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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by Dave G., Jul 7, 2015.

  1. MagnusR

    MagnusR Strat-O-Master

    835
    Feb 21, 2013
    Sweden
    Here are my E6 and E9. Some pups, switches and pots have been changed during the years but otherwise they are stock :) Mine since they were new.
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  2. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    I also have this one in the contemporary series owners club. This is a great guitar with an amazing tone and feel. When I got it it was a basket case so while recovering from my last knee surgery I did the restoration. The paint was almost all gone and I really fell for the natural look on this one so it got clear coated. New frets and the p'ups weren't original so I went with a set of Alnico p'ups. Also had to replace a couple saddles since the screws were seized into them. The serial is really hard to see but itstarts with E7
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  3. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    From what I understand about the serial, yours would be an '89 because the second digit is a 9. E9=1989. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
     
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  4. Gardner

    Gardner Strat-Talk Member

    62
    Aug 20, 2013
    NJ
    Strat.jpeg 1986. All original parts. Incidentally, I'd consider selling if someone is in the NJ area. Great guitar, but I'm looking at getting a 2012 American Standard.
     
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  5. noise boy

    noise boy Strat-Talker

    107
    Apr 9, 2013
    Baltimore, MD
    It's not that simple, per the Fender website the serial number is not a sure fire way to ID the year of the guitar, they didn't number them quite the specifically. The only thing that you can get is the higher the number the later the guitar was made.
     

  6. echoes71

    echoes71 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 15, 2013
    USA
    Even that isn't always the case.
     

  7. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    You gotta love how Fender or even Fujigen Gakki didn't keep accessible records from that era...NOT.
     
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  8. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    57
    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    It's a common problem. Fender US have virtually no records before 1994-ish. It's like they never thought that folk in the future would be interested in their guitars. Which shows a remarkable lack of confidence in their product... :rolleyes:

    Fuji-Gen, along with Tokai, seemed to play the typical Japanese game of playing their cards close to their chest & not releasing info on the sort of things that we are interested in, on the grounds that it's commercially sensitive information. The Japanese don't seem to believe in widespread disclosure of this sort of thing. It's possible that there are records somewhere, but I wouldn't advise anyone to hold their breath while waiting for these records to be made available to us. ;)
     
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  9. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    Don't worry I won't be holding my breath over this guitar unless it will help me play better.
     

  10. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    Got another addition to this club. Just got it yesterday and loving it. I don't know what the no name humbucker is but it has a beautiful growl to it.
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  11. kris ford

    kris ford Strat-Talker

    Age:
    43
    274
    Apr 30, 2017
    Detroit

  12. nozi

    nozi New Member!

    Age:
    48
    9
    Jul 11, 2017
    Cagliari
    Hi, new to the club! Mine is a 86 Contemporary Standard 22. A gift from my grandmother (that now is not in this world anymore) for my 18th birthday. Why some of you decided to swap the System One bridge for a 6 screws and did the change bring some sonic improvement? Thanks
     

  13. noise boy

    noise boy Strat-Talker

    107
    Apr 9, 2013
    Baltimore, MD
    They aren't swapped, Fender Japan built lots of different models of Strats within the E-Serial number run, some with Fender System 1-3, Some with Kahler 2500 series trems, and lots with traditional 6 screw tremolos.
     
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  14. nozi

    nozi New Member!

    Age:
    48
    9
    Jul 11, 2017
    Cagliari
    Thank you, noise boy :) I was referring (for example) to hogdog who wrote that he replaced his system ones whit 6 screws on two strats
     

  15. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    Unfortunately the body cracked out on this one where the Floyd anchor (wood screw style) was poorly installed... body probably ruined. So I had to buy a new body and make it a Partscaster. It still has the E series parts from the old one.
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  16. muso.greg

    muso.greg Strat-Talker

    The neck is almost always the best part on an E series IMO. It's a shame about the body cracking where the tremolo mounts. That is fixable if you (or someone else) feels it is worth the trouble. I would fix it if it was my guitar - it's labour intensive and not much needed in parts. However if you have to pay someone else for the labour...
     

  17. muso.greg

    muso.greg Strat-Talker

    Everyone has their own reasons for doing things, and their own tastes. If there were parts missing or broken on a System 1 they are not easy to source and replace (but that's improved a bit recently!). I can't think of any reason that it would be a good idea to swap a System 1 tremolo out...! If you want to dive bomb they just don't do that well, but other than some Floyds and Kahlers not much does. The System 1 is as good as any tremolo I have tried, and better than many. A well set up six screw vintage style tremolo is OK if you use it for the occasional warble, and it "looks the goods" to some people. Just like the original Fender style tremolo the design of the System 1 is an ingenious mixture of simplicity with purpose but the System 1s performance parameters exceed the Fender 6 screw original 2 or 3 to 1.
    If anyone wants to get rid of there System 1 tremolo I am always buying - I put them on partscasters and my custom builds.
     
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  18. Tony Cool

    Tony Cool New Member!

    Age:
    35
    3
    Oct 27, 2017
    Greece
    Hello everyone! New to the club as well! I recently got a guitar described as Fender Stratocaster Contemporary Standard 22 E series MIJ 1984 - 1988. The serial number indeed checks out. It's equipped with a kahler spyder and the tremolo bar is missing, along with some screws on the nut. Also the pickguard is not the original as you can see, and the previous owner modded one to fit it(poorly imho). I think that fenders with a kahler spyder need a specific pickguard, not the standard one used in most strats. I've been playing the guitar only for a year or so, so I'm new to the whole guitar thing. It plays very well in my opinion, but my opinion doesn't count a lot! What i would like of you is to tell me if you think if its genuine and if yes, do you know the specific model? Also share your opinions and thoughts with me about what this guitar needs, so i can tell the guy when i go to set it up! Any feedback is valuable, so thank you in advance! _20171029_185852.JPG _20171029_190136.JPG
     

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  19. Pukiman

    Pukiman Strat-Talk Member

    63
    Mar 1, 2011
    London
    Got my E-Series MiJ Stratocaster 12 years ago, 6 months after ownership I stripped the Olympic White colour and had it refinished in Sonic Blue, Nitro lacquer, upgraded to Callaham Steel block with short trem arm,upgraded Pick-ups and Pots and Jumbo frets.

    Sorry for the amount of photos posted but I Love this Strat, its the Bestest Strat in the whole wide world and ever in Stratocaster history imho !... lmao

    Photos taken after fresh new refinish to how she looks now
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  20. muso.greg

    muso.greg Strat-Talker

    Tony Cool, I like your sunburst! There don't seem to be many in my part of the world.
    yes it will need a different pickguard which should be available - the difference should be in the tremolo cutout only for yours. From memory all Fender MIJ Contemporary pickguards (System 1, 2 & 3 and Kahler) with the similar control layout will fit. You should be able to get the tremolo/nut lock parts you need from Kahler online. The back tremolo cover is different to the MIA ones if you need one of those (different hole spacing). Have fun with it - it should be a good guitar once it is in shape. :)