[NGD] 1996 MIJ Shell Pink Strat

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  1. spudmaster52

    spudmaster52 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi everyone, you might have seen my post about identifying a certain MIJ 62 model strat yesterday. And well... it's mine now! For a guitar that's almost as old as I am, it's hilariously clean. I haven't opened it up yet to see what pickups are in it, or removed the neck to confirm the exact model. I have to say, the rosewood neck is the best feeling neck I've ever played. Love the thickness of the rosewood slab board, and all the frets are wonderfully dressed.
    The guitar has staggered-pole pickups, which I hope are Texas Specials but think are Fender Japan's "ST-Vintage" pickups. It has Fender-stamped saddles, It weighs about 7.5 lbs, which is almost exactly the same weight as my MIM Classic Series 50's.
    I'll be taking the thing apart tonight so I can determine once and for all what it's made of and what it's got in it, but I'm already floored by the fit and finish.
    Thanks to everyone who chimed in on my thread yesterday, the wealth of knowledge on here never ceases to amaze me!

    Full view:
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    Headstock (The tuning keys seem to be plastic, which is strange. Maybe not, feel free to chime in on this)
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    How this thing only picked up one ding in 22 years is beyond me!

    Back view (I removed the backplate, but it was original and included)
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    Back of the headstock (the Fender 50th emblem is in incredible shape!)
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    Bridge (sorry for the harsh lighting, florescent lights are the bane of my existence) Note the Fender-stamped saddles. Some slight corrosion, but they work just fine
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    And finally, the Fender family! ('17 MIM Classic Series 50's Strat in Daphne Blue, '16 MIM Classic Series '72 Thinline)
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    I'll update the thread with pictures of the innards tonight!
     
  2. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Very cool Strat. And a nice family.

    HNGD! :thumb:
     
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  3. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    tuners aren't plastic...they're made by Gotoh.....good quality.....can't wait to see the insides!!
     
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  4. spudmaster52

    spudmaster52 Strat-Talk Member

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    That's what I assumed, but I was comparing with my other strat last night, and I noticed that the buttons didn't feel as cold as my MIM... upon closer inspection, they were in fact plastic (or at least non-metal) tuning knobs! It's the only weird thing I've noticed about the whole instrument. The rest of the tuners themselves are metal as normal, but the knobs themselves are plastic. Very strange. They definitely should be Kluson-style Gotoh.
     
  5. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    I assure you they're not....they're just made of a zinc alloy.....
     
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    spudmaster52 Strat-Talk Member

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    Curious... I'll give it a closer inspection tonight. In any case, the tuners might be one of the only things I replace, they seem much more imprecise than the stock vintage style tuners on my Classic Series 50's and the '72 Thinline Reissue.
     
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    A fine addition. Congrats and enjoy!
     
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    That is one nice specimen is the color original? very very nice
     
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  9. mcmacguy

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    Love it - only REAL men play pink!
     
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    Welcome to the Shell Pink club, hngd. Just a small thing, is it definitely Shell Pink and not Salmon? I’ve got 2 Shell Pink guitars, and neither are that colour! Could be the lighting though.
     
  11. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    That is 100% the color of shell pink in the OP's pics...got pics of yours? They might be another color....
     
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    I just love Shell Pink :cool: ... Congratulations !
     
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    spudmaster52 Strat-Talk Member

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    I'm almost certain this is Shell Pink, I read a couple things about there being CIJ/MIJ Salmon Pink guitars produced in this era as well, but there's so much conflicting information that who's to say. The lighting in my basement could definitely be the culprit though. Could you post pictures of yours?
     
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    Not that it matters, it looks a great guitar and the 1st shot looks nearer to me. Could be my old eyes though! The Strat is accurate to Shell Pink, the Bass is a bit washed out. IMG_1440.JPG 2014-03-21 12.47.34-1.jpg IMG_1433.JPG
     
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    That is shell pink nitro finish, right?....lacquer which wears....

    Fender Japan was polyester.....

    same shade just different reflective properties etc....
     
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    spudmaster52 Strat-Talk Member

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    Wow, I love your Strat - so much character!

    I think it might be a combination of poor florescent lighting in my basement and perhaps aging of the finish that's causing mine to look different, I'm going to try and take some natural light pictures later on.
     
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    CephasG Senior Stratmaster

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    Absolutely beautiful guitar, love the color!
     
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    archetype Senior Stratmaster

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    If that's a Flea bass, it's in the correct faded Shell Pink, not a strong Shell Pink like a new guitar.
     
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    The so-called "Salmon Pink" is often just the result of a darkened/yellowed clear coat over Shell Pink. If you want to get that shade on a new guitar you can get Salmon Pink rattle cans from ReRanch.
     
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  20. richey88

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    Always wanted and have yet to acquire....shell pink and fiesta red. Someday baby!
     
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