Offered for sale; 1987 Fender American Standard Stratocaster serial number E403687.

This guitar is in excellent condition, neck and frets are fine, cosmetically quite clean as the photos show.

The Fender Stratocaster is arguably the most popular electric guitar ever designed. In 1981, the American-made Stratocaster was renamed the Standard Stratocaster to avoid confusion with other models. In 1986 it was renamed the American Standard Stratocaster to avoid confusion with import models, followed by American Series Stratocaster is 2000 and then the American Standard Series Stratocaster in 2008. (Somebody at fender gets paid to make our brains hurt. Wasn’t “American Standard Stratocaster” clear enough?)

Regarding serial numbers; Fender put the American Standards into production in late 1986 so they could ship them immediately upon introduction in January 1987 (at the NAMM show). They did use up left-over headstock decals with "E4xxxxx" (and even a few "E3xxxxx") serial numbers. This is why the “E4” (standing for the year 19Eighty4) serial number is actually on this instrument with a date of 3/27/87 penciled on the end of the neck.

The American Standard differed from earlier models and vintage re-issues with the use of the two point bridge with solid saddles, the biflex truss rod and 9 1/2" radius fretboards, TBX tone controls and the “swimming pool” route. TBX stands for “treble bass expander” which is a one-knob circuit, tbough that single knob rotates two stacked pots. The control has a center detente.

Set here, it’s like a regular tone control, wide-open. Turn it counter-clockwise and highs vanish, when you rotate clockwise, the absence of lows makes glassy highs erupt.

This “strat” weighs in at 8.2lbs, utilizes the standard 25.5” scale length, has a nut width of 1 5/8”, the profile at the 1st fret is .820 and at the 12th fret is .880.

There are many that feel the ‘87 American Standard is one of the more desirable Stratocasters. This beauty plays great and sounds exactly as it should, right on the money!

Original hard shell case included.

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Year Condition Color Case
1987 Excellent Black Original Hard


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