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.