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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / MIJ Stratocaster Experts - have some questions...

super mario
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I am on a quest...just not sure where!
Jun 16th, 2017 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I recently scored a MIJ Stratocaster body off da'Bay for a good price (less than $100 shipped). The PO stated it was a 90's model, but I cannot verify other than it looks like it has been through some good battles. Get it home and have some questions. First - I've not seen checking like this one has except in older nitro finishes, is this body finished in nitro or a very thin poly/nitro combo? (See attached photo) Second - is this body basswood or alder? It weighs 3.8 lbs on the Postal Digital scales I have have. The body has some unique screw holes at the pickup positions - it appears at one time the pickups were attached directly to the body. Never seen that in a Stratocaster before. Also as this body is bare are there any hardware concerns regarding mounting the vintage style bridge.....

BTW - there are additional pictures in profile as I am trying to decipher the "time line" of this one.

Body Checking

(This message was last edited by super mario at 09:39 AM, Jun 16th, 2017)

super mario
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I am on a quest...just not sure where!
Jun 16th, 2017 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here is a detailed shot of the neck pocket markings....

Neck Pocket


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Jul 2nd, 2017 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Can't help I afraid, but that looks like a really beautiful finish. Definitely looks more like nitro than any poly guitar I own,

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Jul 7th, 2017 02:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Mario, sorry I'm a bit late in to this thread. It looks like basswood, but can you post more pics of the body?

That looks more like scratching than checking. My '84 MIJ strat has some light cracks in the finish which resemble nitro checking, it is a thin finish but not nitro. The only nitro finishes on MIJ strats were the top of the range domestic JV's which should have A stamped in the neck pocket, and the later '115' series, not sure what they have in the neck pocket. But they are relatively rare and again, were largely for the Japanese domestic market.

No issues with fitting a trem, it's the 'vintage' USA spec.

(I've owned and worked on a few MIJ strats but wouldn't call myself an expert.)

super mario
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I am on a quest...just not sure where!
Jul 9th, 2017 06:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Johnhe - appreciate the feedback. But am lending to it being poly based on some added research.

Vomer - That supports some of the reading I have done since originally posting. While it would be neat if it were nitro, I am happy with it being a thin poly finish. The patina of the "cracks/scratches" does lend to looking like nitro. I've got it just about assembled - using a vintage spec USA bridge/trem along with an all maple MIM "Squier Series" neck ('94) vintage. Fitting it with some SD SSL-1's for a vintage type tone. This is shaping up to be a fun project.



Jul 12th, 2017 09:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Poly doesn't check like that; even modern nitro with plasticizers won't.

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