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Stratocaster Guitars

1972 Fender Stratocaster

Color: Olympic White, Rating: 9.25, Sold (ID# 01493)
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An Expertly Re-Finished Early Seventies Olympic White Stratocaster.

 

1972 Fender Stratocaster.

 

This fine early 1972 Stratocaster weighs just 7.70 lbs. The solid alder body of the guitar has been expertly re-finished in Olympic White. One-piece maple neck with a nut width of just under 1 5/8 inches, a medium to thick profile and a scale length of 25 1/2 inches. Veneer rosewood fretboard with twenty-one original medium frets and pearloid dot position markers. Single "butterfly" string tree with nylon spacer. Large headstock with decal logo with "Fender" in black with gold trim. Individual Fender "F" closed-back tuners with octagonal metal buttons. Three-bolt neck plate with large Fender "F" logo and with serial number between the top two screws. Three single-coil gray bottom pickups with staggered polepieces and balanced outputs of 5.66k, 5.65k, and 5.54k, each one stamped "4162" on the underside. Three-layer greenish-white over black and white plastic pickguard with eleven screws. Three controls (one volume, two tone) plus three-way pickup selector switch, all on pickguard. White plastic Stratocaster knobs with greenish gold lettering. Fender combined six-saddle bridge/tailpiece stamped with the part number "010347" at the string ball end. The end of the neck is stamped is stamped in black "22 JAN 72B," the potentiometers are stamped "137 7112" & "137 7202" (Stackpole March 1971 & January 1972). This guitar is in near mint (9.25) condition with just five very small and insignificant surface chips on the lower edge. There is a small amount of wear to the original frets and a tiny amount of finish loss on the treble side of the neck by the third fret. Complete with the original tremolo arm and bridge cover and also the original Fender 12 page hang-tag owner's manual. Housed in its original Fender black hardshell case with dark orange plush lining (9.25). A visually stunning and great sounding example at an attractive price…

"The Stratocaster was launched during 1954 [and was priced at $249.50, or $229.50 without vibrato]...The new Fender guitar was the first solidbody electric with three pickups [Gibson's electric-acoustic ES-5, introduced five years earlier, had been the overall first], meaning a range of fresh tones, and featured a new-design vibrato unit that provided pitch-bending and shimmering chordal effects. The new vibrato -- erroneously called a 'tremolo' by Fender and many others since -- was troublesome in development. But the result was the first self-contained vibrato unit: an adjustable bridge, a tailpiece, and a vibrato system, all in one. It wasn't a simple mechanism for the time, but a reasonably effective one...Fender's new vibrato had six bridge-pieces, one for each string, adjustable for height and length, which meant that the feel of the strings could be personalized and the guitar made more in tune with itself...The Strat came with a radically sleek, solid body, based on the outline of the 1951 Fender Precision Bass. Some musicians had complained to Fender that the sharp edge of the Telecaster's body was uncomfortable...so the Strat's body was contoured for the player's comfort. Also, it was finished in a yellow-to-black sunburst finish. Even the jack socket mounting was new, recessed in a stylish plate on the body face...the Fender Stratocaster looked like no other guitar around especially the flowing, sensual curves of that beautifully proportioned, timeless body. The Stratocaster's new-style pickguard complemented the lines perfectly, and the overall impression was of a guitar where all the components ideally suited one another. The Fender Stratocaster has since become the most popular, the most copied, the most desired, and very probably the most played solid electric guitar ever" (Tony Bacon, 50 Years of Fender, p. 18).

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