Let’s Discuss My 80’s 57 Reissue.

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  1. Nate D

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    Yeah it was routed so you don’t have to take the neck off to adjust the truss rod. The neck is really a tight fit so it’s easier than adjusting with the neck off.
     
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    Wow, that thing looks insane. The collection of strats you have is very nice!
     
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    Makes sense. Thanks for posting these pics. It's a very nice guitar.
     
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    Thanks! They all serve a purpose, but this one is really special to me.
     
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    mutato Senior Stratmaster

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    I've got an '86 '62 AVRI in Sunburst. They did lay on the finish thick! You can see on your's its like a candy coating. Looks awesome though!
     
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    They most definitely did! Lol. But it’s a great guitar. A little harder to play than most other strats for some reason, but I do love it.
     
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    Nice; thanks for sharing the Strat with us! By July 1986 Fender was starting to ramp up production but they were still pretty small in terms of output then; very cool Strat from that era.
     
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    What do you mean small in production at that point? I mean I know what that means, but I guess I don’t know what it means in terms of Fender history.
     
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    Nice specimen! Very nice indeed!
     
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    I don't know what their daily output was in July 1986, but per some sections of the book "The Stratocaster Chronicles" (written by Tom Wheeler and published in 2004 for the Strat's 50th Anniversary) Corona production went from roughly 15 instruments per day when they started shipping guitars circa October/November 1985, and by 18 months later (March/April/May 1987) they were completing roughly 150 instruments per day (which would be a combination of AVRI models and the then-new American Standard models, and probably the beginning of Strat Plus production as well). I guess my point being that in July 1986 they were likely doing more than 15 per day but they weren't up to 150 per day yet.

    When FMIC bought the company from CBS in early February 1985 they didn't buy the Fullerton factory as they were planning on downsizing the company's USA operations and relying on importing Fender Japan models; USA was only going to be AVRIs and some kind of high-end model designed to compete with Schecter, Charvel/Jackson, and other boutique USA companies of the mid-80s. They moved into their original Corona facility in July 1985 and started re-hiring personnel (note that they had already brought back people in QC/Setup/Warranty as contractors, and note that they rented space in the Fullerton factory from Feb-June 1985), but didn't start shipping out AVRI instruments until that October/November 1985 time frame. Of course they also went in the different direction and instead of jumping in to the high-end competitor models they designed the American Standards, which lead to them making the USA operations larger than they had initially planned in February 1985.

    I think at full capacity Corona can do 300-400 instruments per day now - I don't know if that is only Fender production line or if that also includes the Fender Custom Shop, Charvel USA, Jackson USA, and EVH USA as well.
     
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    Wow! That’s really cool. And I totally get why it’s special to have a guitar from that time period! Thank you so much for the information and the detailed response. Much appreciated.
     
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    Oh my that is a beauty and I am a sucker for a white strat even a vintage one.
     
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    Very cool strat Nate :thumb:
     
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    Freshly restrung and set up. It hasn’t played this well in years. This was a lot of fun.
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    Hi, @Nate D -Buddy

    Eventually I want a nice nitro finish Strat like yours is.
     
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    Ben this one has a thick coat of paint. It still resonates incredibly. But I got lucky with this one and I hope you get a guitar that means as much to you as old Blondie here means to me.
     
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    It's an absolute beauty. Some lovely natural wear there.
     
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    I had a very early '57 RI, and the pickups never had that stagger...thats super weird

    Looks like someone watched one of those "adjust your pole pieces" vids on YouTube and got it very wrong...
     
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    Eric Johnson, famously, talked about pushing in pole pieces in a Guitar Player interview a very long time ago. More often than not, pushing in pole pieces breaks the wiring in the pickup. AFAIK, countless people have destroyed their Strat pickups by following that advice...
     
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    I think Fender Japan used to offer flat-pole pickups in their line.

    My 80s ST-62 had the flat set.
     
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