Vintage

Fender 1956 Vintage Stratocaster

Fender $25,000.00

Hardtail, 100% original, very good shape, 2 tone sunburst, ash body, bakelite parts, with a hard shell case (not original). This guitar is a great playing and sounding instrument with a great neck and low action. Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz.

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We had this instrument appraised by Gruhn Guitars in July of 2019. Here is a detail of the appraisal:

We certify the instrument described below is, in our opinion, a Fender Stratocaster model electric guitar, made early in the year 1956.

Description: Serial number: 10339 – die-stamped on metal neck attachment plate. While the neck plate serial number dates to 1956, these plates were stamped in large quantities and then used in random order so the numbers do not strictly correspond to the final assembly dates. They can be easily changed and do not serve as an indicator of originality for an entire instrument. However, the neck date (“X.A. 2-56” penciled on end of neck heel – indicates a neck produced in February of the year 1956), body date (“10-55” penciled in control cavity rout – indicates a body produced in October of the year 1955) and potentiometer manufacturing date codes (304 605 – indicates a Stackpole potentiometer produced in the 5th week of the year 1956) are also consistent with this guitar being originally assembled early in the year 1956. Upon examination, we note that this guitar appears structurally to be in excellent condition. The finish appears to be original, and exhibits typical deterioration with lacquer checking, small dings, surface scratches, edge-chipping, compression marks and areas of complete loss due to friction rubbing (neck rear) and belt-buckle wear (body rear). A circular adhesive sticker was previously located on the bass side horn and has subsequently been removed, leaving a significant area of finish loss. In other respects, this instrument conforms to the typical specifications of the model for the period in which it was made with double-cutaway alder non-tremolo style body with two-tone sunburst finish (other finish options were available), 8-screw single-ply white plastic pickguard, non-tremolo bridge assembly with six adjustable metal string saddles (tremolo version was also available, and is much more common), three single-coil pickups, three white “skirt-style” control knobs, three-position blade-style pickup selector switch, maple neck with dark walnut center back strip and adjustable truss-rod (adjustment at end of heel), four-bolt metal neck attachment plate with die-stamped serial number, single round string tree, Fender “spaghetti” logo peghead decal, Kluson “no line” tuners with metal buttons (tuner housing has second tuner shaft worm gear hole – correct for 1953 through mid-year 1956), 21-fret integral maple fingerboard with black dot inlays, nickel-plated metal hardware, and other typical Stratocaster model appointments.

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Hardtail, 100% original, very good shape, 2 tone sunburst, ash body, bakelite parts, with a hard shell case (not original). This guitar is a great playing and sounding instrument with a great neck and low action. Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz.

View the full size photography on Google Drive.

We had this instrument appraised by Gruhn Guitars in July of 2019. Here is a detail of the appraisal:

We certify the instrument described below is, in our opinion, a Fender Stratocaster model electric guitar, made early in the year 1956.

Description: Serial number: 10339 – die-stamped on metal neck attachment plate. While the neck plate serial number dates to 1956, these plates were stamped in large quantities and then used in random order so the numbers do not strictly correspond to the final assembly dates. They can be easily changed and do not serve as an indicator of originality for an entire instrument. However, the neck date (“X.A. 2-56” penciled on end of neck heel – indicates a neck produced in February of the year 1956), body date (“10-55” penciled in control cavity rout – indicates a body produced in October of the year 1955) and potentiometer manufacturing date codes (304 605 – indicates a Stackpole potentiometer produced in the 5th week of the year 1956) are also consistent with this guitar being originally assembled early in the year 1956. Upon examination, we note that this guitar appears structurally to be in excellent condition. The finish appears to be original, and exhibits typical deterioration with lacquer checking, small dings, surface scratches, edge-chipping, compression marks and areas of complete loss due to friction rubbing (neck rear) and belt-buckle wear (body rear). A circular adhesive sticker was previously located on the bass side horn and has subsequently been removed, leaving a significant area of finish loss. In other respects, this instrument conforms to the typical specifications of the model for the period in which it was made with double-cutaway alder non-tremolo style body with two-tone sunburst finish (other finish options were available), 8-screw single-ply white plastic pickguard, non-tremolo bridge assembly with six adjustable metal string saddles (tremolo version was also available, and is much more common), three single-coil pickups, three white “skirt-style” control knobs, three-position blade-style pickup selector switch, maple neck with dark walnut center back strip and adjustable truss-rod (adjustment at end of heel), four-bolt metal neck attachment plate with die-stamped serial number, single round string tree, Fender “spaghetti” logo peghead decal, Kluson “no line” tuners with metal buttons (tuner housing has second tuner shaft worm gear hole – correct for 1953 through mid-year 1956), 21-fret integral maple fingerboard with black dot inlays, nickel-plated metal hardware, and other typical Stratocaster model appointments.

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SKU: NLM00427
Shipping: $300.00 (Fixed Shipping Cost)