Fender "Dan Smith" Stratocaster 1983 Sunburst

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $725$1,615

The early '80s was a time of transition for Fender. In 1981, Fender Director of Marketing, Dan Smith spearheaded an upgraded Strat model with a smaller headstock and 4-bolt neck plate in the style of a pre-CBS era Stratocaster. This guitar included a modern X-1 pickup in the bridge position, and has since been termed the "Dan Smith" Stratocaster by collectors. By mid-1983, the "Dan Smith" Stratocaster was replaced by a lower-end Strat version with a single tone control. 
Years of Production: 1981 - 1983
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 pickupr
Notable Strat Players:  Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour