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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Trying to identify this flamed strat neck



Oct 7th, 2016 05:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Got a good deal on a partscaster, plays good, The electronics are american series pickups, MIM bridge.

The neck has been baffling me. I'm more curious about the story behind it. The nut width is 42.8mm and the 12th fret width is 52.8mm. The frets are thinner than I would like, at 1.9-1.94mm in width.

The headstock has overspray in the face, and the back, and some of the decals on the headstock look pixelated. I've tried to look up 86 MIJ strat necks, but I can't seem to get a match, so i'm guessing its been effed with. I've appended picks below, any idea on what i might be dealing with?



Oct 7th, 2016 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

link to pictures

(This message was last edited by oddacious at 08:28 PM, Oct 8th, 2016)

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Oct 7th, 2016 09:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

The decals look wrong to me.

"Made In Japan" is usually found on the heel.



Oct 8th, 2016 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile  


Was just browsing ebay with my son, and gotta love ebay for their target marketing, I saw a neck that looks like mine:


Its a MIM neck. If you look at the bottom back of then neck where the skunk strip ends, there is a gap, identical to mine.

Wondering if this might be a MIM neck, possibly a squier. I'm just baffled as to why someone would make a MIJ copy.

(This message was last edited by oddacious at 08:31 PM, Oct 8th, 2016)

Riff Twang

Tasmania Australia

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Oct 8th, 2016 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

(This message was last edited by Riff Twang at 09:32 AM, Oct 9th, 2016)

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Irishman in Paris

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Oct 8th, 2016 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Look at the "Stratocaster" and "Made in Japan" fonts. Looks very wrong to me. With ebay and google image search, I can't find an 80's MIJ or even Squier with those fonts or identical decal layout. The circular plug at the neck heel make me wonder too.

It might be perfectly good neck, but I doubt it's a Fender of any description.

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Irishman in Paris

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Oct 8th, 2016 03:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

oddacious - please edit your link, you can delete everything past the first question mark in the URL and it will still display just fine. Or even better, use the link boxes.


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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Oct 8th, 2016 11:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a Squier neck with some decal fakery. Unless the frets are *perfect*, value is about $50 or so.

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Oct 9th, 2016 02:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

The apparent gouge out of the fretboard plus other factors: that's a run, don't walk, item.



Oct 9th, 2016 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I appreciate the opinions, was hoping for some more data. Looking at thr logo, i do see glitter specks around the fender logo. Another oddity is the pickguard has american series alnico5 pups.

I dont have much in the guitar, so not worried, may just remain an unidentified neck. quite a fit of fret wear

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Oct 11th, 2016 05:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

"The apparent gouge out of the fretboard plus other factors: that's a run, don't walk, item."

"Got a good deal on a partscaster..."
"I dont have much in the guitar..."

The price was right
You're happy with it
Good buy

(This message was last edited by Tony Salieri at 07:38 AM, Oct 11th, 2016)

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Oct 11th, 2016 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yep, that's all that matters.

These guitars are modular--and they can be good ones even if they're bitsers.

Remember that Clapton's Blackie was a "parts-o-caster."

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 11th, 2016 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not sure if that is a Squier neck of not. Decal tricks for sure. The contour of the neck to heal looks wrong for a Fender product of any kind to me.

If it plays right and sounds good and you are happy with what you paid for it, what it is matters not. I have some of those things at home myself.



Oct 21st, 2016 08:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Fender logo is too small. Too compressed looking. I had a neck that looked like this I got on a trade for parts. Turned out it was from a Yamaha Strat style guitar. Only difference was mine had a nice correct but fake Fender logo.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Nov 3rd, 2016 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Several things do not ring true on that neck besides the decals. Double roller string trees are a 90's item. And the size of the fretboard compared to the nut end of the headstock and position of the truss hole ring MiM...just me.

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