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I bought a used black Fender Stratocaster about 20 years ago with the serial # H 035195 silkscreened on the headstock. At the base of the neck near the body, it has stamped " Made in USA".

The tuners look like Fender tuners but without the "F" on the back of them. I was told by the owner of the store that it was made here in the US designated for export. I am confused since the "H" designates it's made in Japan but the "Made in USA" which is clearly stamped at the base of the neck has me confused. Also the truss rod hole at the headstock is plugged. It has the dark wood but is solid instead of having a hole. Did I get taken or is this some oddball thing. Is it worth anything? Please help. Henry Ducassi Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

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I suspect the H is really an N, which would place it.1990-91. As long as the adjustment screw for the truss rod is at the base of the neck. The plugged top end isn't a concern. Your best source of info is to contact Fender customer service directly. Here's the link-

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Testimonial: "Thanks for your input. It is definitely an "H". I will contact Fender to see if they can shed some light. Thanks again, Henry"


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