Summary: This Strat is a fantastic example of Fenders ability to make an excellent instrument in the CBS era. Its ash body is lightweight and the neck has a great worn in feel to it. The bridge pickup is the only part that is non-original. It has some signs of use but not abuse and aside from a few chips in the finish and some cigarette burns on the headstock (but no smoky smell thankfully) it is in great vintage condition. It has just been setup and restrung by our in house luthier and it sounds and plays wonderfully. It ships in a non-original Roadrunner hard-shell case.
Body: It has an ash body with the original natural finish and 3 ply w/b/w pickguard.
Neck: Maple neck with big 70s style headstock, bullet truss rod, original bone nut, black dots, F stamped tuning keys, skunk stripe, 3 bolt neck with neck tilt adjustment, 25.5” scale length and 1 5/8” nut width.
Pickups/Hardware: 3 single coil pickups, the bridge pickup is not original, 3 way switch, original bridge, saddles and “synchronized tremolo” unit, volume, 2 tones and strap lock style buttons.
Cosmetics: This Strat has its share of nicks and dings but is still in great vintage condition. There are some cigarette burns and finish checking on the headstock. The back of the neck is almost entirely ding free save for a couple dents on the back behind the nut where you wouldn’t feel while playing anyway. The finish on the edges of the fretboard are worn through especially on the treble side which makes for an extremely comfortable playing surface. There is a ding by the 6th fret which has been filled to be level with the rest of the board with what appears to be super glue and they did a fine job. The frets are somewhat flat but there are no grooves and there is still a good amount of life in them.
There are some cracks in the finish on the body which is very common on these era Fenders. The cracks are just in the finish, not in the wood and they are stable. There are a fair amount of dings in the finish that one would expect to see on a vintage Fender guitar that was played throughout its life, they are mostly on the bottom side and they are not very severe. Overall, this Fender is in great vintage condition and it looks fantastic with its modest wear.
Playability: Our in house luthier has just inspected, set up and restrung this guitar with a new set of 10s and it is playing beautifully with low action and a straight neck. The frets are in good shape with no grooves or divots, however they are a little flat. They are still very comfortable, don’t fret out and should last a good amount of playing years. This guitar is one of the better ‘70s Stratocasters I have had the pleasure of playing. It is lightweight, resonant and the neck feels very comfortable. This is the one to have!
Modifications: Bridge pickup in not original.
Weight: 7 lbs, 10 oz.
Case: This Fender comes with a non-original Roadrunner hard-shell case and we will ship it professionally packed and fully insured!
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