Everyone loves a good birthday party, including Fender, who has been keen to celebrate the continuing appeal of its most famous son since the company’s Anniversary Series first appeared in shops in 1979.
In time to celebrate the iconic Straocaster’s 40th birthday, this particular one was built towards the end of 1993.
Available only during 1993 and 1994, the 40th Anniversary Stratocaster had an enamel badge on the headstock (see pics) emblazoned with the words ‘40th Anniversary of the Stratocaster’, and a special neck plate inscribed “Fender Stratocaster 40 years … and still rocking”
* A rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets
* A modern three-ply pickguard with 11 screws, five-way selector switch and three American Standard Pickups
* The controls on the 90s Standard Strat feature Fender’s TBX system, which offers master volume, tone for the neck pickup and tone for the middle and bridge respectively.
* By the 1990s the Strat’s bridge and trem assembly had travelled quite far from its original 50s appointments – gone were the bent steel bridge saddles and six-screw configuration in favour of what we see here – redesigned saddles and two-point tremolo.
This 40th Anniversary Strat is in very good condition. It has been played, but well cared for. The body features a quite lovely, almost quilted pattern on the timber. There are some light scratches on the body above the pickguard, which can only be seen in a certain angle of light. Some marks on the pickguard & light buckle rash on the back, but nothing offensive.
It has been set up nicely and plays well in all positions. Frets are in great shape with lots of life left. Structurally fine & everything works as it should.
A classic workhorse guitar with some nice “Anniversary” appointments in fine playing condition, with another 40 years to go.
Comes in its original Fender hard case in good condition.