Id this strat please!

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by afireinside, Sep 4, 2021.

  1. afireinside

    afireinside Strat-Talker

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    Found used on GCs site. Manager called me and said they think its fake. Looks like a 2012 era usa loaded guard. Body is supposed to be checked laquer. Tuners are $30 amazon one. Any idea on the rest? IMG_2021.jpg IMG_2020.jpg IMG_2022.jpg IMG_2016.jpg IMG_2015.jpg IMG_2013(1).jpg IMG_2014.jpg IMG_2017.jpg IMG_2018.jpg
     

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    No markings on the neck or pocket, trem cavity looks wrong, there’s only 2 screws in the bridge (!) - I agree with GC for once.
     
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    Kestrel Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    On all my strats that have 6 screws I always remove the 4 middle ones, they are not needed, done this since about 1965. The guitar looks like it comes from Japan, is there a serial number on it ? I would love to get my hands on it to inspect it, more pics needed.
     
  6. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    There are also no markings of any kind on the saddles.

    I'm not sure why you think it looks like a Japanese Strat, it looks like a Home build/partscaster to me. Especially since there are no serial numbers, or identifying marks of any kind.
     
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    Ok i think ill cancel the order was hopeing enough prts were worth $200 shipped
     
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    Kestrel Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Because it looks very very similar to my old Tokai Mahogany Strat from the 80's that was made in Japan.
     
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    It’s checked lacquer so really what China or mij manufacture uses lacquer, I’d guess very little if any. Definitely a home built. Any company built instrument should have some sort of identification stamp, sticker or mark of some kind.
     
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    Pickups are the Highway 1 upgrade pickups.
     
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    Side shot of nut... I don't see a plug around the truss adjustment hole...
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Several, depending on model.
     
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    Body looks cheap……….just does, bet it weighs next to nothing.
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Fair enough, but I see wood where the other 4 screws should be ---not holes--- so that's a clue there. To me it looks like somebody mounted (er, forced - judging by the look of the screws we can see) a 6-screw trem onto a 2-post body:

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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    It looks like a nice enough body, alnico pickups, most likely Chinese. The neck is not Fender, probably Chinese too.

    The body is not from a Japanese production guitar, it's probably not Japanese at all. Hosco (Hosokawa) is one of the bigger Japanese manufacturers of guitar parts but it's not one of those.
     
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    Yep, I was thinking the same thing. That means not USA or MIM Fender. At best Squier or reproduction neck, most likely Chinese.

    No factory with quality control would put a 6-point trem on without drilling all 6 holes. So home-built partscaster assembled from web-order parts. Likely an at-home lacquer finish.
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Ya, but this one has no holes in the body for the 4 in the middle.

    And no holes for the rear cover plate. If it were an Eric Johnson, maybe, but that's no Eric Johnson.

    Lack of a skunk stripe would be expected for a rosewood board, but I've not seen any with out the truss rod anchor on the heel.

    Shielding paint in the control cavity, but not the pickup cavity, no clearcoat over the shielding paint, no ground lug on the body.

    My vote is it is completely fake... pickups might be Fender, but nothing else is.
     
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    I agree. Also the Fender Stratocaster logo on the headstock seems fake to me.
     
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    Speaking just on the body and neck, both look like the $65 shipped from China jobs you see all over eBay. No guess to the rest but without more info I'd assume someone's partscaster as other posters have mentioned, although a low budget one. I could be wrong but probably not
     
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