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  1. Bradatkins

    Bradatkins Strat-Talk Member

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    Did fender use bar magnets and alpha pots on their made in Mexico strats in 1994?


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  2. jayoldschool

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    There was more than one type of MIM Strat in 94. On the MIM STANDARD, yes, bar magnets on the ceramic pickups. On others like the Classic Series 60s, no, they got alnico.

    Can't help you on the pots, but someone here will know.
     
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    Guitarmageddon Squier Freak Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Did you buy a guitar and want to know if it's stock? Can you show us photos?

    bar magnets were on ALL Mexico Fender Standard Strats from the beginning until the Player Series took over in 2018/19......

    CTS pots were used from 2006 and onward......

    You might see mini pots on a Fender Mexico Squier Series, a Mexico Squier, or a Fender Mexico Traditional strat.....
     
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    Bradatkins Strat-Talk Member

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    Hey,

    I’ve got made in Mexico strat when I put the serial number into a decoder it’s says it’s from 1994 but when I looked on the fender website it didn’t recognise the serial number.

    the electronics are bar magnets and alpha pots vary similar to what’s in my squire and wondered if it was a fender neck on a squire body or if older Mexico strats did in fact

    Here are some photos of the headstock and electronics

    have this kind of wiring [​IMG]
    [​IMG][​IMG]


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  5. balston11

    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The neck is definitely an MIM standard not a traditional or Squier the rest looks okay to me but others may know more about the electronics
     
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    My 95 standard had 2 bar ceramic pickups, US style open frame switch, full size 250k pots and tones on bridge and middle only. I don't remember what make the switch or pots were though.
     
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    I've had this issue with the fender website too. It seems for some reason you need to register the guitar, then in a day or two when you type the number back into the website the guitar shows up. Kind of useless to me.

    Just email Fender customer service the serial number. Or call them. They've sent me specs back within a day. Sometimes within a couple hours.


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  8. Bradatkins

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    Hey buddy,
    I’ve done what you said and emailed them they came back to me saying that the serial number doesn’t match anything they have on their system


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    Those are not the right pots or switch for a 1994 Mexico Standard Strat
     
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    Bradatkins Strat-Talk Member

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    Okay thank you for the confirmation. It must be a fender neck on a squire body as I thought.

    I posted about these electronics a few days ago because I was confused about it as my squire seemed to have better electronics in it.

    For the past few days I’ve been on here and on google look I for answers to my confusion glad to finally get to the bottom of it


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    Those aren't Squier pickups though, they are the RIGHT pickups.....
     
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    The bridge pickup is backasswards...
     
  13. Bradatkins

    Bradatkins Strat-Talk Member

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    Now I’m more confused why would it have the right body, neck, bridge and pickups and only the pots and switches be wrong...

    I brought it second hand but the seller said it’s all original and When I first got it I wasn’t comfortable taking it apart nor do I have the knowledge to confirm all of it that’s why I’m here now

    You guys are being a great help though thank you


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    Do you have any pics of the pickup cavities and the body contours? Especially looking from the top down for the body contours. Those electronics and p'ups look like they came out of a black label Fender Squier Series, which is a Fender and not a Squier BTW. If I csn see tge pickup routes and contours I can more tgan likely tell you if the body is a Squier Series with a Standard neck paired to it.

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    Fender's database of serial numbers doesn't even start for USA models until say mid-1993 and it's pretty spotty until say 1995 so it doesn't surprise me that a 1994 MIM wouldn't be found (even though MIM serial numbers essentially run from mid-year to mid-year).

    As to why this one shows up with different switches and pots I can't help you; it doesn't make a lot of sense outside of them being kind of scattered in those early years in Ensenada as they were getting everything up to speed down there.
     
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    I agree, that looks an awful lot like the OEM pickups, controls and wiring on my 94 Squier Series (Fender not Squier) Stratocaster. The bridge pickup looks like someone put it in backwards. As @Believer7713 suggested, a few additional photos might give us more info. Stamps and writing in the body, neck pocket etc can be quite helpful.
     
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    Pickguard swap?

    If @Guitarmageddon says those are the right pickups for the guitar, that's good enough for me. And when he says it's not the right pots & switch, that's also good enough for me.

    That looks like an Asian switch, v. similar to what's in my Squiers. And dime-size 500k pots, also very Squier-like. And somebody has had at least the bridge pickup out; it's installed backwards. It's very unlikely it left any factory that way.

    Please post pics of the pickup routing area, perhaps we can identify whether the body is MIM or not.
     
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    Here are some pictures of the body when it was taken apart hope these can help

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    Is that a date stamp in the neck heel, It looks like it says May 31 20xx but I can't make it out on my small screen.
     
  20. Bradatkins

    Bradatkins Strat-Talk Member

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    Yes it is it’s hard to make out in person as it’s rubbed off but it could be anything between 2000 - 2009 written on there


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