One of the pinnacles of early electric guitar design, the 1957 Stratocaster was both an end of an era and a new beginning for Fender. The last year for both the signature 'V' neck shape and 2-tone sunburst finish, the guitar entered new sonic territory with the transition from Ash to Alder bodies. The guitar would continue to have both a maple neck and fretboard until the eventual introduction of the slab rosewood board in 1959. The basis for several reissues, there's really nothing like the feel of a 1957 Strat.
This particular player grade 1957 Stratocaster is in good condition for an instrument of its age and is ready to play. The body looks to have been refinished likely in the infancy of the instrument and both the body and the neck show signs of play wear and aging. The original pickups have been changed to a set of mid/late 60's grey bottom single coils and the control layout has been changed to a volume/2 tone with a 5-way switch.
The neck has been re-fretted with a jumbo style fret and shows some play wear including pitting along the fretboard. The action is near factory spec and the guitar plays well. The hardware looks to be original including the 6-point bridge, saddles, and tuners. A aftermarket hardshell case is also included in the sale.
When you play the neck on instrument it's no surprise why these instruments are so coveted. The grey bottom pickups sound rich and are a great compliment to the guitar. This thing wants to be played and will be ready to rip for the next owner.
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Bolt-On Neck Construction
57’ ‘V’ Neck Shape
7.25” Fretboard Radius
25.5” Scale Length
6 Screw Synchronized Tremolo Bridge
(3) Fender Gray Bottom Single Coil Pickups
One Volume/Two Tone with 5-way Switch Control Layout
Original Fender Tuners
Aftermarket Hardshell Case