The Starcaster may catch the average Fender fan off guard. That’s because it’s an odd combination of features for a Fender: large semi-hollow body with dual F holes and humbuckers, yet it has a bolt on 25.5” scale neck with an oversized Strat-like headstock. Could it be Leo Fender’s bastard child perhaps?
Well no, but the Starcaster was Fender’s response to the popular Gibson ES-335 and ES-345 of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. The original Starcaster had a brief run from 1976 until about 1980 (some say 1982) but it was never a big commercial success.