This is probably the cheapest 1957 original Mary Kaye Strat you will find on planet Earth... Why? Read on for the full story -
Well this one has bit of a story to tell and you may be wondering why it is not priced at $100k plus like the last one we sold…
This is an original, 1957 blonde, one piece ash, Strat with a neck date of 6/57, a body date of 5/57. Pots dated to 15th week of 1957 and serial number (-19584) dated to mid 1957. We believe it is a ‘Mary Kaye’ or was a Mary Kaye but a few things seem to have ‘happened’ along the way.
We believe it originally started life from Fullerton as a nice, gleaming Mary Kaye, blonde ash Strat with gold plated parts. During its lifetime the thin gold plated Leo Fender used to use started to wear off and one of its custodians decided he/she did not like the look of this so made the decision to strip off what gold plating was left and replace the bits they could not strip such as the tuners etc. Evidence of this theory is apparent on the saddles, the neck plate, the jack socket and the truss rod nut which all have traces of the original gold plating on them.
Interestingly, Leo Fender did not gold plate the tuners he used himself, Kluson did this and they did a much better job so the plating on the tuners is usually one of the last things to wear off and if you are going to attempt to remove gold plating, these would prove to be quite difficult.
This is not the end of the story. At some other stage in its life, someone decided to route out a channel for some kind of switch that they installed in the pickguard. The hole in the original pickguard is filled but the channel in the body is not and can be clearly seen in the photos.
Additionally, the guitar has been refinished (more than once), both body and neck and aged. The current finish is a decent job and we estimate it was done around 10-15 years ago. The decal has also been replaced and it has probably been refretted but whoever did this, did a perfect job.
The electrics are all correct, the 3 x black bottom pickups are all really strong and evenly balanced with their original windings, in fact it really does sound killer and plays just as good too. Fingerboard has classic maple neck wear and looks superb, none of the wear is reliced either, it is all natural wear.
To top it all off is a correct, tweed case which is dead right for 1957 and is probably the case this very cool guitar has been with for all its life.
If you ever fancied a Mary Kaye but did not fancy the $100k price tag then this (probably the cheapest Mary Kaye on the planet) would make a very cool restoration project for you… It won’t last long.
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