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Fender Stratocaster HardTail Sunburst, 1978

Fender Stratocaster HardTail Sunburst, 1978

Here we have a Fender Stratocaster HardTail, built at the Fullerton plant during 1978, during the CBS era. The HardTail version was made from 1955 until 2006, when poor sales caused Fender to drop the HardTail model. The two Stratocaster versions are very similar, but the fixed hardtail bridge model doesn’t have the large cavity routed on the back for the trem block and springs. Without that cavity and the spring components, the Fender Stratocaster HardTail tends to have a bit more sustain and note-to-note clarity and separation, as with the Telecaster. Of course, this means it does not have the ‘built-in reverb’ contributed by the springs, whether the bridge is set to trem use, or fully tightened down for tuning stability.

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Price: $2,350.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Fender Stratocaster Hard Tail Black, 1973

❌SOLD❌ Fender Stratocaster Hard Tail Black, 1973

This Fender Stratocaster guitar features the classic finished one piece Maple neck, with the new from 1971 3-bolt MicroTilt neck and hex-key ‘Bullet’ truss rod adjuster at the head. The MicroTilt and Bullet adjuster are extremely practical features, allowing rapid adjustments to the guitar’s setup, without disassembling it. Many earlier Fender models have damaged pickguards from truss rod adjustments with the neck on – a flat screwdriver would frequently be used and dig into the pickguard.

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Price: $2,850.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Fender Stratocaster Hard Tail Black, 1975

❌SOLD❌ Fender Stratocaster Hard Tail Black, 1975

The Fender Stratocaster Hard Tail Black was produced in tandem with its much better known brother, but it was never as popular as the trem bridge version. This version appealed mostly to players who wanted the extra sustain, snap and ‘spank’ from a fixed bridge – as with a Telecaster. The Fender Stratocaster Hard Tail was finally discontinued in 2010 due to low sales. Here we have a Rosewood fingerboard Fender Stratocaster Hard Tail dating to 1975, and built at the Fender plant in Fullerton, California.

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Price: $2,150.00 CAD

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