Early Striker Models
Later in 84-85, the trems were changed to single locking non-tuner Floyds. The Floyds had the same type saddles with no joint/lever action and strings were tightened from allen screws in the rear such as the original Floyd Rose.
In 85, the 400ST and 500ST models were introduced.
The 400ST being the Randy Rhoads type body(same as the Focus 4000) with
2 humbucking pickups, a 3 way toggle, volume, and tone knob.
color options in 1985 were black, white, candy
red and midnight blue, the same as the Focus lines. The Striker 600ST
came out in 1986 and was the twin to the Focus 6000; no pickguard, 3
on/off switches, coil tap(some without) and a volume knob. The Striker
headstocks remained the classic or beak style(with the exception of
the 100ST) until sometime in 1985 when they gained the non-tilt banana
head version. Then again in 1986, the heads were changed to a slimmer
version of a hybrid banana/pointy head with a rounded nose. The Strikers
were to gain the pointy head version by 1988.
In 1988, the Striker lines contained seven
guitars, the ST100, ST200, ST300, ST400, ST600, ST605, and the ST700
bass. In keeping with the details of the American lines, the headstock
was changed to a tilt-back pointy droopy variety with a black face and
three-piece laminated maple necks with maple or rosewood 22 fret fretboards
and dot inlays. By now, the bridge of choice was the Floyd
Rose II with recessed cavities in the body. Hardware was black and
pickups were listed as Turbo Sonics designed by Seymour Duncan. The
ST100, ST200 and ST300 remained with the same features as before. The
ST300H substituted a humbucker in the bridge position as opposed to
the single coil. The ST400 moved from the previous shape to the Rhoads
V shape with 2 humbuckers. The ST600 remained the same as before. the
ST605 was the the same as the ST600 but had a bound body. The ST700
bass by now had J & P pickups by Spector, 3 way select, one volume
and two tones. By this time color options were: white, metallic blue,
metallic silver, candy red, violet, fluorescent pink, fluorescent yellow
and fluorescent green and lefty options were available.
Some sources claim early Striker bodies as solid wood although this hasn't been confirmed. Most are laminate and/or plywood manufacture. Considering the majority of the Focus lines involvement with completely similar bodies, this theory does not seem far-fetched.
up until the final version with the tilt-back pointy head are easy to
identify because of the model designation next to the logo. When the