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condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Fender
model name / number: Stratocaster

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1982 Fender American "Dan Smith" Stratocaster
In near-mint shape - and VERY collectible!

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The 1982 Fender USA Stratocaster is a unique and rare Strat. It was only made for one year, and the quality was a light-years improvement over previous Strats. With its hot X1 bridge pickup, vintage-spec bridge, and 4-screw neck, this guitar will beat the pants off of those 70s Strats that are selling for big bucks now. This particular example is in near-mint shape and all-original. Read below for all the details.

The Specifications:
* Ash body, with a clear polyurethane finish
* Weighs 8 lbs. 11 oz.
* Maple Neck with a Maple Fretboard
* Slender "C" Shape Profile with a 7.25" Radius
* 1 + 5/8" (42 mm) Width at Nut
* 21 Medium (vintage style) Frets
* 25.5" (648 mm) Scale Length
* Fender / Schaller "F" logo tuners (made in Germany)
* Controls: Original 1982 Volume + tone pots, 5-way pickup switch
* Bridge: US Vintage Style Tremolo
* Black 3-ply Pickguard
* Neck and middle pickups: single-coil Stratocaster with fiber bottoms
* Bridge Pickup: Overwound Fender X1 single-coil
* Made in Fullerton, California, USA

Near-mint, in collectible shape. I'll take the details a section at a time.

The Body:
Near-mint. Its only flaws are a tiny nick on the bottom and a light scratch on the back. The ash wood grain is particularly handsome. The ash body is a little heavy but that density leads to increased sustain, and who doesn't want that?

The Neck:
Literally like new. There is no fret or fretboard wear to speak of. No dings, dents, or other flaws are present anywhere on the neck, not even at the top of the headstock (which always seems to have dings on a vintage guitar). Its factory logo is completely intact. Note that the headstock's serial number has been edited out for this listing to keep scammers away - it is present in its entirety on the headstock. The neck's truss rod turns both ways normally and the classic Fender/Schaller "F" tuners work as good as they look, with no bends in the shafts or any other issues. The original nut is in perfect shape. The neck's action is on the low side, and it is a joy to play.

The Guts:
No issues here either - all controls work as well as new, and the factory wiring is unmolested. It wasn't easy, but I did get a closeup shot of the "82" date code on the side of one of the pots.

True vintage Strat - with some extra oomph! Most of the 82 Strats have plastic bobbin pickups, but these neck and middle pickups are the more desirable fiber back bobbins, with a little warmer sound. One pickup has an "81" date stamp, the other is not quite legible. The X1 bridge pickup has about 50% more output than the typical Fender pickups. From bluesy Hendrix to out-of-phase Dire Straits to twangy bright country-rock sounds, this Strat has all the bases covered.

The Rest:
The original bridge works perfectly. The pickguard has a little wear (the usual pickmarks), but not very much considering its age, as does the back tremolo cover. Finally, the original molded case is in excellent shape, with NO issues, which is very unusual for the early 1980s Fender molded cases.

The 1982 Fender USA Stratocaster guitar itself, with its tremolo bar, back tremolo cover, and the original molded case.


Why buy from me?
I'm not the usual clueless craigslist seller. Some of you might think my descriptions are a little too verbose, but I believe in giving a potential buyer ALL the information I have about an item - and backing it up with high quality pictures. If you've ever emailed some other sellers you know how hard it is to get a coherent response - I'm happy to answer any questions you may have on an item I have for sale. I've had over a hundred happy Craigslist buyers over the last few years, and hope to add YOU to that list.

No trades, and I only accept cash. Serious inquiries only, please
I will ignore lowball offers, and absurd trades. Sorry, I have no interest in your collection of vintage hockey pucks.
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