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1976 Fender Starcaster Vintage Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Sunburst w/ Wide Range & Case


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Up for sale, a 1976 Fender Starcaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of the rarest and most unique instruments ever produced by Fender, the Starcaster was revolutionary in its design, with a semi-hollow offset body and a pair of Seth Lover-designed Fender ‘Wide Range’ humbuckers. Constructed solely of maple with tight ripples of curly flame figuring extending liberally across the top and back, the Starcaster balances the richness, power and sparkling cut of the Wide Range design with the clarity and note attack of maple as a tonewood. The Starcaster has the articulation and surprising clarity inherent in the Wide Range humbucker design, yet with a girth and low end heft unique to its construction. The guitar weighs 8lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and a hair more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .785" deep at the 1st fret and .860" at the 12th. The fretboard was trued by Mike Lull Guitar Works and refretted with jumbo fretwire which has tons of meat and crown, showing no wear and playing cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale. The fretboard was also refinished in an ambered gloss closely matching the original finish on the neck profile and headstock. A new nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original Schaller-made and Fender-branded chrome tuning machines turn very smoothly and hold pitch well. The heel of the neck retains its date code which translates to 1976, and all requisite factory stamps and markings are present on the heel and in the neck pocket.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the wiring harness is untouched, with original pots still sealed within their shielding canisters. The Wide Range humbuckers have stamps on the baseplates which translate to 1975. The substantial bridge has bright chrome plating on the base, with patina favoring the bass-side saddles. The original plastics include the multi-ply pickguard and all five F-capped knobs with aluminum skirts.

The gloss Sunburst finish on the body is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, with a dark two-tone appearance on top and more of the Sunburst's central red ring retained on the back, framed by deeply ambered body binding. There is prominent finish checking and some minor cloudiness of the gloss on the body horns extending along the treble-side edge of the top, with broad checking on the back and sparingly little additional wear on the body as a whole. The lacquer on the headstock face is ambered as well, with prominent finish checking and some small chips on the headstock perimeter. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss with just a few minor marks on the profile shoulders.

The original form-fit black tolex hardshell case with red plush interior is included. This case retains original latches and handle with a raised Fender logo, and there is some general wear on the case exterior and loose tolex on the lower bout case edge.