Up for sale, a 1976 Fender Stratocaster boasting the original Black gloss finish and 100% original electronics. A lovingly played and very soulful instrument, the tonewood complement includes an ash body and one-piece maple neck, offering a very resonant natural cut and punch. The trio of gray bobbin single coils offer a sparkling range of tonalities with the inherent note attack and midrange complexity of ash. The maple board also ensures a glassy snap in the treble frequencies, and the bridge position is slightly aggressive and chewy, dishing out ample twang and percussive cut. The neck position thickens up nicely and is bell-like and warm, with quintessential quack in the "in-between" pickup positions. The guitar weighs 9lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, yet with notably full shoulders and rolled fretboard edges, gaining more heft further up the fingerboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. There is prominent palm wear through the maple gloss on the fretboard edges, with wear through the original gloss on the fretboard as well. The guitar has been refretted with slender vintage-spec fretwire that has plenty of height and crown, showing no wear and playing cleanly up the straight neck. The upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width and ensures optimal sustain and note definition. On the headstock, an upgraded set of Fender F tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch reliably. The neck heel retains its original green ink stamp which dates to '76.
The original trio of gray bobbin pickups feature matching ink stamps on the baseplates from 1976, and the CTS pots are dated to the 8th week of '76. Plastics include the original three-ply black pickguard paired with matching modern Fender pickup covers and knobs. The vibrato has plenty of shine on the chrome-plated saddles and base, actuating easily with three springs. The gloss Black finish is 100% original, and in a way benefitting from Fender’s liberal finish application, the guitar has three layers of original Black poly gloss, with buckle wear through the top layer at the edge of the belly contour on the back and at the treble side waist, with forearm wear on the lower bout on top. There is very prominent, broad horizontal finish checking across the body, yet zero finish flaking. There is also prominent pick wear on the treble side of the guard and various minor marks on the body as a whole.
A vintage black tolex hardshell case is included.