Fender Stratocaster Black 1981

The Fender Stratocaster is arguably the most iconic, most played, and most copied electric guitar design of all-time. Fender launched the Strat in 1954, and the model evolved throughout the '50s and '60s. With the CBS purchase of Fender in 1965, the classic era of Strat production ended, and subsequent Strats are of considerable less interest to collectors than pre-cbs examples. In the early '80s, Fender was purchased from CBS by a group of Fender executives. This brought a gradual improvement in quality.

Years of Production:
 1954 - present

Unique to this Year: Last year before transition Dan Smith era. Switch begins to old style specs including 4-bolt neck plate and smaller headstock.

Body Style: Solidbody, double cutaway 

Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with veeneer Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 3 single-coil pickups, 5-way pickup selector

Finish Specifications: Black is a common color for '80s Strats.

Notable Players:  Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour 

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