Stratocaster dating japan

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At some point, Kennis Russell bought a used Stratocaster at his local guitar shop.

Within a few seconds, however, Russell—a guitarist who provides backing tracks, gear demos and reviews on You Tube—realized it was a fake.

Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.

instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.

But in the mid ‘eighties, they were forced by the massive success of much cheaper, Korean-made guitars (the Marlin range, for example), to rethink.

On the UK market, the cheap, cheerful and well-featured Marlin Sidewinder had been hammering the Squier Strat’s sales, ending up topping the bestsellers chart for nearly two solid years.

Accordingly, using a combination of my own first hand experience with the guitars, and original printed promotional/editorial matter from January 1992 to July 1995, I'd like to present a properly referenced account of the exclusively Japanese-made Silver Series Strat. The first Squier Silver Series Strats did not have a 'Silver Series' identifier on the headstock.

Up close you can often see quickie, machine-style scallops in their fretboards; a shallower cut that does not reach all the way from one fret to the next, but rather creates a small trench in the wood between flat, unscalloped ledges.Fender US Malmsteen necks have a more detailed, hand-finished look to them, with each scallop rounded out individually from fret wire to fret wire; no flat ledges.The same applies to factory-scalloped Fender Japan ST71 and ST72 “SC” (for ‘scalloped’) models, which did not carry Yngwie’s name or signature, but were unmistakably intended as cheaper avenues into the Malmsteen realm. While the first Yngwie Strat model (1988) is distinct from the others in that it has a small, 50’s style headstock and a two-point tremolo, the later two redesigns, launched in 19, are less easily distinguished.Online specs are often outdated, with a picture of the new guitar but the info on the old one; sometimes sellers on e Bay or smaller indy sites copy the latest Fender specs (from the ’07 revision) to the description of their older, used models. The way to ID the Malmsteen Strat you’re looking at is from its headstock.

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