#1
I'm almost certain on buying a Strat.

& I'm wondering, how do you tell if a Strat's MIM, MIJ, or MIA?

Is it: Serial number? Wood? Is there a sticker? Or just by asking the shop attendants.
#2
IMO, don't pay attention to where it's made. That will only blind your eyes from telling the true quality of each individual guitar.
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#3
MIM says "Made in Mexico" under the headstock logo.
MIJ Says "Made in Japan", and recently, "Crafted in Japan". if u get a hold of these, buy it.
MIA says "Made in America". They're nice, but i'd go for an MIJ if u can.

i'm gettin an MIJ soon.
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#4
You can tell on the serial number, if it starts with MZ it's mexican, I forget what the others are.
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#5
Quote by CORT noob
IMO, don't pay attention to where it's made. That will only blind your eyes from telling the true quality of each individual guitar.

That's true.
Quote by ECistheBest
MIM says "Made in Mexico" under the headstock logo.
MIJ Says "Made in Japan", and recently, "Crafted in Japan". if u get a hold of these, buy it.
MIA says "Made in America". They're nice, but i'd go for an MIJ if u can.

i'm gettin an MIJ soon.

Same here, precisely why this thread was started.
Quote by CM_X5
You can tell on the serial number, if it starts with MZ it's mexican, I forget what the others are.

Thanks. Anyone knows what the others' serial numbers say?
#6
I just checked the old guide I read when I was wondering the same thing. There's no definite beginning but here's the link. http://reviews.ebay.com/Buying-a-Fender-Stratocaster-A-Guide-for-the-Novice_W0QQugidZ10000000001650626?ssPageName=BUYGD:CAT:-1:SEARCH:5

Edit: Made in U.S.A. ones will usually say right there on the headstock and the serial number might not even be on the front of it if I remember right. I don't feel like reading that whole thing again.
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Gear:
Ibanez SZ520QM
Peavey Rotor EXP
Squier Bullet (heavily modified)
Mesa Roadster Head & 2x12 cab
#11
Quote by CM_X5
I just checked the old guide I read when I was wondering the same thing. There's no definite beginning but here's the link. http://reviews.ebay.com/Buying-a-Fender-Stratocaster-A-Guide-for-the-Novice_W0QQugidZ10000000001650626?ssPageName=BUYGD:CAT:-1:SEARCH:5
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That's article's good, but it just didn't touch on the MIJs that's i'm most certainly aiming for.
#12
it should say "Made in Japan" or "Crafted in Japan" somewhere on the headstock.
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#13
Quote by ECistheBest
it should say "Made in Japan" or "Crafted in Japan" somewhere on the headstock.

Thanks.

Those MIJs should cost about....... US$1000?
#15
Quote by ECistheBest
it should say "Made in Japan" or "Crafted in Japan" somewhere on the headstock.


nono, maybe near the base of the neck, near the body.

the base models are about $350, though i would recommend something $600-$800.

superior quality.
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#17
japanese ones are always comparable to MIAs as far as i know. i'll be able to tell when i get the MIJ in the winter japan trip!
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#18
Quote by ECistheBest
japanese ones are always comparable to MIAs as far as i know. i'll be able to tell when i get the MIJ in the winter japan trip!


not the lowest end one.

st-50 or something?
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#22
^^if u find it comfortable at the store, then you should get it no matter how much it is. it just depends on what you like. not what i like.


edit: ^
i want those too... anything i can find at the shop i go, if i like it, i'd buy it!
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#23
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yes, i would say that's the most direct comparison.

Yeah for the price difference MIJs are so worth it.
Hopefully I can find a 2-colour (or 2-tone as its called) sunburst...

are they rare?
#26
keep the stock pickups. ur going too fast. haven't even tried the stock pickups and already blaming the pickups? thats nuts. try it first. keep it until u hate it. then get new ones.
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#28
^get the guitar, and love it till death. when u start hating it, thats when you start thinking.
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