Strat Plus - tuners?

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  1. dougb415

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    I just picked up a '96 Strat Plus - wow, what a nice guitar! Inca silver, pearloid pickguard. The previous owner had the Lace pickups replaced by 57/62s.

    While researching this model I see that it had Sperzel locking tuners, later replaced by Schaller locking tuners. Is there any way of telling which kind I have? These are not shiny chrome at all, very dull looking. It also has the LSR nut, instead of the Wilkinson.
     
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    A 96 will have a LSR nut, IIRC 92/93 was the end of the wilkinson. As for the tuners, I've forgotten the details there.
     
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    Wow, thanks! Looks like mine has Schaller locking tuners. That article says Inca Silver was introduced in '97, but according to the serial number mine is a '96.
     
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    Not to cause confustion but N5 falls in the '95 year too.
     
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    It all adds to the mystique and allure of this particular guitar....
     
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    Yeah, they're Schallers.
     
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    Looks like it's a '97. I was wrong about the serial number, it starts with N6. A very nice guitar at a good price.
     
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    Yeah, i picked up a '97 Friday and i love it.

    hey, if you ever want to swap pickups for the original Lace Sensor set i'll trade ya with some cash if your interested in seeing how it sounded stock.
    How do you like the sound of the 57/62's?
     
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    Got mine on Saturday - congrats! I'm really liking the 57/62s; this guitar is in some ways a cross between my 2 CP Strats - 57/62s ('50s CP) with a rosewood neck ('60s CP). Has a very warm sound, and (to these ears anyway) can do decent-sounding Trower-esque tones. Thanks for the offer BTW.
     
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    My '94 Strat Ultra has Schallers. I'd never heard of them having Sperzels.
     
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    Only the very first ones had Sperzels ,ever see a graffiti yellow one? Spezels.
     
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    Fender only used Sperzels on the Strat Plus/Plus Deluxe for a short period of time; you'll mainly find them on 1987s and early 1988s; by mid-1988 they had switched over to those satin finish Schallers. Edit - Eagle1 beat me to it

    However, Sperzels did pop up from time-to-time; I suspect they used Sperzels in small quantities whenever they were out of Schallers. I was very close to getting a Strat Ultra back in the day (early 1992) and the particular one I was looking at had chrome Sperzels (that kind of "textured" chrome that Sperzel used to have, not the satin/shiny chrome mix you see on a lot of Tylers) so you never know, but the "standard issue" since 1988 was Schaller.

    On a side note - I undestand Fender is now using Ping locking tuners on current American Deluxes - the ones with the "F" engraved on the locking knob are Pings. This dates to either late 2006 or early last year.
     
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    I have a 96 Strat Plus CAR/Pearloid with Sperzels. Replaced the Lace's with Kinman AvnBlues. Plays pretty ruff now, needs a neck job, or fret job. My 07 Am Deluxe is light years ahead of the junk they made in the 90's. YMMV
     
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    Sorry to hear that. Mine has currently replaced my CP 60's as my Strat of choice... and I really like the CP series.
     
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    I had a Strat Plus as my primary guitar for a couple of years. I actually would like to have it back. I thought it was a quality guitar.

    I also own a few other guitars that are pretty decent - Suhr Standard, McNaught custom, Gibson 336, . . .
     

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