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 Post subject: I've bought a Strat I-Series Export?! Need some help.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:31 am 
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Hello,

I just bought a used strat. Serial number tells me I + 6 numbers. According to this site, its a limited export model made in usa (~1990). But i found a note in the bag with chinese (??????????) signatures that makes me confused. By the way who made the string up? ;-)

Can you tell me where my guitar is made in? Can i screw off the neck without worries?

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It looks just like my 85 MIJ , same color, mine is a maple neck. Does it have a 1 ply pg? Where does it say made in USA? If in fact it is MIJ it was made in 1989 and made for export to USA. That would explain the writing.

Don't get me wrong, I believe as you say that it is a MIA. Just wondering.

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thanks for your reply.

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Does it have a 1 ply pg?


what is a 1 ply pg? (my english sucks)


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Where does it say made in USA?


nowhere outside. therefore it should be a MIJ then, or? It makes no diffrence to me. I just want to know it. :)


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1 ply pg?

1 ply pg = 1 ply pickguard... when you look at the edge is it solid white, or is it layers like white/black/white?

And the "I" series would be a made in Japan, 1989-1990... isn't that right Chet? (Chet is our resident MIJ expert)

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Yes it would but as Chet says the MIJ guitars made during that time frame are as good or better than MIA. I think most strats were made in Japan during this period of time as the American plants were being retooled. I might be wrong about that so don't take it to the bank. Looks as if someone removed the small Made in Japan part of the decal. I don't know why? If Chet sees this thread he can tell us more info. :wink:


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my mij strats say either crafted in japan or made in japan at the heel. where the neck meets the back of the guitar. it should be there with the serial number. check out this site for dating info.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/john.blackman4/serial.htm
and why would you want to take the neck off?


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vwralph wrote:
my mij strats say either crafted in japan or made in japan at the heel. where the neck meets the back of the guitar. it should be there with the serial number. check out this site for dating info.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/john.blackman4/serial.htm
and why would you want to take the neck off?

That's different from mine it says Made in Japan right under where is says stratocaster on the headstock front. Perplexing huh? :?


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1 ply pg = 1 ply pickguard... when you look at the edge is it solid white, or is it layers like white/black/white?


thanks, now i understand. it is solid white.


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Fender model number 027-4650 is certainly that of a Japanese product.

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US: 010, 011, 019 (basses), 015 (custom shop), 110
Mexico: 013, 113, 014
Japan: 025, 027
Korea: 026


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you know I remember having a telecaster that had made in japan on the headstock too. weird :D


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and why would you want to take the neck off?


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The birthday of my strat is 10.04.1990. But I dont know what "29 Agost" means. 29th August in catalan language? :P


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 Post subject: Re: I've bought a Strat I-Series Export?! Need some help.
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The Fender I Series was made in the US for the export market. it was made in 1989 and 1990. Because it was made for the export market, the made in the USA stamp is at the base of the neck, not the headstock


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 Post subject: Re: I've bought a Strat I-Series Export?! Need some help.
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fenderman_21 wrote:
The Fender I Series was made in the US for the export market. it was made in 1989 and 1990. Because it was made for the export market, the made in the USA stamp is at the base of the neck, not the headstock

if you go to the support link at the top of the page, under the knowledgebase subheader, it says product dating. go to the product dating page, click on American made instruments. Scroll down to the "odd" serial number chart, the fourth one down on the chart is the I series


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 Post subject: Re: I've bought a Strat I-Series Export?! Need some help.
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Oh, sure, there are those mysteriously stamped "Made In USA" models, but this isn't one of those. This is a boringly normal MIJ I series made in, well, what does it say here:

http://www.fender.com/support/articles/ ... uct-dating


Look at the product hang tag. It clearly has a Japanese model number and even Japanese writing on it.

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 Post subject: Re: I've bought a Strat I-Series Export?! Need some help.
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Im looking to sell this guitar. Is this a standard Strat or a vintage model? What should I pay attention to? And how much is this guitar minimum worth?


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