It has been a bit since a 50s Strat came through.  This one was worth the wait - a 7 pound, 8 ounce beauty from 1959!

This is a beautiful piece that has been played but has killer curb appeal.  The front of the body draws you right in.  The back of the neck has the perfect amount of wear and feels perfect in your hand.

As is the norm for most 1959 Fenders, there is no neck date.  There are theories about why, which may or may not be true, but I've seen it over and over.  The slab fretboard is gorgeous.  The finish on the neck is original and no changes have been made under the original tuners - something we always check for to avoid later surprises.  The frets have been professionally replaced with jumbo frets.  While this may sound horrifying to some, they play so well.

The body shows wear on the back and edges but maintains a cleaner look on the front.  The pickguard is original, an '11 screw", multi-ply 'guard that is correct after mid-1959.  There is a typical crack next to the neck pickup.      

The pickups, pots, wiring and jack are all original.  The three-way switch was changed out for a five-way, but the three-way is in the case.  All the plastics and the strap buttons are original as well.  The body is pictured without the backplate, but it and the screws are in the case.

The body date is in the tremolo cavity behind the original trem claw (the bridge is original as well - the date is 10/59.  Pot codes are from the 20th week of 1959.

The case is original as well - a brown tolex case that Fender moved to from the tweed 50s case during 1959.

A beauty you can play, collect, or hopefully - both!

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  • Color: Sunburst
  • Weight: 7lbs 8ozs
  • Body: Alder
  • Body Date/Code: 10/59
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Date/Code: none
  • Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood Slab
  • Inlays: Clay dots
  • Frets: Re-fretted jumbo
  • Fret count: 21
  • Nut: Non-original
  • Nut width: 1 5/8"
  • Scale: 25.5"
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: 0.783"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: 0.974"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: 1mm
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: 1.5mm
  • Total length: 38 3/8"
  • Lower bout: 12.5"
  • Waist: 8 7/8"
  • Upper bout: 11"
  • Body depth/thickness: 1 3/4"
  • String gauge: .010-.046"
  • Hardware Color: Nickel
  • Bridge Pickup Brand: Fender
  • Bridge Pickup Reading: 5.66k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Middle Pickup Brand: Fender
  • Middle Pickup Output: 5.89"
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Neck Pickup Brand: Fender
  • Neck Pickup Reading: 6.28k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Bridge: Original
  • Tuners: Original
  • Switch: Non-original 5-way installed, original 3-way is in the case
  • Pots/Codes: Original 304920
  • Case: OHSC
  • Notes: Re-fret, changed switch, original in case

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Listed8 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.Learn more
  • Stratocaster
  • Sunburst
  • 1959
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Color Family
  • Brown
Pickup Configuration
  • SSS
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Maple
Offset Body
  • Non-Offset Body
Wood Top Style
  • Plain
Finish Pattern
  • Sunburst
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Body Material
  • Alder
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Bridge
Model Family
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Number of Frets
  • 21

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