What can you tell me about this Shell Pink Japan Strat?

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  1. God of Thunder

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    I know - hard question without actually having the guitar. I bought it though - and it's on its way. The serial number starts with E - so I think its a low/mid 80s Japan shell pink Strat. I paid a pretty penny for it from Guitar Center, not 100% sure I'm going to keep it - but I'm certainly very interested in playing it. So thoughts on this? I haven't seen many with a maple neck

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  3. Ace38

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    Those tuners are wrong for a MIJ strat, although they can be easily changed. What really bothers me is the waterslide. That really looks wrong. Others far more knowledgable are going to chime in though.
     
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    It looks like it would be a lot of fun.
    I’m a sucker for shell pink though.
     
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    It’s a beauty and I’m sure it plays like a dream. Congrats :)
     
  6. LTigh

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    I'm not as knowledgeable as the Bongland experts, but from what bits I know, if it's a MIJ export-to-MURIKA model, the serial number is in the wrong place for an E-series (I think the serials were on the front of the headstock under the "Fender" logo?). I guess it really depends on if it were a JDM or export model. Also, waterslides seem to be in the wrong place, but I can't tell from the ants-tier GC pics.

    Otherwise, I'd defer to the experts and keep the receipt handy.
     
  7. stratman323

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    Something about that decal looks wrong. Come on Mr. Bit, help us out here!
     
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    Are those patent numbers under the main decal? I thought that Fender stuff (MIA or MIJ) didn't have them?
     
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    You're right they don't. The pictures are blurry but the decal on the neck heel doesn't look right either.
     
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    Good catch! Along with the waterslide I noted earlier, till someone who knows for sure comes along and verifies, I'm filing this one in the "fake" folder.
     
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    The OP says he's paid a pretty penny already, so let's wait for the stripdown/sharp photos before any further speculation.

    Or is that being boring? :D
     
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    Yeah! It was $800! Fortunately it was used at Guitar Center, so I can return it if things aren't kosher with it.....and so far, this thread is giving me my doubts for sure!
     
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    Don't worry unduly. There are always plenty of people on here ready to shout "fake" whether they know anything or not...

    At least the trem cover holes are in the right place, it has a full block on the trem and it looks like the made in Japan sticker is on the heel of the neck.

    I wait and see....
     
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    I'm not an expert, (and I don't even play one on TV), but looks like there's a serial number on the neck plate, as well as one at the back of the neck heel (the usual place).
    My guess is partscaster....but a very sweet one. It is giving me GAS for one like it. :cool:
     
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    My advice. When you get it, take it home, capo it at the first fret, then take off the neck and unscrew the pickguard. Post the serial number(s) and pictures of...

    - All stamps and/or markings on the neck heel
    - All stamps and/or markings in the neck pocket
    - Any stamps and/or markings in the body routes
    - The underside of the pickguard, showing every component

    The Strat-Talk collective MIJ hive mind will tell you what you have, as close as it can be determined. You can make a keep/return decision that includes that info.

    I have no idea what your skill level is, but if you have difficulties taking it apart or putting it back together you can consult the hive mind about that. A couple of weeks ago I did this drill on an MIJ, took pictures, and stuck it back together. 10 minutes total, for me.
     
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    Dude... I didn't realize that GC had pumped up the price of (alleged) old MIJ Fenders that much. Last one I ever bought from them only set me back $400.

    Fortunately, I still have a line to $400 MIJ Fenders so GC can pound sand.
     
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    Shell Pink was made for waterslides !

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    Decal looks off, tubers are wrong, I cannot see enough of the serial to really say anything about that.
     
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    I'm with the others on the decal and tuners being wrong, but, also like the others, I'll wait for an expert to come in.
     
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    Not boring, no, but we can already see that there are what must be patent numbers under the decal. I'm simply asking if any of the MIJ Fenders had that.