Dating fender strat pickups
The serial numbers on the 87-8 models have caused some confusion due to the CBS buyout and the start up of the new plant in Corona, California.In general, Fender has had a lot of confusion over serial numbers, especially the older models.
As you can see with this one, the top 3 strings float while the other have to feed through an upper pin.
The above Aqua Blue is a stock 1988 Plus in mint condition which had the pickguard changed to the periold style.
The standard Plus usually came with 3 Gold Lace Sensor pickups.
Notes: Notice anything strange about the front of the headstock? The Stratocaster Plus Series, by Jeff Reich* The Strat Plus Series was introduced by Fender in 1987 and was the highest-end production model next to Fender’s Custom Shop guitars.
(Production stopped in late 1998 or early 1999.) The Plus Series consisted of the Plus, the Plus Deluxe, and then later, in 1990, the Ultra. After CBS sold Fender in 1985, there was no production of Fender guitars in the U. from February, 1985 to October, 1985 (almost 8 months).