1989 Fender Stratocaster American Standard 3 Colour Sunburst

The Blue Book Says:

Fender Stratocaster: American/American Standard Series (1986-Present Mfg.)
Fender has continuously produced a standard American Stratocaster since the mid-1980s, but there are three distinct models within the series. The first series was called the “American Standard Stratocaster” and produced between 1988 and 2000. At the Summer 2000 NAMM show, Fender introduced the new “American Series” that was announced as an evolution of the American Series. Changes included American Deluxe body specs with a historically correct upper horn and non-veneered body, HSH pickup rout instead of the old “swimming pool,” American Deluxe neck shape with rolled edges, Deluxe Staggered tuners, original headstock shape, custom staggered pickup magnets, three-ply parchment/black/parchment pickguard, and parchment pickup covers, knobs, and tips. At the Winter 2008 NAMM show, Fender introduced the third round of the American Stratocaster, and the name reverted back to the old one as the “American Standard Stratocaster.” Changes include a new bridge with bent steel saddles, a new tinted neck treatment, thinner finish undercoat, and all guitars come with an SKB molded case. In spring, 2012, Fender introduced the fourth version of the American Standard Stratocaster with the major change being the introduction of Custom Shop pickups.
AMERICAN STANDARD STRATOCASTER (1986-2000, U.S. MFG. NO. 010-7400/7402)
– alder body, four-bolt neck plate, 22-fret maple or rosewood fingerboard with black dot inlay, chrome-plated die-cast tuners, standard vibrato with two pivot point design, three-ply white pickguard, three single coil exposed polepiece pickups, three knobs (v, two tone), five-position switch, chrome hardware, available in 3-Color Sunburst (1998-2000), Arctic White (disc. 1997), Black, Brown Sunburst, Burgundy Mist (limited edition, 1995 only), Candy Apple Red (1997-2000), Caribbean Mist (disc. 1997), Frost Red (late 1980s-early 1990s), Gun Metal Blue (late 1980s-early 1990s), Inca Silver (1997-2000), Lake Placid Blue (1998-2000), Lipstick Red (disc. 1997), Midnight Blue (disc. 1997), Midnight Wine (disc. 1997), Natural (1998-2000), Olympic White (1998-2000), Pewter (late 1980s-early 1990s), Sonic Blue (1997-98), Surf Green (limited edition, 1995 only), or Vintage White (1997-98) polyurethane finish, mfg. late 1986-2000.


I say:

This one has been played a lot and has a great number of scrapes and dents, but nothing of any shocking nature, Rather they are genuine signs of use rather than abuse.  The wiring is a little unusual on this one as the two tone pots are I suspect adapted – in a very useable manner.  The second tone pot appears to have a TBX tone pot – this affects the tone of the middle and (unusually) the bridge pickup.  It’s a passive pot, but it can be mistaken for “active” in the turned one way it rolls off the highs, turned the other way it rolls off the lows, so making the guitar appear even brighter!

I have taken the time to photograph a good number of the marks that the guitar has, the most unusual on is on the upper horn where there are a series of gold indentations – no idea what happened there!  There is one chip out of the neck behind the 1st fret – not too worrying and I didn’t notice it when playing.

The Rubber tubing that supports the pickups had all perished, so I’ve replaced them with some Fender Funnell springs.

If you prefer your guitars looking used this could be ideal without having to pay for a modern “relic.”

Red Badged Fender ABS case, Trem arm in the case.