What's strange about this 1983 Fender headstock logo?

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  1. california2020

    california2020 Strat-Talker

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    @Baelzebub @Antonio77 @train Thanks you all for your informations, it makes sense.
    perhaps it is a logo used in a transitional period.
    @Baelzebub never heard of the 2-knob Japanes Strat! Seems to be very close to the US one...
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    Yeah...practically identical at first glance, even the front rout, although I'm sure @Guitarmageddon could school us on the differences. Apparently they used the same E number schemes as well.
     
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    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster

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    I know nothing about early 1980s Fender stuff before the American Standard....sorry
     
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    Yes, the main difference is that the Japanese one had 22 frets and Japanese pots and switch
     
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    John C Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    There has always been an unconfirmed rumor that these MIJ Standards (and there were some MIJ Elites as well) were FMIC shipping parts they got in the purchase off to FujiGen to complete. As I say "unconfirmed rumor" about those, and it could have only been pickups and hardware, no bodies or necks.
     
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    I think you mean Dan Smith?
     
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    Tremdaddy Strat-Talk Member

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    This is right before they started making good guitars again. They had just started doing the reissues but still needed to use up leftover parts. Shortly afterward they began to make the American Standards which were a big improvement over the Dan Smith stuff, imo.
     
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    Have you done a serial number search?
     
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    SN search won't be helpful here. Fender has basically no records from this time span up till sometime I believe in the mid 90's, and the other dater sites will just say that its a guitar from here or maybe there in this timeframe because the SN is properly formatted, not that it knows for a fact it's a genuine Fender product.
     
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    Yes... thanks for correcting that... Wrong Dan... Different dayo_O
     
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    Sometimes I really love this site. Just what in the name of bloody Creation is a Two Knob Strat!!!???
     
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    Just posted these pics a few days ago, one is my 1983 Tele and the other is an '83 Strat neck that I put on a Thineline build. No question of the provenience of either instrument. The logo is definitely different, but Leo nor FMIC ever throws anything away....sooooo. The Strat neck is left handed and the funkyness in the Strat 'O' is a rhinestone I added because, I don't remember why 83 Strat.JPG 83Tele.JPG
     
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    Here's a pic of 1983 Strat headstock on one that I own. It's definitely authentic. I can't say though that they never used a different decal. This guitar plays great by the way.
     

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