FENDER Walnut Elite Stratocaster

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1983 to 1984

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

Specifications (10)

Body

Body materialwalnut body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway

Hardware

BridgeFreeflyte vibrato
Hardware colorgold-plated hardware
Tunerspearloid button tuners

Neck

Neck materialwalnut neck

Electronics

Pickups configuration3 single coil pickups

General

Scale length25.5 inches scale-length

Controls

Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls1 volume control

Prices (2)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
1983$1500.00newDanny BarretteI changed the pick guard to a white pearled one I still have the original.
1983$1200new

Reviews (1)

FENDER Walnut Elite Stratocaster reviewed by Anonymous

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Average: 1 (1 vote)
WEIGHED A TON, AND SOUNDED BAD (THIN ) NO TONE.. , GOT RID OF AS FAST AS POSSILBE. BUT BEAUTIFUL GUITAR OTHERWISE..

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