Dating fender pots
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.
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.
Very few serial numbers were recorded, production numbers were not kept track of, and even in Fenders new Custom Shop department, records of guitars built were nothing more than hand writing on notebook paper.
Examples can be seen on JW Blacks website and is confirmed by John Page, both Master builders who worked in the Custom Shop department at the very start.
I believe that was confused with the Deluxe American Standard model and not in reference to the Strat Plus at that time." So there you have it.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.The very 1st Strat Plus models that showed up on Fender's "price lists" were dated for sale March 1st, 1987.(Keep that date in your mind as we move forward with this section! Duchossoir points out, in his book called The company obliged but seized the opportunity to talk Jeff into having a namesake Stratocaster model.