Fender Stratocaster with Maple Fretboard Sunburst 1958

Building on the success of the first few years of Stratocaster production, the 1958 Stratocaster introduced two noteworthy changes. For one, the sunburst finish switched from "2-tone" to "3-tone" and now included red tones along with the black and yellow. The other major change was a switch from the thicker V-shaped neck profile to a thinner profile that would evolve as the year went on. 

Years of Production: 1954 - present

Unique to this Year: Introduction of "3-tone" sunburst and switch to thinner neck profile. Also Fender switches to slab Rosewood fingerboard mid-year.

Body Style: Solidbody 

Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with Maple fingerboard

Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 3 single-coil pickups, 3-way pickup selector

Finish Specifications: 1958 marked a transition from the "2-tone" sunburst to an updated "3-tone" sunburst, which incorporated red tones.  

Notable Players:  Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix

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