Fender STRATOCASTER CBS Seventies – USA – 1971-1981

Fender STRATOCASTER CBS Seventies – USA – 1971-1981 The Guitar Database


Electric Solid body Double cutaway guitar


21 frets, enlarged headstock, two string guides, three-screw neckplate, three controls.
Fretted maple neck, or maple neck with rosewood fingerboard: ‘bullet’ truss-rod adjuster at headstock end: two string guides, enlarged headstock; three-screw neck plate.
Body finish sunburst or colours.
Three white (1971-75 and 1979-81) or black 1975-81) six-pole piece pickups (bridge pickup angled),
Three controls (volume, two tone) and three-way selector (five-way from 1977) all on pickguard; jack socket in body face.
-11-screw white (1971-75 and 1981) or black (1975-81) laminated pickguard.
Six-saddle bridge with through-body stringing or six-pivot bridge/vibrato unit.


Some late examples with truss-rod adjuster at body end and four-screw neckplate.
Also ANTIGUA STRATOCASTER, with white/brown shaded body finish and matching-colour laminated plastic pickguard (1977-79).
Also INTERNATIONAL COLOR STRATOCASTER, with special colour finishes, white laminated plastic pickguard and black plated pickguard screws (1981).

Last updated on 9 December 2020
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