Darren’s Custom Modified MIJ E serial Fender Stratocaster

If you are one of my many YouTube subscribers, you may have noticed by all of my uploads Yesterday that I spent the day doing some videos with Darren. While I was there, Darren gave me one of his CD’s, If you want a free copy, you can grab a download of it by going to his website here… www.dazofoz.com

Anyways, back to the guitar…. So here we are, at Darren’s house shooting some vids of all of the different guitars I have in stock using a Marshall JCM-800, when Darren decides to get his guitar out to see how she sounds through the amp.

Now I’ve got to mention at this point, I’ve only known Darren for about a month or so, and I’ve heard him talk about his MIJ Strat before, and how he’s done a few mods here and there, but I’ve never actually seen it, so when he came walking out from the hall with his Strat hanging from his shoulder I was, to say the least a little surprised by what I saw.

Firstly, let’s check out this video. In it, Darren shares a little story about his guitar and some of the mods his done to it.


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Now from the description of what Darren told me about the guitar when it was new, I’m assuming it would of looked something like this…

Fender Contemporary Stratocaster Japan

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but now, she looks like this…

Darren's Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster

Darren’s Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster


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Yes, those dark circles you can see are actually holes drilled right through the body, the reasoning was to make the guitar lighter.

Darren's Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster body

Darren’s Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster body

As you can see, she’s a ridgy didge 1985 “E” serial number made in Japan Fender Stratocaster. It look’s like the locking nut has been replaced at some stage as well.

Darren's Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster Headstock

Darren’s Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster Headstock

The tuners have also been replaced, the new ones are from a Japanese made Aria-Pro by the looks of things… and I think they look kinda cool slanted like they are.

Darren's Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster Tuners

Darren’s Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster Tuners


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The neck is painted black, I would be assuming that it’s a poly coating, and seeing how this has been Darren’s main guitar for over 30 years (and Darren is a professional musician, so he makes his living playing this guitar), it just goes to show how damn bullet proof that poly coating is, absolutely no signs of wear on the finish at all.

Darren's Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster back

Darren’s Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster back

and finally one last look at the back of the body…

Darren's Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster back of body

Darren’s Custom Modified Fender MIJ E serial Stratocaster back of body

Wow, what a beast, thanks for grabbing her out Dazza, that is one mean axe.

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2 thoughts on “Darren’s Custom Modified MIJ E serial Fender Stratocaster

  1. Hi, I have a Fender mij precision bass E serial, it is standard, the body wood I guess is the same as mine ??? The wood of these images is basswood ??? How good are the E series,
    Why Fender Japan did not start with the letter A, or what does the E series mean? Which has different from the other series???

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