Wow – here’s a find !
This is a fabulous vintage ’58 Strat in completely original condition. The only thing changed on this guitar are two rubber tubing spacers under the pickups. Everything else has been left the way it was the day it came out of Fender’s Fullerton facility in 1958.
It was bought directly from the wife of its only and original owner – Kenny Brown of Evansville, Indiana. In 2007, this lovely Strat’s current owner was living and working in the USA mid-west. He developed a hobby, which became a passion, of seeking out classic instruments for sale by their original owners. To alleviate the boredom of the workaday week, he’d spend his weekends driving to the homes of (sometimes quite old) guitar owners who were selling instruments, often listed only in local newspapers etc.
Kenny Brown was a well respected singer and guitarist in the late 1950s and 60s, playing around southern Indiana and Kentucky. For much of his career Kenny played a 1952 blackguard Telecaster, but in his later years his favourite became this ’58 Strat.
The Strat was purchased by Kenny in 1958 from Schuttler Music Store in Evansville for US$360.
Kenny started teaching his son Randy to play guitar in 1955, thus creating the need for another guitar in the household. Randy, who managed the sale for his mother Henrietta who was 81 at the time, recalls his father playing the Strat a lot, and it had great sentimental value to the family. Henrietta’s receipt for the sale of this guitar in 2007 is in the case. A photo of Kenny & Henriette at home in Evansville in 1954 is included in the pics.
After its purchase in 2007, this classic instrument was taken to Gruhn Guitars in Nashville for assessment. The Gruhn’s appraisal, carried out by George himself and which is included in the sale, describes the guitar as “conforming to the typical specifications of the period with 3 tone sunburst finish, single ply white pickguard, tremolo bridge, and typical Stratocaster electronics, hardware and ornamentation. This guitar shows only moderate playing wear, but appears to be fully original with the minor exception of the replaced surgical tubing spacers under the pickups.”
Neck date is 8/58, body date is 6/58. Pot codes are 304825 = 1958. Original cloth wiring in place, nothing touched, no solder disturbed. Ashtray bridge cover present and accounted for.
This is a magnificent guitar in every way. Apart from strings and the occasional setup, It has been left untouched and unmolested, in its original condition for 60 years. The original frets are in fine shape with lots of life left in them. Everything works as it should. It plays beautifully and sounds amazing.
Can’t fault this one. It would be an absolute standout in any collection.
Comes in its original Fender tweed hard case in good condition.