Making Sure Older Strat is Genuine US Article--How?

68Kustom

Strat-Talk Member
Oct 23, 2022
74
Deepwater
Hi,

I found an ad for a US Strat selling at a decent price because of its condition. Body is kind of a mess and neck looks worn. Looks quite playable and cool, though.

The neck serial number is correct to the model year. I tried Fender lookup, but 'No Results'. So, how do I ensure the body is correct to the serial number as well?

I doubt the seller is gonna let me disassemble the guitar for a peek at its innards. So, is this a case of "ya pays yer price an' takes yer chance"--?

What are your experiences with this kind of sale?
 

68Kustom

Strat-Talk Member
Oct 23, 2022
74
Deepwater
Can you share some pics here?
Then we'll be able to point out to you if anything is questionable or not.

Seller has private photos that show various typical angles along with closeup headstock front with correct serial number sequence in correct place.

It looks like the original pickguard and backplate were swapped out. Original finish looks like it absorbed a LOT of second-hand smoke as did the white control knobs!

Should I ask to disassemble it?
 

Yves

Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 2, 2016
6,376
London
Can you not download pics, or screen capture some and share here?
Difficult to assess without seeing
 

Yves

Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 2, 2016
6,376
London
Yes, that can still be correct. Early 90s would have the modern logo and I think it is from 95 onwards they moved the sn to the back of the headstock and applied the Spaguetti logo.

Some of the 90s strats might have a N9 sn.
I think it is safe to say that looks like a genuine us std strat neck from the 90s.


But that is all we can say a this point
 

Yves

Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 2, 2016
6,376
London
It all depends on what your expectations are for the dollars you pay.
You explain it is an old beat-up strat that retained a fair amount of mojo and can be grabbed at an attractive price.

What matters most to you?
I
 

68Kustom

Strat-Talk Member
Oct 23, 2022
74
Deepwater
It all depends on what your expectations are for the dollars you pay.
You explain it is an old beat-up strat that retained a fair amount of mojo and can be grabbed at an attractive price.

What matters most to you?

Well, it would be nice to have a US body matching US neck. As I say, the body color matches the last two digits of the serial number.

If seller allows me to open it up, that's a good sign too. It's just that the ask price seems a TGtBT.

The reason I wanna get it is because it's a solid off-white (color code 63) and I have a LOUD dark brown tort guard not being used! (Test photo)
 

Yves

Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 2, 2016
6,376
London
St
Well, it would be nice to have a US body matching US neck. As I say, the body color matches the last two digits of the serial number.

If seller allows me to open it up, that's a good sign too. It's just that the ask price seems a TGtBT.

The reason I wanna get it is because it's a solid off-white (color code 63) and I have a LOUD dark brown tort guard not being used! (Test photo)
Sth fishy here.
That neck only has one string tree. The headstock you showed earlier has 2 string trees. Not the same neck

That doesn't look beat-up at all to me besides.
 


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