Fender / Stratocaster / 1957 / Sunburst / Guitar

Looking for that Layla tone? Look no further than this 1957 Fender Stratocaster.

By 1957, Fender’s continuous development of the Stratocaster had reached a pinnacle and represented the essential basis for all subsequent Strats from then on in. This and its connection to players such as God himself (Eric Clapton) has made it a go to guitar for players seeking out its particular brand of tone and feel.

This guitar certainly looks the part. The body has quite a few honest battle scars with some impressive belly wear and other bumps and scrapes as is befitting a gigged guitar. It simply oozes character and the alder body looks so good, almost ash like in appearance.

The neck has a wonderfully comfortable feel with a nice feeling V shape similar to the neck on Clapton’s Blackie Strat. It has been refretted with slightly larger frets and a new nut was installed so from a playing perspective, it is just about as good as it will get with no funny business going on in the string bending dept.

The plastics are in great shape as 1957 was the first full year Fender used plastic instead of bakelite for their knobs and pickup covers. The pickgurad too is still flat without any warping.

The electronics are all correct and the three pre-CBS black bottom pickups are all evenly balanced and ring with classic wholesome vintage Strat goodliness. The guitar comes with its correct tweed ‘Koylon’ hardshell case which like the guitar itself is in very good shape.

This writer is a big fan of 50s Strats. The V neck is so very comfortable, plenty of wood shaped in the right places. The pickups too are just the right mix of twang and girth. This guitar is no exception. The neck pickup has that smooth chewy sound. The middle pickup expands on that with a little more twang before we get to the bridge where its strident tone never gets too shrill. It covers a lot of ground as Stratocasters do but with more body which makes them more appealing to the non-stratocasterist.

Theres no doubting that 1957 was a good year for the Stratocaster and even though this guitar might not still retain all its original features, nothing has been taken away from this instrument and the musical potential it still has. Grab it before it gets away as 1957 Strats are one of the most sought after of Strat years…

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ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars formally known as Atoyboy Guitars

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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