Question and this Strat

jwag

Strat-O-Master
Aug 9, 2015
596
Saint Louis
I’m going to look at this 2011 MIM Stratocaster tomorrow and was curious if these pictures can help identify what model/series it is. The lack of a skunk stripe caught my eye, I was curious if to a 60’s or Classic Players etc.

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Bricks

Strat-Talk Member
Oct 18, 2020
56
Martensville, SK, Canada
I’m going to look at this 2011 MIM Stratocaster tomorrow and was curious if these pictures can help identify what model/series it is. The lack of a skunk stripe caught my eye, I was curious if to a 60’s or Classic Players etc.

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There are websites you can use to find out exactly what guitar your wanting to know about, you have a picture of the serial number, that's all you need.
 

Bricks

Strat-Talk Member
Oct 18, 2020
56
Martensville, SK, Canada
I’m going to look at this 2011 MIM Stratocaster tomorrow and was curious if these pictures can help identify what model/series it is. The lack of a skunk stripe caught my eye, I was curious if to a 60’s or Classic Players etc.

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I just looked the serial number up at one of the websites, it says the Fender is either a 2011 or a 2012 MIM Stratocaster.
I'm sure you can find more details on other website's.
Good luck!
 

Black59

Strat-O-Master
Sep 25, 2020
871
Canada
@jwag Yup looks good on Fender's database. Classic Series 60s.

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jwag

Strat-O-Master
Aug 9, 2015
596
Saint Louis
@jwag Yup looks good on Fender's database. Classic Series 60s.

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Thanks a lot my friend, definitely excited to get my hands on it tomorrow. Only thing throwing me off is the perloid pick guard and rear cover. I was hoping it was a Classic Series more than a Players Series.
 

SonOfLerome

Senior Stratmaster
May 25, 2020
1,270
Mandalore
Yes, looks great. FYI, any (for the most part) fender guitars with a rosewood/ separate fretboard will not have a skunk stripe because the skunk stripe is used traditionally to insert the truss rod, not needed if one can insert it before adding the fretboard.
 

John C

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Silver Member
Jul 17, 2012
7,914
Kansas City
Posted the same info over on your thread on TDPRI - like @Black59 I ran the serial number and confirmed it's a 60s Classic. As mentioned the pickguard and back plate were changed to the pearloid - so it's possible that other electronics were changed.

Yes, looks great. FYI, any (for the most part) fender guitars with a rosewood/ separate fretboard will not have a skunk stripe because the skunk stripe is used traditionally to insert the truss rod, not needed if one can insert it before adding the fretboard.

Actually that is sort of true, sort of not true. The original Fender rosewood board necks were made this way - truss rod inserted under the fingerboard so no skunk stripe. When the maple fingerboards returned in the mid-60s they were also made this way - a maple "cap" fingerboard, truss rod inserted under the board, no skunk stripe. The one-piece maple board necks with skunk stripe returned circa 1969/70.

When the 3-bolt/bullet truss rod necks start on Strats (and other models) they have the skunk stripe on both the rosewood and maple fingerboards; not long after that the 4-bolt/heel truss rod adjustment necks also went to having a skunk stripe on both rosewood and maple fingerboard necks (like on the "standard" Telecasters, Mustangs, etc.) there in the early 1970s. I've always assumed CBS did that to "streamline" neck production.

When the first AVRI models came out in 1982 the '62 models went with the historically correct rosewood fingerboard/no skunk stripe necks to be vintage appropriate. Since that point in time "modern spec" Fenders (like Standards, Elites, American Standards, everything since then) will have the skunk stripe on both rosewood and maple fingerboards, and "vintage spec" Fenders (AVRIs, Classic Series, Vinteras, American Originals, etc.) will have the rosewood board/no skunk stripe necks. The lone exception to to this was the American Elite series - they had that truss rod adjustment wheel, so both the rosewood board and maple board necks had separate fingerboards with the truss rod inserted under the fingerboard.
 

jwag

Strat-O-Master
Aug 9, 2015
596
Saint Louis
Posted the same info over on your thread on TDPRI - like @Black59 I ran the serial number and confirmed it's a 60s Classic. As mentioned the pickguard and back plate were changed to the pearloid - so it's possible that other electronics were changed.



Actually that is sort of true, sort of not true. The original Fender rosewood board necks were made this way - truss rod inserted under the fingerboard so no skunk stripe. When the maple fingerboards returned in the mid-60s they were also made this way - a maple "cap" fingerboard, truss rod inserted under the board, no skunk stripe. The one-piece maple board necks with skunk stripe returned circa 1969/70.

When the 3-bolt/bullet truss rod necks start on Strats (and other models) they have the skunk stripe on both the rosewood and maple fingerboards; not long after that the 4-bolt/heel truss rod adjustment necks also went to having a skunk stripe on both rosewood and maple fingerboard necks (like on the "standard" Telecasters, Mustangs, etc.) there in the early 1970s. I've always assumed CBS did that to "streamline" neck production.

When the first AVRI models came out in 1982 the '62 models went with the historically correct rosewood fingerboard/no skunk stripe necks to be vintage appropriate. Since that point in time "modern spec" Fenders (like Standards, Elites, American Standards, everything since then) will have the skunk stripe on both rosewood and maple fingerboards, and "vintage spec" Fenders (AVRIs, Classic Series, Vinteras, American Originals, etc.) will have the rosewood board/no skunk stripe necks. The lone exception to to this was the American Elite series - they had that truss rod adjustment wheel, so both the rosewood board and maple board necks had separate fingerboards with the truss rod inserted under the fingerboard.
Thanks alot
 

jwag

Strat-O-Master
Aug 9, 2015
596
Saint Louis
FEC52BBE-1DC5-4F1C-8442-149419691E0D.png BCD0FE34-16D3-46F7-8161-7A591029AF0E.png E3BE6FF1-2C50-4BC6-A89A-DA94EB6C18C5.png I picked it up today,and couldn’t be happier. I didn’t even try to negotiate price, and happily paid the man $450. It plays and sounds great.

A huge shoutout to everyone for the help and information about my new Strat.
 


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