Strat guys, is an '83 Fullerton Strat REALLY worth 15K??

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  1. michael.e

    michael.e Supporting Member

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    I came across one today. I know they are more sought after, but that much?

    Emee
     
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    Geez..........I remember when I could have had one for $500. :puh
     
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    I don't think so
    I would say NOT to put your money in there.
     
  5. mrface2112

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    yeah, i remember January of LAST YEAR when i bought my 1983 strat for $500. :jo

    what i DO know is that that strat's the first guitar i've ever picked up and said "this is the right one for me". for me, it's all about the neck and the 12in radius.

    but if i can get $15K for my '83 strat, where do i sign up? :banana


    cheers,
    wade
     
  6. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Sure it is ... to the seller. :p
     
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    What is so special about a 'Fullerton' Strat of that vintage???
     
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    It's worth as much as some dolt :NUTS will pay for it.
     
  11. michael.e

    michael.e Supporting Member

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    There is a certain model Strat from '83 that is more valueable than others. I forget the reason...

    Emee
     
  12. Glide

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    It's a typo - 1 extra zero.
     
  13. gtraddict

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    Is it a 57 reissue , if so the price would be $3k or so since it used the loeftovers from the Factory not 12k
     
  14. thesjkexperienc

    thesjkexperienc ^^^ I made this guitar^^^

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    I owned one and they were not great guitars at all. I had a 57 and the neck was thin and the pups were poorly wound and week. It may be a good $2000 guitar, but you would be far better off getting something at the custom shop and save a ton of money.
     
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    It's because it had a different trem system no rear cavity route. I got one for my Bday in 83. Funny thing I found out about 2 years later the reason why it was different is vecause fender was trying to save a buck so they figured removing the rear route would save costs. I never really bonded with that strat as it was heavy and sold it in 87. It wasn't a bad guitar but it really was nothing special. This was right after their cost saving venture of the 3 bolt guitars. Those were POS. It cracks me up that people are paying vintage prices for them now. If they knew in the 80s you could pik em up for like $100 and even then someone would be hard pressed to give you that much for them.
     
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    I remember well the buzz on the first re-issue Strats and Teles. I immediately bought a 62 Strat RI in Candy Apple Red. What a turkey. I hated that guitar. It never played well and sounded thin. I bought one of the big headstock Squier Strats for 1/4 the money to replace it and it was 10 times the guitar. I have watched the prices on those rise and rise. I am sure some of them are great but...no thanks mister.
     
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    Are these the ones that are sometimes sold as 'Smith' (Dan) strats ?
    I ask because I know that a couple of years ago one of the London stores got their hands on a few NIB black or white ones and they were trying to sell them for I think 3k Sterling (so 5.5-6k US$), didn't get many takers afaik...
     
  18. michael.e

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    This is what I was referring to. Thank you for jogging my memory.

    Emee
     
  19. mrface2112

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    the Dan Smith strats were typically 81/82. they had the big fender logo on the headstock and the standard V/T/T pots, the routed jack and the back trem route.

    the 83's were solid back, no jack route and had volume and a single tone pot. they also had the "hated" Freeflyte trem system. the 83's were definitely fender fullerton's last gasp at trying to cut corners to save money before they offshored things to japan in 84.

    oddly enough, for me one of the big "selling points" was the solid back. it resonates like no other strat i've played. i could care less about the trem--i don't have the bar and don't want one (other than for completeness sake). the freeflyte bridge works fine as a fixed bridge. mine's also been routed for the "standard" jack and has been modified for V/T/T, so from the front it looks like a regular strat instead of an 83.

    one of the other "selling points" for me was the 12in radius on the fretboard, which is something they only did in '83 and on a few sig and custom shop guitars later.

    anyway.....people often confuse the Dan Smith strat with the '83--in actuality the Dan Smith strat was generally the '82.


    cheers,
    wade
     
  20. voodoosound

    voodoosound Funk & Grooven member Silver Supporting Member

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    Thats right the jack was in the pickguard where the second tone pot shoud have been. Now that I think about it the neck did feel pretty good for a fender. I switched to charvels about 6 months after I git the strat and remember thinking they had somewhat similar necks.
     

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