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Post subject: '57 strat Id. question
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:10 am
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Hi guys. First post. I bought what was sold as a 1957 heavy relic stratocaster on reverb a while back but I'm having a hard time getting specs on this guitar. It doesn't have the custom shop logo on the back of the headstock and the S/N starts with a V. Also I was told it is a 2012 model. Noob question: Are all '57 RI strats created equal? Meaning do they all have the same specs?
Would anyone here have any idea where I can look? On the Fender site all I see is specs for the '56 heavy relic strat. Thank you and have a great day.


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Post subject: Re: '57 strat Id. question
Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:36 am
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No CS logo? Did it come with a COA (Certificate Of Authenticity)?

The regular production American Vintage '57 & '62 models also had "Vxxxxxx" serial numbers.

The Custom Shop intentionally chose to replicate different years than the AVRIs. For variety, to avoid direct comparisons ("what makes a CS'57 so much more expensive than an AV'57?"), and to avoid people trying to pass off an AV as a CS.

I'm not aware of the CS ever doing a '57. If they did, it would certainly have a CS logo somewhere and a COA.

Pics would help be certain. Maybe a link to the Reverb ad?

Have you disassembled it? Is the word "RELIC" stamped into the pickup cavity?

I suspect someone either played the hell out of an AV, or artificially aged it, and then sold it as a "heavy relic".


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Post subject: Re: '57 strat Id. question
Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:16 pm
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strayedstrater wrote:
I suspect someone either played the hell out of an AV, or artificially aged it, and then sold it as a "heavy relic".

+1

A likely scenario.

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