Wow, although I was never fond of Fender products I now fell in love with my latest baby: a 83' Strat Elite. Prefered exotic guitars so far.
I really wonder why this model has not been produced any longer. There are many details which improved the classical Strat design:
12" fretboard radium, larger frets, on/off switch for each PU enables all combinations, 2way trussrod, MBX/TBX aktive electronics. And I love that V-shaped neck. No experience with the trem so far - thus I can't confirm its bad reputation.
But there are some issues I dislike: Although it has a dummy coil for hum cancelling there is plenty of hum. But only if the front or back side points to the amp. If I hold it horizontal the hum disappears. Can I stop this by shielding the pickguard and electronics-cavity?
Does anybody know if the pickups itself also are acitve? Can I just swap it with SD? I'm missing a bit the twang which I only get when I add some treble boost.
For those who do not know this rare instrument (only built in '83) here are some pics:
Body Front (685 k)
Headstock (1.4 M)
Back (785 k)
Freeflyte Trem (764 k)
completely useless (549 k)