1983 Straocaster Elite Walnut
This is a 1983 Straocaster Elite Walnut. The body and neck made of solid black walnut, gold hardware, special pearloid tuner buttons and factory installed straplocks.At the time of its introduction, the Walnut Elite was the top of the line, and production was stopped after only two years, when Fender left CBS. The solid walnut elite is the rarest of them all. It has a 12” radius ebony fret board with jumbo frets, which makes string bending easy. It also has active electronics and special alnico pickups with solid covers. The pickups mount directly onto the body of the guitar and there is a dummy coil under the pickguard for hum canceling.
The Elite has the Bi-flex truss rod, a four-bolt neck joint with tilt adjustment, and a pushbutton pickup switching arrangement that allows for many unique pickup combinations, in addition to being able to turn off all the pickups. With the active electronics, you can roll off the volume without any change in the tone. It’s powered by a 9-volt battery in the compartment on the back that switches on when the jack is plugged in.
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