Up for sale, a 1980 Fender Stratocaster 25th Anniversary edition in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced in limited quantities to commemorate the 25th year of Stratocaster production, this was Fender’s first-ever anniversary model instrument. Notably rarer than the Porsche Silver iteration of this model, the Pearl White finished Anniversary Strats like the one seen here were recalled in many cases due to broad finish issues not exhibited on this example. And while 1979 was the Stratocaster's 25th anniversary year, all date codes on this example cross over into 1980.
Featuring an ash body and one-piece maple neck, this guitar also saw a return to the four-bolt neck plate and traditional truss rod adjustment at the neck heel, with the same tonewoods as its 1954 forbearer. The guitar weighs 9lbs 5oz, and the natural sustain combined with the tonewood complement ensures plenty of note definition and punch. The trio of gray bobbin flat pole pickups deliver spank and cut in the bridge position, with more round, bell-like tonalities when toggled to the neck. The five-way switch provides easy access to the "in-between" settings for plenty of thinned-out cut and spank. This Strat has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
-Shape: Substantial U "boat neck", good shoulders, measuring .915” 1st fret, .950” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Maple, 7 1/4” radius
-Frets: Medium, moderate wear on frets 1-6, more prominent grooves beneath the plain strings and lighter wear extending to fret 15
-Scale Length: 25 1/2"
-Nut: 1 9 1/16"
-Tuners: Fender-branded, Schaller-made
-Serialization: 25th Anniversary four-bolt F neck plate, stamp on neck heel dates to '80
-Pickups: Gray bobbin, flat-pole, inked stamps on bobbins date to '80
-Harness: CTS pots date to 9th week of '80
-Controls: Volume x1, Tone x2, five-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Vibrato with block saddles, clean chrome plating
-Plastics: Three-ply black pickguard, black pickup covers/knobs
The distinctive “Anniversary” text is intact on the bass-side body horn, and the clear coat on the Pearl White finish exhibits subtle, uniform yellowing. Cosmetic wear includes a handful of minor nicks and finish scratches along the lower bout perimeter, an area of buckle rash central to the upper bout on the back, and a solitary split in the finish (stable and non structural) on the lower bout perimeter adjacent to the jack cup. There is palm wear through nearly all of the gloss on the neck profile, extending to the fretboard edges, with much more restrained wear on the fingerboard. The original finish is retained on the back of the peghead, with some limited touch-up.
The original molded hardshell case is included.