CescoscocornerGuitars / Short Skirt 1954 Knobs Stratocaster / Guitar For Sale


One of the many peculiar details of the Iconic 1954 Fender Stratocaster guitars was the Knobs design, named by collectors as "short skirt”. These had a brief life since they were mounted on the “solid shafts” pots used for lap steel and guitars, but when they pressed-them-in they could break even during the very first installation, or shortly after. Very few made it to these days. For this reason Fender had to redesign the Knobs (and also the pickups covers and switch tip) completely, and starting by September 1954 they used “split shafts” pots altogether with the newer redesigned knobs.

Why I’m telling you this story? Because a few friends contacted me regarding the possibility to restore some of these early and rare original knobs that were either in pieces or with missing parts, so I started a crazy project in order to be able to restore their originals and provide them with correct replacements if needed, (all those replacements around are just plain wrong both in material and detail). In partnership with my friends italymaker , I had them 3D scanning my originals short skirt knobs, and we carefully rebuilt (after months of research) a perfect model of the originals, discovering the craziest minimal details and features of that amazing first run of guitars.

Then we started a long journey to refine the models to be able to have them 3D-printed, with the correct feeling and looking material and you know what? We made it! The material is as fragile and as brittle as the original, so these must be installed with the same care, but they finally do justice to all those original guitars who lost them.

Why 3D? Because with this fine technology we will be able to rebuild even the missing parts of original broken knobs, as is the case for one of the two knobs that was sent here to be restored.

Important: cescoscornerguitars will gladly provide these to original 1954 Fender Stratocaster owners, but I’ll require to be sent pictures of the guitars and serial number, in order to keep track of how many of these accurate replicas will be around.

Today is a happy day for a 1954 Fender Stratocaster Lover! For infos contact us. You can see many pics of some of our products by following these tags on Instagram: #cescoscorner #shortskirtproject 

Each set is unique, and made to order, and each part of the set is hand refined, colored, aged, as they did back in the day. Satisfaction guaranteed. The suggested price here is for the complete set, 3 covers (first style, first mold), 3 short skirt knobs and 1 switch tip.

Price: 1000 Euro (per complete set)
Restoration Pricing: to be determined for each project   

CescosCornerGuitars, Italy  

Contact name:
Francesco Balossino
Fender Gibson Martin
English, Italian, Spanish
Vintage and collectable
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Vintage and Rare Guitars Services / appraisals / Restorings - run by a Enthusiast Collector, Guitar Historian and Restorer.

We're located in Italy 

Follow us in Instagram @cescoscornerguitars


Payments: Bank Wire for consigment sales, Paypal or Bank wire for items from my collection

Shipping: I use DHL express international service only.


Please ALWAYS email us first to know if the item is still available, and to receive detailed instrument description and complete photo-set of the guitar.

For instruments / amps / gear purchases you can pay by bank wire transfer. Please instruct your bank that all banking charges must be on your account. We’ll send you by email invoice and our banking data, or the direct data of the guitar's owner, in case of guitars on consignment. 
We do have Paypal that can be used to put a HOLD on a guitar or in particular cases, after common Agreement between seller and buyer.

our sales services and appraisals will be charged depending on the instrument's value, with full Agreement with owner, to a maximum of 10% of the final sales amount.

A 25% non refundable deposit will hold any instrument for a maximum of 60 days! The item will be shipped the same day full payment is received. No approval on held instruments.

We ship with UPS Express or other carrier of your choice, such as FedEx or DHL.  Buyer pays all shipping, insurance and customs taxes. Any insurance claims are responsability of the buyer. Items are shipped at customer's risk. We are not responsible for loss or damage. Local Pickup is Always welcome.

24 hour approval on all guitars and basses: 
All items can be returned if you find that they differ from the description we have given to you. 
For a full refund, merchandise must be returned, fully insured, in the same condition it was sent. Refund is limited to the selling price of the item, and will be sent by bank wire only after we receive back the item.  
No approval and no return on items purchased to order (on commission). No approval and no return on items kept on hold.

Trade-ins and purchase of your fine vintage instruments:
we're Always open to evaluate your proposal, being it for a straight trade deal with a guitar per other guitar or more articulate trades with more instruments. In these cases, your offered guitars must be inspected by us with a in-hand Appraisal, you will have to ship them here at your charge and risk, or you're welcome to bring them here in person. Final evaluation of the guitars will be made after detailed Appraisal and final Agreement with buyer.


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