ceramic pups. Think you'll fine the pups are Alnico. They certainly where on the several JV series I've owned in the past (Long gone unfortunately, hindsight is a wonderful thing!)
     
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    It depends entirely which price range the MIJ 50s and 60s models (not JVs) were in. They were never reissues, just "in the style of"...

    Pickup/switch/pots specs in general went down after the Mexican factory opened.
     
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    So just to confirm all ceramic pickups have flat poles? ie not staggered....I'm sure the new MIJ ST62's have ceramic pickups but they look to have staggered poles..
     
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    If you're looking for a guitar that's ready to gig, have a look at a Squier Classic Vibe Strat.
    They go for about half the price of the re-issue, as long as you don't mind not having 'Fender' on the headstock.
     
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    You're comparing apples with oranges, 1990 is not now, just as a 1990 ST54 isn't a 1982 JV.
     
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    Give me a JV any day. Beat the crap out of anything Fender were producing in the US at the time.
     
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    Nobody would ever give me one. I bought a Tokai Springy before the JVs came out though, so I was already ahead of the game.
     
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    You are the man! I was about to gig him 550. How can you tell from the photos?
     
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    When a guitar is sunburst, it's fairly easy to tell body wood - at least from Fender Japan - all that tight straight grain and not much figuring = basswood....
     
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    I think £450 is a just bit too high I wouldn't pay that for it. But if you really want it bid him £450 and direct him to this thread.
     
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    yeah it does look a bit cheap now looking at it again - i think i'll pass on this one. So easy to get ripped off, as I have no idea of determining the guitar spec - novice skills!

    Really appreciate the knowledge on this forum
     
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