Fender sales continued to grow in 1959, and the Stratocaster of this year was quite similar to that of 1958. Some changes did occur, however, including the introduction of a "slab" rosewood fingerboard that was attached on-top of the maple neck about halfway through the year. The other major change of this year was a gradual shift from a single-ply white pickguard to a three-ply white-black-white celluloid nitrate pickguard. Over time, the composition of these pickguards lends a greenish hue which varies depending on exposure to light. The neck shape also continued to evolve into a thinner, more modern profile.
Years of Production: 1954 - present
Unique to this Year: Switch to slab Rosewood fingerboard mid-year, introduction of 3-ply celluloid nitrate pickguard.
Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with slab Rosewood fingerboard
Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 3 single-coil pickups, 3-way pickup selector
Finish Specifications: Sunburst was a standard finish for the '59 Stratocaster though some rarer custom finish examples do exist.
Notable Players: Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix