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Post subject: 1987 American Standard Strat Build
Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:12 pm
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About the time we started helping Martian with his custom build, I came across this 1987 American Standard Strat. A college student had it and he bought several years ago from a close friend it in Detroit. It had several issues, one was an ugly blue/grey pearl pickguard with a Fender Noiseless pickup in the neck, a Texas Special in the middle and a DiMarzio Fast Track II in the bridge. The nut had a crack and someone drilled some holes on the back of the headstock for some after market tuners. What I am going to do it "kind of" restore this guitar. I wish I would have taken some picks of the guitar when I first got it. But here it is—in parts! The production date on this one is June, 1987, with neck being marked June 11th and the body June 10th.

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About these guitars. Production for these began in 1986, but the American Standard Stratocaster was formally introduced at the Winter NAMM Show in January of 1987. Some say it was influenced by the 1981/82 "Dan Smith Strat," and Dan Smith was most likely was behind the 1987 American Standard concept, its final engineering design is credited to Fender R&D's Geroge Blanda, who was hired by Fender in 1985 to institute the "Custom Shop," but became a leading force in Fender's R&D department.

These were the precursor to to the Strat Plus Series, using the same kind of body and bridge design, and even the same profile neck, yet missing some standard features of the Plus. For instance, like the Plus it features 22 frets, a 9.5 fingerboard radius, "swimming pool route," and a re-designed 2-point bridge/tremolo unit. But the bridge poles are screw in types with round heads, unlike the threaded brass ferrule inserts used on the Plus and the later American Series. Also the bridge is solid chrome steel, instead of the painted Grey or Black used on the Plus.

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In the picture below you will note the broken nut and the yellowing of the body. It is amazing how yellow these 80s Strats can become. It is due to this that makes guessing what color a Strat might be really difficult. For instance, let's say this was Candy Apple Red. What would it look like with this much yellowing of the clear coat going on? I have seen 1988-89 Inca Silver Strats that looked more like Aztec Gold! In reality, it was just the yellowing of the clear coat that caused a hue over the original color.

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More to come. Rewiring, cleaning this up, fixing the holes on the back of the headstock and fixing that broken nut! Last, but not least, we train our doggie to get the firewood in for us!

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Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:57 pm
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I don't believe my luck! ANOTHER BUILD THREAD! Man I'll start drooling in stereo now, folks!

Ha! As if I care! :lol:

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The X-Man cometh!

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Do your thing man! :D

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The_Nutter wrote:
I don't believe my luck! ANOTHER BUILD THREAD!


Indeed! Let the X-Man do his magic.


I wonder if a good polishing (using a rubbing compound, like T-cut or such, of course) would be able to restore the original color?

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YES

A doggie based build thread.

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Strange... I have a feeling that body's been on my screen before... 8) cool of you to show us what you're doing with it, Mr X! :D

PS: Love the tan - gorgeous! ;-)

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Hi nice strat i have an 89 std that i am thinking to re paint like to turn her from black to white do you think this is the way to go.Cheers from aus


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Sweet looking thread mate :)

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Wait one moment... [Ceri lines up a row of beers and pops the top on the first one. Also, a big bowl of chilli cashew nuts to hand.]

OK, we're ready. Fire away! 8)

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Personaly I like the off white that old white Fenders go.

One nice axe there mate, just don't go chopping firewood with it.


Now tell us about that Retriever. If Carlsberg made pets, it would be the Retriever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_M7zOew2Pc


So come on mate, any hints as to what you're planning with the pickups?

How does that trem feel? Do the pivot posts make much of a difference to the trem action compared to the latter design?

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I think we're gonna need a builder's forum on here. :D

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Alright!! Another great build thread and by Mr.X at that!! I love the way the color on that body has aged. A lot of people strive to achieve that color. Getting my Diet Cokes and popcorn ready for this. Thanks Mr.X!!! 8) :)


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Hey Nutter!! Are you adding all these new builds to you build thread? Hope so!! :wink:


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fhopkins wrote:
Hey Nutter!! Are you adding all these new builds to you build thread? Hope so!! :wink:


*Nutter comes in, panting and sweating, drops in his chair and says in a weak and breathless voice:* Hi Hop! *draws breath* I'm trying to keep up with things here but all these kind and inspiring folks are sure keeping me on my toes! :lol:

yeah, getting them filed as we speak. Man I sure hope Brad is considering a Build section by now. There are some busy bees around on this board! Great! 8)

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:lol: 8) :wink:


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