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Fender MIJ Contemp. Strat, 1985, short-scale, rare!

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Fender MIJ Contemp. Strat, 1985, short-scale, rare!

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Gibson-scale MIJ Fender, black on black, HSS pickup config.!

1985 Fender MIJ E-series Strat., a high quality build typical of this era and with some unusual features including the black-out color scheme. This model, the Contemporary Strat, was produced for only a few years. This one is a rare example which has a short 24.75" scale (like a Gibson). These are very hard to find, especially with the 3 toggle-switches for the HSS pickup configuration. With this set-up you can have all three pickups on or off at the same time! The bridge PU can also be series or parallel. Versatile, lots of tonal variation possible.

Nice slim, fast neck with vertical grain rosewood fingerboard, medium jumbo frets with almost no wear, Fender Japan tuners, I assume Gotoh. The two polymer string trees are the only un-original parts on this guitar.

The basswood body is in very good condition with the usual small dings here and there from normal use (one ding with color missing has been drop filled with black lacquer). It has the standard Fender tremolo with a steel (not zinc) block. The saddles are spaced 2 1/16" instead of the vintage spec. which is 2 3/16". I don't have a bar for it but the threads look good down in the block and I assume it is just the standard metric thread that the MIJ guitars usually have.

If you like the look and feel of a traditional Strat but also like non-traditional modern features this is a great choice. The short scale and slim neck will especially appeal if you don't have big hands.
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