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.
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.
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.
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!