Black Francis used a Fender Contemporary Telecaster in the Pixies.
There were also USA Contemporary Stratocasters and Telecasters which were totally different than the original Japanese models in terms of features and construction.
2007 was another transitional year for Japanese-made Fender instruments, with the return to the “Made in Japan” country-of-origin identifier on the serial number decal.
This was a running change, and both “Made in Japan” and “Crafted in Japan” decals appear on instruments from 20.
Newly released from Fender is the Jimi Hendrix Signature Stratocaster While there have been many variations on the Stratocaster over the years, the same basic design, with contoured body, bolt-on 25.5” scale length neck, three single-coil pickups and Fender vibrato system, has continuously remained at the heart of the Strat legacy.
Today, however, Fender markets an unprecedented variety of Stratocasters, ranging from the pint-sized Squier Mini Strat, with 22.75” scale neck and hardtail bridge, to pre-modded axes equipped with dual-coil humbucker pickups and Floyd Rose tremolo systems.
The 10 prefix was designed to identify the first year of the second decade of the new millennium, and while it appears on the instrument decals, it was not captured in Fender’s operating system.
Only the seven-digit suffixes were actually entered into the database.
In fact, the new Fender USA management guys "almost cried" when they traveled to Japan and saw the quality.The Strat was first introduced in 1954, just a few years after Fender debuted the Telecaster, which is widely considered to be the first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar.While the Tele was a solid and reliable workhorse, the Strat was a sleek and sexy, futuristic-looking instrument, with offset horns for better balance and enhanced playability, Fender’s “Comfort Contour Body” that was shaped to better conform with the player’s anatomy, and a newly-designed whammy/vibrato system that offered a compelling alternative to the more massive Bigsby rigs that were gaining popularity at the time.There are cutting-edge axes like the Roland G-5 Strat, equipped with Roland’s COSM modeling technology for an arsenal of Strat, Tele, acoustic and 12-string tones, as well as a bevy of alternate tunings at your fingertips; electrified old-timey innovations like the solidbody Mando-Strat electric mandolin; a dazzling array of Custom Shop beauties with never-before seen finishes and design flourishes; and Artist Series signature guitars modified to the exact specs of Strat masters like Eric Clapton, Ritchie Blackmore, and Dick Dale.There’s even a Custom Shop replica of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s treasured Lenny guitar for some truly authentic Scuttle Buttin’!Although it was initially designed with a great deal of input from country and swing guitarists, such was its versatility that the Strat soon caught on with rockers like Buddy Holly and English instrumental band The Shadows, as well as blues, surf, and jazz players of all stripes.