Fender custom shop product dating

I have received help from a couple Fender employees that worked there for many, many years - one for 34 years in fact.Couple of these workers are no longer working there.Hey, it took a while till they got the bugs worked out of the entry system! Rob Schwarz, who worked there for around 35 years in Fender's PR dept, said he never saw that entry in the data-base while helping me with info on Strat Plus guitars.

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They will often have the E4, E8 or E9 serial numbers too.

What these really are is just an American Standard Strat fitted with with Gold Lace pickups! I have been in touch with some people at Fender for years getting information for building this website.

Very few serial numbers were recorded, production numbers were not kept track of, and even in Fenders new Custom Shop department, records of guitars built were nothing more than hand writing on notebook paper.

Examples can be seen on JW Blacks website and is confirmed by John Page, both Master builders who worked in the Custom Shop department at the very start.

When I started questioning this entry in the data-base at Fender, one employee emailed me and admitted, "Yes, this was something that I added because that is what I was told by people here.

I believe that was confused with the Deluxe American Standard model and not in reference to the Strat Plus at that time." So there you have it.and was the highest end production model next to Fender's Custom Shop guitars. There was some transitional Strat Plus' in 1999 that were a mix of the new DX Strat series and the Plus Series.You can tell by the serial number, which started with DN9XXXXX and they also had a chrome Fender logo on the headstock.The model went through a series of changes through the years.Here's a few little tips to remember to help aid in dating those late 1970s and 1980s Stratocasters: Fender's three-way selector switch was updated to the Stratocaster's 5-way in 1977.The Strat Plus, from it's inception, was heralded with basic features from the get-go and a Wilkerson roller nut and Locking tuners were part of their features. ) than 400 were made as I have owned several and I have questions coming in every few weeks about these by email. They are "some-what" collectible and are sometimes sold, mistakenly, as a Strat Plus!

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