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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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My 1983 Fender Strat USA – Pics and Story

I’ve decided to share this with all my friends here on Jemsite who like Strats. I know there are a few of you around so I present to you my beloved ’83 Strat.

I bought this guitar from a gigging bluesman in Italy 1993 who played and gigged the sht out of it in the bars and clubs of Milan. I bought it quite cheap as it wasn’t in the best shape, pretty much as you see it now - but I loved it then and still do now. We left home together in 1995 and she has been with me ever since.

So what’s so special about the 1983 Strat you ask? Well, not much really It seems to have been an experimental year for the Strat. You’ll notice the weird trem bridge, called a “FreeFlyte Tremolo System”. It’s basically a top loading trem with no access to the springs cavity on the back of the guitar, instead it’s under the scratchplate. The trem is very stiff and not comfortable to use at the moment so I keep the trem arm in a cupboard somewhere and use this axe as hard tail. This is where the beautiful tone of the guitar has its origins, I believe. The stiff trem design (practically fixed) gives a Paul Gilbert style ‘snap’ to the strings …

The other idiosyncrasies of the guitar is that it has only 1 tone knob instead of the traditional 2, the input jack is strangely perpendicular to the scratch plate and the scratch plate itself is one-ply instead of the traditional 3-ply. Why, you ask? Well, it seems as though they were cutting some costs on the Standard in ’83 and obviously did not continue this design for very long

This guitar will soon undergo its first proper service since I’ve had it:

1. It needs a full refret.
2. The machine heads are battered and the high –E one is a clumsy replacement (wasn’t me ). A brand new set will be installed.
3. Volume and Tone knob have been replaced with new ones.
4. Needs new lacquer and sanding/cleaning of the fretboard

More pics to follow.




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The back of the guitar....



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price?
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too much...
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A friend of mine had a black one just like this in high school. I believe Dave Navarro used one like it on One Hot Minute. It was cool that it was so unique for a Strat, but from what I've heard and read you're right about the quality - this was made just before the employees bought Fender and turned it around. The early 80's models were subject to a lot of cost cutting.
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I'm not suggesting this guitar has a "loose" history.....but even i've been with her

I'm not normally a Fender guy but she did finger quite nicely

And i may see her again sometime
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Nice Strat.
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That is a bit of an odd-ball Strat, very cool though.
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Gorgeous instrument, I particularly like the bridge idea.
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Interesting guitar! I look forward to seeing it restored from it's somewhat relic condition
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just refret for nice action and:
don't change anything on it,
and relic that body.
and that's it
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and relic that body.
Man, you should see the state of it, it looks good in pics but there are some major chips and scratches on it. It does not need relicking, I assure you.

I love the comments guys, thanks.....I know it's a mongrel of an axe (which is why I wanted to share) but I truly think the world of it, it fits me like a glove!
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man I love strats, the more beat up the better
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Don't relic that! That would be absurd. The guitar already has a story of its own to tell through its natural dings. Relicing would erase that.
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