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1970s CBS-era Fender Stratocaster

As mentioned previously, the 1970s was a tough time for the guitar industry. Fender, Gibson, and some other manufacturers were acquired by larger corporations that tried to apply efficiencies to their manufacturing process. The results were mixed. To these companies, a guitar was just a piece of furniture; therefore, the process ought to have been succeptible to process improvements that were used to make furniture faster and cheaper. That didn't always work out so well. The Fender Stratocasters in the mid-to-late 1970s underwent some changes. Their necks became thicker and more rigid. The headstock size increased. The necks were attached with three bolts instead of four. A lot of Fender purists at the time were pretty skeptical with the results. For those of us who grew up in that time, these 1970s were the first Strats we laid our hands on. I suppose that makes a difference in the way we perceived them.  The guitars of this time were heavy. It was a common thought that a heavier

1975 Fender Starcaster

Previously, I presented you with a post on the Gibson S-1, which was an attempt for Gibson to co-opt the Fender single-coil sound. Essentially, it looked like a Les Paul Junior that was trying to sound like a Telecaster. Today's post is the sonic mirror-image: a Fender that tried to hedge into the market for the Gibson 335 semi-hollowbody. The Starcaster featured a bound, offset semi-hollow body with an arched top and back and F-holes. This body was mated to a 70's CBS-style 3-bolt neck. The strings were inserted through the back of the guitar to a substantial bridge, a meatier version of a hard-tail Strat, which sat on a big metal block to give the bridge the height to sit over the humbucking pickups and the more steeply-angled neck joint. Unlike the Gibson, it had a maple neck and fingerboard, with black dots and one of the weirdest headstocks Fender ever made. Like the 70s Strats, it also had the micro-tilt adjustment in the neck joint, which added to the unstable feeling