- electric guitars
Dates of manufacture:
FENDER manufactured the Walnut Elite Stratocaster from 1983 to 1984. It was the top of the innovative Elite Stratocaster range having gold-plated hardware, pearloid tuner buttons, American Black Walnut body and neck and ebony fingerboard.
Other features included:
- Biflex truss rod adjustment (installed from the rear - with skunk stripe on neck) with a neck angle adjuster located in the neck plate
- Slightly wider nut width and flatter 12 inch fretboard radius
- Ezy-Glyder point contact string retainers and high ratio, low backlash machine heads with specially lubricated tuning gears
- Security lock strap buttons
- Heavy duty cast bridge assembly with 'drop-in' string loading, Freeflyte tremolo system with tension adjustable from the top and snap-in Torq-Master tremolo arm. There was no backplate or recess in the back of the body for tremolo springs.
- Alnico II single coil pickups without protruding poles, noise-cancelling pickup system with a dummy coil between the lead and the middle pickups and active electronics with a special preamp circuit including MDX (mid-range) and TBX (high-range) controls. There was a small backplate near the edge covering the 9-volt battery for the active circuitry.
- three separate pickup push-on-off selector switches, an edge-mounted jack output and control knobs with a serrated rubber insert
|Body material||walnut body|
|Body shape features||double cutaway|
|Hardware color||gold-plated hardware|
|Tuners||pearloid button tuners|
|Neck material||walnut neck|
|Pickups configuration||3 single coil pickups|
|Scale length||25.5 inches scale-length|
|Tone controls||2 tone controls|
|Volume controls||1 volume control|
|1983||$1500.00||new||Danny Barrette||I changed the pick guard to a white pearled one I still have the original.|