Fender Mexican Stratocaster Review – A Popular Mid-Level Electric Guitar | Beginner Guitar HQ (2022)

Aside from the Gibson Les Paul and Fender Telecaster, there’s no electric guitar quite as iconic as the Fender Stratocaster. Ask your non-musical friends what image comes to mind when they picture an electric guitar––chances are, they’ll describe the solid-bodied, double cutaway-shaped and white pickguard-ed image of a Strat.

Since 1954, the Stratocaster has been a Holy Grail model that many guitarists aspire to own one day, taking their place beside Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson and John Frusciante. But at such a high price-point, Made in America (MIA) Strats are out of reach for many guitarists.

Enter the Fender Mexican Stratocaster. These popular mid-level Fender models offer the same classic look as the American Stratocaster at about half the price. Still, there are key differences in the design, hardware and sound of the MIM (Made in Mexico) versus the MIA Strat, which I’ll cover throughout the article.

Eight years ago, I became the proud owner of my own Mexican-made Strat: a Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS. This configuration is different from most MIM and MIA Strats, which have single-coil pickups (SSS) at the bridge, middle and neck. Instead, mine has an open-coil humberbucker pickup at the bridge and single-coil pickups at the neck and middle.

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After years of playing a hand-me-down Yamaha RGX310, my family surprised me with the ultimate graduation present: the chance to pick out my own electric guitar. After testing other models in the same price range, I chose this Mexican Strat because of its good-quality design and versatile sound.

The older MIM Standard series also has some different features to the newer MIM Player series, which Fender released in 2018. I’ll cover the differences between all these mid-level Strats. This way, you’ll get a better idea of which one might be the one for you.

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Design

When I entered my local music store on that fateful day, the first thing that I noticed about the Fender Mexican Stratocaster was its sleek, eye-catching design. It looked like my uncle’s Clapton-style American Strat, but with a deep purple gloss called “midnight wine.”

But I didn’t just want a guitar that looked good. I wanted it to have a good-quality sound and design.

Luckily, the MIM Strat achieves that balance between looking good and playing well. Like the MIA, it has a 25.5″ scale, an 11-hole pickguard and a contoured alder body that fits comfortably on your lap while you’re sitting and rests comfortably against your stomach while you’re standing.

It also has a modern c-shaped maple neck. This subtle flattening of the traditional c-shape makes it easier to move around your fretboard, especially if you have smaller hands. Small-handed guitar players will also like the medium-jumbo frets, which means your fingers don’t have to stretch as far when you’re playing barre chords or power chords. The Standard series Strats have 21 frets, while the Player series have 22––just like the MIA Strats. However, both Standard and Player fretboards are exactly the same length.

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The neck and fretboard on my MIM Standard Stratocaster are well-made, with a comfortable modern c-shape and properly filed medium-jumbo frets that don’t prick my hands when I play.

One of the first things I noticed about my Strat when I tried it at the store was its smooth frets. There were many similar-priced guitars I tried whose fret ends dug into my hand as I slid up and down the neck. Especially since I play guitar almost every day, I was happy to find one with a smooth, comfortable fretboard.

All Mexican Strats are built with a 9.5”-radius fretboard. Players have the option of a maple fretboard, optimized for brightness, or a pau ferro fretboard, optimized for warmth. My Standard has a rosewood fretboard, which has an even warmer tone than pau ferro.

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I prefer guitars with strong mid tones, so I chose an MIM Strat with a rosewood fretboard. If you want stronger treble, you’re better off with maple.

MIM Strats have the same distinct headstock as MIA Strats. Yet, only the Player series preserves the two-toned Spaghetti letters of the American-style Fender logo. Instead, the Standard series has the cursive, 70s-era logo.

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The cursive, CBS-era Fender logo on my Mexican Standard Strat.

Finally, MIM Strats come with either a flame maple top finish or a standard gloss. “Midnight wine” is no longer available for the Player Stratocaster, but you can choose between five other colors: 3-color sunburst (like the original 50s Strats), black (like Eric Clapton’s “Blackie”), polar white (the Jimi Hendrix-style look), tidepool blue (for 60s flavor), or buttercream yellow (a new option).

Watch this video for a closer look at the differences between the 2017 Fender Mexican Standard Stratocaster and the 2018 Fender Mexican Player Stratocaster.

Hardware

The Mexican Stratocaster, like the American Stratocaster, benefits from sturdy chrome hardware that keeps your strings firmly in place, balances the tension between the front and back of your guitar and adjusts the volume and tone of your output.

Looking at the headstock, you’ll notice six tuning pegs lined up in a perfect row along the edge. This is a standard feature for all MIM models. Yet, this is where the similarities between the Standards and Players end.

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A view from the back of my Mexican Strat. The Player series Strats feature an scripted Fender “F” logo instead of a plain chrome neck plate.

If you look at the neck plate of the Standard Strat it should be blank, while the Player Strat should have a scripted Fender F logo. Logos aside, both neck plates are equally well-made.

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Another major difference between the two series is the tremolo bridge. Player Strats, like modern American-made Strats, have a two-point tremolo bridge. This balances the tension between the front and back components of your guitar and gives you smoother vibratos when you use your whammy bar. By contrast, Standard Strats have a six-screw bridge, like the vintage MIA Strats. My biggest problem with my Strat is that it’s constantly out-of-tune when I play with a whammy bar. So, I usually create vibrato with my fingers instead.

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I usually play without a whammy bar, because I don’t like constantly needing to re-tune my guitar. Yet, whenever I need that extra vibrato, I can easily screw it back into the bridge.

The biggest difference in hardware between the Player and Standard series is the pickups. My Standard has hotter ceramic pickups, which have more output, more distortion and stronger mid-range tones. By contrast, Players have alnico (aluminum-nickel-cobalt) magnetic pickups, like MIA Strats. Yet, unlike the American-made and Mexican Standard Strats, the Player series have one tone knob for the neck/middle pickup and one for the bridge pickup, instead of the traditional neck pickup knob and middle pickup knob. Especially on the Player HSS models, this creates more nuanced bridge tones.

Nonetheless, the single volume knob and the 5-way pickup selector remain the same on all Fender Mexican Stratocasters.

Sound

Design and hardware aside, sound is where Mexican Strats truly shine. They have a versatile and consistently strong sound, whether you’re playing 50s rockabilly, 70s prog-rock, 80s blues or 2000s alternative.

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My Fender Mexcian Strat connected to my Vox V845 wah pedal and Yorkville Image IG-20 amp. Don’t worry – I only coiled the cables for my Vox wah pedal review, to show how they connect to the pedal.

Unlike other Fender models, Stratocasters have a five-way selector switch that activates different pickups and gives Strats their classic sound. When you’re holding your MIM Strat in front of you with the bridge to your left and neck to your right, you can switch between the following:

  • First position: activates the bridge pickup. It emphasizes warmer, fatter notes.
  • Second position: activates the middle and bridge pickups, blending the two sounds together.
  • Third position: activates the middle pickup. Although it’s often overlooked, the middle pickup is the one that produces the Stratocaster’s signature, snappy mid-tones.
  • Fourth position: activates the neck and middle pickups, blending the two sounds together.
  • Fifth position: activates the neck pickup. It emphasizes brighter, crisper notes.

On HSS Strats like mine, the first and second positions produce even thicker tones, thanks to the humbucker pickup. Humbuckers are so-named because they reduce the hum of single-coil pickups, creating a crunchier sound. This is why HSS and especially HSH Strats (which also have a humbucker neck pickup) can handle heavier genres like grunge and alternative metal. In contrast, the classic SSS Strats are better suited for rock, blues and country.

Because of their single-coil alnico pickups, MIM Player Strats have a brighter tone than the MIM Standards, which makes them sound more like MIA Strats. Yet, even the Player series doesn’t quite match the richness of American Strats, as we’ll see in the next section.

Made in Mexico vs. Made in America

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This video looks at the major differences between the MIM Fender Standard Stratocaster and the MIA Fender Standard Stratocaster. This MIM is nearly identical to my own, except for the SSS pickups.

On a closer look, you may notice some subtle design and hardware differences between the American and Mexican Strat. The nut width is slightly narrower on the American Strat, at 1.650” instead of 1.685”. There’s also a micro-tilt adjustment on the American Strat, meaning that it’s easier to shim your neck if you want to adjust your string action.

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Unlike the tuning pegs on American-made Strats, the ones on Mexican-made Strats are straight instead of staggered.

Additionally, the tuning pegs on the MIA Strat are staggered, with the space between the posts decreasing toward the high E string. This creates more tension on the lower strings to eliminate fret buzz and reduce the need for a string tree (which the MIMs don’t have anyway). I sometimes notice a buzz after I change my D’addario NYXL strings on my MIM Strat. But it’s never been anything that a simple saddle adjustment couldn’t fix.

Yet, the biggest difference between the MIM and MIA Strat is the pickups. The American Strat has a brighter, richer, more nuanced sound thanks to its top-quality alnico pickups. Even the alnico pickups on the Player series don’t quite come close to that full, legendary Stratocaster sound.

That being said, Mexican Strats are still excellent sounding guitars. They deliver the same versatile range as the American Strats, with that same snappy tone quality. They just don’t have that extra oomph that makes an American Strat an American Strat.

Final thoughts

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My Mexican-made Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS was the perfect choice for me, because of my budget and style of playing. Yet, it may not be the best option if you’re into heavier genres, you frequently use your whammy bar or you want that pure, bright vintage Strat sound.

To the untrained eye and ear, Mexican-made and American-made Stratocasters may seem interchangeable. Yet, the experienced guitarist can spot the key differences, from the tuning pegs to the tremolo bridge to the sound of the single-coil pickups. In fact, it’s the sound quality of the American Strat that really sets it apart from the lower-cost Mexican models.

Still, the Fender Mexican Stratocaster can give you that good-quality, signature Strat sound at a lower price. Players closely capture the bright, snappy charm of the MIAs, while Standards offer a warmer take on the classic Strat sound. The HSS and HSH models extend this warmth even further, offering crunchier, hard rock tones along with the crisp single-coil sounds. This makes MIM Strats excellent mid-level electric guitars for almost every genre of playing, except for metal.

I would recommend the MIM Strat to intermediate guitarists who want to upgrade from their entry-level models, like the Squier Bullet Strat. I’d also recommend it to ambitious beginners who practice regularly and need a good-quality guitar with smooth frets that won’t rip up their hands.

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Plus, if you really want that American Strat sound without breaking the bank, you can always buy an MIM and mod it with new pickups, electronics and hardware. To find out how, check out our articles on creating your DIY Stratocaster and selecting the best Strat pickups.

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FAQs

Are Mexican Strats worth it? ›

That being said, Mexican Strats are still excellent sounding guitars. They deliver the same versatile range as the American Strats, with that same snappy tone quality. They just don't have that extra oomph that makes an American Strat an American Strat.

What the difference between a Mexican Strat and an American? ›

While American Strats are made of three wood pieces, the Mexican strats are made of five pieces. It has been said that this difference has its impact on the tone also. It has been noted that American start comes in higher quality than the Mexican model. The American strat gives a modified tone called as delta tone.

What is the most sought after Stratocaster? ›

1954: This was the Stratocaster's very first year in production. Similarly to first-issue books, the 1954 Stratocaster is the most collectible compared to all of the other years. Strats from '54 are being sold for $100,000 or more.

Does Fender still make Mexican Strats? ›

Fender have just unveiled their brand new range of electric guitars – the Mexican-made Fender Player Series. This is set to replace the old Mexican Standard range, with some new models, upgraded specs and some great new colours. The lineup includes Strats, a Tele, a Jag, a Jazzmaster, a P-bass and a Jazz bass.

Are Fenders worth the money? ›

So are they worth it? Yes, absolutely. With higher price comes an exceptional attention to detail and amazing sound quality. American Fenders are often used by professional musicians during tours and studio recordings.

How can you tell a fake Fender Stratocaster? ›

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How do I tell what year my Mexican Stratocaster is? ›

This new scheme uses the letters “MX” as a prefix to designate an instrument made in Mexico, followed by an eight-digit number. The first two digits of the number identify the year of manufacture, (10 for 2010, 11 for 2011, etc.).

Why are Strats so good? ›

Generally speaking the Strat is ergonomic and quite comfortable to play for long periods, as long as you get on with the neck. Of the most popular guitars of the '60s, the Strat is more ergonomic than a Telecaster, lighter than a Les Paul and balanced more towards the body than the notoriously neck-heavy Gibson SG.

Can I put an American neck on a Mexican Strat? ›

It will fit. The extra fret just hangs over the pickguard. The new 2015 deluxe strats have a different heel which would require some modification. Standard strat necks and/or ones from earlier years will fit just fine unless it's a really old 3-bolt neck.

What does Mexican Fender mean? ›

The body of a Mexican fender has a polyester finish. On the other hand, the American fender has a polyurethane body finish. Another major difference that can be noticed is the frets. While the American fender has 22 frets, the Mexican fender has only 21 frets.

How can you tell if a Fender is real? ›

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What is considered to be the best Fender Stratocaster? ›

Fender American Pro II Stratocaster

Fender's American Professional series was hailed as one of the best they'd ever made, so to see it tweaked and relaunched as the Pro II series took us a little by surprise. We're pleased to say though, that they've nailed it.

What is better a Telecaster or Stratocaster? ›

Telecaster is much more versatile, whereas Stratocaster offers a broader palette of tones. Telecaster is easier to play and tune, whereas Stratocaster is more comfortable to hold. Telecaster has one piece that extends right below the bridge pickup, whereas the Stratocaster bridge that has a two-point tremolo system.

What guitar did Eddie Van Halen play? ›

What Guitars Did Eddie Van Halen Play? Eddie Van Halen is most known for playing his self-built Frankenstrat guitars. Later in his career, after starting his own brand of “EVH” gear, he played primarily EVH Wolfgang guitars. Eddie designed and built much of his own gear throughout his legendary career.

Where are Fender Mexican guitars made? ›

The Fender Mexican is manufactured specifically in the Fender factory of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The U.S. fenders are manufactured in the Fender's factory located in Corona, California. This is where the Fender standards are built to have incredible playability, tone, and quality.

What pickups do MIM Strats have? ›

Lead II Pickups

These are basically just the PLAYER Anico 5 pickups. They correspond to the Middle and Neck pickups on a player stratocaster.

Are stratocasters good for metal? ›

The Quick Answer. Stratocasters are not usually used for metal because they have a fairly thin and bright tone, and are susceptible to feedback. However, it is possible to use a Strat for metal. Consider using a noise gate, distortion or EQ pedal and adjust the amp settings to reduce the brightness and add more depth.

Are American or Mexican Fenders better? ›

The first major difference between the two – besides the price – is the wood used for the bodies. While an American Fender has a three piece body made of ash, its Mexican equivalent is made either superior choice in wood and build.

Do Fender Stratocasters hold their value? ›

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The newer Fender guitars hold their value similar to other brands right now, but what is truly impressive is Fender's older editions: MIM Fender Standard Stratocasters (discontinued by Fender, but still available on eBay and Reverb) in mint and excellent conditions hold up to 95% of their original worth.

Do Fenders increase in value? ›

So, to answer the main question of this article, yes, Fender guitars undoubtedly appreciate in value. It does take time for a guitar to be classified “vintage,” but once it happens, Fender guitars are some of the most sought-after guitars globally.

Do all Fender Stratocasters have serial numbers? ›

The serial numbers have been placed on or in the guitar in different places over the years. At the top of the neck plate, on the front or at the back of the headstock or on the cover plate of the vibrato (Stratocasters), or at the end of the heel of the neck.

How do I check my Fender serial number? ›

Where to Find the Serial Number on Your Fender Guitar?
  1. At the top of the neck plate.
  2. On the front or at the back of the headstock.
  3. On the cover plate of the vibrato (on Stratocasters)
  4. On the back of the vibrato cover plate (on early '50s Stratocasters)
  5. At the end of the heel of the neck.
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How do you tell if a Fender is American made? ›

Fender USA guitars are also identifiable by their serial number on the back of the headstock. An American Made guitar will have a serial prefix of US, whereas a Mexican model will have MX as a prefix for instance.

How do you date a Mexican Fender guitar? ›

The letter “N” is followed by a number that indicates the specific year of production. To differentiate these guitars from the American guitars, Fender decided to add an “M” in front of the serial numbers that stood for Mexico. So MN100001 was a Mexican Fender guitar built in 1991-1992.

What is a Mexican Stratocaster? ›

The Player Stratocaster takes the place of the Standard Strat, which was sometimes referred to as the MIM (Made in Mexico) Stratocaster. The Player Series, too, is made in Mexico. It's a great instrument and comes in at less than half the price of a USA Strat.

Can you look up guitars by serial number? ›

You can look up a serial number either in Gruhn's Guide or run the number in the manufacturer's database. The serial number itself will give you date information and the database will have a description of the guitar so you can check the specs of the guitar in question.

What's better Gibson or Fender? ›

Question: Are Gibson or Fender acoustic guitars better? Answer: Gibson acoustic guitars generally are more expensive and are considered high-end instruments. Fender makes some high-end acoustic, but most acoustics guitars they manufacture are affordable models.

Why a Strat is better than a Les Paul? ›

Durablilty and Tuning stability. By design, the Fender American Series Stratocaster is a much more solid and stable guitar than the Gibson Les Paul, and here's why: Headstock. The Stratocater's neck and headstock is hewn from a single piece of hard rock maple, with no angle at all on the headstock.

Will any Strat neck fit any Strat? ›

Contrary to what you may think, Strat necks presenting 21 and 22 frets are interchangeable. This swap is possible because the 22-fret neck's design has an overhanging fretboard that extends over the guitar body and pickguard.

Will any Strat neck fit a Strat body? ›

A Tele® neck will not fit or intonate in a Strat®-shaped pocket. The squared corners on the Tele® neck get in the way. A Strat® neck can fit and intonate in a Tele®-shaped pocket, but it will leave small gaps in the corners of the neck pocket. If the neck has a fretboard overhang it will cover the gap.

Can you put a 22-fret neck on a 21 fret Strat? ›

In most cases, a 22-fret neck will fit with no problems into a 21-fret neck pocket since the added fret usually is placed with an overhang. You will find almost no compatibility issues among guitars of the same brand and similar models, however, this might not work out with different manufacturers.

What Fender Strats are made in America? ›

The American Acoustasonic Series Stratocaster.

Which Fender guitars are made in the USA? ›

  • Stratocaster.
  • Telecaster.
  • Jaguar.
  • Jazzmaster.
  • Mustang.
  • Other.

What wood is used on a Stratocaster body? ›

Alder - Alnus rubra

Alder is used extensively for bodies because of its lighter weight (about four pounds for a Strat® body) and its full sound. Its closed grain makes this wood easy to finish.

Are fenders made in America? ›

Fender guitars, amplifiers and basses have always been made in California (except for the low priced Squier line) even though the company moved its corporate headquarters to Arizona.

When did Fender start making Squier Stratocaster? ›

The initial Squier models were launched on July/August 1982. Over time, the Squier series slowly evolved to include original model designs and production has moved from Japan to various other Asian countries such as Korea, China and Indonesia.

How do I identify my electric guitar? ›

The most common place to find identification is on the headstock or on a label inside of the guitar, if applicable. If there is nothing on your guitar in question, chances are the original label or logo has fallen off.

How much is a Mexican Stratocaster worth? ›

Cost of the Main Stratocaster Models
GuitarPrice ($)Origin
Fender Standard$500Mexico
Fender Player$750Mexico
Fender Vintera$950Mexico
Fender Deluxe$950Mexico
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Is a Stratocaster good for a beginner? ›

The Stratocaster is considered an easy guitar to play by most guitarists. This is because it has a lightweight contoured body, double cutaway design for easy fret access, and a fairly thin and comfortable neck. Hence, it's usually a great guitar for beginners to choose, when first learning to play.

Why do telecasters sound better than Stratocasters? ›

The Telecaster typically has two single-coil pickups, with the bridge pickup being wider and longer than its Strat counterpart. What's more, it is mounted on the Tele's metal bridge plate, which can give it a more powerful tone.

Is a Les Paul easier to play than a Strat? ›

Les Paul vs Strat String Tension

A big part of a guitar's playability is due to string tension. The higher the string tension, the harder you need to work to press down and move the strings. A Les Paul has lower string tension when compared to a Strat with the same gauge strings. This makes a Les Paul easier to play.

What was Eddie Van Halen's favorite guitar? ›

Gibson ES-335

This guitar Eddie played for a very brief period of time around 1976. According to him, he liked the guitar and experimented on it, but the rest of the band preferred that he played something else.

What gauge pick did Eddie Van Halen use? ›

The Long Story. The graphic artwork on these picks is sourced from arguably the most widely recognized guitar in the world, Eddie Van Halen's "Frankenstein." This is the exact pick that Eddie used, a Dunlop Max-Grip . 60mm gauge pick.

What guitar did Stevie Ray Vaughan play? ›

Vaughan played a number of Fender Stratocasters throughout his career, one of which, a 1963 body and a late 1962 rosewood (curved fingerboard) neck, became "the most famous battered Strat in rock history." He was notoriously hard on his guitars, and many of them required extensive periodic maintenance, as well as other ...

Which Fender Strats are made in Mexico? ›

Fender Vintera 60s Stratocaster

Another absolutely amazing Fender guitar manufactured in Mexico. The Vintera series is really special.

Why are Fender guitars made in Mexico? ›

A brief talk about Fender made in Mexico guitars - YouTube

How do you date a Mexican Stratocaster? ›

These guitars should be dated by reading the other dates on body, on the neck, underneath the pickguard or thanks to the 1996, 2004 and 2006 anniversary tags placed on the back of the headstock or on the neck plate.

How can you tell a fake Mexican Fender Stratocaster? ›

How to Spot a FAKE Fender in Seconds! - YouTube

Why are Strats so good? ›

Generally speaking the Strat is ergonomic and quite comfortable to play for long periods, as long as you get on with the neck. Of the most popular guitars of the '60s, the Strat is more ergonomic than a Telecaster, lighter than a Les Paul and balanced more towards the body than the notoriously neck-heavy Gibson SG.

How can you tell if a Fender is made in Mexico? ›

How can I find out when my Mexican-made instrument was manufactured?
  1. Fender began producing instruments in its Ensenada, Mexico, factory in 1990. ...
  2. At the end of 1999, the serial numbers transitioned from an “MN” prefix to an “MZ” prefix with the “M” designating Mexico and the “Z” designating the 2000s.

How can you tell if a Fender is real? ›

How to Tell if a Fender Stratocaster is Real or Fake - Don't Get Scammed!

Where are Fender Mexican guitars made? ›

The Fender Mexican is manufactured specifically in the Fender factory of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The U.S. fenders are manufactured in the Fender's factory located in Corona, California. This is where the Fender standards are built to have incredible playability, tone, and quality.

How do you tell if a Fender is American made? ›

Fender USA guitars are also identifiable by their serial number on the back of the headstock. An American Made guitar will have a serial prefix of US, whereas a Mexican model will have MX as a prefix for instance.

How do I know if my Fender Strat is vintage? ›

Stratocasters have two main date indicators: one signed in pencil or stamped on the heel of the neck and one pencil signed in the tremolo cavity on the back of the body (until about 1966 or so).

How can you tell how old a guitar is? ›

For US instruments, the serial number will start with a letter. That letter indicates the decade. The second character will usually be a number. That number indicates the specific year.

How do you tell the year of a Stratocaster by serial number? ›

The only way to try to find the date is to remove the neck from the body. If the year is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or in the cavity in which the pickups are. With Fenders from before 1955 you cannot use the serial numbers to determine the exact year of construction.

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