#1
I am a former acoustic player for 12 years and plan to buy a Fender Deluxe Lonestar Strat at the end of the year. I have looked at a lot of potential places to purchase it from. I know that I want the Ocean Turquoise color. I found a company online that inspects all guitars and equipment before shipping and I'm thinking about going with them.

They have 4 different serial numbers for the same Ocean Turquoise color.

MX14516847 - 8lbs 10oz
MX14502726 - 8 lbs 2 oz
MX14525025 - 8 lbs 2 oz
MX14525020 - 8 lbs.


I'm curious about this. They're all the same guitar. Unless they used different cameras, it looks like they each have a varying degree of color, too. Some look a little lighter and some look a little darker. Some look like they have a more shiny finish, too. Unless it is just the angles/camera. Obviously, the weights vary per serial number, too. Why would this be? Even if made in different years...I don't understand why the weights would be different.

In this case, which is "better"? It is my understanding that these were discontinued from production years ago. Is newer better or how should I go about determining which model is better?
#2
Every guitar usually has some differences even in the same model
in terms of weight and feel, my two EP Deans are totally different
to each other in terms of weight and feel and they're six months to
a year apart in terms of production. Even the two neck profiles are
ever so slightly different too!
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#3
Implying that the guitar's weight is in relation to its serial number is like saying that the quality of the guitars pots determines how thick the finish is. It's nonsense.

The reason they all weigh slightly different is because wood is naturally an inconsistent material. Two pieces of wood of the same size and species usually have variations in weight. It's nothing unusual whatsoever. And there's no strict rule dictating how much a guitar should weigh.
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#4
Many companies that ship guitars will have to weigh them, because shipping costs are usually calculated by weight, there's nothing particularly odd about that.
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It is completely normal and means nothing. Like said wood is not something that grows the exact same so there will ne slight variations.

The color looks varied because the lighting angle is not 100% the same. In person it will look the same.
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Quote by T00DEEPBLUE
Implying that the guitar's weight is in relation to its serial number is like saying that the quality of the guitars pots determines how thick the finish is. It's nonsense.

The reason they all weigh slightly different is because wood is naturally an inconsistent material. Two pieces of wood of the same size and species usually have variations in weight.


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#7
Differing weights can usually be traced to variations in the density of the wood used.

Different colors can usually be ascribed to differences in the photography (pull up ten photographs of yourself and check out the variations in skin tone that they display).

If the finish is nitrocellulose lacquer however, you need to know that finish yellows, fades, cracks, checks, flakes, "chalks up", etc. as it deteriorates. And that it will do that to varying degrees (there's no set timetable). Guitars that have a blue base coat with a nitrocellulose lacquer clear coat will eventually end up looking like green guitars, except where the lacquer gets worn through, and then the base coat will show through. You should be able to find images of that happening on Google.
#8
The bigger numbers in the serial # weigh more. An 8 weighs more than a 7, a 6 more than a 5, etc. So if you look at your list, you can see the pattern:

MX14516847 - 8lbs 10oz
MX14502726 - 8 lbs 2 oz
MX14525025 - 8 lbs 2 oz
MX14525020 - 8 lbs.


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#9
Yeah, it doesn't matter. It's just because wood is a natural material, not man-made. It varies. And the serial number has absolutely nothing to do with it, in any way. As unrelated as any two things can possibly be.
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Implying that the guitar's weight is in relation to its serial number is like saying that the quality of the guitars pots determines how thick the finish is. It's nonsense.

I get the feeling he didn't mean to imply that the serial number is connected with weight, and worded the post like that to make it clear that he was referring to different examples of the same model of guitar.

But yeah, wood varies, and with mass produced guitars there's almost no quality control with regards to the weight of the wood so the differences can end up being pretty extreme in some cases, but even with guitars that are made in small quantities where the manufacturer can select lighter or heavier pieces of wood there's still going to be some variation.
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#11
some people prefer a heavier or lighter guitar. the company is just giving you the weight of a specific guitar by associating the weight with the serial number. just another tool so people can order a guitar over the net that they will be happier with. the weight isn't part of the serial number.