One of Fender's classics from the 1970s that had so far missed the re-issue bandwagon was the Fender Starcaster. Whilst we've had all the various Telecaster versions featuring the wide range humbuckers the large bodied, and even larger headstocked, Starcaster was missing. Until now. No doubt due to Killers guitarist Dave Keuning use of a Starcaster in recent years Fender have brought it back, and currently retailing in the shops at about £610 it looks a really tempting proposition.
My only minor gripe is that there are a few significant changes from the original.
Here is the reissue (courtesy of GAK.co.uk)
and here is an original... (via Ebay where this one is up for sale at the moment)
No master volume control - like good old John Birch you could wind down or up a pre-mix setting with both pickups on. Not a great loss but you're a knob down on the deal! More for me a shame is that the original followed the Fender tradition of through body stringing using a modified strat hardtail bridge - similar to a Tele Delux or Tele Thinline (2nd version). The use of tunamatic bridge on the re-issue no doubts keeps the costs down as they don't have to tool up for a special bridge plate but... it loses a lot of the Fender character to me. Still nice to have it back at all really so I'll not moan too much.