How to identify the model on a MIM strat

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I'm working on a MIM strat for my neighbor. I believe it's a 2012 as the serial starts with MZ 102. But, I would like to get it a new bridge since the original is very, very rusty. And I see there are different bridges for these MIM strats and what I don't see are the specs of the bridges. So I have no idea which bridge to get.

Guitar is 3t sunburst, maple neck but rosewood board. 2 pin Fender tuners, 10" radius fb, SSS configuration.
 

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Fender's website says from 2010 on the serial starts with MZ10.
 

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Well, I am way off! It's a 1991. It's MN 1 not MZ 1. That's what I get for looking this morning without turning on the light while it's storming out lol.
 

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I think I found it:


That matches the string spacing too according to my calipers. With my Amazon points I can get it for $10.54 too so going to order from them.
 

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'91 with 2 3/16" bridge makes it one of the earliest MIMs.

It's not really collectable, but I'd keep it as original as possible. If the saddle height screws are seized, a drop of penetrating oil might free them, or heat from a soldering iron.
 

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Fender's website says from 2010 on the serial starts with MZ10.
I'm glad you figured out what bridge you need.

Just for clarification and future reference, they started making guitars in Mexico in 1990.
MN = Mexico Nineties (1990-1999)
MZ = Mexico Zeros (2000-2009)
MX = Mexico ten/teens (2010-2019) X is Roman Number 10

This is how I remember them, but it's just my personal shortcut.

 

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Yes, I knew the MN and MZ. I just stupidly didn't turn on the light when I looked at the serial lol! And I need to remember now that I'm getting old and starting to need reading glasses and should not look at serial numbers in the dark.

The chrome plating is eaten through on most of the bridge. I think a new one is prudent at this point.
 

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I'm glad you figured out what bridge you need.

Just for clarification and future reference, they started making guitars in Mexico in 1990.
MN = Mexico Nineties (1990-1999)
MZ = Mexico Zeros (2000-2009)
MX = Mexico ten/teens (2010-2019) X is Roman Number 10

This is how I remember them, but it's just my personal shortcut.

And of course, Fender screwed the pooch on numbering yet again... MX for Mexico Tens, but US went from Zxxxxxxx to US1xxxxxxx
I'm guessing from here on out, it will be the full 2-digit year as they have been since 2010, and the conversion from MZ to MX was a happy accident?

And don't try to guess why one of the 2017 models says "Corona CA" and the other says "Made in USA"
The Corona example is from December 2017, the USA model carries a higher serial number and could be as late as March 2018.
But the California laws redarding "Made in" requiring a minimum percentage of locally sourced parts kicked in during 2016... unless Fender is not applying serial numbers sequentially.


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I took the pickguard off today to clean the electronics as the pots were scratchy and the switch made noises changing positions. OMG. A spider had gone in there and made an egg nest. The baby spiders spun little webs everywhere and little dead flies were caught in them. The flies had shit all over so bad the poop was really thick. So far this one wins the prize as the grossest cavity in a guitar I've seen yet!
 

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My 1997 MIM Strat has MN on it if that helps at all .
 

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A bit of electrical shock works great on spiders. Learned this from Borderlands 2.

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It's all done now and I bet when it's owner sees it tonight he will be very happily surprised.

New bridge
New tuner for the one that had the broken gear
Fret level and dress
New bone nut
All cleaned including the electrical system
All screws replaced

It was a rusty, disgusting mess with beige paint all over it and it fretted out all over the neck. Now it plays like a dream and looks 100% better too.
 

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Well, I am way off! It's a 1991. It's MN 1 not MZ 1. That's what I get for looking this morning without turning on the light while it's storming out lol.
If you lean a bit, you can make the N look like a Z. I'm blind as a bat and could easily misread it. :thumb:
 


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