The name says it all – it’s a Stratocaster…plus. The “plus” was the introduction of a few new design advances: 3 Fender Lace Sensor pickups (originally, 3 Gold Lace Sensors), which were designed to reduce if not eliminate 60 cycle hum; a roller nut; and, locking tuners. All in all, the model’s marketing role was that of an upscale American Standard. In light of the model’s life span of over a decade, expect spec variations.
The Strat Plus Series was introduced by Fender in 1987 and was the highest-end production model next to Fender’s Custom Shop guitars. (Production stopped in late 1998 or early 1999.) The Plus Series consisted of the Plus, the Plus Deluxe, and then later, in 1990, the Ultra. The Plus Series was a very good attempt to reclaim Fender USA’s floundering reputation, as quality had drastically gone down hill under CBS ownership. All the Plus Series had similar features. This article discusses the Standard Plus. With OHSC. Minor playwear on this total player.