Dating a fender custom shop guitar
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.That became my main guitar for playing live, and that’s how I ended up choosing those pickups for the ’76, too.” His only non-Fender of the bunch is this PRS Custom 24.
Just like in 2012, La Londe travels with two boards. 1 has a Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby wah, Keeley Hooke Reverb, Menatone King of the Britains, Strymon Ola, MXR Phase 100, two custom, one-off Keeley pedals (bottom of board)—Delay and Tremolo, which are the circuits pulled from Keeley’s Super Mod Workstation—Boss DD-20 Giga Delay, Keeley Dyna Trem, Mu-Tron III Envelope Filter, two MXR Carbon Copy Delays, and an EBS Octa Bass.
When I started questioning this entry in the data-base at Fender, one employee emailed me and admitted, "Yes, this was something that I added because that is what I was told by people here.
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.
They will often have the E4, E8 or E9 serial numbers too.
What these really are is just an American Standard Strat fitted with with Gold Lace pickups! I have been in touch with some people at Fender for years getting information for building this website.