1976 Fender Starcaster

Here is a vintage 1976 Fender Starcaster electric semi-hollowbody guitar. This extremely excellent example, serial number 665046, is in beautiful cosmetic shape and 100% original condition. In a desirable 3-tone sunburst finish, this particular Starcaster features: an exceptional 2-piece flame maple top, (2) Seth Lover-designed wide-range humbucker pickups (WRHP), original maple neck with original large frets, original Schaller-made Fender tuning machines, original black “F” control knobs with metal skirts, original hardware, the original manual, the original bullet trussrod adjustment tool, and the original case.

Serial Number: 665046 (F-plate)
Neck Date Code Stamp: 0999-4455
Pickup Date Stamp: 8276
Weight: 8 lbs. 6 oz.
Scale Length: 25.5″

Early production examples like this are hard to come by, and feature serial numbers on the neck plates as opposed to the front of the headstock, which is much more traditional, in addition to, logo-free hard cases. This is one of the finest examples of such we have ever seen.

As previously mentioned, this guitar is in excellent all original shape. The guitar has no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, and no modifications. The finish is beautifully well-preserved, with minimal and attractive patina, yet no distracting wear through the original polyurethane clear coat anywhere on the body. Aside from the replacement of the original cracked nut with a professional exact spec repro, the guitar is in 100% original intact condition.

The guitar weighs 8 lbs. 6oz., plays great, and looks amazing. The neck profile is reminiscent of most mid-70s Fender guitars with a medium-large sized D-shape. The original large frets are in excellent condition, and do not protrude from the edge of the fingerboard. The neck is extremely comfortable, and is absolutely perfectly straight.

Perhaps most importantly, the guitar sounds incredible. With an individual sale price of $600 per WRHP, it is obvious most enthusiasts agree that the Starcaster has a pair of very special-sounding pickups. The Starcaster, being the only hollowbody Fender model with the aforementioned humbuckers, sounds unlike a Fender Tele Thinline, Tele Custom, or Tele Deluxe. The Starcaster sounds incredibly rich, and as the pickup name infers, produces a very robust full-range sound. Since the guitar features a 25.5″ scale length, it sounds distincltyl different from a traditional ES-335 style guitar, and contributes a unique voice all its own.

The original case is in good condition, however, the lid exhibits some separation. It will properly protect, store, and allow safe transport, however, it is not in the best structural shape. All latches work, all hinges are intact, and the handle works fine.

Relatively unpopular when originally released to compete with Gibson’s dominant presence over the electric hollowbody market in 1976, the Starcaster experienced limited production. Made between 1975-1982, it seems the combination of both the short run and scarce production have consequently made Starcasters quite rare. Additionally, having experienced a resurgence in demand thanks to the appreciation of the WRHPs, Fender’s 25.5″ scale length, and Fender’s nontraditional approach to a classic design, famous modern guitarists (Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Dave Keuning of the Killers) have showcased the Starcaster’s uniqueness.