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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by Heilly, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. intermetro

    intermetro New Member!

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    Thank you very much! I will email Fender to get more info.

    Thanks!
     

  2. RevBillyG

    RevBillyG Strat-Talker

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    I decided I'd post pictures of my Fotoflame.

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    That's the first guitar my wife bought me. Early 2000s. I saw that ernge pick guard in a shop I took my Les Paul to, to get the headstock glued back on.

    But I loved that guitar for years. I added the graphite saddles since the height adjustment screws were corroded beyond saving.

    A few years ago it developed some buzzing & dead spots around the 10th fret on several strings. I couldn't "fix" it myself (I did try) so I put it in the closet & bought a Hand Stained Nitro.

    As fine a guitar as the HSN is, it wasn't the same.

    I finally brought it to a local luthier & he redressed the frets across the whole board & I'm in Heaven again.


    Wonderful guitar.

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  3. nxs0152

    nxs0152 New Member!

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    Here's some information from Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars. It appears there were at least three types of Japan Foto Flame Stratocaster models. There was a model specifically named the "Foto Flame Stratocaster" that could be ANY of the re-issue years. This was the alder body with the basswood cap and was flamed on the top only and the back of the neck. The Foto Flame finishes were Aged Cherry Sunburst, Autumn Burst, Natural or 3-Tone Transparent.

    Then there was also what was called a "60's Stratocaster" that was a basswood body and came in various finishes, two of which were Blue Foto Flame and Crimson Foto Flame which flamed the entire body but NOT the neck. The other finishes besides the Foto Flame were 3 tone Sunburst, Olympic White, Black, Candy Apple Red, Shell Pink and Sonic Blue.

    Then there was also a hot-rodded version made called the HRR Stratocaster that was available in the Blue and Crimson Foto Flame finishes among other choices.

    It appears all JAPAN Foto Flame finishes were discontinued by 1995 at least according to this reference.

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    There were also Tele Foto Flames that have different specs but the above info was the Japan Strat foto flame that I have found so far.

    I own a 60's Stratocaster MIJ model which has the crimson foto flame finish on the top and back of the body which would indicate it is a basswood body. The neck is not foto flamed.

    So the easiest way to tell what wood your MIJ Foto flamed Strat is made out of is if the foto flame is on the front and the back it is basswood. If it is the front only it is an alder body with a basswood cap. At least that's what I'm getting out of it. I'm not sure about the Custom Edition Strats though.
     
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  4. nxs0152

    nxs0152 New Member!

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    Here are some pics of the Crimson Foto Flame 60's Strat I own. It has the Split Flame Maple look and the following upgrades:

    Callaham bridge and mint green pickguard with their 250k pots and 5-way switch, jack and base plate. Copper shielded control cavity and pickup cavities with Abigail Ybarra wound '69 custom shop fender strat pickups.

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  5. nxs0152

    nxs0152 New Member!

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    and more....

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  6. Dan_Q

    Dan_Q Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Interesting info cheers for sharing, "tobacco" burst not listed for the 60s models, that's what mine was advertised as.
    Bought new in '96, the last mij strat my local shop had.
    Loaded pickguard swapped out (57/62's, roadhouse built blender circuit, fender guard and plastics) but aside from that stock.
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  7. Fil Ybanez

    Fil Ybanez New Member!

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    recently purchase a relic MIJ which I really am confuse since the tremolo is different and the machine heads are different and of course missing parts 16681952_10212627246295209_3015663121092046214_n.jpg 16831062_10212627247135230_4098180421859139727_n.jpg 16832257_10212627246655218_1931750278731547348_n.jpg 16939019_10212627245975201_1421790032088377093_n.jpg
     

  8. mijphotoflame

    mijphotoflame New Member!

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    I bought this mij strat new on 26th Feb.1994 for £495 in an Edinburgh music shop.At the time I just wanted to own a Fender but couldn't afford a USA one.Even if I could have,I'm not a good enough player anyway and couldn't justify it on that basis alone! I certainly wasn't advised when buying that the "wood" was a photograph.Maybe the retailer didn't know either!It is a superbly built instrument.The receipt states"Strat 50's re-issue"You can see from my pics that the neck pocket and the neck are stamped ST 54 EX.There is also a red "Y".The serial no.starts with an "N"suggesting it was built in 1993.It remains exactly as I purchased it.The neck has a "V"profile with access to the truss rod at the body end.The tremelo works fine and it rarely goes out of tune.The scratch plate is white single ply plastic with 8 fixing screws.I have it set up with Ernie Ball slinky 10 guage strings which gives a lowish playing action.The finish has never cracked or crazed(yet!)Whatever the purists may negatively think about this model I consider it to be a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.It is a delight to play, own and admire. IMG_20170310_075706257.jpg IMG_20170310_075501317.jpg IMG_20170310_075501317.jpg IMG_20170310_075706257.jpg IMG_20170310_074521622.jpg IMG_20170310_074418535_HDR.jpg IMG_20170310_074738665_HDR.jpg IMG_20170310_074824545_HDR.jpg IMG_20170310_075323887.jpg IMG_20170310_063043911_HDR.jpg IMG_20170310_062616035.jpg IMG_20170310_062806848.jpg
     
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  9. RevBillyG

    RevBillyG Strat-Talker

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    Sweet. That neck looks like it's begging to be played.
     

  10. john el bib for

    john el bib for Strat-Talk Member

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  11. john el bib for

    john el bib for Strat-Talk Member

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    Jul 2, 2015
    london
    i have a crafted in japan foto flame 97 so they didnt stop making them in 95,it the guitar in my avatar pic
     

  12. MickyB

    MickyB New Member!

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    IMG_0662.jpg IMG_0663.jpg IMG_0664.jpg IMG_0665.jpg IMG_0666.jpg Hi All,

    New to site, just bought a Foto Flame '94, '62re in natural, pics attached. Arriving Tuesday next week cannot wait
     
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  13. harpo

    harpo New Member!

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    Photos start with the original E-series siblings, then the new foto flame.
     

  14. stillkickinmusic

    stillkickinmusic New Member!

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