Help me identify this MIJ strat

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  1. Stratles

    Stratles Strat-Talk Member

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    I’ve been offered this strat, made in Japan, from 1988. Can you help me determine which model this one is?

    It’s supposed to be all original except for the pickups.

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  2. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    all i can tell you is that it was made at the fuji-gen plant and they were well known for making quality guitars. if the price is right snag it.
     
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    That is a modified ST-362 'Standard' Fender Japan Strat from 1988-89. Basswood body, originally ceramic pickups....and originally would have been a 62 pattern pickguard....3 ply white, so the pearl isn't original, and saddles look like graphtech - not original either. Worth about $400 in the USA, maybe a little less because it's not all original in this case. Mint and original I've seen $450-475 on a good day....
     
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    Stratles Strat-Talk Member

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    Well it’s 650. I already have an old AVRI 57 and think this one would be a nice one to have around too.
     
  5. Guitarmageddon

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    Are you in the USA? or somewhere else? 650 in the US is a ridiculously high price for this guitar....

    The ST-57 and ST-62 'reissue' style Strats with alder bodies and alnico pickups are the ones worth like $600 but not these Standards
     
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    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    you dont know where Ska is?:sneaky:
     
  7. Guitarmageddon

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    Do you? lol
     
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    Stratles Strat-Talk Member

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    Damn, another st-362. I thought it was a st-62. Thank you so much Guitarmageddon, it’s the second time you help me here.
     
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    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    man i never even heard of it. if i had to guess id say alaska but i wouldnt bet money on it.
     
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  10. Guitarmageddon

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    SUPER easy to tell the difference...if you can memorize this you can tell them apart within 20 feet away....

    ST 362 / ST 357 'Standard' Strats have this logo and 2 string trees and modern 10mm Gotoh tuners...serial number for these 95% of the time is on the front of the headstock but not always....

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    ST 57 / ST 62 'Reissue' Strats have THIS logo and 1 string tree and vintage split shaft tuners...the serial number for these will NEVER be on the front of the headstock...

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    Stratles Strat-Talk Member

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    Great info, next time I’ll check it before coming here for help. You are just too helpful. Really appreciate it
     
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    mduganjr Strat-Talker

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    I love these threads... I'm always learning. I didn't realize that some of them would have not had a skunk stripe on the neck. I always look for that.