Priced to sell: Ultra RARE Fender prototype Starcaster solid body electric guitar - all wood. Condition is amazing for age. Serial number S709063. Confirmed to be made at the Fender plant in Fullerton, California in 1977 or early 1978. Lived in it's hard case most of the time in a smoke-free and pet-free private home studio. My dad bought this from a guitarist in the 80s and we've had it ever since. This beauty plays like a dream with the lowest action I've ever felt. Just incredible for lead playing.
Here is the official response from an enquiry a few years ago, Jeff Krause verified that a black paint model fetched $6,500 in the early 2000s:
That (gorgeous) old guitar was made at the Fender plant in Fullerton, California in 1977 or early 1978. It is a beautiful guitar! The Blue Book lists a Starcaster made during those years, but it was an arch-top guitar with F-holes and dual hum buckers. Those are worth $3,000 or more if you can find them. Your prototype has the exact same (unique) headstock, so they apparently came from the same plant. The only other production line Starcaster listed is the China-made Strat-copy, and it came in a 'starter pack' with an amp, strap, and picks. Your guitar clearly is not one of those! My belief is that you are holding a pristine example of a very rare Fender guitar. I wouldn't dare to put a price on it, but conservatively, I would say it could be worth $5,000 or more. Contact Jeff at Fender dott comm to see what he has to say about it.
Absolutely incredible, super rare, one-of a kind example for serious players and collectors only. Very welcome to view in person in London SW16 (UK) - just message me to arrange.
Any questions or more pics needed please just ask.
Can be collected or will be dispatched with full insurance.