Fender / Stratocaster / 1958 / Three-tone Sunburst / Guitar

We’d all like to get through three score years unscathed but ultimately the best we can hope for is that we get there with everything working correctly. This 1958 Fender Stratocaster, the first year of the three-tone sunburst, bears a few scars but wears them so well.

This guitar’s three tone sunburst is impressive. No sign of fade anywhere even when compared to the colour under the ABS single-ply pickguard. For sure there are the signifiers of 60 plus years of use, a few dinks and scratches here and there, but its always going to be the colour that you see first. The grain of at the two piece alder body is definitely showcased here, particularity on the back.

The one piece maple neck has that lived in, comfortable feel with the obligatory cigarette burn. The profile is moving towards a C but still retaining a little of the V of the previous year noticeable. I guess most folk would refer to it as a ‘soft V’

The neck and body date both read April 1958 with the pot dates reading at week 23 of 1957. The electronics are untouched and in perfect working ordernwith three pickups that define classic, black bottom, pre-CBS Strat tone

The guitar comes with a correct tweed case with red lining which is in good shape with all latches performing as they should. Weight is a really nice 3.34Kg so no one should be complaining after a couple of sets playing this down the local pub.

This guitar plays very well, a feeling of connection between you and the instrument. As with most of these 50s Strat, they’re wonderfully resonant and the wonderful single coil pickups just won’t let you put the guitar down.

Theres magic inherent in these earlier Stratocasters, with an iconic feel and look that is undeniably. Get yours before it’s gone.

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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.

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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