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Aerodyne Guitars


This is my Special Edition Aerodyne Classic

As always with Japanese guitars this is a work in progress and all help, corrections or additions are more than welcome.
The Aerodyne Strat range is split between models made for the domestic market and those for export. There are similarities between some of the models but not all.


The Western Market


We can get a fair amount of information on these from Fender catalogues, their website and similar. They are documented in several reference books but not always accurately. We know from Antigua a member of the strat forum that there were some special runs in colours not shown in any of the literature. If anyone has any of these I would like to see pictures.

Aerodyne Version 1

The first Aerodyne version 1 was first available in 2004 in black only and would appear to be the same guitar as the domestic one issued at the same time known as the AST65..


Fender Frontline 2004 launching the version 1

The version 1


Specs
Body Basswood with Polyurethane finish
Neck Maple C shape Polyurethane finish
Fretboard Maple 22 Medium Jumbos 7.25" radius
Headstock Small black painted with silver spag logo and aerodyne series written on 1 butterfly string tree
Tuners Fender vintage ping style
Pickups 3 standard single coils
Controls 1 volume 2 tone all black plastic with 5 way with black plastic tip
Nut 1.65"
Hardware Chrome
Bridge Vintage style 6 pivot sync trem
Pickguard 3 ply black 11 screw
Colours Black

Aerodyne Version 2

The Version 1 was available for around a year or so the version 2 was launched in 2005 and had a RRP of $900 or so. There is no domestic equivalent of this guitar that I can find so it appears to be export only. I am not really sure why there was this change the guitar was essentially the same as version 1 but with no pickguard so direct mounted pickups and a side mounted jack, perhaps it was thought to look cool. Again only available in black. This model lasted for a little over a year also.


A version 2 I suppose it does look quite cool

The Special Edition Aerodyne Classic

In 2006 the Special Edition Aerodyne classic stratocaster was launched at an RRP of $1,000, see first picture. This has some features in common with the domestic Aerodyne Special AST100DMC, mainly in the construction but with different electronics and different colour options, but refer to the comment in the introduction about special runs.

Body Basswood with a Curly Maple Laminate Top
Neck Maple C shaped Gloss Finish
Fretboard Rosewood 22 medium jumbo frets 7.25" radius 324mm scale
Headstock Matching small headstock with Silver spag logo and Aerodyne Strat written in 1 butterfly spring tree
Tuners Fender Ping style vintage
Pickups 3 Single coil vintage style alnico
Controls Aged White plastic 1 volume 2 tone and 5 switch
Nut 1.65"
Hardware Chrome
Bridge 6 pivot vintage sync rem
Pickguard 3 ply 11 screw mint green
Colours Crimson Red Transparent, Blue Transparent or Natural/Amber

This guitar was available from 2006 to 2010.

 
Two SE Classics Red and Natural

Update November 2016

I have just seen an Aerodyne version 1 for sale on Ebay. This has a serial number which dates it to no later than 2002. The catalogue shows they were launched in 2004, so is this using left over serial numbers or did they start earlier?
On the next page the Domestic models. Please click below.
Aerodyne Strat Domestic Models

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Aerodyne Strat Japan Exclusive Series

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