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1983 Fender Stratocaster Elite

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This is the rare all-original 1983 Fender Stratocaster Elite, made in USA, in superb collector's grade condition.

Famously used by Ty Tabor, the Elite Stratocaster was produced in 1983 and had a host of modern features such as active circuitry and an upgraded Freeflyte tremolo system.

Looking great in Arctic White, this guitar plays really well with an excellent action, with the gloss maple neck and rosewood fingerboard feeling smooth and luxurious. The neck is straight and the body features the famous 'F' tone and volume knobs. This model is renowned for being quite hefty, and this one weighs in at

This example is in exceptional condition, with no significant marks or scratches, it is excellent throughout with only some light signs of age on hardware. We would challenge anyone to find one in better condition than this!

Comes with its original hard case and a Fender strap.

Special features of the '83 Elite Stratocaster:

  • Biflex truss rod adjustment (installed from the rear - with skunk stripe on neck) with a neck angle adjuster located in the neck plate
  • Slightly wider nut width and flatter 12 inch fretboard radius
  • Ezy-Glyder point contact string retainers and high ratio, low backlash machine heads with specially lubricated tuning gears
  • Security lock strap buttons
  • Heavy duty cast bridge assembly with 'drop-in' string loading, Freeflyte tremolo system with tension adjustable from the top and snap-in Torq-Master tremolo arm. There was no backplate or recess in the back of the body for tremolo springs.
  • Alnico II single coil pickups without protruding poles, noise-cancelling pickup system with a dummy coil between the lead and the middle pickups and active electronics with a special preamp circuit including MDX (mid-range) and TBX (high-range) controls. There was a small backplate near the edge covering the 9-volt battery for the active circuitry.
  • three separate pickup push-on-off selector switches, an edge-mounted jack output and control knobs with a serrated rubber insert
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