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Old 10-11-2012, 01:50 AM   #1
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Found a MIJ System II Fender Strat locally. What do you think?

Hey there. I'm new to the site, hoping to get some opinions/thoughts on a guitar I picked up locally. I've picked up a hobby over the last few years of visiting the local flea markets, swap meets, and thrift shops for lost treasures. I've picked up countless speakers and home audio amps, but never any musical instruments. That is, until this morning! I picked up a "Made In Japan" Fender Stratocaster, serial number E512404. I don't see any other markings on the guitar, but it does seem to be missing some hardware. There are some nicks and chips in the body, but it seems to be in ok shape overall. A friend of mine knows a bit about guitars and is going to help me clean it up and set up some strings. In the mean time, I was hoping to get some more info on it. Here are some pics:




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Old 10-11-2012, 02:03 AM   #2
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That nut looks ghetto as hell. I would definitely do something about that.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:08 AM   #3
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Looks like there used to be a locking nut or something in there. Also I don't study guitar bridges but I've never seen on like that. Pretty cool find if it's genuine though
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:30 AM   #4
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almost looks like a khaler bridge. If it is one, it is very very strange
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:59 AM   #5
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What's up with the nut Definitely knock those picks off and put a new nut in there.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:54 AM   #6
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I'll take better pics of the bridge when I get home. There is a fancy "F" engraved in the base, so I would imagine it is a Fender product.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:02 PM   #7
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It would appear to be a Fender contemporary strat. Pretty cool guitars, the trem if I'm not mistaken, is Fender's take on a Floyd rose floating trem, made by Schaller. Heres the wikipedia page for more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender...atocaster_Japan

Hope this helps

*Edit* It appears to be the model 27-5700, I'm sure if you email fender the serial they could tell you when it was made and what model it is exactly
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:10 PM   #8
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I have a contemporary strat. IT ROCKS KEEP IT MAN!! I gig with it regularly and boy it sure screams and fender lovers will notice it right away. You got a diamond in the rough man good job! (I assumed you're male but if you're female- good job bitch!)
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:55 PM   #9
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Haha, I am a dude. I paid $100 for it with the hard case. I couldn't pass it up at that price! Thanks for all of the input, I'll try emailing Fender this afternoon.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:04 PM   #10
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Haha, I am a dude. I paid $100 for it with the hard case. I couldn't pass it up at that price! Thanks for all of the input, I'll try emailing Fender this afternoon.


Why can I not get deals like that?
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:13 PM   #11
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100 bucks!? I guess its time to start a new hobby, flea market scavenging.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:45 PM   #12
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"- offset double cutaway alder body, bolt-on maple neck, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, blackface headstock, double locking vibrato, white or black pickguard, available in three pickup/control configurations (1: single exposed humbucker pickup and one volume control, 2: two humbucker pickups with one volume and one tone knob, a three-way pickup switch, and coil tap, 3: two single coil and one humbucker pickups, one volume knob and one tone knob, five-way pickup switch, and coil tap), chrome hardware, mfg. 1985-89."

That is the description of a "Contemporary Stratocaster, Japan manufacture". Do not confuse with the American made version it is different. If it was fixed up its book value would be somewhere between $275 and $450 depending on actual condition.

Edit: This is just a guess at identification, also book value is just a starting point for actual value. Fix that nut and you got a good deal.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:33 PM   #13
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Japanese made Contemporary Strat. Should be 85. It is a Schaller (system 1 I think) made for Fender, floating trem bridge. There would have originally been a locking nut, instead of that plastic one.

I just picked one of the rarer ones that had the metallic copper paint job and single humbucker single volume, no pick guard. I got it for $60.00 at a music store garage sale. It was beat to hell and back. Totally unplayable the way it was but the neck was straight. I am in the process of refinishing it right now.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:34 AM   #14
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give ya 200 for it.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:44 AM   #15
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mid 80s.

ippon told me to look in the neck pocket on mine to see the actual model designation.

take the four screws out of the neck plate and look between where the neck meets the body. there should be codes inside. one on the neck and one on the body.

that should just confirm what the guys are saying about the contemporary. 25-5700 or whatever it is.


that's not mine but i just grabbed a 1987 made in japan strat, great guitar.
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good job, i'm just about sick of having to tear my guitars apart to put them back together with the right glue
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:37 AM   #16
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I'll give you $120 for it.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:36 PM   #17
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nice find ! new nut and she jus' mite kleen up all nice an' perty like!
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:37 PM   #18
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Thanks Greg, I'll check it out when I get home. Once I do get it cleaned up and such, I'll try to post better pics.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:46 PM   #19
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thats a Fender Japan Boxer Strat ST-756
indeed it had a locking nut & the bridge is referred to as a "Performer" bridge

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take the four screws out of the neck plate and look between where the neck meets the body

only if you can be "bothered to"

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Old 10-12-2012, 05:32 PM   #20
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I've gone to flea markets for years, but all I seem to find is cheap start knock-offs. You, however, seem to have had more luck. That strat is beautiful. My hat off to you sir.
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