What year is my Stratocaster?

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  1. Shigs

    Shigs Member

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    Hi all,

    I've looked into how strat serial numbers work and have a good understanding of them.

    I have a Japanese Antigua stratocaster from 2002-2004. The serial is: Q033026 'Crafted in Japan'.

    I've see a Q033029 listed on Reverb previously as 2002, but I've seen another listed on Reverb with a lower serial (Q012152) as 2003.

    Probably not the most interesting questions but I'd love to know as it's one of my first guitars and is a keeper.

    1. Does anyone know the exact year of this guitar?
    2. Does anyone know how many of these were produced?

    Thanks
     
  2. ZENTISH

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    Hi, according to a website called "guitar dater project" your guitar was made in Japan in 1993-1994 at the Fuji-Gen plant.
    Production #33026
     
  3. CanuckChris

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    As you've established, since it says Crafted in Japan, then it's a 2002 - 2004. As Fender even says on their website, beyond that is a bit of a toss-up:

    https://support.fender.com/hc/en-us...my-Japanese-made-instrument-was-manufactured-

    I'd look at completed sales as well as the active ones. Then you'd need to start opening up your guitar to look. Dates can be included on both the pickups and the pots. Sometimes they pencil or stamp dates into the body cavity or heel of the neck. Assuming you're comfortable doing so, these are the first places I'd check. Beyond that, 2002-2004 is probably the best you'll be able to do.

    According to an older thread here (https://www.thegearpage.net/board/i...er-antigua-crafted-in-japan-any-info.1325830/) about 400 were made.
     
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    That's for Made in Japan. As the OP noted, his serial number says Crafted in Japan which puts it in 2002-2004. Even with the same letter prefix and 6-digit serial number. Just to confuse everyone apparently!
     
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  5. ZENTISH

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    Thanks, did not know that!
     
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  6. Shigs

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    I wish it was a 1993-1994 'Made in Japan' :)

    Although I do believe Fender brought back the 'Made in Japan' tag from 2007 onwards.
    There seems to be 400 of the Tele's made. I wonder if there was also only 400 of the Strats made?

    It's a fun guitar to play.
     
  7. ZENTISH

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    I found a spec sheet that says they were made from 6-03 to 1-04 so thats only 7 months and MSRP was $799.99
     
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  8. Shigs

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    Aha! That's awesome. So it must be a 2003 then! Can you post that spec sheet pls or tell me where I can find it?

    Thanks so much.
     
  9. GCDEF

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    It should be stamped on the neck heel
     
  10. ZENTISH

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    You can find it at Strat-talk.com "Newbie Just aquired a 1993 Japan Antigua Strat"is the thread title, someone informs him that it is a 2003-4 and posts a spec sheet that a Fender dealer sent him.
     
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  11. Shigs

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    Thank you sir. You are are gentleman.

    Below are the details on the rareity that someone else is looking for them. I guess being in production for 6 months there's a lot more than 400.

    The Anitgua finish is pretty divisive but I just love it. Is was the second guitar I ever bought after having a poor Epiphone for a number of years.

    Model Name: Antigua Stratocaster
    Model Number: 025-7002 -(550)
    Series: Classic Series
    Body: Basswood
    Neck: Maple, “C” Shape, (Polyurethane Finish)
    Fingerboard: Maple, 7.25" Radius (184 mm)
    Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
    Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
    Nut: 1.650"
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Fender/Schaller Vintage “F”-Style Tuning Machines
    Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo with Cast Saddles
    Pickguard: 3-Ply Antigua
    Pickups: 3 Vintage Style Strat Single-Coil Pickups with Alnico Magnets
    Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade:
    Position 1. Bridge Pickup
    Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup
    Position 3. Middle Pickup
    Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup
    Position 5. Neck Pickup
    Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
    Colors: (550) Antigua, (Polyurethane Finish)
    Strings: Fender Super Bullet 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042), p/n 073-3250-003
    Case: None
    Other Features: Antigua Finish, Bullet Truss Rod, 3-Bolt “F” Neckplate with Tilt Adjust Feature, Black Plastic Parts
    Source: Japan
    Accessories: None
    U.S. MSRP: $799.99
    INTRODUCED: 6/2003
    DISCONTINUED: 1/2004
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2020

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