Up for sale, a 1983 Fender Stratocaster Hardtail electric guitar in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A collector-grade piece for those seeking one of the "Dan Smith" three-knob Stratocasters produced for only a couple years in the early '80s, this model marked the birth of the American Standard line and more importantly a new direction for the company as Fender strived to show a marked improvement in quality.
Boasting the tonewood complement of what appears to be a solid ash body (given the grain visible in the neck pocket) paired with a one-piece maple neck, this Strat delivers a lively, authoritative sound with a complex midrange character and articulate treble snap. Via the trio of original flat pole alnico magnet single coils, the pickups offer bite and snap in the bridge position, with bell-like harmonics and richness in the neck position. The five-way switch makes it easy to capture those pinched tones in positions 2 and 4 on the five-way toggle with a bit of thinned out squawk. The guitar weighs 8lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender soft V profile carve, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. On the maple fretboard, the stock slender frets retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the headstock retains the Schaller-made Fender 'F' tuners with immaculate chrome plating. It's worth noting that these tuners have a much improved gear ratio over the visually similar 'F' tuners used pre-1977 and are a high performance tuner capable of holding pitch well over long gigs and sessions. On the neck heel, the date stamp reads 1-10-83.
The electronics are completely stock with untouched solder joints and pots that date back to the 43rd week of 1982. The hardtail bridge has very clean chrome and there's a distinctly different sustain and power attributed to Hardtail Strats with good reason, as the string-through body design lets notes ring out with great clarity and body. The original white plastic parts are remarkably clean, as is the gloss Olympic White finish which shows sparingly little aging. Truly a near mint, nigh immaculate example, cosmetic wear is limited to light pick scuffing on treble side of the guard and two small finish scuffs on the back adjacent to the string ferrules. The neck profile gloss is flawless.
A modern Fender molded hardshell case with TSA latches is included.