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Fender Vintage 1957 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Two-Color Sunburst (SN:21393)

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This instrument is on display in our San Diego, CA location. If by slight chance at the time of purchase it is not available to sell or ship, you will be notified by the next business day and payment will be refunded in full.

Perhaps the most popular and best recognized electric guitar the world will ever know: The Fender Stratocaster, more commonly called simply "Strat".

Over the years, Fender (and other manufacturers) have produced thousands of variants of the simple design. I have heard it said that a person can choose a Strat in $100.00 increments, and it's true.

In the early years, the exact reverse was true. Subtle changes and (sometimes) upgrades moved quite a bit slower. Over the years, the early Strats made in the 1950s are still the most coveted of all. The most vaunted of the '50s Strats is the 1954 model, which represents the dawn of the Strat, and was made in a very small numbers (not available in stores until October of 1954). Very arguably the next most desired Strat is the 1957 model. The Strats 3rd full year of production, the '57 model embodies all the appointments that Strat aficionados hold dear. The two-color sunburst finish, a lightweight alder body, bright, clear pickups and the infamous soft "V" shaped neck carve. The '57 represents the model year that had it all. The 1958 Strats went to the 1960s looking three-color finish, and by '59, rosewood 'boards were introduced. The '57 is said by some to be the last of the very best.

The '57 Strat we are proud to offer here (serial number 21393) is in all original, very good condition (including tweed case), and even sports the original frets. All pot codes match. Pickups have been in and out to be re-potted, and sound bright, powerful and strong. The back plate is whole but has a crack and is fragile.

The finish is 100% original, and is worn just the right amount for some extremely great mojo. This old girl has seen some action, but not too much. The finish has aged as gracefully as Rachel Welsh, and is easily as sexy and well looked after. The fretboard has the play wear that is so common with nitro-finished maple, which only serves to enhance the simple beauty of the design. The frets are very playable and have tons of life in them. In fact, the guitar was owned by a player, and it is reflected in the top-shelf playability present on this outstanding find.  '50s Strats in this condition are getting harder to locate. A favorite of players and collectors alike, vintage '50s Strats are among the most sought-after instruments in the vintage market. This vintage 1957 Stratocaster is a true piece of musical instrument and American history, and offers a rare chance to own one of the best of the best.

Get your Vintage Fender 1957 Stratocaster Electric Guitar in Two-Color Sunburst from Sam Ash Direct today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45-day return policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Vintage Electric Guitar
  • Original Hardshell Case


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Fender Vintage 1957 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Two-Color Sunburst

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Wow! '57!


from Clearwater, FL

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  • all original
  • friends are jealous
  • It's A 57
  • It Slices It Dices
  • You'll Never Frown


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Comments about Fender Vintage 1957 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Two-Color Sunburst:

Wow again, to find an all original 1957 Fender Strat that is backed by a company with over 90 years expertise in the business and to be under $30k is unbelievable. They talk about spreading the risk & buy many guitars so you don't loose your shorts if you're a collector, no way... you should be ALL-IN on this! This horse will always come in 1st and you'll never loose out on a gamble pieced together vintage guitar. Proven to be better than real estate because you can play it! We only live once!

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Year of Instrument 1957
Country of Origin USA
Color Two-Color Sunburst
Neck Type Bolt On
Body Wood Alder
Bridge Type Tremolo
Neck Wood Maple
Fingerboard Maple
Inlay Dots
Bound Neck No
Hardware Nickel
Pickup Configuration S-S-S
Bridge Pickup Original Single-Coil Strat
Neck Pickup Original Single-Coil Strat
Middle Pickup Original Single-Coil Strat
Electronics (Controls) 3-Way Blade Switch, 1 Volume Knob, 2 Tone Knobs
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Original Hardshell Case
Weight 7 lbs, 7 oz.
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