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Help ID this MIA Strat with hardtail & humbuckers

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by matohota, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. matohota

    matohota Strat-Talk Member

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    Hey all. A local seller posted this strat for sale and I've not seen one like it before. The guitar belonged to the seller's father who passed away and this guy obviously doesn't know anything about guitars. He's asking $1000. Here's what I have so far:
    • Serial number: N8330738; production year: 1998 or early 1999
    • Two Seymour Duncan humbuckers
    • Hardtail with modern saddles
    • 22 frets
    Here are the potato-quality pics attached to the listing. Any help is appreciated!

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  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Super easy, just have to type in serial on Fender's site

    https://www.fender.com/product-registration/serial-search

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    It's a hardtail Big Apple Strat with rosewood fretboard....looks to be 100% stock

    https://reverb.com/item/161186-fender-big-apple-american-stratocaster-hardtail-1997-sunburst

    $1000 is too high for this guitar, especially since that isn't the original case.....It's more like in the 750-800 range.....
     
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  3. matohota

    matohota Strat-Talk Member

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    That was quick. The seller says his father paid $1800 three years ago which is a bit nuts but who knows. Thanks for the info!
     
  4. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well, if he did, he got majorly ripped off and that isn't your issue lol

    I'd maybe pay $850-900 at most if I absolutely LOVED it......$1000 is above market value and kind of unfair I think.....
     
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  5. garyhoos1

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    Price aside a humbucker hardtail I bet it is nice.:thumb:
     
  6. moparguy

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    I have a 1998 American Standard Hardtail, I love it, found it a Guitar Center, I saw it and had to have it, you hardly ever see hardtails anymore. Mine is 21 years old, Ive had it for 2 years and it looks brand new. If you e-mail Fender, they will send you all the spec it came with from the factory. This is what they sent me
    I posted this on the page, but for the life of me, I cant find it. This is what Fender said. effrey Peterson (Fender)
    Dec 4, 16:41 MST

    Hello there!

    Thanks for contacting us. A quick search shows this as a 1998 Standard Hardtail Stratocaster in 3-Tone Sunburst. Here are the original specs:

    Model Name: American Standard Hard-Tail Stratocaster®
    Model Number: 010-7430-(Color#) and 010-7432-(Color#)
    Series: American Standard Series
    Body: Alder (Optional Swamp Ash Body Natural Finish Only pn# 010-7400/2-721)
    Neck: Maple
    Fingerboard: Rosewood (010-7430) or Maple (010-7432), (9.5” Radius/241 mm)
    Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo Frets
    Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
    Nut: 1.6875” (43 mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Fender/Schaller Deluxe Cast/Sealed
    Bridge: American Standard Non Tremolo Hard-Tail Bridge with Stainless Saddles
    Pickguard: 3-Ply White
    Pickups: 3 American Standard Strats
    Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade:
    Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
    Position 3. Middle Pickup
    Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
    Position 5. Neck Pickup
    Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. New Delta-ToneTM system includes high output bridge pickup and special “no-load” tone control (Middle and Bridge Pickups)
    Colors: (700)* 3-Color Sunburst, add $80.00,
    (701)** White Blonde, add $150.00 for Special Wood Requirements
    (702) Lake Placid Blue, (7/98)
    (705) Olympic White,
    (706) Black,
    (709) Candy Apple Red, (7/98)
    (721)** Natural Ash, add $150.00 for Special Wood Requirements,
    (724) Inca Silver,
    (774) Aqua Marine Metallic,
    (793) Purple Metallic
    (Polyurethane Finish)
    Strings: Fender Super 250L’s (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel pn#073-0250-003
    Case: Standard Molded Case
    Other Features:
    Source: U.S.
    Accessories: Molded Case
    U.S. MSRP: $999.99 (With Swamp Ash Body $1,149.99)
    INTRODUCED: 1/1998
    DISCONTINUED: 1/1999
    DISCONTINUED COLORS:
    WRENCH SIZES: Truss Rod Wrench #023811 (1/8” Hex)
    Saddle Height Adjustment Wrench #018531 (.050 Hex)
    COMMENTS: Replaced by the new "American Hard Tail Stratocaster" 6/2000
    NOTICE: Product Prices, Features, Specifications and Availability Are Subject To Change Without Notice

    I hope this helps! Have a great day.

    Regards-

    Jeff Peterson

    Representative, Consumer Relations /U.S. Direct
    Sales

    Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
    17600 N. Perimeter Drive, Suite 100
    Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    Telephone: 480-845-5108
    Fax: 480-367-5262
    Fender Play: The easiest way to learn guitar. Start playing now.
     
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