After seeing this thread brought back from the dead this morning, it re-sparked my interest in researching these early guitars some more, especially this one, as it's my earliest American Standard strat, and the lowest serial number I've personally ever seen. Although I've had it for a couple years, I've admittedly never taken it apart. Today curiosity got the best of me and I decided to look into it farther. I unbolted the neck for what I firmly believe was the first time since it was originally assembled in Corona California in 1986. Yes, 1986. While the American Standard wasn't officially shown to the public until late January 1987 at the NAMM show, this one has a neck date of 12-2-86. I've seen one other December 86 dated American Standard neck, but it was several weeks after this one. This is definitely the earliest American Standard neck date I've ever seen, and probably one of the very first production guitars made. There is no paper sticker on the back of the heel as commonly found on US made Fenders of this era, and some odd markings in the neck pocket itself. Looks like a series of letters with "127" underneath. I'm not sure exactly what the marks mean, if they were just inspection marks or something else... but here are a few pics. Sorry for the poor quality, but the date and markings should be pretty clear. Inside the trem cavity I also found an ink stamped inspectors mark hidden by the center trem spring. When removed you can clearly see a stamp that reads J. ANDRADE. It appears it was stamped after paint was applied by prior to clearcoat. This caused me to do some more digging, and I discovered this name and stamp turn up on other mid-late 80's USA strats, including a 57 AVRI Mary Kaye someone posted here 4 years ago. I also found a post where someone else had a similar marking on their 1987 Strat, and someone replied: "J ANDRADE is Jesus Andrade. He was a painter years ago. He is now the Custom shop lead. He has worked at Fender for 35+ years. Guitars had and still do have painters names or initials stamped or stickered in them for accountability in case too many errors were found they knew who did it." Upon further investigation, Jesus Andrade is indeed the current Group Lead for Fender and Jackson guitars, and presently runs the paint department at the Fender Custom Shop. He has been employed by Fender since 1979. Here's his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jesus-andrade/4b/184/8b3 Pretty neat stuff!