Dating my fender stratocaster
it is all stock except for the entire tremelo bridge assembly.
The original was rusted too badly to use, so was replaced by a GFS vintage bent steel saddle model.
I don't have any decent pics of the body on my '85 MIJ for comparison but please know that it's very similar to the pics that Paisley posted of his..has the steel "unstamped" saddles, etc. While the neck from the MIK was sold on a different body, I still have the MIK body and when you compare the workmanship to my '85 MIJ....there's simply no comparison.
That MIK body is -really- cheap where as the '85 MIJ, despite being basswood (which really isn't a problem for me) shows some very nice craftsmanship to say the least.
but none of it seems to add up - so take a look at the pictures and tell me what you think. Here is the link to Fender Japan, maybe you can find out something: And another one: PS I think you can read something about Japanese instruments here on Fender site, in support - product dating - Japanese instruments.Also on the back of my tuning keys, they are stamped "Fender Japan" (although I've seen a number that are also stamped "Gotoh" as well).