Help identifying MIJ '54 reissue (wood and pups)

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  1. louisdosed

    louisdosed New Member!

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    Hi Folks,

    My first post on the forum so I hope you don't mind.

    I was hoping somebody could help identify a few things on my strat—like whether it's an alder or basswood body? And whether these are ceramic or alnico pickups?

    It's a MIJ '54 reissue, made in 1996, with a V serial number. The back of the neck is stamped "ST-54DFX2" (I'm pretty sure that's an F anyway, as you can see in the pics, the stamp is a little worn).

    Bonus points if you can also tell me what the neck profile usually is on these? The previous owner said it was a chunky C, but others have said it might be V?

    I bought this guitar back in 2014 as my first "proper" guitar and has stayed with me since. It plays like a dream, but the pickups have always sounded little brittle. So, I'd like to understand a bit more about what its specs are.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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  2. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    Welcome to the forum!


    You have a mid level ST-54 from 1996, it would have been in the middle price range for ST-54's that year. You have the typical mid 90s Fender Japan plastic bobbin alnico pickups.....and a basswood body.....your wiring is modified, but those are the original pickups.....the pickups are a low vintage output alnico V - if you set them lower than you have now, and add a tone control to the bridge by doing a minor wiring modification - I bet you would like them more.

    The top level would have fiber bobbin pickups, and an alder body. Bottom level was ceramic pickups and basswood body....

    The neck profile can vary, you'd have to measure it or use something like a length of solder to mold around the back of the neck then check what it looks like.....
     
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  3. louisdosed

    louisdosed New Member!

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    That's an incredibly helpful, and incredibly fast reply. Thanks so much.

    I'll try dropping the pickups and give it a whirl. The tone control mod looks simple enough too.

    Do you know roughly what it's worth? I'm not looking to sell, but it's nice to know these things. I bought it off eBay for about 250 GBP / 440 CAD back then.

    Thanks
     
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    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    It's worth about $650-750 in Canada......Canadian dollars....
     
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    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    The ST54 range was usually described as having a soft V profile.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    This is the neck profile at the first fret on my 1995 ST54. It cost £350 new...

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