Advertised as a used Strat for a really cheap price... I dropped by a local mom and pop music place to see it. Turns out, it is NOS - in the original from Fender shipping box, in the Fender case, UPS ship date 3/15/04 from Corona CA to the store I was standing in. They said they deal in mostly band instruments and it had just been sitting in the back... I thought it was an in need of much love Strat given the low price, but today was my unreal lucky day!!! I got a new Strat for what some nice Asian guitars cost and a fraction of a new US Strat! It's an American Series (not called standard in 2000-2007) Stratocaster. Serial is 2003 or 2004. Won't know 1000% date until I take apart, but given the ship date, I am thinking this is a 2004 model. Black, Alder body and Maple and Rosewood neck with the modern block 2 point trem. Pretty sure the pickguard will be off color from the film and stickers, but I can live with that! It sounds great even with almost 17 year old strings on it! Enjoy the pics!