Up for sale, a 1981 Fender Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a tweed G&G hardshell case. A notably well-kept and complete vintage example, this no-nonsense Strat has a thick, powerful tone with the midrange richness associated with a solid ash body. At 9lbs 14oz, this Strat has plenty of natural punch and sustain channeled into a potent electrified sound. 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 dialed in and ready for stage and studio work.
The neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .945” at the 12th. The dark rosewood fretboard has been refretted with slender vintage spec fretwire with flawless crowns, and the fretboard retains its 7 1/4" radius. 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 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.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the trio of original pickups, untouched solder joints, and CTS pots which date to the 9th week of '81. The body routes are unaltered, and the middle pickup cavity has a dated sticker reading 04-27-81. 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 pickguard which exhibits a bit of light pick scuffing on the treble side. The ash body is finished in gloss Black, showing sparingly little wear save for some light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
A tweed Fender G&G hardshell case is included.