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Does anybody know if this model was a re-issue of a particular vintage Fender Strat year??
It has quite a few vintage touches(8 hole single ply pickguard, butt end truss rod adjuster, fiesta red color, vintage size fretsw/ maple neck) It looks like it could be a vintage re-issue except for the modern style string trees and die-cast "Fender" tuners. I'm no expert on these so please take my comments as being only my own personal opinion and use them for what you feel they are worth.
That's not to say that the later MIJ's are bad, but the mid 80's E series instruments were really top notch instruments and from what I have been able to tell from my own research, were damned near identical to the Fender labeled MIJ instruments of that era (and I'll come back to this line of thought in just a moment).
Now I recently had a '92 Squier..era..was Made in Korea that had some very similar characteristics..low end "covered" tuners, the generic bridge saddles, etc..
Further, the body on my '92 MIK was actually plywood where as the earlier MIJ's used basswood (although I understand alder bodies are out there).