During initial assembly of the very first 1982 AVRI stratocasters, Fender had many problems with completed pickup assemblies fitting in the pickup and control cutouts.
Many of these very early 1982 AVRI strats had to have a small section of wood removed in order to accomodate the pickup assemblies.
(pickup screws and switch screws don't count)don't worry about the hobbyist thing... Small headstock meaning '60's rather than '70's style? I think there're 11 holes as per pickguard; I seem to remember counting them while considering a replacement with 3 hb (rail) pu's. 'preciate it.'s ok, i imagine they're rare enough that i have something different... like i said, reminds me of an original from the '60's.When I toured the Fender factory in California in 2001, there was discussion about a possible limited edition Custom Shop replica of Number One.At that time, it was suggested that there might be as few as four replicas made.03=year 08=month 09173= the number guitar made that year which sounds possible. As far as records, They seem to get sketchy when you deal with overseas made guitars.Once again it seems to have happened to several companies who farmed their budget lines out to asia and japan.