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Fender Stratocaster HardTail Black Refinish, 1977

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The Fender Stratocaster HardTail was available alongside the revolutionary and better known 1954 tremolo-equipped version, and only discontinued around 2010, due to declining sales.

Many country and rhythm players preferred the Fender Stratocaster HardTail for perceived increases in ‘snap’, sustain and tonal separation, and a slightly ‘drier’ sound than comes from the lack of trem springs. While many players block or otherwise disable the Trem, hard tail Strats never sold like the trem versions have.

This Fender Stratocaster HardTail with Rosewood neck dates to 1977, during the CBS era, and is in good working order. It features an Ash body paired with a Rosewood-fingerboard Maple neck, with 1977 single-coil Stratocaster pickups and a black pickguard. It has a 5-way switch, which could be original as Fender introduced this in 1977. The difference between the 3-way and 5-way switches is the presence of two extra detents in the switch frame, allowing the lever to stop in the ‘between’ position and turn two adjacent pickups on.

The Ash body was originally natural, and casually refinished in black long ago. The refinish appears to have involved a light spray of black to much of the body over the poly sealer, and this has resulted in sections showing what’s now often referred to as ‘Trans Black’. There are some drips and sags in these top coats. The neck is in great condition and shows very little wear, with almost no wear to the frets or fingerboard. I would suspect that it has been recently refretted except there are no signs of that being done. It plays well, and definitely sounds like a 70’s Strat!

The original rectangular hard shell case is included.


 

Price: $2,250.00 CAD
  • Model: Stratocaster Hard Tail
  • Year: 1977
  • Finish Black Refinish
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: S776667, built during 1977 in Fullerton, CA
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 04/10/2021

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.14lbs 3.7kg
  • Scale Length: 647.7mm 25.5in
  • Nut Width: 42.11mm 1.675in
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