Up for sale, a 1958 Fender Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. 100% original save for body-only custom color overspray over the original Sunburst, this Stratocaster is stunning in its presentation. While the original Sunburst had been compromised (and was beyond restoration), in collaboration with Riggio Custom Guitars we were able to retain much of the original finish and shot over it as Fender would often do with custom colors. This "double finish" exposes hints of the original Sunburst on the body edges via the heavy relic aging treatment, consistent with the natural playwear on the original nitro lacquer on the neck, and the patina and aging of the original hardware and plastics.
Using vintage DuPont Duco color chip paint sample charts in conjunction with visual references for the specific metallic green Fender used in the mid-1950s (before official custom color charts were established in 1960), we chip-matched a shade of Lauren Green, a lacquer finish a hair brighter than Sherwood Green. Yet the most unexpected and exciting aspect of this finish is that Riggio Custom Guitars was able to acquire New Old Stock 1956 DuPont Duco nitro lacquer for this restoration, still stable and viable after many decades. Want a 1958 Fender Stratocaster finished in genuine New Old Stock nitro lacquer? This is it.
Extremely lively and resonant acoustically with a natural woody cut and sweet sustain, this Strat features an alder body and one-piece maple neck. The three original black bobbin single coil pickups all retain their original windings, metering at a healthy 5.1k ohms in the neck position, 5.93k in the middle, and 5.65k at the bridge. Each position on the three-way switch is vital and distinct, faithfully channeling the natural acoustic properties of the instrument. The bridge pickup offers a bouncy, bell-like sparkle, with excellent clarity and percussive cut in the middle position, and a sweet, broad sound at the neck, ideal for thick, throaty leads. Quite simply, this 1958 Stratocaster is a prime example of the reverence afforded the "Pre-CBS" era. The guitar is lightweight at 7lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a medium depth profile carve, inferring a very soft V shaped at the nut and a more conventional C in the higher registers. The profile has quite a bit of roundness in the shoulders and rolled fretboard edges, and the profile depth measures .855" at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The maple fretboard shows some natural finger wear through the nitro gloss, and the original slender frets are intact with fairly low crowns, dressed in the guitar's lifetime and currently showing only light, uniform wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-7. The guitar plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod which has needed sparingly little adjustment in the past 60+ years. The original nut measures 1.665" in width. On the headstock, the single line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines are intact and function smoothly, and the decal is original, with the less stable gold application in the "spaghetti" Fender font correct for this year. The neck heel is pencil dated 5-58 (May, 1958).
On the body, all of the original electronics are intact, and the majority of the solder joints are original (only the joints at the jack were redone when the body was oversprayed). The trio of original black bobbin pickups retain their stock windings, the three-way switch is present, and the Stackpole pots have visible date codes from the 15th week of 1957. The original "phone book" tone capacitor is intact too. The original 4/58 grease pencil date is present in the tremolo cavity, rounding out the essential date codes.
Hardware is all original, and the vibrato unit is complete with pat. pending saddles and the original trem block. Currently utilizing three springs, the vibrato actuates very easily, with a notable touch-sensitive response and stability. From quick flutters to more drastic dives, this vibrato unit works just as designed and the trem block is an integral part of a Strat's sustain and tonal character. The original jack cup and neck plate round out the hardware, both with gleaming chrome plating. Stock plastics comprise the single-ply pickguard and gently aged pickup covers and knobs
The body-only overspray in Laurel Green nitro lacquer finish has been expertly aged by Riggio Custom Guitars, with simulated buckle, forearm, strap, and case wear, along with prominent horizontal lacquer checking. Many of these marks are strategically placed to mirror previous playwear, and the degree of aging was purposeful both to match the patina on the hardware and plastics, and also to expose hints of the original Sunburst beneath the green. The gloss nitro lacquer finish on the neck profile and fingerboard is 100% original, exhibiting some small marks on the profile carve, largely clustered behind frets 5-7, and sporadic areas of natural finger wear through the lacquer on frets 1-12.
A brand-new Fender G&G Deluxe tweed hardshell case is included, along with the original black leather strap and gray 1/4" cable from 1958.