#1
Hi,

I know this is bit of a daft question but this has always puzzled me and I've never found an explanation.

I have a Fender Strat, made in Japan between 1984 and 1987, but it seems to be missing a screw on the scratchplate (in the picture below, I'd assume there should be a screw on the right between the middle and front screws). I've not modified the guitar in any way since I bought it from a high street music shop (in Chester) in the mid eighties.

Can anybody explain why it is missing the screw? It looks like it was done deliberately.

Cheers and thanks,

Victor

#2
84 Vintage Fender Stratocaster have pickguard with 8 holes/pickguard screws, the later versions have pickguard with 11 holes/pickguard screws.. I have strong hunch your Stratocaster is made in Japan. i dont know the reasoning behind 8 and 11 pickguard screws.. just search Fender Statocaster 80s and compare your guitar.
I have Washburn guitars 'Maverick Series' and bass 'Bantam Series' and a few pedals and amps, but man I wish to have more patience and drive practicing my playing, if it's equal to the modding itch, then I'm golden.
#4
Many thanks for the replies. Yep, made in Japan and now I see what I'm looking for the 8/11 holes make sense. Thanks so much. I'm new to identifying guitars but this put me on the right path. I think it's mid 80s but with a vintage styling but not necessarily a reissue. So confusing!