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Pawnshop Score, but what model is it?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by dmaneleven, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. dmaneleven

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    1996 Classic looking Stratocaster $150 w/DiMarzio Singles and SD Humbucker:
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    I'm stoked. color is kinda yellowed when compared to what's under pickguard.looks like Surf green. I Had to rewire it since it was a mess with out of phase 2,4 positions on the switch, but now it's a beast, Hum cancelling DiMarzio DP402 "Virtual vintage Blues" single coils sized humbuckers and an Duncan Invader in the bridge needless to say it will rock but I wonder:

    what model is it? Serial # starts with "MN6*****" made in mexico 1996?
     
  2. redoakguitars

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    From what I can see it is a Mexican Strat, Hss. Great guitars, I have a friend that only plays this year of strats. He feels that they are perfect.
     
  3. ajgus

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    Sweet score indeed! Jealous...
     
  4. mjb1967

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    from your photos it looks like sonic blue? very nice score indeed
     
  5. dmaneleven

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    it's green.But here's sonic blue for comparison:
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    here's mine again:
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  6. ole AZ

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    The neck is making me ask questions. I don't know of a model with the spaghetti logo, without the synch trem and body contour decals, and a headstock truss rod adjust.

    Don't know what it is, if its even Fender, but great looking guitar none-the-less.
     
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    The vintage tuners and the humbucker have me thrown off. You said you had the pickguard off, was it HSS routed from the factory?
     
  8. dmaneleven

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    correct.The pick guard has non fender screws added which are a little bigger so it could have been a non-stock replacement HSS PG
     
  9. jwc5

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    Looks like a surf green maybe.......
     
  10. Stuco

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    Nice score! It looks like a 50's classic to me.
     
  11. RatherBeFishing

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    The 50's classic has an 8 hole pickguard. I would take the neck and puckguard off of the body and check the the pocket and cavities. Fender usually has some unique markings that could at least confirm that it is a fender body.
     
  12. Stuco

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    Since it has been modified, the pickguard could have easily been changed as well.
     
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    Like stated above though No contour decal and the black plastic piece at the headstock suggests a headstock adjusted truss rod. Not 50's classic stuff.
     
  14. Toppy

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    I just picked up one just like this, same headstock, except 1995 MIM, serial # on the back. HSS config with black pickguard and rosewood fingerboard. I too would like to know what markings I should be looking for on the body to see if it's original. Seems to be a large gap between the body and neck on the sides, I could keep picks in the cavity. Mine is well worn and feels good in my hands. I'll need to set it up proper, but so far nice. Can anyone tell me what markings / stickers I should see when I take it apart this weekend? Thanks!
     
  15. garytelecastor

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    Hey Toppy welcome aboard.
     
  16. Toppy

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    Thanks for the welcome. I've figured out what mine is: a 1995 Mexican Strat Special ash veneer top on poplar body translucent blond finish?, black pickguard and knobs, chrome hardware, vintage neck and slotted pegs, tone, volume and coil tap, S/S/H p/u configuration. I cut and pasted this from Harmony reviews. I thought the little coil tap switch in the 2nd tone position was custom from a previous owner, but seems it's stock from the reviews. I haven't disassembled it yet because I'm have a great time playing it.
     
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