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1980 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Electric Guitar Mocha w/ Four-Bolt Neck, Case

$2,699.99

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Up for sale, a 1980 Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A unique Stratocaster bridging the gap between the last of the "CBS" Stratocasters and the Dan Smith models which would turn a corner on returning the Stratocaster model to its roots, this instrument has a number of distinctive features including a four-bolt neck with large CBS era headstock, factory-installed Fender-branded Sperzel tuning machines, original gray bobbin pickups, and a host of date codes from late in the 1979 model year on the neck heel, pickups, and pots. And of particular visual distinction, this guitar features a semi-gloss Mocha finish on the ash body, notably thinner than the thick gloss finishes that were ubiquitous in this era.

Sonically, this Strat has a traditional array of single coil tonalities, and the pairing of an ash body and one-piece maple neck yields a sound that's both sparkling and authoritative. The guitar weighs 9lbs 1oz, and the natural sustain combined with the midrange heft of ash as a tonewood ensures plenty of definition and punch. The trio of gray bobbin pickups deliver spank and cut in the bridge position, with more round, bell-like tonalities when toggled to the neck. We've had this Strat professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a U-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .890" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The maple fretboard retains the original fretwire with good meat and crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. The neck is straight and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, with notes that ring out clearly up the 25 1/2" scale. The nut has been upgraded to a carved piece of bone, measuring 1.615" in width (just fractionally shy of 1 5/8"). The headstock features the large CBS-era headstock shape, block Stratocaster logo and microscopic "Made in USA" text, yet conspicuously without the serial number usually seen on the headstock face in this era (the neck heel stamp is retained and correct for the era, dating to 1979). Topping things off are a set of very rare and factory-installed Sperzel-made and Fender-branded tuning machines that offer a particularly smooth and reliable response.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the original trio of gray bobbin pickups with dates on the gray fiber baseplates that span 1979-80. The harness retains its trio of CTS pots, with visible date codes from the 41st week of '79. The pickguard is also factory shielded on the underside to ensure the lowest possible noise floor. Original hardware includes the bridge assembly (complete with stock tremolo arm) and jack cup, while the four-bolt F neck plate is a modern replacement. All original plastics are intact including the pickguard, pickup covers, and knobs.

The thin semi-gloss Mocha finish is presumably Fender factory work, one of many unique features of this instrument. The guitar exhibits buckle rash central to the back and extending to the tremolo cavity cover, with a few additional finish scratches and minor marks, largely relegated to the back and body perimeter, and some requisite pick scuffing across the strum path. The neck retains its smooth gloss finish, with one shallow mark central to the profile carve behind fret 11.

The original molded plastic Fender hardshell case is included, with all latches intact along with the original handle.