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Fender Stratocaster Natural 1975 (s196)



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This is a nice tight-grained natural Strat, one of the first with flush polepieces on its pickups.  In late 1974, Fender made this change from pickups with staggered polepieces, which had adjusted for different harmonic response in each string.  With some moderate wear, this one has been played plenty already, showing that these later-model Strats have plenty of admirers.  A very lighweight one too.


Body :  Alder with natural finish.  Lightweight.

Neck :  Maple with walnut stripe.  Narrow, slightly round profile.  1974 neck date - 0903 1244

Pickups/Hardware :  Three flush-polepiece Strat pickups.  Reverse-F tuners.  White pickguard. 1975 Pickups

Setup/Playability :  Low, smooth action with low original frets.  

Cosmetic Condition :  Moderate player wear—plenty of dings and dents in body finish.  Widespread checking, with buckle rash on back. 

Modifications:    Some holes on pickguard appear to have been redrilled or filled.  2 pots date to 1975, Volume pot is replaced.

Weight:   7 lbs 3 oz

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