This beutiful guitar has spent most of it's life locked in a cold locker at Notre Dame University (where it obtained it's finish cracks). My Father's friend had been keeping it there. When the man moved away he left the guitar (a sin!) and eventually asked my father to get it out of storage and keep it because the man couldn't take it. Dad brought the thing home, and my seven-year-old curiosity got the better of me and I picked it up and I've never put it down.
Model Year: 1979
Where Obtained: Father's friend
It's the 25th anniversary edition. Olimpic Silver finish and black "ANNIVERSARY" decal on top. A few cracks here and there. The neck has so much finish on it that it's almost as if the frets are dug out. Everything's original.
THis guitar plays beutifully. I've never played another like it.
Being a strat, You really can get away with playing any style of music on it. Very trebly.
Over-all this guitar fairs pretty well. Gotta kep it out of the cold though or finish cracks will appear. sound doesn't change.
The guitar is really good but if you play with alot of distortion,
you'll get a kond of jazz ring through it...
Model Year: 1979
Price: $150.00 euro
Where Obtained: a friend
This guitar is pure heaven
It's not very suitable if you play metal or punk
The sound is really good if you play jazz or funk
Fantastic. If you see a good one - BUY IT!!!
Where Obtained: Another Player
I got this 1979-1980 Fender Stratocaster for real cheap money in almost-new condition as a teenager. I have dated it based on the serial number, and this tells me that it was made in 1979-1980 - which is supposedly good, since the manufacturing quality had supposedly just gone up with the transfer back to the USA. It has the larger headstock, and in no way seems 'cheap'. I was probably too young to appreciate the quality of the guitar at the time, but years later I can assure you that it has stood the test of time and become a prized possession of mine....she's my 'baby'. It it still all original except that I had a Floyd Rose tremolo (actually, 'vibrato' for you purists) and Kahler (due to the 'bullet' truss-rod adjustment end) locking-nut installed years ago. In some ways I wish I hadn't done it - to preserve the guitar intact - but I was lucky enough to have the work done by the Mouradian folks here in Massachusetts. They were/are a very talented bunch of luthiers, having made very high-end instruments, one of which was used by Chris Squier of 'Yes' for his live bass solo (pretty high praise if you ask me). I don't even know if they're still around, but I can say that they did an absolutely fantastic job for only $40....and I had seen many instruments butchered for more $$$ by others at the time. The instrument still looks and plays great....holds its tune forever....has a traditional and quite desirable tonal range. Just very nice, and I'm lucky to have found it!
Traditional Stratocaster neck and feel - luckily unaffected by the Floyd Rose bridge - thanks to the skill of the guys (Mouradian) who installed it....they said they needed to add a few small shims to match the fretboard angle.
Again, traditional Stratocaster sound. Which is a ggod thing. Believe me, I know the value and tonal warmth of a good humbucker (and hope to get a guitar with same some day), but this seems to be a true Stratocaster, with all its pros and cons, in every way. The neck pickup is particularly warm through a tube amp with the right (gentle) EQ and a hint of reverb. The 'between' pickup positions are also quite nice if you take the time to understand them.
Of course, there IS the 'single-coil buzz', especially with overdrive/distortion. It IS annoying at times, but there seems no other way to get "that sound". Others have done it, and others still do, so I certainly can't complain too much. A well-tuned noise-gate helps.
Granted, it has a well-installed Floyd-Rose and Kahler locking nut.....but this thing comes out (even after YEARS) playing like the day it was born. Some finish-wear, but that is part and parcel.....
This is THE strat. Wouldn't sell it for the world.
Model Year: 1979
Where Obtained: Rock club in Olongapo City , Phillipines
low action and fast neck.
has the purest strat tones I've ever heard. Have owned 5 - 6 strats previously.
I witnessed it being bounced across the stage at the aforementioned club. Just left a small gouge and some nicks on the body.