Offered for sale; 1983 Fender Stratocaster serial number E318659.

This guitar is in excellent condition. The neck and frets are fine, cosmetically very nice, showing normal playing wear.

Much has been written about this era stratocaster. Without going into volumes about the Dan Smith and/or Dan Smith Era instruments, the basics are that Dan Smith was hired from Yamaha to handle marketing and improve quality. The radical plan began by reducing the number of guitars produced at the Fullerton plant from 250-300 per day -- to a 'handful'. As Dan Smith says, they "basically shut the plant down" in order to improve the quality. The Dan Smith and Dan Smith era strats break down into what has been referred to as Version I and Version II.

Version I returned to the 4-bolt neck plate, small peghead, and large logo.

Version II was 4-bolt neck plate, small peghead, large logo, 1-volume control and 1-tone control, (2-knobs instead of 3), the top loaded “Free Flyte” tremolo system, and a pickguard mounted input jack. In fact the "Version II" was made in the same factory, with the same tooling and machinery, by the same people, during the same era, and under the supervision of Dan Smith. It should be noted that Fender did not force this design on Dan Smith against his will. As director of Marketing at that time Dan himself was directly responsible for the changes and the guitar was indeed his brain child. We would contend that any guitar that fits the above criteria can rightfully be called a "Dan Smith Era" guitar. Do not forget, any reference to Dan Smith is unofficial, just a “street name” for these guitars as Fender never endorsed that moniker.

These strats are notable for being the very first incarnation of today’s USA Standard Stratocaster and a concerted effort by Fender to improve upon the quality of the late CBS era strats. Well balanced, resonant and keeping with the spirit of the strats from Fenders golden era, this guitar has great spank and twang, with the clear bell-like top end and tight bass response that makes the tone iconic.

Weighing in at 7.8lbs, with a 25.5" scale length, a 1 11/16" nut width, profile at the first fret is .80" and at the twelfth is .85" and the fingerboard utilizes a 10" radius. There are 3 screw holes on the face of the peghead just past the truss rod. There was a string locking device installed, however without fine tuning adjustments on the bridge, the string locker at the nut became impractical as once you lock the strings you cannot fine tune it. So we removed the string lock.

Own this significant piece of stratocaster evolution, this is a beautiful playing, sweet sounding guitar that is both very playable and very collectable!

Original hard shell case included.

*Please note: we do our best giving descriptions of used pieces. We have found it impossible to describe every mark on an instrument or amp that is not in the "mint" category. Also, what's important to you may not be important to someone else. For example, you may say, "I don't care what it looks like as long as it plays or sounds well." Another person may say, "Body cosmetics are very important to me so tell me about every scratch, nick and blemish." So, please ask the questions that are most important to you. If you ask they will be answered. They are free and there's no limit. Additional photos can also be made available.

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Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

3-Tone Sunburst
Original Hard
20 Year Member
Imperial Guitar & Soundworks
Bill, Dianne
New Paltz, NY
2:04 AM
10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tues. - Sat. Mondays by appointment only

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All shipments made by us are fully insured. Also, all new products are fully covered by the manufacturer's warranty and used gear usually carries our 30 day mail order warranty. All stringed instruments sold by IGS are shipped UPS ground service for about $50.00. Alaska and Hawaii is shipped UPS 2 day Blue Label service for $75.00.(3 day Orange, 2 day Blue, and overnight Red Label is also available throughout the 48 states. Most small goods (pedals, accessories, etc.) are $7.00 for UPS ground service. Size and weight of amplifiers vary greatly. Typically UPS ground service starts at $40.00 and goes up. Please call on each item. GUITAR FREIGHT (Foreign) We ship instruments world wide. Our shipping department prides itself in its ability to safely deliver guitars anywhere in the world. We use UPS Air service, wherever possible. You are responsible for any import duties, V.A.T., etc. on delivery. It is advisable to consult with your local customs office.

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