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1959 Stratocaster Vintage Guitars

Mid 1959 Stratocaster vintage guitars have a slabrosewood fingerboard with white "clay" positiondots. The fingerboard radius of this Fender guitaris 7.25". The bottom fingerboard is flat. VintageFender Stratocasters made July 1959 and afterbasically will have rosewood fingerboards. Theneck now has a very thin "D" backshape, by theend of 1959 it gets even thinner.

Stratocaster vintage Fender guitars from mid-1959have a celluloid "mint green" three layer pickguardwhich is white/black/white. Sometimes the pickguardof this vintage Fender is called a "nitro" pickguard.The celluloid pickguard was first introduced to theStratocaster guitar around July 1959. Before that,rosewood fingerboard vintage Stratocasters weremade with a single white pickguard with 9 or 10screws.

During the same time period in 1959 some vintageFender Stratocaster guitars were made with mapleneck and a 8 screw three layer celluloid pickguard.In order to replace the thicker and much smallershield previously used on guitars single layerpickguards, a thin aluminum shield the size of thepickguard was installed underneath the three layerpickguard.

Fender used a very photo-reactive dye in their sunburstfinish of the vintage Stratocaster guitar. This causedmany 1959 Strats to fade from 3-color sunburst toa 2-color. The photo-reactive nature of the red on theStrat Fender guitar caused fading from ultra-violet light. The fading is noticeable up close,from a distance it is difficult to recognize.


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