February 26th, 2004, 04:11 PM
A few weeks ago I repaired a strat. The owner told me it was a USA-strat which he bought used a couple of years ago. The neck was surely a Fender-neck but I doubt the body. I didn't have to take it that far apart to see if there were any factory-incriptions somewhere in the body. The only thing I noticed was the strange position of the outputjack. It was mounted in the pickguard (like a precision bass) and there was no metal jackplate or cavity for a jackplate at all. The colour of the body was cherry sunburst.
Does anyone of you know if this could possibly be a Fender body? To my opinion it must be a copy but I'm not quite sure. Thanks for your answers.
February 26th, 2004, 04:16 PM
Sounds like an '83 Strat to me. They had the output jack in place of the middle pup tone control and a crook bridge.
February 26th, 2004, 04:29 PM
In the early '80's the jacks were all over the place, including on the edge like a Les Paul. It could easily have been an original Fender body, as Adam Waldron says.
February 26th, 2004, 05:11 PM
Were those the same bodies w/ no route in back
for the springs? Trem. mech was all internal
February 26th, 2004, 05:28 PM
Yes, there is no back routing in this strat. I searched the internet and it appears to me that Fender made these Strats out of economical viewpoint. Producing a Fender like this meant they didn't have to route a jackplate-cavity and back-cavity. It also spared money by not having to mount an extra tone-pot + knob, a metal jackplate + trem-springs + trem-springguardplate. Also the wiring was simplified by using one tone-pot for the tone controled pups.
The bridge is a crook like Adam says, allbeit that I don't understand the word "crook". Is it a brandname or an expression for a tremolo-bridge of questionable quality?
February 26th, 2004, 05:57 PM
And Australian colloquialism!
Crook = not very good, sick
February 27th, 2004, 09:19 AM
So...if you're saying the control setup is:
1jack imput on the face where the second Tone would normally be, then you've got a 1983, and yes they were
so unpopular with the "wrong" jack that the run did not even last a full 12 months, customers were freaking out
and they were just about giving them away. Even today
you can pick up an '83 for usually less than a Reissue Mustang would go for.