Dating american fender strat

05 Mar

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The '*' represents a middle digit that is either an 'X', a '-' or something that resembles a '1/2' or '1/4' fraction.

No category for Chinese guitars, and I can't find my serial # (&/or letter code) anywhere. It's a really solid guitar, feels/sounds like an old '60's Fender, & I really want to know when it was made &, if possible, at what city/plant. thats just your category in the forum (you are considered a hobbyist because you started in the forum i'm considered professional because of the number of posts i have done in this forum)welcome to the forum by the way Small headstock meaning '60's rather than '70's style? I think there're 11 holes as per pickguard; I seem to remember counting them while considering a replacement with 3 hb (rail) pu's. c-shaped neck, not too hefty, sustains really well especially for having single-coil pu's. peace I would hazard a guess based on past experience that it is probably a 2003.

The American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard is a Fender icon. Features include hand-rolled fingerboard edges, Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups, staggered tuners, improved bridge with bent steel saddles and copper-infused high-mass block for increased resonance and sustain, tinted neck, high-gloss maple fretboard, satin neck back for smooth playability, thin-finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, and Fender Tolex case.

Some might go by the pot codes, but those could have been stock a year or more old by the time they were put into the newly finished guitar.

From my experience, serial numbers in the low V020000's typically have these "Fullerton contours." It was not until serial numbers in the mid to high V020000's (early/mid 1987) that the contours changed on Corona factory produced guitars.

These later reissues had an asymmetric rear cutout that had a sharper transition into the rest of the body.

I would read it as C=China XS= Factory Xiong Sun something I think?

03=year 08=month 09173= the number guitar made that year which sounds possible. As far as records, They seem to get sketchy when you deal with overseas made guitars.