These are currently about 0 shipped for a new 2008 model and can be found used for as low as 0-0 for an older model.
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standard American Standard/Series Strat will come with 3 high-quality single-coil pickups made with alnico (aluminum/nickel/cobalt) magnets, specifically alnico 5 (
Many sellers don't mention that they are actually selling a Highway 1.
I've seen many that just say "American Stratocaster" for sale.
In the cheaper single-coil pickups (standard on most of the Mexican and Squier models), the pole pieces will be steel and the magnets will consist of ceramic bars (ferrite) running along the bottoms of the pickups.
The alnico magnets are typically the one's to have if you want to really nail the vintage Fender Stratocaster sound.You can ask the seller to verify which model they are selling.If you are not convinced that they even know you can compare the Ebay seller's pictures to a known model of the same year. There are some great Fender online forums out there that you can join and post questions in.The serial number will begin with 'MNx' for 90's models and 'MZx' for 2000 models, where 'x' = the last digit of the model year, followed by 5 or 6 other numbers.So a serial number beginning with 'MN3' will be a 1993 model and one starting with 'MZ3' will be a 2003 model.Post a picture or a link to an auction and let the experts decide. "Fender Standard" is the proper designation for a Mexican made 'Standard' Stratocaster.