I was guitar shopping for a real guitar with money I saved up from after school jobs around that time (actually October 1981 but close enough). I tried all the guitars at Long and McQuade and finally settled on an Ibanez. It was far superior to Fender and Gibson’s of the day. I’ve still got it and added a couple more so it’s in good company. That said, a Telecaster or Strat is a simple guitar to get right so even though the factory was infamous for getting it wrong during that era, most people on this site can get it right. I’d bet a 1983 USA telecaster has a better neck than my home built telecaster which I’ve managed to dial it into a magnificent guitar. I’m certain I could do the same with this era guitar.