1979 Fender Stratocaster. Natural Finish.

The Blue Book Says:

– offset double cutaway alder or ash body with smaller body contours, bolt-on three-screw one-piece 21-fret maple neck with black dot inlays, or maple neck with 21-fret rosewood fingerboard with clay off-white dot inlays, large Strat-style headstock with two string guides and truss rod adjustment at bottom, six-on-one-side tuners, tremolo bridgeor six-saddle hardtail bridge with STB, white laminated (1971-75, 1981) or black laminated (1975-1981) pickguard, three single coil staggered height (1971-late 1974) or flatpole (late 1974-1981) pickups with white covers (1971-75, 1979-1981) or black covers (1975-1981), three knobs (v, two tone), three-way (1971-77) or five-way (1977-1981) pickup switch, jack angled into the top, nickel hardware, available in standard 3-Tone Sunburst finish or various custom color finishes, 25.5 in. scale, mfg. 1971-1981.

During Leo Fender’s five-year consultant contract with CBS/Fender, he developed a neck adjustment system in 1970 that corrected the pitch of the neck in the neck pocket with a micro adjustment in the neckplate (rather than the old-fashioned method of using shims). This device, along with the three-bolt neck plate, were installed on Stratocasters beginning in mid-1971. Ash bodies became more predominent in guitar production during the 1970s. In 1980, the Fender X-1 lead pickup (hotter output) replaced original parts/design.


I Say:

Totally original, totally wonderful.

To the best of my knowledge this is a completely original 1979 Fender Stratocaster in an all natural finish.  The pots, pickups and neck and body numbers all check out.

The maple neck and fingerboard only shows a little wear to the lacquer along the edges of the fingerboard, the frets and fingerboard are in great condition.

Traditional Stratocaster wiring gives one overall volume, tone controls on neck and middle pickup. The bridge pickup is without tone control.  The 5 position selector switch gives neck, neck and middle, middle, middle and bridge, and bridge selection.

Its a Strat, it’s 37 years old, and its in really good condition.  The headstock has a few bumps and knocks, the neck and fingerboard are pretty much unmarked.  The body has a good selection of scratches and bumps, but nothing really ugly, just genuine wear and tear.

The electronics are all original and fully functional and crackle free.