MIJ ST-62 stamp in neck pocket, ST-54 neck?

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  1. Scooter

    Scooter Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello, long time lurker. I have a '94 54 RI MIJ Strat, two tone sunburst. Best I can tell from the grain it is alder. I purchased it in '96 from a music store employee who I know. He had bought it new, realized he was a Tele guy, and sold it to me. Here's the thing - I never paid attention until now because I'm sending the neck off for a re-fret, but there's an ST-62 stamp in the neck pocket (VERY faint) and the neck is stamped ST-54. P-series serial number. The guy I bought it from didn't swap the neck.

    I don't have extensive knowledge of MIJ Strats but I know that an ST-62 stamp is normally a '62 reissue, isn't it?

    Or did Fender Japan sometimes mix and match bodies and necks with different stamps?

    I have a long history with this Strat. TONS of gigs. I've swapped the neck two different times but I'm going back to the original, this time refretted with larger frets. I swapped the pickups to 57/62's, and I presently have a Dimarzio Heavy Blues in the bridge (may go back to the 57/62). I replaced the trem with a Wilkenson, and at some point had it rewired with CTS pots. It's as good or better than MANY American Strats I've played. The poly finish is a little thicker than I'd like but it has some honest "real world" relicing on it. I'm sure there are better Strats out there but I see no reason to seek one out. It's a great guitar.
     
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    Scooter Strat-Talk Member

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    Answered my own question! Found a thread here stating that it wasn't uncommon for ST-54's to have ST-62 stamped in the neck pocket. So there ya go. Or there I go, that is.

    I also learned that maybe I shouldn't be calling it a "reissue"? Which is fine. I just call it "the Strat" :D.
     
  3. Michael919

    Michael919 Senior Stratmaster

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    Glad you found your answer. Yes, technically it isn't a '54 reissue model, but it is somewhat modeled after a '54,so, it kind of is. :)

    Sounds like a keeper. There's something cool about having a guitar for a long time. Enjoy!
     
  4. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    The basic guide is neck and scratchplate, maple and 8 hole single ply ST54 or ST57, rosewood and 11 hole three ply ST62. The bodies just provided different colour combinations.
     
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  5. SpeedKing

    SpeedKing Senior Stratmaster

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    Happy you found your answer but if you think you're getting away without showing us pictures you've got another thing coming Scooter!

    Welcome and lets see this 'strat'. I have a CIJ ST72 and LOVE it.
     
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    Michael919 Senior Stratmaster

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    ^^^^ What he said!!! Pics!