Help identifying MIJ strat

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  1. Anthony8801

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    Hey guys

    Found a decent looking 1993 MIJ strat in my area, but need some help identifying it.

    Serial # is P followed by 6 digits

    Looks like it could be a ST54 or ST57, but how can you tell? And than how do you tell the specific model? Is there something I should be looking for?

    And what are some differences between models? I assume just different pickups?

    Lastly, what's a good price range for these?

    http://imgur.com/a/7Hy0Hul

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    Sweet guitar!! – let us know if you end up buying :) !
     
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    Thanks guys.

    I guess a question is, if the pickups are the "cheapest model" ceramic pickups, is that bad?
     
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    Not bad, just different. Some like them, some don't.
     
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    Thank you for this info!

    With covid, its really hard to meet up with people and really inspect the guitar, and it seems like the owner doesn't know everything about the guitar.

    So thanks for the help!
     
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    Seeing you has just reminded me – I said I would make a small donation to your website a couple of months back, I will do that tonight, soon. But please, amico – it is REALLY* not much, it is just a *tiny* way of saying thank you for your great work.

    *Literally only a small amount, I am not wealthy at all – so don't get your hopes up :) !!!!!
     
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    Welcome to the forum! Fotos are little blury, but I think I can see some grain in the wood. So it should be alder and therefore minimum a ST54-70. This model should have US vintage PUs, diecast block and japan 3-way switch and pots. I doubt this model was available with ceramics, but I'm not shure for that.

    Fender Twang 92.JPG
     
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    Now if we say "could be alder" and "may be a ST54-70" and "this particular guitar may never have appeared in any Fender catalogue" we'd be closer to the truth.
     
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    This is very true I have come across completely undocumented MIJ Fenders, models which don't exist some posted on this forum. The problem is that whilst the majority of guitars made for export are the same models as the domestic ones, some are completely different to the domestic ones and are not catalogued.
     
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    I've seen more that weren't in the catalogues than were.
     
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    And istn't a strat from the beginning supposed to be a modding platform? Taking into account that MIJ guitars are often very inexpensive (in relation to their quality), the number of those owners who even acquired them as a modification basis increases. The electronics in particular can also be changed at a level that does not differ from industrial manufacturing. It will therefore not be possible to clarify whether on the one hand this type of guitar never had ceramic pickups, or on the other hand there were ex-works manufacture that were not published in the catalogs.
     
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    If you're saying we can never say for certain if a 25 year old MIJ is all original, you would be right. If you're saying that they've all been modified if they don't conform with the catalogues, you would be wrong.

    From the photos provided in this thread all we can say is that it looks like an MIJ Strat.
     
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    Not really they were meant to be modular so parts could be replaced modding is a relatively recent practice except amongst professionals who particularly wanted something unique to them, even then this often just happened as a result of repairs etc.
     
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    They were modular to keep manufacturing costs as low as possible for Leo. :D
     
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    Thanks very much, James :)
     
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    +1
     
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    Thanks everyone for the replies!

    So last question for anyone, what would be a good price to offer?

    The guy selling it doesnt seem to know much about it, so sort of going in blind haha

    He wants 900 canadian

    Thanks
     
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    I want to express the first point. Maybe sometimes I'm not super exact, think may bad english could be the reason.

    The last sentens is very true, it looks like a MIJ Strat. Without better fotos as well from the outside as from the electronics we can not advice nothing concerning the value.