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⚌Reduced‼ Fender Stratocaster Elite Sienna Sunburst, 1983

⚌Reduced‼ Fender Stratocaster Elite Sienna Sunburst, 1983

Here’s a fairly rare sighting– from 1983, an original condition Fender Stratocaster Elite in Sienna sunburst. This model was built only in 1983 and 1984, and introduced a number of new features and hardware pieces. Most visible of the 1983 Fender Stratocaster Elite updates are the short-lived FreeFlyte knife-edge trem, and the pushbutton pickup selectors. New pickups were installed, and the output jack went on the side – in this case, a standard barrel jack.

Vintage
Price: $1,995.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Ramirez Elite 650a Tradicional Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood, 1995

❌SOLD❌ Ramirez Elite 650a Tradicional Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood, 1995

The Ramirez Elite is a rare piece, hand built at the Ramirez shop in Madrid in very limited quantities with the finest materials and top quality craftsmanship. Based on the Centenario model that commemorated the hundredth anniversary of Ramirez family guitar building, the Elite uses the same quality of materials and ornamentation. As with many other models, the Ramirez Elite is offered with either a German Spruce (A) or Red Cedar top paired with Madagascar Rosewood for the sides, back, head plate and bridge.

Used
Price: $10,999.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino Natural, 2003

❌SOLD❌  Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino Natural, 2003

The Epiphone Elite 1965 Casino recalls one of the most famous guitars – the one played by John Lennon on many recordings. In fact, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison all had Casinos and McCartney still uses his.   There were many other Casino players,  including members of the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys. Originally built as a Sunburst model, by 1968 (during the White Album sessions) Lennon had the finish stripped off, with two coats of thin clear lacquer re-applied.    It was felt that this improved the tone and resonance of the guitar, and this look has become a de facto standard, especially without the pickguard. 

Used
Price: $1,500.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Fender American Elite Precision Bass Sunburst, 2018

❌SOLD❌ Fender American Elite Precision Bass Sunburst, 2018

The Fender American Elite Precision Bass is at the top end of Fender’s bass models, offering the solid tone reliability and versatility of both the Precision and Jazz basses. It starts with the P-J combination, the P-Bass pickup in its normal spot and a Noiseless Jazz bass pickup at the bridge. It adds a new, high mass bridge with the strings loading through the body, a very solid five-bolt neck joint, Ebony fingerboard, and a 3-band EQ. All the hardware is top quality.

Used
Price: $2,200.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Fender Stratocaster Elite Sunburst 1983

❌SOLD❌  Fender Stratocaster Elite Sunburst 1983

Here’s a rare bird – from 1983, a Fender Stratocaster Elite in sunburst. This model was built only in 1983 and 1984, and introduced a number of new features and hardware pieces. Most visible of these are the short-lived FreeFlyte knife-edge trem, and the pushbutton pickup selectors. New pickups were installed, and the output jack went on the side – in this case, a Neutrix locking jack. With the three pickup switches, all pickup combinations are available. Not so immediately apparent is the routing. From the top, this guitar looks very much like a Stratocaster. But if you turn it over, you see that there is no cover, or route, for the trem springs, just a small plate covering access to the output jack wiring.

Vintage
Price: $2,000.00 CAD

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