The Strat Is a Rock Classic!This Strat is unmistakable with features like an ash body, "U"-shaped neck, that big headstock, bullet truss rod, distinctive '70s Fender logo, Fender/Schaller Classic "F" tuners and three classic single-coil pickups. Go with a maple or rosewood fretboard. Platform shoes and lava lamps sold separately! While the Telecaster (and the single pickup version, the Esquire) was a success, Leo Fender listened to players who were looking for an instrument that was a step up from the "plain vanilla" Tele. The company had moved into a new factory and now had the ability to build an upscale solid body electric. In 1954, the Fender Stratocaster made its debut and a true American icon was born. But by the 1970s, the Strat had evolved to the point where the design changes were no longer considered "minor." Most notable of all was that big '70s headstock, complete with a new Fender logo and the guitar model in big black letters. Other '70s features included a "bullet" truss rod and three-point Micro-Tilt neck adjustment. Players had a choice of rosewood or maple fingerboards.
The '70s Strat looks like it came straight from the time machine. Its sleek, stylish lines didn't change much from the original 1954 design, but other features make this unmistakably a "seventies Strat!". This recreation features a sweet natural polyester finish over an ash body, plus a three-ply white pickguard and a classic style synchronized tremolo.
The distinctive look is just part of the story. The '70s Strat also sounds faithful to the original thanks to three classic style single coil Strat pickups with Alnico magnet pole pieces. This delivers all the "spank and sparkle" you'd expect, but unlike early Strats (which came with a brain-dead really simple three-position pickup selector switch) the '70s Strat comes with the more versatile five-position blade selector switch. This lets you quickly access the popular, glossy "out-of-phase" sound (which really wasn't) produced by combining the bridge and middle or middle and neck pickups (in the '50s and '60s, players had to carefully place their switches in the "in between" positions).
Historically Accurate Maple Neck with Rosewood Fingerboard
Leo Fender wasn't afraid to "think outside the box" when it came to guitar designs. In the 1950s and well into the 1960s, the blond natural maple neck turned more than a few heads and became almost synonymous with Fender guitars. The '70s Strat comes with a one-piece maple neck and fretboard with the fast-playing, '70s "U" shape and a gloss polyurethane finish.
Fender Classic '70s Stratocaster Features at a Glance:
- Color: Natural
- Body Type: Solidbody electric
- Hardware: Chrome
- Finish: Polyester
- Case: Deluxe gig bag
- Bridge/Tailpiece: Classic style synchronized tremolo
- Body Wood: Ash
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Controls: Master volume and two tone control (neck and middle pickups)
- No. of Frets: 21
- Pickup Switching: Five-position blade switch
- Pickups: Three classic style single coil Strat pickups
- Position Markers: Black dot inlays
- Fingerboard: Maple
- Machine Heads: Fender / Shaller classic "F" style tuning machines
- SCALE: 25.5 inches
- Neck Shape: "U" shape with 7.25-inch radius
- Deluxe Fender Gig Bag included