Up for sale, a 1977 Fender Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. The tonewood complement includes an ash body and one-piece maple neck, offering a very resonant natural cut and punch which translates faithfully through the original trio of gray bobbin pickups. These 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 10lbs 4oz, 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 substantial U-shaped neck profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .885" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The original slender fretwire is flawless, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width and ensures optimal sustain and note definition. On the headstock, the original Fender F tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch reliably. The neck heel retains its original faint green ink stamp which dates to '77, with additional factory stamps on the heel and in the pocket. The S7 prefix serial number on the headstock dates to the same year. The neck mounting was also at one time converted to the four-bolt variety, later switched back to a three-bolt with the original F neck plate retained.
The original trio of gray bobbin pickups feature matching ink stamps on the baseplates from 1977, and the CTS pots are modern vintage-spec 250k replacements, along with the original five-way switch. Plastics include a modern three-ply parchment pickguard paired with original pickup covers and knobs. The bridge base and vibrato block are original, fitted with modern '60s-style Fender-embossed bridge saddles. The gloss Sunburst finish is 100% original and exceedingly well-kept, with wear limited to some light finish scratches in the clear coat of the saturated gloss, while the virtually un-ambered gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
A modern premium G&G Deluxe black tolex hardshell case is included with a 60s-style Fender raised logo on the case exterior.