Up for sale, a 1982 Fender "The Strat" in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A short-lived upscale iteration of the Stratocaster platform, this Strat was essentially a premium version of the Dan Smith Stratocaster model, with features including a small Pre-CBS style headstock shape, a custom color Olympic White finish with matching peghead, and hardware plated in 22k gold. An extremely expensive guitar for Fender to produce and a real stunner both visually and tonally, this guitar is outfitted with a set of Fender Original 57/62 black bobbin single coil pickups. These pickups have staggered alnico magnets and cloth-covered leads. Via the five-way switch, these single coils have a sparkling treble cut, tight bass, and a dynamic, clear quality, well-suited for chiming cleans and overdriven sizzle. The guitar weighs 9lbs 15oz with an ash body, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation, and fresh 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a slender soft V-shaped profile carve at the nut, filling out to a C shape further up the neck, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .890" at the 12th. The original slender frets have well-rounded crowns and good meat, showing only faint wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays well in all registers up the 25 1/2" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original brass nut has been substituted for a hand-carved piece of bone measuring 1 5/8" in width, and the matching Olympic White headstock features a set of replaced Sperzel locking tuning machines.
The electronics include the replaced trio of Fender Original 57/62 black bobbin single coils along with a modern harness comprising a five-way pickup selector and 250k CTS pots. The body routes are original and untouched. Hardware includes the 22k gold vibrato which has a smooth and even response, with the unique high mass brass block used on this model. The trio of F-embossed gold-plated metal knobs are intact too, and the original pickguard rounds out the cosmetic appointments.
The custom color gloss Olympic White finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, yellowed to a shade bordering on “toasted marshmallow,” with wear through the clear coat on the edge of the bass-side body horn and one finish chip at the bass-side waist. There is an area of buckle rash at the edge of the belly carve, with additional minor dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its gloss finish, with palm wear through the gloss on the fretboard edges.
A vintage black tolex hardshell case with purple plush interior is included.