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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Please help me with identifying strat

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Sep 6th, 2016 03:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey, I have an opportunity to acquire a Fender (or not) guitar. It seems like it's not fake, but not original either (maybe it's partscaster from original parts?). Fender website tells that it's Am Std from 1991, but it's definitely not. Any help would be very appreciated, as the guitar is nice, but I just don't want to pay for it more than I sould :)

thanks a lot

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LeftRightOut
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Sep 6th, 2016 04:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

partscaster is my call.

Question can you play it first?

If it plays well and sounds good and you get it for a good price than its worth it

if you're worried about resale value only then don't buy it

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Sep 6th, 2016 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a MIA Fender neck on what appears to be a MIM Fender body, with Fender pickups and some beginner soldering goofiness on the circuit.

I would not pay market rate for a MIA Strat. There should be a discount.

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Sep 6th, 2016 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like the pickup selector switch is after-market, as well. Not sure about the neck...a 21-fret neck with the Micro-Tilt parts in place? I've never seen that. Doesn't mean I know for sure, or have seen all the variations out there. The string tree also looks not appropriate to the era.

Agreed...if you can play it and it plays and sounds great, then it could be the guitar for you. But, yes...I would avoid paying "market price" for a bona-fide American Strat.

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Sep 6th, 2016 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I also say MIM body or at least pickguard. I recently bought a MIM Strat and it had the exact same label on the back of the pickguard.
Probably a nice Strat but seller may be dishonest if he is saying anything but MIM on at least part of it. I'll bet the seller knows exactly where that guitar came from.

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Sep 6th, 2016 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'll bet the seller knows exactly where that guitar came from."

Spot on.

Many private guitar sales (where a guitar has had some 'creative' luthiery inflicted upon it) also usually include a line in the description, such as, "I don't know what happened to this guitar as it was this way when I bought it."

Sure is was that way when you bought it. And monkeys will fly out of my butt!

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Sep 6th, 2016 01:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm selling it for a friend" is another whopper.



LeftRightOut
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Sep 6th, 2016 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The creative marketing approach or the play dumb approach.

Unfortunately that's not me if you're honest you're more likely to sell it!

BTW guitars are never worth as much as you think, they're only worth what someone is willing to pay

If I've got a guitar for sale i'll say its an aftermarket body, Mim neck brand x pickup etc and sell the positive facts.

of course I wont say its a dog because to me it might be but to someone else it may be a dream guitar

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Sep 6th, 2016 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm selling this guitar because it just does not sound that good. It's hard to play and doesn't stay in tune."

...wrote no one ever.

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Sep 6th, 2016 04:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...and some beginner soldering goofiness on the circuit."

HEY! That's MY soldering! AND, it's my friend's guitar!

;^)

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Sep 7th, 2016 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I KNEW it! haha

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