Hi Jek, Start by checking the serial number, here is a basic guide for you, once having established the serial number, post it and we will tell you if its genuine.The following info will also help you determine if its a Fender Sqier number.Until the introduction of the Fender Squier series, Fender had never produced lower priced guitars based on their main Stratocaster and Telecaster designs and had always used different model designs for their lower priced guitars.In the late 1970s and early 1980s Fender was facing competition from lower priced Japanese made guitars.since the price of a Japan strat a warmoth neck maye still lower than a high end US strat or I should get buy a whole custom strat/tele from warmoth? I would suggest buying an American Standard made in the early to mid 80s.*The period between '81 and '87 are pretty nicely made American Standards where you'll easily find great necks that don't intend to give you 'quality' but sure do look that they 'tried' (it's been my experience lately that the woods like the maple necks have a better quality and grain to them during this period).
They have been placed at the top of the neck plate, on the front of the headstock, on the back of the headstock, and on the back of the neck near where the neck bolts onto the body.
instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.
Production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
Fender moved production of some Fender-branded instruments from Korea to Indonesia in 2008.
The serial numbering scheme for these instruments initially used the letters “IC” as a prefix indicating that they were made in Indonesia at the Cort factory.