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Also, the neck plate on my Strat says "Fender", and there's a hole in the back to gain access to the truss rod; you can adjust the rod from top and bottom; Fender calls this the "Bi-Flex" truss rod system.
This is proving to be a real bear to do my setup, especially since I put 12 gauge strings and tune a quarter tone down.
The pots are smooth, meaning no crackling noise when making adjustments.
The tone is warmer than my American, probably due to the rosewood fretboard.
Fender now has a dizzying array of different model Strats- the American Standard, Deluxe, VG, Reissues (RI), Signature and Custom models;humbucker pickups, Floyd Rose bridges, fixed tail bridges and noiseless pickups are some innovations Fender has made since the original Standard came on the scene around 1954. The latest line of Mi M Standard Strats retail, on average, for 9.99.
For an American made Standard, more than double the price.
Either take it into a Local music shop or go on Google and look up Fender Squier Strat serial numbers and punch in the number for instance with my 1994 Fender Mexican Stratocaster i would go on Google type in…
Fender Stratocaster Electric is a model of electric guitar. DERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR The model is Fender Stratocaster! The MZ in the serial number identifies it as a Mexican made Stratocaster made in 2000/2001.
A Standard Strat comes with 3 single coil pickups, a master volume and 2 tone pots, with a 5 way switch.
For anything I may have missed here, you may want to see my post in the Gear forum:
t=24973&page=2&pp=10Some helpful info: Dating your Mi M (has links to Mi As also): very good article by an Ebayer: Z10000000001650626?
Right now, I'm having a tough time getting the action lower- I may have to bring it to a professional tech to get it right.
In the meantime, the high action is good for getting my fingering spot-on, and doesn't leave room for getting sloppy. I purchased this on an Ebay auction last week for 0.07 (0.07 s/h.) Prices vary for any used instrument; condition, original parts or lack of them, limited edition models, even color- these are some variables that will impact the value of a used guitar.