Fender Vintage Strat Bridge 1971   1980 ’70s Stratocaster Vibrato Tremolo 010347

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Fender Vintage Strat Bridge 1971   1980 ’70s Stratocaster Vibrato Tremolo 010347

Here is an original vibrato bridge tailpiece for a
1970s Stratocaster. It is minus the saddles, screws, springs and mounting
hardware. This model bridge, stamped 010347 on the bottom of the inertia block,
was used from 1971 until 1980. Unlike the 1960s bridges, where the block and
bridge were two separate pieces screwed together, these were cast as a single
unit.

I have a few of these, from an OC swap meet decades
ago. I don’t know the back-story on them. They could be bin-worn new old stock,
or old Fender B-stock. (Well into the ’70s Orange County electronics stores and
others would get bins of discontinued or B-stock Fender parts: Grover Montego
tuners, Tele bridge covers, Coronado harnesses, etc.)

This one has an odd flaw: the very front of the
bridge top is cut unevenly. That should not affect performance, since the bridge
holes line up perfectly, and it is they that provide the points of contact that
the vibrato hinges on. Still, it’s not pretty and the opening bid price has
been dropped accordingly. There is a chip of metal missing from the side of the
hole where the low E-string mounts on the bottom of the inertia black. That is
evidently typical of Fender’s quality control at the time, since more of the
Strat bridges from that era s have that flaw than don’t. It won’t affect the
unit’s function and is well out of sight.

It does not come with a trem arm, but I have tried
one with it, and it threads in as it should.  

No reserve. I’ve described the item as best I can,
and it is sold as-is, returns, refunds or adjustments at my discretion. Please
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