John C wrote:
I don't think these were a limited edition; if I'm remembering correctly they were only made in 1989 so there reallych aren't that many of them out there. Basically it is an American Standard with the gold-logo Lace Sensors used on the Strat Plus (but without the other Strat Plus hardware like locking tuners and the roller nut).
As such I wouldn't price it as a limited edition, and frankly having that hang tag is very important for these guitars because without that provenence most people will think it is just a modded American Standard. I would consider it worth about the same as any other Fender American Standard where you are located; here in the USA these would be worth about $800, maybe a bit more. I've never priced a Gothic Explorer so I'm not sure of their current value used.
While $800 may be what similiar guitars are listed for on eBay Buy it now listings, its not the real value, its probably around $650. If you look at GC used pricing, or on CL, thats about the value. Though on Ebay, it probably would be $800, which is too much money.
That being said; a 1990 American Std with Lace pickups, is a more desireable guitar than the Gothic Explorer (not saying its better, just more people will be willing to buy it over a Gothic Exp, so it's easier to get rid of down the line. It looks like a really nice guitar. If I was in your shoes, with the what i own now, id do the trade, but i own several humbucker equipped guitars already. If I didnt own any other humbucker'd guitars, I'd probably second guess it. I guess it depends on whether or not you have other guitars to fill the humbucker void or not. I think the Strat is worth more than the Explorer.