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You can tell by the serial number, which started with DN9XXXXX and they also had a chrome Fender logo on the headstock.
While some were sold as a "Plus" they were sort of a hybrid have Fender's new Noiseless pickups, yet retaining the locking tuners, roller nut and American bridge.
Then in 1986 they started production on the new American Standard Stratocasters.
Again, this short lived Deluxe American Standard Strat looks like a Strat Plus, but it's not!!! They came with all the features of a Strat Plus, such as Gold Lace Sensors, same bridge and body type, but no locking tuners or roller nut.
They will often have the E4, E8 or E9 serial numbers too.
Couple of these workers are no longer working there.
Here's the thing: Fender has a data-base that has been created which contains a lot of historical information about various models of guitars.
From 1986 till around the middle of 1993 record keeping was very poor.