Her we have a1958 Fender Stratocaster, the first year of the three-tone sunburst, bears a few scars but wears them so well.
No sign of fade anywhere even when compared to the colour under the ABS single-ply pickguard. For sure there are the signifiers of 60 plus years of use, a few dinks and scratches here and there, but its always going to be the colour that you see first. The grain of at the two piece alder body is definitely showcased here, particularity on the back.
The one piece maple neck has that lived in, comfortable feel with the obligatory cigarette burn. The profile is moving towards a C but still retaining a little of the V of the previous year noticeable. I guess most folk would refer to it as a ‘soft V’
The neck and body date both read April 1958 with the pot dates reading at week 23 of 1957. The electronics are untouched and in perfect working ordernwith three pickups that define classic, black bottom, pre-CBS Strat tone
The guitar comes with a correct tweed case with red lining which is in good shape with all latches performing as they should. Weight is a really nice 3.34Kg so no one should be complaining after a couple of sets playing this down the local pub.
This guitar plays very well, a feeling of connection between you and the instrument. As with most of these 50s Strat, they’re wonderfully resonant and the wonderful single coil pickups just won’t let you put the guitar down.