Fender Stratocaster 35th Anniversary Solid Body Electric Guitar (1989)

Fender  Stratocaster 35th Anniversary Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1989)

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Fender Stratocaster 35th Anniversary Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1989), made in Corona, CA, serial # 212 of 500, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, Flame maple and alder body, maple neck with ebony fingerboard, original tweed hard shell case.

This instrument dates to the early days of the Fender Custom Shop, when the concept of super-high end Fenders was still a newish idea. The 35th Anniversary Stratocaster was a hybrid vintage-modern instrument constructed with top-line woods. The superb figured Flame Maple top is finished in Three-Tone Sunburst atop an Alder body. The figured Birdseye Maple neck is topped with an ebony fingerboard inlaid with Abalone dots. This is a much fancier guitar than the standard Strats of the 1980's, designed to be a real showstopper on stage…and at the trade shows!

The electronics were a newer high-end concept at the time as well. Three Silver Lace Sensors are wired to a five-way switch, then to a active pre-amp with a powerful midrange boost. This same circuit was featured on the early Eric Clapton signature models. The two-point "Free Flyte" tremolo and locking tuners were de rigeur for the '80's era of dive bombing. This instrument appears to have spent most of the last 30 years just sitting in the case-it remains in overall extremely fine condition, and is an excellent player still waiting for the spotlight!
 
Overall length is 39 in. (99.1 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). This guitar appears very little played, showing only light handling marks and no serious wear. It remains all original and comes in the original tweed case with some light wear and staining on the outside. The case pocket contains a bag including the typed instructions for the then-novel wiring scheme, booklet for the Fender-Lace Sensor pickups and COA signed by John Page. An excellent playing guitar and a fairly novel take on the classic Stratocaster, just hitting its own 30th anniversary! Near Mint Condition.