Ok, I finally got around to locking in some time to write up a post on one of Groovydj’s aka Scott Groves Strats.
In the following video Scott talks about his 1987 Fender Stratocaster E4 Strat Plus Guitar.
Watch the video, and below I will add what I consider to be the main points Scott covers about the guitar.
The Guitar in the video is a first year production of the Fender Strat plus from 1987 in Surf Green.
At the time, the Strat plus was Fenders flagship, or premium guitar, and were the first premium instruments made in the Corona factory.
An interesting point Scott makes in regard to the serial numbers of the E4 Strat plus, is the necks were actually made back in 1984 in the Fullerton factory prior to closing, and when Fender re-opened in the new factory, these 1984 necks were used on the first run of the Strat plus guitars.
The E4 Strat plus in this video is also the very first version of the Strat plus that Fender ever produced. There are a couple of ways to distinguish the first production E4 Strats.
Scott points this out by identifying the half and half roller nut, meaning the bottom E, A and D strings pass over the top of a roller, while the top E, B and G strings pass under and through the roller. This style of roller nut on the E4 Strat plus was almost immediately discontinued, only about 200 guitars were made with this type of roller nut.
The other identifying factor Scott points out is the staggered Sperzel locking tuners, which Fender eventually replaced with their own brand of tuners later on in the same year.
This guitar also saw the introduction of the Fender branded lace sensor pickups. The Lace sensor pickups were a totally noiseless pickup, without any string drag from the magnetic poles that you find in standard Strat pickups. The benefit of no magnetic pull from individual poles, is your guitar will sustain a lot more and will stay in tune longer.
The E4 Strat plus also introduced the TBX tone control, which in laymens terms, doubles the tonal capabilities of the guitar, making a brighter bottom end and giving the guitar a lot more presence. TBX stands for Tone Boost X-factor not really, TBX is short for Treble Bass Expander.
The bridge also has the newer style string saddles, which produces a lot more contact area across the saddles, creating more resonance and sustain in the guitar.
At around the 10 minute mark of the video, Scott starts to demo the individual pickups using the 5-way switch.
The guitar also has the micro tilt adjustment in the neck.
All in all this is one fine looking guitar in mint condition, which would be an extremely rare find. Great vid Scott, thanks a ton.
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