This guitar was a lucky punch. A great player and a real lady soundwise! Profound 3 dimensional sound that never molest your ears with harshness as maple necks and ash bodies tend to do.
I had waited over 2 years to go for a real 50-ies Strat. There are not many around and of these that are around I didn't really like any of them that much. I felt that this one was IT and I was lucky to have support in buying. This one really did the trick for me. Thanks Paul you made it happen!!
Here exact the description:
1958 Fender Stratocaster. This guitar features a Swamp Ash wood body, and hence, originally came from the Fender factory in 1958 as a Blonde guitar, as Ash wood was used at that time exclusively on Blonde guitars.
The guitar features a body refinish in nitro lacquer, translucent Blonde, by Fiesta Finishes™. The neck features original finish on back and headstock, with a very old, light overspray, which has checked and looks original. The fingerboard has been refinished, along with a nice, pro refret. There is one tiny dent on the neck which has a small amount of filler. There is also a small chip in the wood near one of the tuner ferrules.
Original electronics include pickups, pots, 3 way switch, tone cap. Original plastic includes pick guard, pickup covers, knobs, switch tip. Original hardware includes, bridge, saddles, trem block, trem claw, jack plate, Single Line Kluson tuners, neck plate, strap buttons.
The trem bar and trem covers are reproductions.
The neck date is 7-58, body date is 9/58. Nice matched original pickup set measures, Neck to Bridge, 5.7K, 5.7K, 5.8K Ohms. The guitar features a very light Swamp Ash body, and weighs just over 7 lbs. Remove the trem arm and trem cover, and it dips to 6.9 lbs!
Really nice neck on this guitar, measures .791" at 1st fret and .949" at 12th fret. Not like the V necks of '56-'57, and not like the thinner necks in '59-'60. More like a '54-'55 neck.
The guitar comes in the original '58 Tweed case. This case is structurally sound. no collapsed wood or bad corners. Latches and hinges work fine. The tweed, and leather is quite worn, and it appears that the original gold lining was tinted to be red. A sturdy, if worn looking, tweed case.
Not for Sale
So this is another great CS '57 to give me comfort until the day I find the "real" vintage thing for an affordable price. I guess I will need 10 of these CS Strats to sell in order to afford one old one!! :(
But hell these here are the next best thing and they will surely sound and play better than a lot of mediocre expensive old ones.
This one has a nice beefy but comfortable '57 Neck. Beautiful finish with a rare tao turquise colour in light relic. Acoustically she is extremely resonant. You can feel the vibration from the body! I like the PU Sounds very much. They sound sweet, light with rich bell like overtones. Lots of sustain, and real funky!!! 3.2 kg!! A great instrument!!
All important parts are original, making it also a collector's choice guitar. It is known that building quality in the CBS period was aimed at massproduction. There were good guitars, there were mediocre guitars and then there were lots of bad guitars, especially towards the end of the 70ies. This one is a 72 guitar with a fantastic neck that is comparable to a 63 or even slightly chunkier without having a baseball feel. It plays with a fantastic feel. This guitar sounds as great as it looks. It is very resonant acoustically and sounds full of life plugged in. No weak spots, well balanced. She plays as she looks, superiour! Gregor Hilden has played this guitar and claims that it is the best 70 ies Stratocaster he has played.
I had this guitar inspected and set up by Matz-Guitars.ch
So it seems that the instrument has been professionally refretted and the board re-radiused to 9.0" (modern Fender spec), with 6150 Dunlops. This makes it a dream to play. A new nut has been cut for the guitar to match the modern fretboard radius.
Not for Sale
This is a high quality instrument built by masterbuilder Yuriy Shishkov. He created a vintage instrument very close to the original but with top notch high quality ingredients. It is a lightweight with 3.3 kilos. The finish is the most beautiful finish I have seen on a Strat. The neck has a pleasant C-shape and is great to play. It is not thick but not thin either. The resonance of the instrument is simply divine. Plugged in it sounds great. Addiction guaranteed. Update: There has been a relic from my part, check last foto!
Price: 3'900 Euro instead of 4'500 Euro
This is one of the earliest serial numbers from January 82
This guitar sets up perfectly and plays like a dream. The very thin frets play perfect, bending is
possible with no problems unto the highest fret. I personally am thinking about changing them to Dunlops 6105. Since this is an investment that will lower the collectible value I have not
done it yet.
Comes with 2 rare original red bottom pickups and 1 black bottom pickup. Red bottom PU are found on fullerton guitars with serial #s under V004000.
Guitar features an early 1982 neckdate, 1982 pots, and super early V000xxx (below 300) serial number on neckplate! What a sweet guitar!
Guitar has been played and has a few dings in the wood and some nice finish checking in the thin nitro finish.
The neck is very very thin as all of them early Fullertons. This is not everybodys taste. Who likes it
will love this guitar.
Great player with a cool vintage sound you will not find on new CS strats!! These Fullerton AVRIs are true great players in its own league. This one is one of the first AVRI guitars. The best you can wish: collectible and a great player!
Greg Fessler's masterbuilt 57 is as good as it gets. Playing feel and sound is superior. Bell like ringing Sound is a dream. CS Teambuilt Strats do not come near this quality. Handwired fat Ybarra PU
Price: on demand
This instrument is a custom order. The 5th guitar that John Cruz built as a masterbuilder for Fender. No other instrument like this one on the planet/galaxy! This is a Collector's Guitar and a great player.
This guitar sounds and plays the way it looks. It is resonant, full. The tone is on the darker side with tremendous sustain. Handwired JC PU. Great tone and feel!!
All papers and goodies included with OHCS.
The body is covered with 24 karat gold.
ca. 3,6 kg
Price: 7'200 Euro
It used to be Gregor Hildens personal guitar. Fantastic sound thanks to its resonance and the killer PU handwound by Aby. Wonderfull neck, a growling sound. Blues pur! It roars like a lion. Killer guitar!!! All original, paperworks, OHCS! Cryotuned!
Price on demand!
A dream come true for a guitar player. Imagine a 64 with outstanding sound, playability and resonance. This is the holy grail for players. All that have played this guitar including myself state that this is one of the best vintage 60ies guitar they have ever played. This is not a partscaster although some parts have been replaced, including the middle PU (70ies PU). All CS instruments on this page are superiour instruments but this guitar beats them all in sound and resonance. .....this is as good as it gets! 7.47 pounds!! Now professionally refretted and improved by Matz-Guitars.ch Plays like butter!!!
Price on demand!