Up for sale, a 1986 Fender Contemporary Stratocaster, model 27-4100 in excellent, 100% original condition and perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Built in Japan at the FujiGen factory, the Fender Contemporary series of Strats and Teles were manufactured from 1984-1987 and were among the first Fender-branded guitars to be exported to the USA. Perfectly tailored to the "Superstrat" crowd, this Strat features an HSS pickup array, basswood body, medium jumbo fretwire on the flat 12" radius 22 fret fretboard, a TBX tone control, and a Schaller "System I" vibrato unit and corresponding locking nut, similar to the Floyd Rose systems that were being retrofitted en masse to Strat-style instruments in the '80s.
Acoustically, this guitar has a smooth, balanced sound that translates well through the original pickup compliment. Traditional Strat sparkle, quack, and snap are available vis the single coil pair, while the humbucker is designed for higher gain with a cutting, powerful sound that can be further shaped by the TBX tone control. The guitar weighs 7lbs 10oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mikes Guitar Bar with comfortable action, spot-on intonation, and 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a medium C shaped profile carve with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret, tapering to .930” at the 12th. The slab 22 fret rosewood board features dot inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire which retains its full factory height, showing moderate uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending beneath the plain strings until fret 9. The scale length measures 25 1/2", and the nut is 1 11/16" in width. The headstock face features microscopic "Made in Japan" text under the Stratocaster name, along with an E-prefix serial number. The original locking nut is intact, working in concert with the Fender Japan-branded Gotoh tuning machines, ensuring optimal tuning stability.
All of the electronics work as they should, with the pickups wired to a five-way pickup selector switch, Master Volume, and TBX boost/cut Tone knob. The neck heel and pocket feature the requisite factory stamps, and the body is routed to accommodate an HHH pickup configuration if desired. The body features a gloss Pearl White metalflake finish accented with black plastic parts including F-topped molded knobs. The black Schaller System I vibrato unit is ideally suited to broad, dynamic dives and warbles, complete with chrome vibrato arm and chrome-plated fine tuners. The guitar is very well-kept, and the Pearl White gloss has aged gracefully with a greenish gold tint to the clear coat. Cosmetic wear is limited to targeted light buckle rash between neck plate and trem cover as well as a few additional marks on the back lower bout edge and a pair of dings, one on top adjacent to the knobs and the other on the inside edge of the treble-side body horn.
The original Fender-branded molded hardshell case is included.