Offered for sale;

Used 1979 Fender Stratocaster serial number S934877. This guitar is in very good to excellent condition. The neck and frets are fine, cosmetically quite nice.

Upon close examination we made some interesting observations. When viewing the interior of the guitar, as seen in our photos, the neck code is at the butt end and you can see a plug for the old 4-bolt style neck truss-rod adjustment. Yet at the bottom of the neck there’s the disc for the 3 bolt micro-tilt and the anchor for the bullet style truss-rod. This is quite unusual. You can also see where the 4-bolt holes were drilled and fill at the factory.

Here’s what Bill Imperial theorizes: This neck was hanging around since the early ‘70s 4 bolt days and someone at Fender made an executive decision to convert it for 1979 3-bolt usage. Plug the now obsolete holes and fit it with all the 3-bolt accoutrements. Quite a story!  Also you’ll see in the photos that the pickup pole pieces were grounded. We’ve seen this once before, most likely to reduce hum. We also speculate it is possible that the neck & bridge pickups were rewound. The winding formers appear to be original (although the codes are not readable) but the neck pickup DC resistance is 7.16 K ohms, the bridge pickup is 9.89 K ohms. Both notably higher than the expected 5.49 K ohms of the middle pickup.

Some out of the ordinary observations to be sure, on a guitar that plays and sounds exactly as it should. Nice Strat ready to keep playing!

Original hard shell case included.


Year: 1979

Serial number: S934877

Body:  Ash

Neck: Maple

Finish:  Natural

Neck: Maple

Fingerboard: Maple

Scale Length: 25.5

Number of Frets: 21

Tuners: Fender

Pickups:  Triple single coil

Controls: Volume, tone, tone, 5-way pickup selector switch

Width at Nut:  1 5/16”

Weight: 9.2

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Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

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Imperial Guitar & Soundworks
Bill, Dianne
New Paltz, NY
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