#1
I just bought a 1988 Fender Japan Stratocaster 57 ri last night. I was thinking of upgrading the body eventually to an American Fender Hot Rod 57.

Guitar I just bought:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=140213740951&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=004

Body I want:
http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-USA-FENDER-AM-RI-57-HOT-ROD-STRAT-GUITAR-BODY_W0QQitemZ360028800136QQihZ023QQcategoryZ47069QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Would all the parts fit correctly in the new body?
#2
To me this seems really pointless. The upgrade you'll get is barely noticable, and you're wasting like 200 bucks on it?

You already have a great guitar, and japanese strats are comparable to the USA ones.
#3
Ditto, waste of money and time.
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#4
The neck would probably fit the body. It may not be a perfect fit, but it should go in.

As for parts, the screw holes will probably be off.
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I don't know if I can help it.

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#5
Oh yeah, I've heard the Japanese necks are thinner and 'faster' than USA and MIM.

Even if you go forward with this rather pointless quest, it might be quite a loose fit inside the neck cavity.
#6
hmm, ok thanks.

I just thought that the different paint and whatnot would make the guitar have a better tone. Plus I was really wanting the sunburst. But if it really won't make a difference in the guitar's sound, then I'm not going to bother.
#7
if you want a sunburst try this
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Wow.

This is deep
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Was the pun intended?
Actually no

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#8
Many asian parts are metric while US parts are inch. So they sometimes fit. Its one of the disadvantages to living in one of 3 countries on the planet that doesnt use metric. The other countries are liberia and myanmar.
#9
No it should fit fine actually. Pretty much all Fender strat parts(mim/mij/mia/custom shop) are interchangable with each other.

But like everyone said it wouldn't be worth it.. You won't even be able to HEAR the difference between the 2 bodies, if there even IS one..

Use the money for new pickups and electronics, Japanese Fenders have crappy electrics. Get a full rewire with new pots/switch/input jack and the pickups of your choice.