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1980 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Guitar, Candy Apple Red Collector-Grade w/ Hangtags & Case


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Up for sale, a 1980 Fender Stratocaster in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, hangtag and case candy. An exceedingly well-kept and complete vintage example, this Stratocaster is 100% original save for a carved bone nut, boasting a custom color Candy Apple Red gloss finish which is a particular rarity for this era of production.

 At 9lbs 9oz, this Strat has plenty of natural punch and sustain, and tonewoods include an ash body and one-piece maple neck. Outfitted with a trio of original 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 10-46 roundwound strings, this Strat is ready for stage and studio work.

The maple neck has a U-shaped profile carve with notable substance and generous shoulder in every register, filling the palm and fretting easily, measuring .930” deep at the 1st fret and .980” at the 12th. The fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, retaining the original flawless slender fretwire which has its full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity. On the headstock, the original Schaller-made Fender "F" tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. The S9-prefix serial number is present on the headstock face, with matching serialized sticker in the neck pocket. An additional dated sticker in the neck pocket reads 10-22-80.

All of the electronics work as they should, with the trio of original pickups, untouched solder joints, and CTS pots which date to the 29th week of '80. The chrome plating on the hardware is bright and clean, and the vibrato actuates easily, fitted with the original arm. The original plastics include black pickup covers and knobs as well as the stock three-ply white pickguard, replicating the look seen on Fender's International Series offered in the same year (this guitar has a Candy Apple Red gloss metallic finish as opposed to the non-metallic Moroccan Red finish offered in the International line).

While definitively a Fender factory finish, it appears an initial finish was aborted, brought down to the sealer coat and reshot in Candy Apple before it left the factory. While the neck pocket appears to show a shade similar to Sahara Taupe beneath the serialized stickers (along with unusual finish over the micro-tilt adjustment due to how the body was mounted when the Candy Apple finish was applied), there is no second color coat on the body. Lightly scraping away finish on the exposed ground wire (finished over at the factory) shows only the Candy Apple gloss and no color coat beneath it. The finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, stunningly clean with just one small nick on top just north of the bridge pickup, and only a few additional tiny marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original molded Fender hardshell case is included, along with the sealed bridge cover, manual with matching serial, extra tremolo screws, and tremolo cavity cover.