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It was with the advent of computers in mid-1993 that serial and part numbers started being entered about each guitar that was shipped from the factory.Even then, some of the info was not dead accurate due to some fat-fingering and data entry mistakes!
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.
Hey, it took a while till they got the bugs worked out of the entry system! Rob Schwarz, who worked there for around 35 years in Fender's PR dept, said he never saw that entry in the data-base while helping me with info on Strat Plus guitars.
As admitted too, by the one newer Fender employees, these short lived DX American Standard Strats were confused with the Strat Plus'.
) But in fact they never became available till a few months later because of a short supply of certain components and for certain "marketing reasons." I think the earliest I have personal seen was dated late July or early August of 1987. The STRAT PLUS prototype was therefore put together with Jeff beck in mind, hence its yellow finish christened The builder for the very first two Strat Plus guitars was John Page himself.
Some of the parts, such as the body and the unfinished neck came off the "line" which means they came out of the same stock the production model American Standard Strats came from.
The Strat Plus, from it's inception, was heralded with basic features from the get-go and a Wilkerson roller nut and Locking tuners were part of their features. ) than 400 were made as I have owned several and I have questions coming in every few weeks about these by email. They are "some-what" collectible and are sometimes sold, mistakenly, as a Strat Plus!
So just because Fender might tell you otherwise it does not make it true! Over time, these may very well be quite collectible.
He later moved to the US and over the years worked with a number of guitar companies, and was responsible for many creative designs seen on guitars today.