Dan Smith Era! 1983 Fender Stratocaster 3-Tone Sunburst + Gig Bag



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Lovies Guitars is offering up this 1983 Fender Stratocaster with a Classic 3-Tone Sunburst Finish! Much has been written about this era stratocaster. Without going into volumes about the Dan Smith and/or Dan Smith Era instruments, the basics are that Dan Smith was hired from Yamaha to handle marketing and improve quality. The radical plan began by reducing the number of guitars produced at the Fullerton plant from 250-300 per day — to a ‘handful’. As Dan Smith says, they “basically shut the plant down” in order to improve the quality. The Dan Smith and Dan Smith era strats break down into what has been referred to as Version I and Version II.

Version I returned to the 4-bolt neck plate, small peghead, and large logo. Version II was 4-bolt neck plate, small peghead, large logo, 1-volume control and 1-tone control, (2-knobs instead of 3), the top loaded “Free Flyte” tremolo system, and a pickguard mounted input jack. In fact the “Version II” was made in the same factory, with the same tooling and machinery, by the same people, during the same era, and under the supervision of Dan Smith. These strats are notable for being the very first incarnation of today’s USA Standard Stratocaster and a concerted effort by Fender to improve upon the quality of the late CBS era strats. Well balanced, resonant and keeping with the spirit of the strats from Fenders golden era, this guitar has great spank and twang, with the clear bell-like top end and tight bass response that makes the tone iconic.This Guitar is in Great Shape, especially for its age, however there are a few fair sized indents and a few tiny dimples on the top, light pickguard wear and hardware tarnish, a decent sized indent above the lower strap button, light finish marks on the top, back and sides have a fair bit of light marks all over, a few fair sized indents on the back, neck has a fair bit of tiny indents, headstock has a couple tiny dimples, 8/10. ALL Original-NO Breaks, Cracks or Repairs. Includes a Gig Bag!!

WEIGHS in at: 7.50 lbs

.790″ at the 1st fret

.860” at the 12th fret

Radius: 9.5”

Nut Width: 1 11/16”

Serial: E325059

SKU: 3809

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