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1983 Fender Elite Stratocaster Vintage Electric Guitar Black 100% Original w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1983 Fender Elite Stratocaster in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A reinvention of the Stratocaster platform produced in sparingly small quantities in the USA from 1983-84, the Elite model features active circuitry with both a TBX treble/bass boost and MDX mid-boost circuitry, offering 12db of boost. The active circuit was designed by Paul Gagon, and the trio of Alnico II single coil pickups have an additional dummy coil for noise reduction concealed beneath the pickguard. Additional features of the Elite model include Schaller tuning machines and Fender's System II vibrato.

Offering both traditional single coil sparkle and spank and thicker, bolder sounds, each single coil has its own dedicated push button on/off switch. As such, 7 different pickup combinations are possible including Neck+Bridge and Neck+Middle+Bridge, two settings not available on a traditional Strat blade pickup toggle. The active EQ circuitry ensures a certain breadth and authority, and the tonewood combination of an ash body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard ensures a clear, balanced platform. This Strat weighs 8lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender soft V profile carve measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .860" at the 12th. The 21 fret slab rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark and tight-grained cut of this particular tonewood, featuring a 12" radius and original medium jumbo frets which have plenty of meat and crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 25 1/2" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original ox bone nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features Schaller-made chrome tuning machines embossed with the Fender name. These premium gears turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The neck heel is stamped May 31st, 1983, matching the E3-prefix serial on the headstock, and the neck heel and pocket feature all the requisite factory stamps and markings.

The all original electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and visible date codes on the CTS pots from the 15th week of '83. With the pickguard removed, the circuit board and dummy coil for noise cancelling purposes are also visible. Hardware includes the System II vibrato unit complete with metal-tipped arm. Often confused with the Free Flyte system, but a more premium iteration, the System II vibrato features a knife edge pivot and large string anchor block embossed with the Fender "F." Plastics comprise a three-ply pickguard, Fender-embossed pickup covers, and trio of knobs with the Fender "F" on top and ridged surrounds. The gloss Black finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, exhibiting a small spot of targeted buckle rash central to the waist, a lighter spot of additional wear on the back of the bass-side body horn, and just a few additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

The original plastic molded hardshell case is included.