This 1958 Fender Stratocaster in its original Sunburst finish represents some of the best elements of a 50s Stratocaster that we've come to appreciate over the years. It's a light build with a simply incredible neck carve combined with some excellent sounding pickups and a vibe that only 60+ years of play time can create.
The perfectly broken-in Maple neck (with a more of a transition profile than the typical thinner '59 that followed it) has been lovingly refretted by Laurent Brondel, offering up unparalleled playability for a great vintage Strat. A fully intact pencil date of 10-58 corresponds with the 10/58 body pencil date found in the middle pickup rout of the body. Original Kluson single line tuners function very well. The original Fender decal has deteriorated moderately, but remains identifiable. It's fairly common to see decals from this period shed away from the headstock, some even disappearing completely.
The original Sunburst finish is gorgeous, with just the right amount of fading and wear that you'd expect a great electric like this to show. There's some moderate to heavy finish wear on the back of the body, which only adds to the vibe! Removing the original single-ply pickguard from the guitar reveals clean, original pickup routs with proper nail holes and correct worm rout in the bridge pickup cavity. The aforementioned pencil date of 10/58 is clearly legible in the middle pickup cavity. An original Fender tremolo bridge with its original Pat Pend saddles are in great shape, and it's currently setup for standard floating action with its original tremolo arm.
Factory original electronics throughout are fully functional and work without issue. The original black bobbin pickups are clear, woody, and bright, with great chime and harmonic bloom. Original Stackpole potentiometers date to the 38/39th week of 1958.
An original late 50s Tweed hardshell case accompanies this beauty, which is in very good shape overall. The Tweed exterior shows some wear and staining but is still well-adhered to the plywood. The interior lining is also in good shape. Hinges are intact and functional, although the spring mechanism has worn out on each hinge lock latch.
This is an undeniably classic Maple-necked Strat that's all-original where it counts and offers some top-notch playability that is poised to offer many years of enjoyment to its next owner.
- Alder body w/ original Sunburst finish - '10/58' pencil date in middle pickup cavity
- Maple neck with transitional '58/'59 profile: .81" @ 1st fret / .96" @ 12th fret
- '10-58' pencil date on the end of the neck heel
- Original Kluson single line tuners
- Pro refret w/ Jescar 55090 frets by Laurent Brondel
- Replaced nut
- Original single-ply pickguard and control knobs
- Original black bobbin pickups
- Original wiring harness - Stackpole pots dating to the 38th/39th week of 1958
- Original Fender tremolo bridge and saddles
- Original tremolo arm
- Weight: 7lb 4oz