Originally Posted by gavna
The 2nd generation of Maxply McEnroes had a different type of wood in the flake that ran from the handle to mid-shaft. McEnroe wanted a different feel and they started testing different wood layups. The dark wood you see in late 82 and part of 83 was African Blackwood or Black Walnut.
Yes, in 1983 the wood flake on retail was different also. The natural wood section that was part of the flake wood was shorter and much thicker than on the earlier production and the wood was darker.