Description: 1958 Fender Stratocaster guitar
The 1958 Fender Stratocaster had a number of changes, none I personally liked much. First the classic 2-tone sunburst (yellow to dark brown) was changed to a 3-tone finish (yellow to red to dark brown). Three color sunbursts are cute, but I personally enjoy the classic 2-color look better. The other thing that changed was the neck shape. The large backshape neck of the 1954 to 1957 Fender Stratocasters was gone, changed to a thinner more modern style neck shape. Again not my cup of tea. Still, 1958 Fender Stratocasters are very nice guitars.
Serial number range for the 58 Fender Stratocaster are generally 25000 to 30000 (some numbers with a "0" or "-" prefix on the neck plate). If you need to figure out the exact year of your pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster, use the serial number and the general features of the guitar. The serial number is located on the back metal neck plate. See the Fender Serial Number Info web page for help determining the year.
If you have a vintage pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster guitar for sale, please let me know. I am a private vintage guitar collector (not a store) and you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1958 Fender Stratocaster guitar specs:
The blue arrows below show the nail holes used on this Stratocaster body.
This 1958 Fender Stratocaster utilizes an unusual .1mfd tone capacitor.
In this era the flat caps are usually seen. This guitar however, which is original,
uses the same style capacitor as seen in Fender amps from this era.
Though not clearly shown, the pot codes are 304825. Meaning the 25th week of 1958.
Pickguard screws. Notice they are threaded the entire length.
The blue arrow below shows another nail hole under the output jack plate.
The "Fender Pat.Pend." saddles can clearly be seen in this picture.
The neck screws utilized are not threaded the entire length.
The neck date of 7-58 can clearly be seen in the picture below. Also the fully
painted neck pocket.
The bottom side of the tremolo cover plate is shown below, along with their fully threaded screws.
The body date of 8/58 can clearly be seen with the tremolo claw is removed.
"Single line" Kluson tuners are utilized on Fender Strats of this era.
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