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Post subject: Help needed to connect 57 VRI neck dates and stamps
Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:33 am
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Hi all,

I'm new here and I would like to ask a question to the forum if anyone could help me identifying my 57 VRI Strat Neck codes and stamps.

The neck is stamped on a paper inlay: APR 02 1996 / A round stamp with R.CANTO on the wood. The heel of the neck is stamped with red ink: 30020

The body is stamped APR 03 1996 with some other markings in the neck pocket.

Strange thing is that there is also a stamp in the neck pocket: 54-STR

My questions:
1. Can someone explain me why a 57 VRI guitar holds a 54-STR body? Or is mixing up bodys a common thing seen here?
2. Where can I get info on the 30020 number, did Fender stamp these numbers
3. The case is black, no tweed... anyone knowing if these belong to eachother or is it a aftermarket fender case?


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Thanks in advance,

Harald


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Post subject: Re: Help needed to connect 57 VRI neck dates and stamps
Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:29 pm
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I've always had luck contacting Fender at this email address: consumerrelations@fender.com

It might take a few days, but I've always gotten a response and a thorough explanation for any questions I've had. As far as I can tell, they don't list this email any more, so I don't know if it's still valid, but it's worth a shot.

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