Fender Stratocaster 1956 Sunburst

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $20,485$24,950

The 1956 Fender Stratocaster is considered one of true classic Stratocasters. Fender switched from Ash to Alder as their primary body wood in 1956. However, pickup covers were still made of Bakelite, and the neck had a thicker V-shaped profile.

Years of Production:
 1954 - present

Unique to this Year: One of the last years of V-shaped neck profile and "2-tone" sunburst finish. String holes in the back transitioned from round to oval. 

Body Style: Solidbody 

Wood Composition: Ash body, Maple neck with Maple fingerboard

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

Finish Specifications: 1956 was one of the last years of the "2-tone" sunburst finish as the "3-tone" sunburst was introduced in 1958. Blonde and black were available as custom finishes. 

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


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