1980 Fender Stratocaster
Why Fender Stratocasters Are Great Guitars
Because Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Adrian Belew, Robert Cray, David Gilmore, Rory Gallagher, Eric Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Mike Oldfield, Johnathan Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Robin Trower, and Stevie Ray Vaughn can’t all be wrong.
This is a Fender Stratocaster launched in 1980 and called "The Strat". Some construction features returned to pre-CBS specs, including the four bolt neck joint, smaller headstock, and removal of the bullet-style truss rod adjustment.
Many new features also debuted with this model. An added two-way rotary selector replaced the lower tone control (mid pickup) and was wired for more pickup switching combinations, 9 in total. The 4 additional tones were 1. neck and middle pickups in series 2. middle and bridge pickups in series 3. neck and bridge pickups in parallel 4. neck and bridge pickups in parallel with middle pickup in series. The STRAT featured a hotter bridge pickup, marketed by Fender as the X-1. The controls and hardware were gold plated and included a uniquely massive synchronized tremolo.
There was no standard neck for The STRAT, but three shapes were available: C, D, and U. Some colors featured matched headstock painting.
The high production costs of "The STRAT" led to it being discontinued in the course of 1983.
I bought this guitar from a dear friend of mine a few years ago. In fact, I was with him the day he bought this guitar in 1980. Great memories!