I received this guitar for Christmas about 20 years ago. I know my parents purchased it from a friend's pawn shop back then. I was about 11 years old when I got this and never learned to play the guitar. As such, it's been sitting in its Fender hardcase basically since I got it.
Based on some quick research here, I believe the color to be "RedStone." One thing I found odd compared to most others I saw on this forum is that it is a dual Humbucker configuration. It has a Kahler Spyder bridge, Kahler locking nut, and Gotoh tuners.
Everything appears to be stock and everything seems to work as it should. All switches and knobs work fine and the original "F" caps are still on the knobs. Guitar is in overall very good shape with no real dents or dings to speak of and no crazing or finish problems.
One question I have is about the Fender USA backplate. It seems mine is rough/worn, but it seems most others I see on HM strats are worn in the exact same way -- were they made to look like that from the factory or something?
Serial number is F008478.
Anybody know what year it was made or anything else interesting about it?
The strings on it are the ones that were there when I got it. I basically quickly dusted it and took some pictures. Here they are:
Thought I would post about it here for adding to the serial number database, at least. I would consider selling it.
Thanks. Does MIA mean "Made in America?" Also, how did you deduce that from the pictures and what makes it third version? How many versions were there altogether and what year(s) were third versions made?
Edit: Nevermind, found the sticky forum thread where all this is explained. Seems like you got it right. Thanks again.