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 931.444.5174       230 Tenth St Clarksville, TN 37040
TUE - SAT 11A - 6P

1981 Fender STRAT Candy Apple Red

Very good condition featuring double cutaway contoured ash body with Candy Apple Red finish, multi-ply parchment white plastic pickguard, three Fender single coil pickups with parchment white plastic pickup covers, one volume control and two tone controls with brass/gold electroplated skirted knobs with engraved “F” logo , five way pickup selector switch with white plastic switch tip, enlarged brass/gold electroplated tremolo bridge with six individual adjustable brass saddles, brass pointed oval output jack mounted to the front treble side of the body, bolt on maple neck with walnut skunk stripe, maple fingerboard with black dot inlays starting at the third fret, bone nut, mid sized Fender Stratocaster peghead with Candy Apple Red peghead face, gold Fender block logo, serial number, Made In USA and STRAT logo, two butterfly string trees, chrome six in a line sealed Fender stamped tuning machines, four bolt brass neck fastening with Fender and USA engravings, multi-ply parchment white plastic tremolo cavity cover plate, two metal strap buttons and original black plastic molded Fender hard shell case with original paperwork. 

This 1981 Fender STRAT commonly referred to as “THE STRAT” is in very good cosmetic condition showing signs of play wear throughout including some pick wear, dings around the body edges, finish darkening and finish wear and slight tarnishing of the hardware. There are two finish checks beside the bridge (see photos). The pots have been replaced with WD branded 250K units and the switch tip is a replacement. This guitar has a 1980 serial number but has a 1981 neck date which is very typical of Fender instruments of this period. This instrument features a very nice feeling U shaped neck that is medium chunky and feels like an old glove. The original medium jumbo frets are in good shape, have been dressed and have lots of life left in them. This STRAT has just been professionally set up and plays fantastic up and down the fingerboard with low action and great intonation. The original pickups sound fantastic and have a very “Straty” tone that is perfect for funk, blues and rock. The “Hot” bridge pickup (or X1 model) sounds really great for overdriven sounds. The tremolo operates smoothly and holds tune well. There are a couple of finish checks beside the bridge but these are cosmetic and do not affect the playability or operation of the bridge in any way. These instruments are quite unique in comparison to the Stratocasters that Fender had been building in prior years - These models brought the return of the four bolt neck, the non-bullet truss rod and smaller peghead (The peghead is not quite as small as a pre-CBS era, but more midsized and with a slightly different shape). These instruments also featured brass hardware that was electroplated with 22k gold, have a slightly thicker Pat. Pend. bridge unit, and were available with three different neck profiles. Another characteristic of these STRATs is that the bodies are exceptionally heavy, and this one is no exception coming in at 10lb 8oz. This guitar is housed in its original hard shell case and comes with some original paperwork. A gem of a guitar shipped safely and promptly from our little shop in Clarksville, Tennessee, to your front door.