Up for sale, a 1978 Fender Stratocaster in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with a bevy of hangtags and the original hardshell case. A stunningly clean and complete vintage example, this no-nonsense Strat has a thick, powerful tone with the midrange richness associated with a solid ash body, as well as the articulate treble snap and glassy note attack attributable to the maple fingerboard. At 8lbs 6oz, this Strat is one of the lighter examples from the latter half of the '70s, delivering plenty of natural punch channeled into a potent electrified sound. Outfitted with a trio of original gray bobbin pickups, there's plenty of jangle and snap at hand, with quack and cut in the "in-between" settings on the five-way switch, and notable woof and thickness from the neck position single coil. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 11-48 roundwound strings, this Strat is dialed in and ready for stage and studio work.
The neck has a moderately deep U profile carve with full shoulders and ideal heft, measuring .860” at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The original slender frets are intact with their full factory height, showing only moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, extending more faintly until fret 5. The guitar plays very easily up the neck and this Strat is the kind of guitar that wants to be played hard, with a solid-feeling maple neck that is straight and reliable. The nut measures 1 9/16". On the headstock, the original Fender "F" tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The original green date stamp is present on the neck heel, with the original serialized sticker on the underside of the pickguard matching the S7-prefix serial on the headstock.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the trio of original gray bobbin pickups with matching 78-prefix stamps on the bobbins, untouched solder joints, and CTS pots which date to the 47th week of '77. The chrome plating on the hardware is bright and clean, and the vibrato actuates easily, fitted with a modern vibrato arm. The original plastics include black pickup covers and knobs as well as the stock three-ply pickguard which exhibits a bit of light pick scuffing on the treble side.
The ash body is finished in a very bold and saturated original three-tone Sunburst gloss, and this is a truly near mint example showing just a few light finish scratches and tiny marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included and equally as pristine as the guitar, with clean black leather ends, raised Fender logo on the exterior, a trio of functional latches, and the original handle. Extras include the absolutely too cool "Smile Pardner" Super Bullets hangtag (with vintage pack of Super Bullet strings, naturally), manual, inspection tag, warranty leaflet, tremolo spring baggie, and polish cloth wax paper insert.