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NGD- Made in Japan Strat need help in model identity

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by MitchMiami, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Meister

    381
    Dec 12, 2006
    Singapore
    Fender ST-57. If it comes with the Texas Special pickups, it should have a TX suffix at the end of the model name.

    Oh, and HNGD!
     

  2. beagle

    beagle Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2010
    Yorkshire
    The serial number is in a feint grey colour and very hard to see without a close up photo. It would be interesting to know what letter it starts with.

    I asked Fender consumer relations about my T serial and they said

    "Unfortunately, we do not have serial number records for many MIJ instruments. Fender Japan was a separate company from us and did not keep serial number records like we do. I can tell based on this serial number that it is roughly from either 1994-1995 or if it looks newer could be between 2007-2010.

    Matt Safranek
    Consumer Relations Representative/Direct Sales
    Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
    17600 N. Perimeter Dr., Ste-100 Scottsdale, AZ, 85255"

    As I bought it new and been playing it since January 1996, I probably know more about it than they do. :)

    Rough dates are Made in Japan 1982-1996, Crafted in Japan 1995-2006, Made In Japan 2007- but there are some crossovers and oddities just to mess things up.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018

  3. perttime

    perttime Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 13, 2014
    Finland
    If the serial is readable, you can get the year on Fender's site and some others that have serial number decoders.
     
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  4. marc2211

    marc2211 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    40
    74
    Jan 30, 2018
    Switzerland/France
    Definitely looks like an ST-54 with different pickups. I have one of the 1993 models. Mine has a very thick V neck.

    Pickups were often changed as the originals were very authentic and tended to sound thin to modern ears. (I have the originals and you can’t really use the bridge as it’s too icy pick like)

    Fantastic guitar, looks like you got a great price too - they go for 1000chf/usd here and are highly in demand!

    Grats!!!
     

  5. Mike H.

    Mike H. Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    63
    May 19, 2003
    San Francisco Bay Area
    You got a great guitar at a great price. Congrats!
     

  6. MitchMiami

    MitchMiami Tele-Meister

    170
    Mar 11, 2015
    Weston, Florida
    Well I finally had the time to take it apart and here are more/better photos.

    IMG_0726.JPG IMG_0731.JPG IMG_0750.JPG IMG_0759.JPG IMG_0746.JPG IMG_0743.JPG

    It says st-54 on the neck and also has a stamp that says 0 on the neck and 12 in the neck pickup cavity. But I don’t know what they mean

    It also appears to be a solid one piece body.

    The serial number is JD130002xx. None of the online decoders I usually use, the fender dating project etc. , can decode it

    I played it for a couple of hours yesterday (I bought it for my better half but yesterday she felt like playing her piano when we jammed) and it felt great and I was amazed at the versatility of the pickups. The variety of tones , using her peavy amp, was fantastic imo.
     

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