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Fender CIJ neck pocket stamping mistake?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by matthornet, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. matthornet

    matthornet TDPRI Member

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    Jan 14, 2011
    Malaysia
    Hey guys, so my friend in Japan swung over to Ishibashi on my behalf to pick up a used CIJ ST62-TX in a pretty shell pink. He kindly got the store folks to dismantle the neck for shipping purposes and took random pics for my verification. I was pretty eager to see what was stamped in the neck pocket and to my surprise it reads "ST-62 VWH" (refer pic below)...

    To my knowledge, "VWH" for Fender Japan denotes a vintage white finish. So why is it stamped into my shell pink strat which by right should be coded "SLP" instead? Secondly, I went through Google and various forums but have not seen or read of neck pocket stamps indicating the finish either. Has anyone seen or own one like this? Btw, according to Fender's website on the CIJ serials this guitar was made in 1999-2002. I do hope they just made a mistake with the stamp or the wrong can of paint instead of some owner's refinishing along the way. I'm not totally paranoid about it coz overall the guitar looks legit but am curious to know if they do have this format of stamping the color code and do they commonly makes mistakes like this. I hope someone with some info could shed me some light. Thanks!



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    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
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  3. Telenut62

    Telenut62 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Fender Japan.....expect the unexpected.
     
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  5. matthornet

    matthornet TDPRI Member

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    Jan 14, 2011
    Malaysia
    do you think if the body is even alder at all?
     
  6. Brendan

    Brendan Tele-Meister

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    Feb 21, 2004
    I ordered a new left-handed Sonic Blue '62 from Ishibashi and what I received was Surf Green. They don't offer that color in lefty.

    I've never seen a color stamp either.
     
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