Electric Guitars/fender stratocaster

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Hi, I found this guitar in my son's closet.  he is at Marine Corps training.  It is a Fender Stratocaster Serial Number MN779988  Made in Mexico  He may have gotten it from his late uncle who was an avid guitarist.  Can you tell me anything about it?  value?  age?
Thanks so much

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Hey Marybeth,

Thanks so much for writing! My father was a Drill Instructor in the Corps! Here is some information:

Guitar Info
Your guitar was made at the
Ensenada Plant (Fender), Mexico
in the Year(s): 1997 - 1998

Fender: Mexico

Fender Mexico was established in on May 5th 1987, Ensenada, Mexico with electric guitar production beginning in 1989. Ensenada facility includes eight buildings, covering more than 200,000 square feet. This includes Electronics, Electric Guitar, Amplifier Cabinet, and String manufacturing. More than 1000 employees are on staff and are supported by the Fender Quality Control team which travels from Corona to Ensenada once a week to help maintain quality. Fender Mexico guitars and amplifiers are made using many U.S. components, again maintaining the highest standards.

The Fenders made in Mexico are quite well made. Many people have the misconception that guitars made outside of the United States are not as good in quality as those made here but this simply isn't true. Depending on the condition, the guitar is worth between $400 and $600 in U.S. Dollars. I can give you further information if you can send me a photograph. Let me know about the photograph. Writeback...Johnny

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Johnny Genocide

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I can answer questions regarding playing, guitar models, guitar construction, amplifiers, effects, starting a band, recording and touring. As the Guitarist and singer for No Alternative I have recorded a number of albums, singles and CDs as well as extensive touring. I can also answer questions about starting a band and recording.

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I have been a guitar player for 26 years. I play and tour with No Alternative. With a number of CDs out there are also 14 bands that have recorded my songs.

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ASCAP

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Can You Hear Me, Live at the Deaf Club (With KGB) SF Underground, Subterranean Records (No Alternative) Backtracks, Subterranean Records (No Alternative) Lifeline/No Alternative, Bull Dog Records (No Alternative) Johnny Got His Gun, Wingnut Records (No Alternative) SF Nights, Bachuus Archives (No Alternative)

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B.S., Organic Chemistry

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