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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / some confusion on an E4.. Stratocaster

Shlock the monster


May 17th, 2016 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I need advisory help.
Tomorrow I'll met a guy who offers, as he says, an American Standard Strat made in 1988 and signed by Jimmy Vaughan.
The photos he sent to me indicate that it's serial no"E469671" indicate it was made in 1984. But this guitar has already modern American Standard bridge (with this stainless blocks and not forged plates) and 22 frets instead of the at that time common 21.
Wher the E4 numbers still used in 1988 or what is the matter?
Can anybody help me -he wants 1300$ for it.

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Seattle, Wa

Not quite my tempo
May 17th, 2016 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think I read in Duchessoir's Strat book that 80's serial numbers are fairly erratic.


Mpls, Minnesoooota

Lunacy has found me
May 17th, 2016 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Going from memory, I thought the American Standard Stratocaster models ran from 1986 to 2000 before changing to American Series.

I have a 1993. It has 22 frets, smooth saddles, and two string trees. I paid $529 for it with no case in summer 1994.

Jimmy Vaughan's signature doesn't add value unless he owned the guitar.

I would email Fender and ask the manufacturer date and specs after you give them the serial number.


Mpls, Minnesoooota

Lunacy has found me
May 17th, 2016 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wouldn't pay more for a E4 1988 Stratocaster. $1,300 seems about double what it should sell for but i can't speak for the market or supply of used guitars in Austria.

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NW Pennsylvania

May 17th, 2016 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Buy the guitar, not the story.

Shlock the monster


May 17th, 2016 03:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

the owner told me, he got it from the USA.The preowner met Jimmy Vaughan after a show backstage. Jimmy made a shortcheck of the guitar and gave him his seal of approval according to his wish at the inside of the backplate to avoid erasure.
There are no other documents like a selfie or so that prove this.
So the story looks a little bit irritating to me.
Meanwhile I decided to cancel the meeting.

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USA/Taos, NM

May 17th, 2016 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Probably a wise choice.

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Turn it down? It's barely on ten!
May 18th, 2016 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yea, that was high for an 88' Strat. They seem to go for about $800 at most if it's VERY clean and has all the original stuff with it.



pronounced mish-ka
May 19th, 2016 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have an E4 serial number Strat and it was made in April '87 according to what's penciled in on the headstock. It had the modern 2 post trem and 22 frets.
It was in very poor shape when I bought it for $500.


Texas Gulf Coast

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May 19th, 2016 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have an E4 sunburst strat that was made in '87. I paid $700 for it with a Tweed case.

Here's a pic of mine.

'87 E4 Fender Strat


Texas Gulf Coast

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May 19th, 2016 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another pic.

Back side of '87 E4

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South Florida

May 20th, 2016 07:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

You got that guitar awfully close to the pool. It's making me nervous.

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USA/Taos, NM

May 20th, 2016 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah...but it floats. A new dimension to the concept of a "floating tremolo."


Mpls, Minnesoooota

Lunacy has found me
May 20th, 2016 10:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Swimming pool route. :-)

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Orlando, FL

My brain hurts!
May 23rd, 2016 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

E4 serial numbers were not used until 1987. This was due to Fender's realization that they needed to retool the plant prior to introduction of the American Standard series. I believe from 1984-1987 the only Strats made in the USA were the Vintage Reissues.


New Zealand

Jul 30th, 2016 01:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi, I have an 88 strat, E473710. It seems Fender used up surplus E4 decals as a cost cutting measure. Your description of that gtr sounds just like mine, prob worth $800 or so. Even if Jimmy did handle it, it doesnt really bump the price up IMHO. But, they are very good guitars.

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