1979/1980 Fender Lead I, II, III Rosewood Neck. VINTAGE USA, fits Stratocaster too!

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VINTAGE 1979 / 1980 Rosewood Fender Lead Neck
Fits all Fender Lead models and Stratocasters too!

Up for sale is this genuine Fender Lead neck, pulled from a 1980 Lead II, and made at the long-shuttered Fender plant in Fullerton, California. The rosewood Lead neck is harder to find than the Maple version.

It's a shame the vintage Fender Lead guitars don't get the respect they deserve. I purchased my first Lead II two years ago, and was pleasantly surprised at the smooth feel and easy action of the Lead neck. The Fender Lead's thin neck is fast and easy to set up for a low action, making if perfect for, well, lead guitar! This example is the earlier style, more like a vintage reissue neck with its thin profile.

Maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard
Slight "V” profile with a 7¼" (184 mm) radius.

Neck width at nut = 1+5/8" (40 mm).
Depth of 22mm.
Truss rod adjustment at heel of the neck.
21 medium frets.
Original nut installed

25½" scale length.
Bridge uses a string spacing of 0.404" (10 mm).

  Very good, especially for its age. This neck played fine as-is before removal, with low action and no issues. There is some wear to the original frets, mostly confined to the first three frets. There is also a little wear to the fretboard in the same area, which can't be felt while playing. Moving to the headstock, there are two minor cosmetic issues: some rash/small dings on the upper edge and a bit of the wood is missing below the front of the low E tuner hole. There is no wear at all to the original Fender logo.
  The rest of the neck is in really great shape. The only ding I could find was a tiny dent is the center of the back of the neck. It is small enough that it can only be felt if you run your fingernail over it. Lacquer wear is nil, and as you can see, the neck's lacquer has aged and yellowed nicely. This is a smooth playing and handsome neck.
  What else? The neck's original factory nut is still in great shape, and its truss rod turns freely. Like most of the components in the early Lead II it was pulled from, this neck was actually made in 1979. The date code on the heel of the neck deciphers to it being made in the 32nd week (32) of 1979 (9) on the 4th day (4) of the week (Wednesday).

Installation Notes:
   This neck is a perfect fit for any Fender Lead I, II or III body, not too hard to find on eBay (see my other auctions!). It will fit a standard Stratocaster body too. The headstock's tuner hole diameter is the usual standard (10mm). For a mounting plate and screws, use the standard Fender "F" style 4-bolt.
   Fender necks are easy to install, but be aware that it may take some expertise to adjust it for your guitar and bridge. If the action is too high (hard to play) or too low (the strings buzz) take it to a pro for a truss rod adjustment and intonation. If you don't know any good luthiers, ask around your local music shop - they'll know one.

The price includes:
   The bare Fender neck
as pictured. No mounting screws or other hardware is included with your bid, but I have a mint neck plate with screws 
up for sale too if you need them. NO CHARGE in the USA for shipping other items with this neck, and only slightly higher if shipped out of the USA to cover the extra weight.

Direct checkout through Reverb.com or mailed payment. I offer a 5% cash discount if you pay by any means that doesn't cost me a fee, email me for details. I generally offer my items on Reverb.com first, and then list them on ebay if they are unsold or receive no reasonable offers. Get your best deal here on Reverb!

Why buy from me?
Some of you might think my descriptions are a little too verbose, but I believe in giving a potential buyer ALL the information I have about an item. I also pack my items very well with recycled packaging and ship quickly. I'm not a faceless business but a life-long guitarist who can give you the personal touch. Your order won't get lost in the crowd.


SHIPPING in the USA: I may ship via Priority Mail or UPS Ground. Shipping cost will be LESS than the price quoted if you are within 200 miles of NJ, and quite a bit cheaper if you have a business address I can ship to. If you have a PO Box for an address or are not in the continental USA, email me to confirm a shipping method and price before buying.

Shipping to Canada: This item will ship via insured USPS Priority Mail for $50.
Shipping to Australia, New Zealand, Japan & S. Korea: Insured USPS Priority Mail is $69.
Shipping to Europe:  This item will ship via USPS Priority Mail Express with full insurance and signature confirmation for $74.
Shipping to all other countries: This item will ship via USPS Priority Mail Express with full insurance and signature confirmation for $82.

If you are not in the USA, and ready to buy, contact me first so I can remove the global International shipping block on Reverb.com.

I do not ship to Italy, Argentina, Venezuela, or any other country with unreliable postal services (you know who you are!)

Intl. Shipping Notes: PLEASE furnish me with a phone number for customs when you buy this item, so that your country's customs dept. can contact you when it clears. I will declare the actual sale value for customs - any duties or taxes your country charges you are responsible for. Please don't ask for cheaper intl. shipping options that do not offer delivery confirmation if you pay with Paypal or a credit card, I won't respond to such emails. Be aware that some countries will take up to a month to process your imported item, so please be patient, or call your country's customs dept. instead of mailing me. I reserve the right to refuse any Paypal payment from out of the USA. I will not accept returns from outside of the USA for any reason, and by buying this item you accept that condition. Feel free to email me with shipping questions.


Thanks for looking

Product Specs

Very Good (Used)
Lead 2
Made In
United States

About The Seller

Livewire Guitars & Parts
Joined Feb 2014
Oceanport, NJ, United States


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Please read the listing carefully in its entirety before buying - people who don't are the people who tend to return items.
You MUST notify me of a problem within 3 days of receipt, get an RMA & return it within 14 days of receipt.
If the return is due to an obvious fault of mine, I'll pay for return shipping. That seems only fair. Otherwise, you pay for return shipping.
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Livewire Guitars & Parts

Oceanport, NJ, United States
Joined: Feb 2014

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