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and was the highest end production model next to Fender's Custom Shop guitars. There was some transitional Strat Plus' in 1999 that were a mix of the new DX Strat series and the Plus Series.You can tell by the serial number, which started with DN9XXXXX and they also had a chrome Fender logo on the headstock.It is well known that the 1970's were a time of poor build quality and growing skepticism to Fender's ability to produce quality instruments.As a result of this Fender's sales declined markedly in the mid and late 1970's.We also have the Strat American Deluxe and many more. We have a HUGE library of templates dating back over thirty years, so if you dont see your model that doesnt mean we dont make it, it just means youll have to call 800-449-9348 ext.The Strat was first introduced in 1954, just a few years after Fender debuted the Telecaster, which is widely considered to be the first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar.The first 2 years of the 1980's marked a time of great change at the Fender company.
Over the years Fender used modular production techniques that may have resulted in a guitar that has parts from one year to another.About 16,000 reissue instruments were produced at the Fullerton factory.Production continued at the new Corona, Ca factory the very last months of 1985 and continue to the present day.One of these new employees, Dan Smith, spearheaded these issues by closing down production, developing new product lines, and emphasizing build quality.A direct result of this effort was the introduction of the Fender American Vintage Reissue Series.