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Stratocaster Guitars

1958 Fender Stratocaster

Color: Three-Tone Sunburst, Rating: 8.25, $55,000.00 (ID# 02310)
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One of the Cleanest Fifties Strats We have Ever Seen…

 

1958 Fender Stratocaster

 

Offset asymmetrical double cutaway solid body. Asymmetrical double cutaway solid body. This "dream" guitar weighs just 7.70 lbs. and has a nut width of just under 1 5/8 inches, a scale length of 25 1/2 inches and a very comfortable 'D' profile rising gently from 0.79 inch behind the 1st fret, 0.80 behind the 3rd, 0.85 behind the 5th, 0.90 behind the 7th, 0.93 behind the 9th, 0.98 behind the 12th, and 1.01 inches behind the 15th fret. Solid alder body, contoured on back and lower bass bout, and finished in three-tone Sunburst (yellow-red-black), one-piece fretted maple neck with 21 original thin (0.07) frets and black dot position markers. Small headstock with decal with Fender "spaghetti" logo in gold with black trim, "STRATOCASTER" in black beside it, "WITH SYNCHRONIZED TREMOLO" in black below it, and "ORIGINAL Contour Body" at the ball end of the headstock. Individual single-line Kluson Deluxe tuners with oval metal buttons (stamped inside: "D-169400/Patent No"). Single butterfly string tree with metal spacer. Four-bolt neck plate with the serial number "29734" between the top two screws. Three white ABS plastic-covered black-bottom single-coil pickups with staggered polepieces and nice, hot outputs of 6.46k, 5.72k, and 5.82. Single-layer white ABS plastic pickguard with eight screws. Three controls (one volume, two tone) plus three-way selector switch, all on pickguard. White ABS plastic control knobs with gold lettering. Fender "Synchronized Tremolo" combined bridge/tailpiece (six-pivot bridge/vibrato unit with through-body stringing). The neck has a pencil mark of "7-58" and the middle pickup cavity has a pencil mark of "7-58". The neck pickup cavity has a pencil mark of "GWC" or "GWE." The potentiometers are all stamped "304 825" (Stackpole June 1958). This guitar is in near mint (9.25) condition. There is a small area measuring 3 1/2 x 1 inch of belt-buckle wear on the edge of the back contour, some fine finish checking, and a few tiny and insignificant marks/dings on the top and edges of the body. There is some minuscule playing wear to the maple fretboard at the first three frets only - the original frets are virtually as new. This sixty-four year-old guitar is totally original and is most certainly one of the cleanest "Fifties" Strats that we have ever owned! Complete with the original bridge cover (ashtray), tremolo arm, patch-cord, black leather guitar strap, and case key. Housed in its original Fender three-latch rectangular "Tweed" hardshell case with brown leather ends and orange plush lining (9.25).

In our experience having handled several 1958 Stratocasters - the headstock 'Spaghetti' decal is usually worn or even partially missing - on the present example it is totally untouched.

"The Stratocaster was launched during 1954 [and was priced at $249.50, or $229.50 without vibrato]...The new Fender guitar was the first solidbody electric with three pickups [Gibson's electric-acoustic ES-5, introduced five years earlier, had been the overall first], meaning a range of fresh tones, and featured a new-design vibrato unit that provided pitch-bending and shimmering chordal effects. The new vibrato -- erroneously called a 'tremolo' by Fender and many others since -- was troublesome in development. But the result was the first self-contained vibrato unit: an adjustable bridge, a tailpiece, and a vibrato system, all in one. It wasn't a simple mechanism for the time, but a reasonably effective one...Fender's new vibrato had six bridge-pieces, one for each string, adjustable for height and length, which meant that the feel of the strings could be personalized and the guitar made more in tune with itself...The Strat came with a radically sleek, solid body, based on the outline of the 1951 Fender Precision Bass. Some musicians had complained to Fender that the sharp edge of the Telecaster's body was uncomfortable...so the Strat's body was contoured for the player's comfort. Also, it was finished in a yellow-to-black sunburst finish. Even the jack socket mounting was new, recessed in a stylish plate on the body face...the Fender Stratocaster looked like no other guitar around especially the flowing, sensual curves of that beautifully proportioned, timeless body. The Stratocaster's new-style pickguard complemented the lines perfectly, and the overall impression was of a guitar where all the components ideally suited one another. The Fender Stratocaster has since become the most popular, the most copied, the most desired, and very probably the most played solid electric guitar ever" (Tony Bacon, 50 Years of Fender, p. 18).
 

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