and does the pickguard have 11 screw holes around it?Lately it seems a majority of guitar companies date their guitars using the 1st 4 digits of the serial.The American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard is a Fender icon. Features include hand-rolled fingerboard edges, Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups, staggered tuners, improved bridge with bent steel saddles and copper-infused high-mass block for increased resonance and sustain, tinted neck, high-gloss maple fretboard, satin neck back for smooth playability, thin-finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, and Fender Tolex case.The guitar and amp affect the tone in different ways.However, over the last decade or so, the MIMs has gotten a considerable face lift and the overall quality is very high.By '85/'86 the headstocks on the Fender copies are not exact replicas of a Fender headstock.
Check out the picture from the '85/'86 catalog, on the catalog page, to see what I mean.
03=year 08=month 09173= the number guitar made that year which sounds possible. As far as records, They seem to get sketchy when you deal with overseas made guitars.
Once again it seems to have happened to several companies who farmed their budget lines out to asia and japan.
I'm sure there are plenty of variations but for the most part thats what I'm running into.
I would read it as C=China XS= Factory Xiong Sun something I think?