Guitars That got Away
1982 Fender Stratocaster
Gold on Gold 'Smith' Stratocaster
Signaling impending change at Fender
The ‘Smith Strats’ that appeared in the early 80s signaled a change coming at Fender. Gone was the large headstock of the 70’s guitars, but the headstock was not like those of the originals either. Also making a welcome return, the four bolt neck joint.
These ‘Smith’ Strats were a precursor to the first reissue guitars announced in 1982, and released in 1983. I decided to get a ‘Smith’ Strat and this gold on gold example came up for sale at Mahars Vintage Guitars, USA which I landed for around AUD$2,050. I kept it for a few years in the hope that these guitars would see a rise in value, but alas, little happened.
To be fair, it was not a bad guitar, and while it still had the classic 70’s large STRATOCASTER headstock decal, the neck did not have the thick glassy lacquer of those 70’s guitars. The pickups were still weak, and the body still heavy, but it was a move towards better production and design. However, it was not enough for it to stay with me, and it was let go, with no regrets.
Serial Number: CA11357
Neck Date: Unknown
Body Date: Unknown
Pickup Date: 10682
Pot Date: 19-8204