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Therealfrogman

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Oct 11th, 2017 04:42 PM        

It is CAR / Maple neck MIJ and appears to be all stock. Well I think it is CAR so say so if you agree. It has a few little nicks in it and the frets have some honest wear on the treble side.<br /> <br /> Did they call it 50's classic or RI ? Same thing in my mind, the neck says ST-54DEX2 which looks to be typical for any MIJ that I have owned. $210 / no case or bag. I am guessing it is Basswood.



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Oct 12th, 2017 03:54 PM        

That's a beauty. A steal for $210. Yes, the ST-54's were reissue models with period-correct touches like the string tree and the 8 hole guard, kluson=style tuners, heel-end truss rod adjust, and a 2 7/32" bridge. But I don't think they were ever officially called "Reissue". (And the Classic 50's are the similar Mexican versions.)<br /> <br /> Is the neck a V or a C shape? The pickups are most likely MIJ with plastic leads, although some got Texas Specials. <br /> <br /> The body probably is basswood, if it's light, if it's heavier it might be alder.<br /> <br /> What's the first letter of the serial number?<br /> <br /> Absolute bargain, hope you enjoy it.



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Oct 12th, 2017 04:16 PM        

Very nice and a very good deal. It's worth at least three time what you paid. A CAR Strat has eluded me but it is a color I'd like to own. Currently I have only a MIJ Jazzmaster in CAR.



BF66Prince



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Oct 12th, 2017 04:18 PM        

Nice score there.<br /> <br /> That's probably a 90's 50's Reissue.<br /> <br /> I've got a '90 MIJ Fender Black 50's Strat RI and a '91 MIJ Fender CAR 50's Tele Reissue.<br /> <br /> I bought the Tele new in '91 and the Strat used in '96. <br /> <br /> Both are excellent guitars. <br /> <br /> They're never going anywhere.



Therealfrogman

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Oct 12th, 2017 04:22 PM        

It has a V serial number and the neck and pocket say 96. The neck profile is V until the 10th fret and it tapers to C. I had a MIM 50's classic ten years ago and I do not remember it having the tapered profile.<br /> <br /> Yeah I do not think they use the reissue term on these either but it sounds better.... I had a 60's MIJ the same year and it was a 62 replica as close as any I have seen, sold it as a 62 and did not get any complaints. It was basswood and it was lighter than this one.<br /> <br /> My classic 50's was really heavy! That much I remember. The pups do have the plastic leads and sound great, I dont have anymore sets of TS's to compair with, mostly a house of Tele these days :)



Mick Reid

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Oct 12th, 2017 10:38 PM        

Nice one frogman!<br /> I too have always wanted a CAR strat. And it *has* to have a maple board too!<br /> <br /> Nothing wrong with basswood IMO. One of my best playing/sounding strats is basswood. Not great grain for clear finish, but good tonewood with a coloured poly.<br /> <br /> Congrats



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Oct 13th, 2017 04:50 AM        

That was a killer deal!<br /> <br /> Basswood is great for a guitar body. Not the traditional Fender ash or alder, but good enough that Ibanez uses it for all their guitars--including their top-of-the-line solid body models that get opaque finishes.



Therealfrogman

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illegal is a sick bird....
Oct 13th, 2017 05:17 PM        

There are some pretty outrageous things said by haters of basswood and searching for info on this strat dialed me right into a herd of them.<br /> <br /> I had another one and it rocked just like all of my ash and alder guitars, I may not be the top tone guy around but I got a bunch of guitars and as far as I know the pickups and string vibration account for a majority of the sound, I think ;-)<br /> <br /> I like it but it was an impulse purchase. I grabbed it off the hanger and another shopper was waiting for me to hang it back up so I just walked around with it for a while and decided to get it.



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Oct 13th, 2017 05:27 PM        

Yeah, the haters are the same goobers that angle their Strats' vibrato springs from the block to the claw.<br /> <br /> Idjits.



Mick Reid

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Oct 13th, 2017 10:10 PM        

"I grabbed it off the hanger and another shopper was waiting for me to hang it back up so I just walked around with it for a while and decided to get it."<br /> <br /> Hah!!! Was he like inconspicuously following you around pretending to be browsing at other stuff???<br /> That's funny!<br />



Tony Salieri



Houston, Texas

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Dec 24th, 2017 09:27 AM        

Nice score! Reminds me of the deal I found on a Fernandes LE-2 at a pawn shop. <br /> <br /> "...I grabbed it off the hanger and another shopper was waiting for me to hang it back up so I just walked around with it for a while and decided to get it."<br /> <br /> "Hah!!! Was he like inconspicuously following you around pretending to be browsing at other stuff???<br /> That's funny!"<br /> <br /> I do a LOT of <br /> thrift, re-sale, charity, & pawn shop<br /> shopping, and have been on both sides. I once waited, hoping the guy would say no when his lady wanted to buy a pair of Bose multi-speaker speakers, but he said yes (the price was $39.99 for the pair). And I've had to politely but firmly ask/tell folks to 'back off' until I finished checking out items. <br />



Therealfrogman

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illegal is a sick bird....
Dec 25th, 2017 03:13 PM        

Actually I flipped that thing a month ago fer a perty penny ;)<br /> <br /> More Tele's



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