Help me ID this Strat that I might purchase?

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  1. Lionheart

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    95 to 97 USA made reissue. If all original, worth no less than $1,000 usd cased any day of the week.
     
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    with a case that's a pretty good price, get it.

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  3. Stratatouille

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    Ok I bought it and just got home. It has quite a bit of finish checking, I hope that doesn't hurt the value.
     
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    Show us photos - nitro will check, but the photos didn't seem to show much.....

    Congrats!
     
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  5. Stratatouille

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    Heres just a few quick shots, I will post pics of it w/the neck off ASAP. It has a set of dead 10's on it and I like 9's so I guess I should back off the truss rod while I have the neck off. About how much do you think? The lady I bought it from said it was her husbands who past away 6 weeks ago and he only played it once and into the closet it went. Nothing in the case but a Fender strap, the tremolo arm and the little ashtray cover for the bridge. Oh and the saddles are stamped "Fender" so I think it's the real deal. Oh and it has a 3 position switch!!
     

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  6. Guy Named Sue

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    Looks absolutely flawless, perfect! Good deal, congrats
     
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    Look carefully at the 2nd pic and you'll see some of the checking
     
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    Thats life, it's the price you pay when you buy lacquer finished guitars, it won't damage the value.
     
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    Looks like the best used deal of the year to date! It will be a challenge to surpass but I am up for it.
     
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    Hope my wife waits longer than 6 weeks before selling my stuff jeez Louise. Hngd great guitar at a great price whats not to like:thumb:
     
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    She sold it for more than what he told her he paid for it. Bet she had to pry it out of his cold dead hands. Only waited 6 weeks- talk about moving on.
     
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    Well I took it apart and was surprised to find only one marking, is this normal? Can you determine the year?? It has a cloth ground wire and a very impressive looking trem block! Non beveled staggered pole pieces
     

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  13. Guy Named Sue

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    8/6/86- is normal type dating for that year as I've seen this with other examples. Nothing to worry about. The pickups are pre 57/62 sets which are more sought after sets.

    It looks very clean.
     
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    I think I see 8 / 6 / 86
     
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    So it's an '86?
     
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    Yeah a transition year, built by parts made in the Fullerton factory and put together in Corona probably. You're a lucky son of a gun you know that? An 86 goes for much much more than that
     
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    My 86 was the same way. The slab did not quite reach the truss nut.
    Post some pics of the pot codes

    Looking like one heck of a score for 700 dollars. If it is original its worth 1500 - 2000 to the right buyer.
    My 86 had a slim neck that loved.
     
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  18. Guy Named Sue

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    Can you take a picture of the belly curve like this
    IMG_20200106_014412.jpg
     
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    I bet she did, if you ask my misses all my guitar or car parts are under $200 dollars;)
     
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    $700 for a 1986 AVRI '62 Strat? That's a steal; she just didn't know any better as those are worth quite a bit more than that.

    The transition was earlier than that - Fender was up and building AVRIs in Corona by October 1985; if there were any left-over bodies and necks from Fullerton they were used up in 1985 - outside of say pots, switches, etc. And there might have still been some left-over pickups in 1986. But certainly by 8/6/86 the bodies and necks were all Corona.

    That being said Fender production was still relatively small until about mid-1987 (by which time they were also building American Standards), there is very little difference between AVRI bodies and necks made in Fullerton and those made in Corona until say 1987 or 1988 when the bodies get less contoured.
     
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