The model went through a series of changes through the years.

Here's a few little tips to remember to help aid in dating those late 1970s and 1980s Stratocasters: Fender's three-way selector switch was updated to the Stratocaster's 5-way in 1977.

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SO THIS IS A MISTAKE AT FENDER, one which has been told to several people who then later come back to me and say things like, "So you think you know more than Fender? A mistake in Fender's data-base is just that a mistake!

From 1986 till around the middle of 1993 record keeping was very poor.

) This nut was design to reduce the friction at the nut when using the tremolo. The first locking tuners on the Plus' were the Sperzel, then later Schaller.

Again, this short lived Deluxe American Standard Strat looks like a Strat Plus, but it's not!!! They came with all the features of a Strat Plus, such as Gold Lace Sensors, same bridge and body type, but no locking tuners or roller nut.

While some were sold as a "Plus" they were sort of a hybrid have Fender's new Noiseless pickups, yet retaining the locking tuners, roller nut and American bridge.

These went on to be the American Deluxe Strat Series. (Why you are at it, check out my wild and crazy Custom Strat Plus guitars!

They will often have the E4, E8 or E9 serial numbers too.

What these really are is just an American Standard Strat fitted with with Gold Lace pickups! I have been in touch with some people at Fender for years getting information for building this website.

In the mid 1970s the "Thick Skin" high gloss all-polyester finish was introduced.

When the Corona plant was started up, only the Vintage Reissue Stratocaster models were produced between late 1985 through 1986.

I have received help from a couple Fender employees that worked there for many, many years - one for 34 years in fact.