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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / E-series strat



May 9th, 2009 02:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have just picked up an E Series strat in very good condition and absolutely no fret wear. I'm pretty sure it is a '57 reissue judging by the neck stamp (ST-357V), one-piece maple neck with skunk stripe and other factors. I have had a look inside and I was surprised to find HS-3 on the back of all the staggered pole pickups so I presume Dimarzio's were fitted at some point. There are some anomalies though, including a roller string tree (a '54 reissue feature?) when I would have expected a butterfly version. No indication that this was added later so seems likely to have been straight from the factory in Japan. It plays and sounds superb and the best MIJ strat I have had since my old Greco SE 600 Super Sounds.

Anybody know how to definitively class the instrument as a '57 reissue?

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Columbus, Ohio

Season to taste.
May 9th, 2009 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got an E series 57 RI that I bought in Tokyo back in 1986. Strange about the button instead of the butterfly string tree.

My 57 has the vintage C shaped neck. I also have a 96 MIJ 54 RI. The neck on that bad boy is huge! The pots, pickups and the pickup selector in my 57 were imported from the States. Also I have the bent saddles with Fender stamped into them (same as the 54).

Hope that helps.

J Perry
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Theres A Darv Clarkin' At Ya!!
May 9th, 2009 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ST-357V isnt a reissue code, its a model variant of a 57ri.

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Mar 12th, 2010 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bringing a zombie thread back -

Night before last I got around to doing a level and crown on my E series MIJ strat. Took the neck off (maple) for the first time and found it with a ST-357V stamp.

Sounds like the Fender/Squire lines at the time shared the same markings. That same stamp seems to show up on "Fender" branded MIJ as well as on the Squier lines and among the various models. Not sure if they indicate that they are just speced the same or if they were produced from the same source (more likely to me).

From what I can gather the biggest difference between them is what string tree they stuck on there - single round = 54ri butterfly=57ri and two plastic roller = standard. At least for the maples.

Probably something similar with the rosewood 60s reissues. Since those necks also seem to have found their way onto the Stadard models.

Sounds like the Standard was the chef's special of the day with a mix of necks, pickups, pick guards. The main constant is the roller trees. Mass produced frankenstrats.

Funny what you find out after doing some deferred maintenance on your guitar.


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San Antonio, Texas

Mar 18th, 2010 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What's the difference between E series Fender and Squier, and the Korean e-series.

The necks are all superior and made with excellent maple (and rosewod).

I'll take a japanese neck over and American one any day!

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