#1
My mim strat is made in 91-92 according to the serial number on the headstock. Yet there is no "F's" on the tuners or "Fender" or whatever, they're blank. And the Neckplate is blank. The neck is really thin and glossy.

I've heard that guitars in these years at this plant, were sometimes made from mixed up parts. Sometimes with MIA or Squier parts. Maybe mine too?
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#2
MIMs dont have the engravings on the hardware like MIAs iirc.

it is probably real,

people cant charge enough for a fake MIM to make it worth while.

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#3
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MIMs dont have the engravings on the hardware like MIAs iirc.

it is probably real,

people cant charge enough for a fake MIM to make it worth while.


MIM Strats, at least the current ones, do have the fender logo on the tuners. I know, mine is a 2006 model.
#4
^Sure, but that's 15 years removed from the one in question.

The things listed aren't any reason to believe it's fake. I've also never seen a fake MIM, so unless somebody put a MIM neck on a squier body, there's little danger of buying a fake.

Pictures would help.
#5
The neckplate on my 95 is blank, but the tuners say fender. Maybe the tuners got upgraded?
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#6
I have a '92 MIM strat, and it has Fender stamps on the tuners and bridge saddles, not on the neck plate though.

I don't think that proves very much though.

Have you owned the guitar since new? Someone could have swapped out the tuners.
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#7
My 1996 has no Fender stamps on the hardware. Given how horrible the tuners are I can’t say I’m surprised; I think Leo’s ghost would be haunting anyone who put his name on them.
#8
mine is an 08 deluxe fat strat. no fender on the the tuners and a blank neckplate. might be because it was modeled after a 70's strat
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I have a '92 MIM strat, and it has Fender stamps on the tuners and bridge saddles, not on the neck plate though.

I don't think that proves very much though.

Have you owned the guitar since new? Someone could have swapped out the tuners.

yeah I bought it less than a year ago. So that may be the case
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My mim strat is made in 91-92 according to the serial number on the headstock. Yet there is no "F's" on the tuners or "Fender" or whatever, they're blank. And the Neckplate is blank. The neck is really thin and glossy.

I've heard that guitars in these years at this plant, were sometimes made from mixed up parts. Sometimes with MIA or Squier parts. Maybe mine too?


The easiest way to check to to verify the Serial # with Fender. Every Fender/Squire they put out will have one on the back of the neck. And every Fender/Squire starts with a letter if there is a # first then its a fake. Also every single Mexican Strat Serial # from 90-present will always start with either MN or MZ. If it starts with anything other than MN or MZ it's a fake!

After you check the S# to determin if its even a legit S#... I would hit up fender give them your S# and ask for the factory specs sheet. It will tell you everything about your guitar, from the pick up configuration it originally had, to the tuners used and even the original color. It's an easy way to tell if it's all original or if its fake, or modded for that matter.
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The easiest way to check to to verify the Serial # with Fender. Every Fender/Squire they put out will have one on the back of the neck. And every Fender/Squire starts with a letter if there is a # first then its a fake. Also every single Mexican Strat Serial # from 90-present will always start with either MN or MZ. If it starts with anything other than MN or MZ it's a fake!

After you check the S# to determin if its even a legit S#... I would hit up fender give them your S# and ask for the factory specs sheet. It will tell you everything about your guitar, from the pick up configuration it originally had, to the tuners used and even the original color. It's an easy way to tell if it's all original or if its fake, or modded for that matter.


some fender and squier serial numbers start with numbers.
some aren't printed on the back of the neck, some not on the headstock.

if a guitar has a sn, doesn't mean it's real, because it doesn't, doesn't mean it's a fake.

sometimes parts are swapped and sn's are ink jetted.
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#12
yeah I've checked the serial numbers they're MN 00------ it checked out fine. But it's only on the headstock. Is it printed on the body anywhere also? Everything about the neck checks out. The body is what makes me suspicious
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