1979 Fender Stratocaster

This is a 1979 Fender Stratocaster. See the video and description below to see what is original on the guitar and what is not.

The guitar is black on black with rosewood fretboard. It’s in great condition in terms of being a player. It has cosmetic flaws like dings and scratches and belt buckle rash on the back. But it plays super well. Low action. Straight, fast neck. Great frets. All electronics, tuners, tremolo, switches, and controls work as intended. Original tremolo arm also included.

This is the beefiest, most 70s Strat I’ve ever played. Everything on it is bigger. The headstock. The pick guard. Even the heads of the screws holding on the face plate are bigger. It gives the guitar a much “tougher” look than the more common 50s design.

This guitar is heavier than most Strats I’ve played, as well, which adds to that kind of masculine/tough quality this guitar has. The neck is maple, and the fingerboard is rosewood. The darkness of the rosewood also contributes again to the cool “tougher” look of this guitar. Plus a lot of players prefer the natural rosewood versus the finished maple that is Fender’s other standard option on Strats.

The guitar body and neck are original and matched – see pictures. The electronics are original (pots, switch, capacitor are all dated 1978).

Items that are not original include:

  • Bridge
  • Backblock
  • Pickups
  • Faceplate
  • Knobs
  • Nut
  • Tuners

The neck has been completely re-fretted, which is great. It plays like a brand new neck, but has that seventies’ chunky feel.

The guitar has a vintage hard shell case (not original to guitar).

I think this guitar is great. I’m just not a Strat guy. And, that top volume knob drives me crazy when I play. Though many of the great players have played Strats, maybe more so than any other guitar. It’s just not for me.  If I was gonna keep it, I would look for some seventies Strat pickups and put those in. Other than that, I think it’s great the way it is. Looks super cool and plays great.