Dating your fender stratocaster
Within the last year someone there entered into that data-base this misinformation: "At some unspecified time, an unspecified number of the Strat Plus guitars came out with a bone nut." Obviously this is not correct!When I started questioning this entry in the data-base at Fender, one employee emailed me and admitted, "Yes, this was something that I added because that is what I was told by people here.The "Made in Japan" Fenders could have the serial number either place - it could be on the headstock or on the back of the neck above the heel.From what I remember it was the "Standard" models that always had the serial number on the headstock - and the guitar in the OP's photos does appear to be an MIJ Standard.The MIJ guitars from that era always end up with the yellowed knobs and pickup covers, so it definitely looks like the real thing to me and well worth the cash._________________In Reference to Blues Legend RL Burnside: After a heart attack in 2001, Burnside's doctor advised him to stop drinking; Burnside did, but he reported that change left him unable to play.NOTE: On Face Book you can follow build threads, interact, ask questions, see current guitars and projects.hi all, noob here wanna ask something, i want to buy a used strat, and the seller told me that he has a fender stratocaster standart japan 1994-1995, here's the picture:what I want to ask is1. I also remember the headstock serial numbers on the original "Contemporary" line (the ones with the black headstocks), the "Contemporary Standard" line, and a few other miscellaneous MIJ models. is it true japanese strat at the years of 1994-1995 has a serial number at headstock? From what I remember it was the "Standard" models that always had the serial number on the headstock - and the guitar in the OP's photos does appear to be an MIJ Standard.
and was the highest end production model next to Fender's Custom Shop guitars. There was some transitional Strat Plus' in 1999 that were a mix of the new DX Strat series and the Plus Series.
Again, this short lived Deluxe American Standard Strat looks like a Strat Plus, but it's not!!! They came with all the features of a Strat Plus, such as Gold Lace Sensors, same bridge and body type, but no locking tuners or roller nut.
They will often have the E4, E8 or E9 serial numbers too.
Couple of these workers are no longer working there.
Here's the thing: Fender has a data-base that has been created which contains a lot of historical information about various models of guitars.