Fender STRATOCASTER pre-CBS – USA – 1954-1965

TYPE

Electric Solid body Double cutaway guitar

FEATURES

21 frets, small headstock, one string guide, four screw neck plate, three controls.
Fretted maple neck (maple neck with rosewood fingerboard from 1959): trussrod adjuster at body end: one string guide.
Body sunburst or colours.
Three white six-pole piece pickups (bridge pickup angled).
Three controls (volume, two tone) and three-way selector, all on pickguard, jack socket in body face.
Eight-screw white plastic or anodised metal pickguard (11-screw white or tortoiseshell laminated plastic from 1959)
Six-saddle bridge with through body stringing or six-pivot bridge/vibrato unit.

Maple neck, from October 1950-mid 1956 ash body, from mid 1956 to current Alder body. Exception when it is a natural/blonde finish, then the body was always ash.

Maple, from 1959 rosewood fingerboard

INFORMATION

Some samples with gold-plated hardware when with blond body unofficially known as Mary Kay model).

Last updated on 9 December 2020
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