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1985 Fender Performer Gun Metal Blue Guitar with case.
Very rare guitar that was only made for about a year in 1985.
These were a John Page design and as such, a very cool guitar.
This one is all original and in exceptional condition.
Neck is great, frets are great. If you are a collector, this is a stellar example in the Gun Metal Blue finish.(which looks a bit black in the pics, much like a gun barrel looks black, although it is quite blue in person.
Comes as pictured with trem arm and vintage Charvel tweed case that is probably worth $200-$300 by itself:)
The Performer was first introduced in 1985, and was assembled by Fender Japan, Ltd. It was introduced in the transition from the CBS-owned Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company to the new privately owned Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and it was discontinued after only one year. The Performer was commissioned to combat lost sales to the “Superstrats” that were flooding the market in the mid-’80s.
The body is small with a deep double cutaway similar to the Fender Swinger. The tuning machines are found on the upper edge of the triangular headstock and a locking nut clamps the strings behind a plastic nut, as typically found on Fender guitars. The rosewood fretboard has 24 jumbo frets and features a locking nut. The bridge is a floating System I tremolo. The controls have inset rubber grips, the tuning heads have fully enclosed gears, and the jack socket is an enclosed, not ‘skeleton’, type, in contrast to many other Fender products with ‘economy’ hardware. The Fender Performer was available in the following poly finishes: Brown Sunburst (532), Frost White (555), Burgundy Mist (566), Emerald Mist (567) and Gun Metal Blue (568).
The two pickups are custom humbuckers which both sit at an angle opposite to that of a standard Stratocaster or Telecaster bridge pickup. It appears that the coils are offset to keep the magnets in line with the strings, although they are potted in epoxy so the magnets cannot be seen. The guitar featured controls for master volume and TBX, a 3-way pickup selector and a coil splitting switch. The TBX circuit used stacked 250k and 1M pots with a center detent.