Any Strat body gurus on here?

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  1. Fender-guy

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    So I picked this up as a AVRI 62 Strat. Dirt cheap and from the pics I knew it was nitro with the poly sealer so at least it’s American vintage of some sort. Definitely far from mint condition but hey with a pickguard on you can’t see what’s under the hood, it’s horrible!!

    Anyway I start digging back all the tinfoil shielding to see if I can find a maker or date. Nothing I can see that says it a fender or the year it was made.

    Also this is definitely a 57 reissue and not the advertised 62 due to the dud attempt screw hole in the control cavity. This one definitely has a story to tell so it would be cool to know how it started out. Fullerton plant or corona plate type deal if it’s even made by fender.
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    Not a '57 RI because they have 8 pick guard holes.
     
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    Well it’s hard to tell with all the extra screw holes but it definitely used to be a 8 hole 57 body.
     
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    See one of these extra holes that goes nowhere, obviously it shouldn’t be there. If it was anything else other than a 57 reissue there would be a usable screw hole there 6FEFA203-EA0E-4381-8A64-F540AFE3D74B.jpeg
     
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    poor baby she is a mess, you have your work cut out for you , but on the plus side you wont have to have it reliced.
    is that a mojo mojo in the picture on the floor?
     
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    I'm not an expert, but it's alder...and looking at the way the routs are cut, it just has a non-Fender vibe; more like an early aftermarket. Perhaps Mighty Mite, Chandler, or Charvel.
     
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    That’s what my google image comparing search looks like too. Looks to me like a 80’s Fullerton body. Just the finish alone, it’s so well done and looks consistent with all other worn 80’s fender finishes.

    Also there are a few details in the neck pocket and rear claw area that are consistent with a early fender reissue body.
     
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    Yes that is a mojo mojo, one of my favourite super cheap overdrive pedals
     
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    I does look odd around the 2 untouched pickup routes but pretty much every aftermarket body either has a logo or just the typical 4 screw neck plate holes in the neck pocket.
     
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    The first 3 pics are actual Fullerton bodies. The last pic is mine.
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    If you look closely at the floor of the neck pocket, it looks like the routing was not done on a CNC; it was done by hand...unless the CNC that did the rout was badly worn out. And the original finish was applied over those uneven routs...that's why I think this is a small-shop body and not from Fender. The two paint jig screw holes point at Fender, though, so yeah, it's possible.
     
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    Yeah I see what you mean about looking hand done. The other 3 pics have a similar look though so it’s still hard to know for sure.

    Either way it’s not like it’s a gem and worth a ton just would be cool if it was a actual fender.
     
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    Ok here’s some more searching, mine is the first 2 pics. The last 2 are a 83 Fullerton 57. The same CNC marks on the cavity and the same random screw hole in the control cavity C8FD0CB2-0CFF-4CB6-803A-9DDD0BFC88DC.jpeg CFF0C684-57CB-46E5-A987-8051E4DDA58B.jpeg 08AE9B20-83B7-4160-BFF4-3F269550705B.jpeg A649EC7D-6B52-4589-A589-913555735457.jpeg
     
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    It does give me '57 reissue vibes. Maybe someone routed and/or sanded the neck pocket in an attempt to level it?

    All I know for sure it's awesome and I want it. :D
     
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    I have a 54 reissue Strat that I’m going to swap some parts over onto this one to at least see the neck angle. Bridge, neck and strings. See how it feels. Then spend some cash and get this thing up and running. Since I already have a maple neck Strat I’m going to do this one as a 59 reissue, first year Strat with a rosewood board.
     
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