SOLD - Fender "The Strat" 1983 Olympic White

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This 1983 Fender "The Strat" is an excellent example of this limited edition model.

Fender produced its first limited run Strat model in 1979 with the 25th Anniversary Stratocaster. This limited run model was sold concurrently with the base model Stratocaster, where Fender had offered only one model since the guitar's inception (with possible exception of the Walnut Strats produced in the 1970s).

This new model, simply named The STRAT, was an upgrade to the normal trim and of course commanded a higher price tag than the standard model.

Some construction features returned to pre-CBS specs, including the four bolt neck joint, smaller headstock, and removal of the bullet-style truss rod adjustment.

Many new features also debuted with this model. An added two-way rotary selector replaced the lower tone control and was wired for more pickup switching combinations, nine in total. The four additional tones were:

  1. neck and middle pickups in series
  2. middle and bridge pickups in series
  3. neck and bridge pickups in parallel
  4. neck and bridge pickups in parallel with middle pickup in series

"The Strat" featured a hotter bridge pickup, marketed by Fender as the X-1. The controls and hardware were gold plated and included a unique tremolo.

The high production costs of "The STRAT" led to it being discontinued in the course of 1983.

This particular Strat is in excellent, original condition.  The frets have been leveled and still have plenty of life left.  The truss rod was checked - there is room for future neck relief adjustment.  There are no issues, previous repairs - nada.  It is a great playing guitar with lots of tonal options and a cool look.

The hard-to-find if you need it trem arm and a non original hardshell case are included.

  • Color: Olympic White 
  • Weight: 8lbs 8.8ozs
  • Body: Alder
  • Body Date/Code: 2-16-83
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Date/Code: 1-11-83
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Inlays: White dots
  • Frets: Original
  • Fret count: 21
  • Nut: Synthetic
  • Nut width: 1 5/8"
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: 0.79"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: 0.85"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: 2/32"
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: 3/32"
  • Total length: 38 3/8"
  • Lower bout: 12 5/8"
  • Waist: 9"
  • Upper bout: 11"
  • Body depth/thickness: 1 3/4"
  • String gauge: .010-.046"
  • Hardware Color: Gold
  • Bridge Pickup/Brand: Fender
  • Bridge Pickup Reading: 7.01k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Middle Pickup/Brand: Fender
  • Middle Pickup Reading: 5.70k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Neck Pickup/Brand: Fender
  • Neck Pickup Reading: 7.02k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Pickguard: Original
  • Bridge: Original
  • Tuners: Original
  • Switch: Original
  • Pots/Codes: 137 8241
  • Case: OHSC
  • Notes:

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