57 Vintage Reissue STRATOCASTER, 1983
Introducing the other "Fullerton" Strat, we described the early American Vintage Reissues as one of the new frontiers of vintage guitar collecting: "The instruments built at the old Fender facility before the production was moved to Corona have always been highly appreciated by musicians for their sound, look and impeccable craftsmanship; however in recent years they have also become very sought-after collectible items. Their prices are steadily growing worldwide, and while the economic crisis has put many '50s and '60s vintage classics out of reach for the average guitar collector, these instruments provide a more affordable way to high-quality guitar collecting."
This Stratocaster, built in 1983 (its neck is dated September 27th) is in excellent and all-original conditions. The three pots have all a 1982 date. Like all the first generation vintage reissues, with the only exception of a few '82s with a stamped date in the spring cavity, this guitar has no body date. The three-piece alder body is finished in the classic 2-tone sunburst; the neck/fretboard is one-piece maple. The guitar is complete with all its accessories: bridge cover, tremolo arm, spring-cavity cover and original instruction manual. It comes with the original tweed-covered, red plush-lined hardshell case with the duck-foot-shaped tab on the inside pocket.
As we already wrote about the '82 62-Reissue, these guitars are really smart moves for the hardcore Fender fans: well-built instruments, reasonably priced, which are seen by today's musicians and collectors alike as a true comeback to the quest for quality that Fender had quit since the mid Seventies.