THE REAL THANG! Here's a recent arrival: A stunning 1982 Fender CBS Era Dan Smith Standard Stratocaster in its rich Sunburst finish w a non original Fender hard tweed case, having Serial Number E204535, and made in Fullerton, CA.

This is a used, previously owned vintage instrument with a heavy Northern Ash body. She weighs in at a robust 9 lbs, 12.5 oz. She's almost fully original, other than a replaced whammy bar and the aforementioned tweed case. A visually appealing axe with a very dark, almost dark chocolate border which offsets the red & yellow sunburst tonal hues. The grain pattern on the northern ash is very distinctive & bold front & back, & really stands out compared to an alder body Strat with the same type of finish. She is a stunner! See our VIDEO!

In researching this awesome instrument, it seems that there are always many more maple fingerboard “Smith” Strats available in any color finish & not nearly as many w rosewood fretboards. Not only is this a rare model, having been produced for essentially 1 year, but it also has a rosewood fingerboard!


In 1981, Dan Smith was hired as the new director of marketing for Fender electric guitars. Smith revamped the production model Stratocaster & by late 1981, this new model was introduced as the Standard Stratocaster. This new Strat signaled the end of the 1970s style Stratocaster. This new model featured a smaller version of the Pre-CBS headstock, a return to the beloved 4 bolt neck plate, a body end truss rod adjustment, and an X-1 pickup in the bridge position(a hotter PUP which was retained from the 1980 "Strat" model).

**Our thanks to the “Strat Collector” website for their fantastic information about everything Stratocaster!**


Guitar is in very good+ condition, in our opinion. Cosmetically, there are some minor marks & tiny dings from light play wear(please view our specific pix). No cracks, splits, weather checking, burns, case wear, corrosion, etc. There are 3 distinctive areas of finish wear thru the nitrocellulose, specifically on the lower bass bout, on the rear of bass bout side near the lower horn & on the bottom of the body near the strap pin.

Tuners are the “F “stamped Fender tuners which work freely. Controls are all fully functional (1 volume & 2 tone controls), pick ups perform as they should as does the five way pick up selector switch. Bridge is very solid and intonation is solid as well. The extremely elusive ashtray bridge cover is AWOL(wtf happens to these damned things?).
Whammy and tremolo system both work well and easily.
Guitar underwent a full professional set up. All maintenance was performed, including buffing out body & fretboard, adjustments to neck & action, set intonation, cleaned electronics, sanded & buffed out dings from frets, adjusted pickup heights, etc. New set of strings were installed.
All work was performed by Dave Fecca Guitar Repair, Moorestown, NJ.  Dave, aka “Catfish”, along with his spouse, April Mae, are the co-founders of April Mae & The Junebugs, a very popular & accomplished Americana/Roots/Jump Blues, Rockabilly, etc, band which has recorded & performed extensively throughout the US since 2010.


Nut width: 1.625”

Overall length: 38.3125”

overall width: 12.625”

scale length: 25.5”

width @ 1st fret: 1.625”

@7th fret: 1.875”

@12th fret: 1.9375”

Neck thickness

@ 1st fret: 0.75”

@ 7th fret: 0.8125”

@ 12th fret: 0.875”

Guitar weighs 9 lbs, 12.5oz

(“SMITH STRAT”, CBS MFG. 1981-1983)

  • Offset double cutaway northern ash body
  • bolt on four screw maple neck
  • 21 fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays
  • “C” shaped neck profile w Walnut center stripe
  • small pre-1965 style headstock with black logo and two string guards
  • 6 on one side tuners (”F”stamped”)
  • 6 saddle bridge
  • three ply white pick guard
  • 3 single coil black bottom pick ups including the X-1 pup in the bridge position(notice the yellow wiring in the pic)
  • Here are the pickup power output readings: 5.77 k Neck pup output 
    5.76 k Middle pup output 
    7.47 k Bridge pup output
  • manufactured from 1981 to 1983.
  • available in Sunburst and other custom color finishes
  • chrome hardware
  • jack angled into the top
  • 5 way pick up selector switch
  • three knobs, 1 master volume, 2 tone controls)

Case is a 3 latch Fender branded Tweed Case w an orange interior having 1 large storage compartment. Most definitely a nicer case than the molded one that would have come with this axe originally. Significant bonus coolness factor too!



Please see the attached photos as an extension of our written description.
Obviously, this is being sold as is, where is, with no implied warranties or guarantees of any kind whatsoever. Since this is a vintage musical instrument, our normal return policy DOES NOT APPLY TO THIS ITEM! It cannot be returned to us. We package professionally & this instrument will be insured for the full valuation at our expense. We accurately represent all of our items. If you have questions please feel free to contact us for an in hand description. Also, please take a look at our website,

You may also wish to check out our feedback, which is currently 15,000+, and has accumulated for the past 24 years on eBay under our user name, ellisantique.



This was recorded using an iPhone 14 Pro using only natural diffused light & this Fender Dan Smith Stratocaster was played amplified using an unmic’ed Vintage 1964 Fender black face Deluxe Reverb with a small amount of reverb only, with no other effects. Guitar was demo'd by our friend & professional musician, guitarist & teacher, the inimitable David Kelly. Dave played this axe in the front room at our bricks & mortar shop, Ellis Antiques. Sure hope you enjoy his Strat pickin' !

Shipping insurance is included. Instrument will be boxed in a heavy, new box & will be shipped via USPS, FedEx or UPS. Or, this can be picked up locally at our physical bricks and mortar shop in Collingswood, NJ 08108.
**Please inquire regarding international shipping rates prior to purchase or making us an offer.**

This item is subject to prior sale, either online or in person at our shop.

If you have any interest in purchasing this fine instrument, please feel free to make us an offer. We're full time general antique dealers and negotiating is a large part of our business. Just saying.……


Listed 3.25.3023

Rev 5.20.2023

Small gtr box

TSW: Approx28L


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Listed6 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • "Dan Smith" Stratocaster with Rosewood Fretboard
  • Brown Sunburst
  • 1982
Made In
  • United States
  • Fender Vintage CBS Era
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Color Family
  • Brown
  • Sunburst
Pickup Configuration
  • SSS
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Maple
Offset Body
  • No
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Body Material
  • Alder
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Bridge
Model Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
Product Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Nut Width
  • 1.625"
Wood Top Style
  • Plain

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