This is a virtually unplayed Stratocaster from the first decade of the Fender Custom Shop, a 1958 Stratocaster in classic black. These John Page-era Custom Shop guitars highly sought after because of their impeccable build quality, playability and tone.
This instrument has an ash body with a gorgeous nitrocellulose lacquer finish. It has not been aged or given the relic treatment – in today's nomenclature it would be called "NOS" (New Old Stock).
The neck is crafted from a lovely piece of flame maple which features some quite beautiful figuring. The neck profile is a chunky C-shape with depth measurements of .86" at the first fret, increasing to 0.97" at the twelfth fret.
The fretboard has a 9.5" radius, the frets are medium jumbos with some minor wear showing in the lower area, but with plenty of life left.
Bone nut measures 1 5/8"
Weight is 7.8 lbs
Pickups are Fender Custom Shop unmarked black bobbin units, along with high quality cloth wiring and factory shielding paint in the cavities. It has a conventional Strat control setup with VTT and a five-way pickup selector.
This is a magnificent Strat, with a build quality that is on par with today's Masterbuilt guitars. The look, feel and tone are top notch by any standard. The pickups are bright, snappy and toneful in a typical vintage Strat kinda way.
Despite being over two decades old, this gorgeous Strat remains in virtually flawless condition. It could easily pass for a new instrument, but we will be conservative and call it 'near mint”.
This is just a fantastic early Custom Shop Strat in excellent condition. If you are looking for a fine guitar in immaculate order and built to super high CS spec, this guitar is sure to please.
Comes in its original Fender/G&G tweed case, also in near mint condition, along with its Certificate of Authenticity.