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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / '95 CS Mary Kaye...no COA, trying to verify...

TD Moyer


May 13th, 2012 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

So just over one year ago I purchased a beautiful but used CS Mary Kaye strat from Sam Ash...a smokin' good deal.

I recently sold it to a dealer who returned it to me saying he was sure it was a partscaster. His logic for returning the guitar seems sound as this was originally produced in '95 but the neck is stamped '99 and body 2000...(Based on the serial # alone Jeff Krause from Fender emailed me to say "That is a one off instrument from 2/9/1995. It was originally sold to Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA. Unfortunately, we don’t have any other records on it."

My intention now that I have the guitar back is to keep it and enjoy it but I'd still like to get to the bottom of the mystery...hoping someone on the forum has some insight or can point me in the right direction...thanks!

Mary Kaye

(This message was last edited by TD Moyer at 03:06 PM, May 13th, 2012)



too many guitars and not enough hands
May 13th, 2012 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

There are few issues i can seewith it.

when i get some time i'll list them but im sure a few others will chime in with their take on it

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
May 13th, 2012 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not aware of any CS necks with the QC label on the heel like that. Pallares is a name you see on USA Fender factory necks.

There are no CS stamps into the wood inside the pickup cavities.

The paint/polishing residue inside the neck pocket is pretty sloppy and unlike anything I've ever seen on a CS guitar.

The neck plate looks like a repro.

If it plays well and sounds great--play the devil out of it. The very questionable provenance of the guitar is why you got a smokin' deal on it from Sam Ash.

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USA/Taos, NM

May 13th, 2012 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd certainly take it up as an issue with the folks at Sam Ash for misrepresenting what they were selling. It's a beautiful guitar. But that's kind of bogus on Sam Ash's part.

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We had the hit but Van got the money
May 26th, 2012 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

IIRC there was a large run of those guitars in the early to mid-90s. I remember my local (NJ at the time) Sam Ash always had several of them around. Probably not unusual that it doesn't have Custom Shop makings anywhere besides the plate. They were just your garden variety 57 reissue with that Mary Kay blonde finish and gold hardare.

FWIW, O Pallares name was on the birdseye neck of a '98 Cunetto Tele I had for many years which was clearly a CS guitar. Pic attached.

O. Pallares stamp

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May 27th, 2012 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not Custom Shop in my opinion.

TD Moyer


Jun 9th, 2012 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just a quick update;

After speaking with the folks at Sam Ash I took the guitar back to the Hollywood location where they had Fender review the guitar/pics to find that it was.....NOT a CS guitar.
It turns out to be a USA line production Fender from a limited run for 'someone' and whomever traded the guitar in had slapped the CS neck plate on (that being the only Custom Shop piece of puzzle).

To Sam Ash's credit they stood behind the mistake and gave me a full refund on the guitar!



Jun 12th, 2012 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

But you didn't get to keep it of course right?

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