Again, this short lived Deluxe American Standard Strat looks like a Strat Plus, but it's not!!! They came with all the features of a Strat Plus, such as Gold Lace Sensors, same bridge and body type, but no locking tuners or roller nut.
They will often have the E4, E8 or E9 serial numbers too.
I believe that was confused with the Deluxe American Standard model and not in reference to the Strat Plus at that time." So there you have it.
SO THIS IS A MISTAKE AT FENDER, one which has been told to several people who then later come back to me and say things like, "So you think you know more than Fender? A mistake in Fender's data-base is just that a mistake!
Then in 1986 they started production on the new American Standard Stratocasters.You can tell by the serial number, which started with DN9XXXXX and they also had a chrome Fender logo on the headstock.While some were sold as a "Plus" they were sort of a hybrid have Fender's new Noiseless pickups, yet retaining the locking tuners, roller nut and American bridge.What these really are is just an American Standard Strat fitted with with Gold Lace pickups! I have been in touch with some people at Fender for years getting information for building this website.I have received help from a couple Fender employees that worked there for many, many years - one for 34 years in fact.