1985 MIJ Neck Pocket stamp

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  1. Neener

    Neener Tele-Meister

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    Hello fine tele folks,

    Wondering if anyone can confirm this neck pocket stamp/body is legit. It's on a 1985 MIJ. The neck seems good but I've never seen the pocket stamp before.

    Any insight is appreciated thanks!

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  2. netgear69

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    Sorry to say but that is not a Fender neck the truss rod is a allen wrench never seen that before unless the truss rod has been replaced
    also the serial should be on the bridge plate not the neck plate
     
  3. Neener

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    I thought the "A" serial from 85 was on neck plate?
     
  4. MatthewK

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    I've seen Allen key truss rods on Japanese Fenders. The 85 A serials were, indeed, on the neck plate - I've got two of them. Pencil date looks correct (down to the handwriting). Stamps look fine too. Shots of the headstock would help of course.
     
  5. Frontman

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    It looks correct, in ‘86 they began putting the serial on the headstock, the A serial guitars have the numbers on the neck plate. It’s a great guitar.
     
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  6. Neener

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    I was kind of thrown off the stamps didn't match. But glad to hear, thanks. Are the 85's as good as every one says? Also looking at an "F" series as well.
     
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    For my taste, the Fender Japan stuff 1982-1987 is the real peak. The Squiers were pretty much as good 1982-1984 (construction wise) but became a bit cheaper after that. I have a 1987 TL52 with an astonishing, vintage feel neck - likewise a 1982 JV serial Squier Strat and a 1983 SQ serial Squier Tele Deluxe. And an A serial Jazzmaster. All outstanding.
     
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