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Post subject: CIJ Fender Stratocaster Authentication
Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:31 am
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I wanted to buy a second hand Left handed CIJ Fender Stratocaster. But before I purchase it, I just wanted to ask if the guitar really is authentic CIJ. Thanks

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Post subject: Re: CIJ Fender Stratocaster Authentication
Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:52 am
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R plus 6 digits = 2004-2005

Some decals are missing on the peg head or it's because it is a left hand ? Righty have more letter.
I'm not a expert but it look original.

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Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:41 am
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stratele52 wrote:
I'm not a expert but it look original.

+1

Basswood body with some corrosion of the bridge saddles evident.

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Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:56 am
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A third vote for original.

I don't know if all lefty MIJ's (nineties/noughties) came from the factory with only "Fender" on the headstock front, but I'd say most are that way.


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Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:09 am
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stratele52 wrote:
R plus 6 digits = 2004-2005

Some decals are missing on the peg head or it's because it is a left hand ? Righty have more letter.
I'm not a expert but it look original.


Yup, it's a lefty. And also based on other forums that I read on the internet, most lefty Fenders only have the Fender logo on the head. But I just wanted to make sure that it really is original. Thanks!


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Post subject: Re: CIJ Fender Stratocaster Authentication
Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:11 am
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jmattis wrote:
A third vote for original.

I don't know if all lefty MIJ's (nineties/noughties) came from the factory with only "Fender" on the headstock front, but I'd say most are that way.


Based on scouring on other forums, most, if not, some leftys only have the Fender logo. Thanks also for the assurance!


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Post subject: Re: CIJ Fender Stratocaster Authentication
Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:25 am
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How does it sound and play?

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Post subject: Re: CIJ Fender Stratocaster Authentication
Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:13 am
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I just bought it yesterday, and it sounds and plays beautifully. It was worth the purchase. Although the tuning pegs are having a hard time staying in tune. Should the pegs need replacement? Especially that I haven't seen those kind of pegs.


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Post subject: Re: CIJ Fender Stratocaster Authentication
Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:09 am
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I just bought it yesterday, and it sounds and plays beautifully. It was worth the purchase. Although the tuning pegs are having a hard time staying in tune. Should the pegs need replacement? Especially that I haven't seen those kind of pegs.


Strats can be a bit tricky to tune, particularly with a new environment, and/or new strings and if the bridge is floating. It might not be the machine heads. They are my favourite design of Fender type tuners (assuming not fitted with original Klusons which I really like).

Do they feel rough or uneven in use?

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Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:42 am
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adamska_1996 wrote:
Especially that I haven't seen those kind of pegs.

Those tuners are the type that the Stratocaster was fitted with from its inception in 1954. Originally built by Kluson, the repros (once used on MIA, MIM, and MIJ re-issues) were made by Gotoh. Both brands were very good machines, known for delivering decades of reliable service. Yours may need some cleaning and/or lubrication. If that does not rectify the problem then replacement will be necessary. The currently-available Kluson vintage style are a direct, drop-in fit. For a guitar of that age I would order the lightly-aged nickel-plated type.

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Post subject: Re: CIJ Fender Stratocaster Authentication
Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:34 pm
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Thanks for the info and suggestions guys. The guitar just de-tunes once in a while, but it is still quite tolerable. I'll try to have it cleaned / serviced once I have the time to spare, especially for the metal parts. But for the meantime I'll just enjoy my recently purchased Strat.


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Post subject: Re: CIJ Fender Stratocaster Authentication
Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:38 pm
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It's possible the guitar merely needs a fresh set of strings -- when's the last time it was re-strung?

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Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:12 am
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If I might add another aid for tuning stability on split post tuners

When re stringing , insert the string down the centre hole, bend over and wrap HALFWAY around the post, then pass it across the slot one more time before tightening up

This has a similar effect to a locking tuner and helps stability really well

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Post subject: Re: CIJ Fender Stratocaster Authentication
Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:07 am
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adamska_1996 wrote:
....The guitar just de-tunes once in a while...


This isn't unusual. My guitars that live in Wales require far more retuning than the ones that live in Essex, because of the ever changing weather in the Land of Dragons.

Lubricating the nut slots with graphite (or Nut Sauce etc) is helpful to ensure any change in tuning doesn't store latent string tension between the nut and tuner.

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Post subject: Re: CIJ Fender Stratocaster Authentication
Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:51 am
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John Sims wrote:
Lubricating the nut slots with graphite (or Nut Sauce etc) is helpful to ensure any change in tuning doesn't store latent string tension between the nut and tuner.


+1

Nut maintenance is essential to tuning stability.

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