Classic year, classic Strat with strong V neck, 2 tone original sunburst finish AND an original and very late Ash body. Not something we see every day. Read on...
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Here is something that is pretty rare. This is actually a Stratocaster with a body and neck date of January 1958 BUT has every single desirable feature of the 57 model year Strats so we are calling’s this a 57 Strat, that just sneaked into the first few weeks of 1958.
Everything about it screams 1957 including the faded two tone sunburst with no strong red (just like it was in ‘57), strong ‘V’ neck profile and most amazingly of all, an original ash body which means it must be one the the very last ash body Strats to finished in sunburst during the 50’s.
This one has original finish however, there are some localised touch ups which you need a black light to see, one small one on the front, a couple on the lower side which looks like it was to cover case rash and curiously, a patch of clear on the top horn applied by hand. Maybe someone was going to apply some clearcoat over he body at some stage then stopped and changed his mind. This can easily be taken back if need be with some very fine sandpaper by those who are brave enough. And we know there are a few out there who are…
Again, you cannot see any of these unless you look extremely carefully or under black light.
Neck has the all original finish with some nice figuring and frets that aside from some moderate wear on the lower reaches, are in very good shape. Back has not had any touch ups at all and shows some typical and natural buckle wear plus some fine scuff marks around the back edge.
Aside from that, this superb guitar has correct hardware and all correct electrics including some beautiful sounding pre-CBS black bottom pick-ups and all three pots dated 23rd week of 1957. Body and neck are dated 1-58 and serial number is a late 1957 serial number prefixed by a ‘0’ Weight is a lovely 3.32Kg so it really is a joy to play.
It comes with a totally correct, tweed case which looks to have had the leather end caps restored.
All nail holes, routing marks, tooling marks are present and correct and it is a superb guitar at a reasonable price due to the aforementioned touch ups.
1957 Strats are considered to be one of THE classic year Strats and we firmly, wholeheartedly agree with this. As do a fair few players like Clapton etc. If it did not have the minor touch ups, an original finish, ash body V neck Strat like this we would be pricing this at around £24k so for anyone looking for one of these here is your opportunity to snag one at a half decent price…
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