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post Feb 27 2008, 11:56 PM
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Hey just thought I'd share that I won a Made in Japan Fender Strat on ebay back from the golden era when they weren't "Crafted in Japan". It's goin on 20 years old so the guitar definitely needs some work done to it, but I love the maple neck and quality of parts. I just thought I'd see what kind of pickups i should get installed to make it have a little more crunch. I was thinking maybe hot rails or holy grail?


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post Feb 28 2008, 12:04 AM
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QUOTE (fatstrat @ Feb 27 2008, 11:56 PM) *
Hey just thought I'd share that I won a Made in Japan Fender Strat on ebay back from the golden era when they weren't "Crafted in Japan". It's goin on 20 years old so the guitar definitely needs some work done to it, but I love the maple neck and quality of parts. I just thought I'd see what kind of pickups i should get installed to make it have a little more crunch. I was thinking maybe hot rails or holy grail?

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post Feb 28 2008, 12:06 AM
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Hey, im not sure if its the same thing, but I have a 1983 Stratocaster Made In Japan that they don't make anymore smile.gif Are they similar?


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post Feb 28 2008, 12:11 AM
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QUOTE (Stevie·Ray·Vaughn @ Feb 27 2008, 06:06 PM) *
Hey, im not sure if its the same thing, but I have a 1983 Stratocaster Made In Japan that they don't make anymore smile.gif Are they similar?


Yea they're definitely related! What's the serial number at the top of the neck? If it's starts with an E, then you have yourself a diamond in the rough! Mine starts with an H so it dates back to 88/89.


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post Feb 28 2008, 12:18 AM
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The serial number on it reads E643642 smile.gif Does diamond in the rough mean good or bad? huh.gif laugh.gif


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post Feb 28 2008, 12:26 AM
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QUOTE (Stevie·Ray·Vaughn @ Feb 27 2008, 06:18 PM) *
The serial number on it reads E643642 smile.gif Does diamond in the rough mean good or bad? huh.gif laugh.gif


The E means that it's an 82-87' (don't quote me on it) model and the 6 after the E means that it was made in 1986. Those guitars if they are in good condition are actually highly sought after on ebay! The Made in Japan strats are highly collectible because they were a limited run and they have great craftsmanship. I'd say hold on to it because the price is only going to appreciate!

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post Feb 28 2008, 01:19 AM
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Maybe some dimarzio velvets or SD JBjr's would fit there great


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post Feb 28 2008, 02:54 AM
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QUOTE (fatstrat @ Feb 27 2008, 11:26 PM) *
The E means that it's an 82-87' (don't quote me on it) model and the 6 after the E means that it was made in 1986. Those guitars if they are in good condition are actually highly sought after on ebay! The Made in Japan strats are highly collectible because they were a limited run and they have great craftsmanship. I'd say hold on to it because the price is only going to appreciate!


Sorry that was a typo, its actually a 5 after the E smile.gif So it's E543642


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post Feb 28 2008, 02:56 AM
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QUOTE (Stevie·Ray·Vaughn @ Feb 27 2008, 08:54 PM) *
Sorry that was a typo, its actually a 5 after the E smile.gif So it's E543642


right on dude....yea id say you have yourself a 1985 Made in Japan Strat....is it standard single coil setup or SSH?


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post Feb 28 2008, 02:58 AM
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QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Feb 27 2008, 07:19 PM) *
Maybe some dimarzio velvets or SD JBjr's would fit there great


what kind of tone do the JB's have? i'm looking for something mellow on the neck side and something with a little more crunch towards the bridge.


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post Feb 28 2008, 03:07 AM
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It's a single coil smile.gif Ive never been able to find a fitting whammy bar for that guitar dry.gif


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post Feb 28 2008, 03:23 AM
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QUOTE (Stevie·Ray·Vaughn @ Feb 27 2008, 09:07 PM) *
It's a single coil smile.gif Ive never been able to find a fitting whammy bar for that guitar dry.gif


yea i have the same problem, but every strat that i play always knocks out tune when the whammy bar gets used so i dont really bother with the tremolo arm too much


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post Feb 28 2008, 03:51 AM
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Did it make a difference in how much it's worth if it was single coil or SSH? smile.gif


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post Feb 28 2008, 03:57 AM
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QUOTE (Stevie·Ray·Vaughn @ Feb 27 2008, 09:51 PM) *
Did it make a difference in how much it's worth if it was single coil or SSH? smile.gif


honestly i think the single coils sell better...i mean fender has been doin single coils only for a long time! they pretty much have it down to a science!


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