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Old February 10th, 2013, 12:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help me to identify genuine strat please!

I'm going to buy used stratocaster and I want to be sure it's genuine american standard. The tuners were replaced with spetzel locking ones, and the bridge pickup - with SD minihumb. No papers included.
I'll be able to carefully examine the guitar before buying. Is there something I'll have to pay close attention to?
There are some shots of the guitar. What can you tell me about it? Any signs of partscaster?





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Old February 10th, 2013, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks legit. 1992 Fender Strat.
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Old February 10th, 2013, 04:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree - a legit 1992 American Standard. I'm not seeing any other mods than the Sperzels and Duncan bridge pickup you mentioned.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 08:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for helping me to decide! )
I bought it. Right now it's standing next to me.
Finally I own true American Stratocaster. )
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Old February 13th, 2013, 09:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Congrats, she's a beauty.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 04:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hello again.
I've just noticed that my strat is veneer finished, and I'm pretty sure of it. The interior seams leave no doubts. Can't say I'm not disappointed...
What do you think, how bad it is? Would you suggest replacing the body?
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http://www.strat-talk.com/forum/stra...-finished.html

The body may be 3-5 pieces but mnay not be veneer

Even so, if the guitar is a joy to play and sounds good, who cares?? Keep it the way it is
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Old March 26th, 2013, 04:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Replace the body? No way, that one looks great! Don't worry about the multiple wood pieces and the veneer. It looks good and it is an electric guitar. I would be proud to own it.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 04:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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looks good to me, if it plays well too then absolutely nothing to worry about.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 04:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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They did veneer the bodies for several years. This was for cosmetic/cost saving reasons. It allowed them to make beautiful sunburst strats without having to use bigger (more expensive) pieces of wood. It's not uncommon at all. I wouldn't worry about it a bit. Those 90's Standards are great guitars. I have a '95 that the coroner will have to pry from cold dead hands before I'll part with it. Just play it and enjoy it man. Looks like a nice piece.
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Hello again.
I've just noticed that my strat is veneer finished, and I'm pretty sure of it. The interior seams leave no doubts. Can't say I'm not disappointed...
What do you think, how bad it is? Would you suggest replacing the body?
Yes, back then the sunbursts were veneered. It probably also has a swimming pool route. But do you really think that a non-veneered body will sound any different? I'd say just enjoy it. It's a very nice guitar and looks to be in excellent shape for a '92.

I have a '95 (lipstick red with rosewood board) in equally good shape. I have a Callaham trem block and saddles in but it's otherwise stock. It's a great guitar.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 11:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I know Fender used veneer in that era, because there is a veneer on my 94. It's no big deal. However I'd be surprised if that one was veneer.
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