Re: SRV Strat, Custom Shop, strange logo?
I have a SRV neck on my Strat and Fender isn't burned in like that. Mine is a 98 neck, you can date yours by the serial number very easily.
If I had to guess, a prior owner burned in the Fender logo. But hell, maybe Fender did that on a few guitars, who knows. I would maybe call Fender to see if it is original. I love my strat, it has the SRV neck (by far my favorite Fender neck, and perhaps my favorite neck all together. It also has EMG DG-20 pickup set, which is just toneful as hell and can do a very tasty sounding humbucker tone.
I have owned I think three Strats before I got this one, and this is the only Strat I ever really loved because of that SRV neck mostly. I hope you enjoy your SRV tribute, if I was to ever buy another Stratocaster, it would be that model. Damn, I love that neck!
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