1979 Fender Stratocaster ID-5828
1979 Fender Stratocaster
Leo Fender, who invented the iconic Telecaster and the Stratocaster decided to sell his company to CBS in early 1965. Owing to the brand's success, Fender continues to make versions of these venerable instruments to this very day! In the 70's Fender changed from the 4 bolt neck plates to 3 bolt neck, larger Headstocks, "Bullet" Truss rods. This set these years apart from other years. The Fender Stratocaster was a modern design that had a fully contoured Ash body. It also has two "wings" that were reminiscent of the cars of the day. These wings allowed for easier access to the upper frets on both the treble and bass strings. It had a fully usable vibrato tailpiece that allowed for accurate bending of notes, and three pickups. This was so that musicians could tailor the guitar to their individuality. Leo also had the presence of mind to use a "bolt-on" neck, rather than a traditional mortise and tenon joint, that made changing the neck, if need be, an easy task.
As previously mentioned, the new "Bullet" truss rod allowed for easier access to the truss rod. This is so that you no longer had to remove the neck to adjust the truss rod. Also included was a new improved micro-tilt adjustment for neck angle. The famous Fender Logo was now on an oversize headstock, which was instantaneously recognizable from the thinner, smaller headstocks of the 50's. Instead of a single string tree, you now would find two, one for the G&D and one for the E&B.
The Ash body was painted a natural blonde color. This allows for the grain to be seen through the finish. Fender only offered a few colors in seventies. These included Black, and the original Sunburst that we all know and love.
This particular instrument has a bit of "Orange Peel" finish around the rear of the bridge. There are some finish scratches on the back of the guitar, however this is a hard poly finish! Some assorted dings and dents are to be expected, there is a chip at the top of the headstock. These can be seen in the photos below. Hardshell case included.
- Shipping Weight: 68
- Serial: S972668
- Top Wood: Ash
- Back Wood: Ash
- Nut Width: 1.65
- Scale: 25.5
- Year: 1979
- Fretboard: Maple
- Nut Material: Maple
- Bridge: Fender Tremolo Bridge
- Tuners: "F" Branded die cast Tuners
- Headstock Shape: Large 70's shape
- Pickup(s): 3 single Coil
- Pickup Controls: Volume, Tone, Tone
- Case: Hardshell
- Misc. 1: Weight: 8.8 lbs