Fender Stratocaster 1957 Vintage Reissue White Blonde


Here is a very nice 2008 Vintage Reissue of a 1957 Stratocaster in white blonde finish. The guitar has already started to age a bit over time, you can see that on the plastic parts and the white blonde is a bit darker blonde. Very ncie sounding and playing guitar. One of the most popular instruments in history, the Fender Stratocaster - first introduced in 1954 - is certainly the most imitated electric guitar ever. 1957 was a benchmark year for the instrument, evolving from its early incarnations into an archetype and the high point of the era of the maple neck Strat.

American Vintage '57 Stratocaster At a Glance:
White blonde lacquer finish over a "custom contoured" alder body
One-piece maple neck and fingerboard with soft "V" shape and lacquer finish

Straight from the Time Machine to You!
While the Telecaster (and the single pickup version, the Esquire) was a success, Leo Fender listened to players who were looking for an instrument that was a step up from the "plain vanilla" Tele. The company had moved into a new factory and now had the ability to build an upscale solidbody electric. In 1954, the Fender Stratocaster made its debut and a true American icon was born. By 1957, some would say the maple neck Strat had been perfected with features like the "custom contoured" body.
Fender employees Dan Smith and John Page flew all over the country and looked at every vintage Strat, eventually deciding that the 1957 model, as well as the 1962 model with rosewood fingerboard, were the quintessential Strats. Recreated using measurements taken from over 200 Stratocasters, the '57 Strat truly looks like it came straight from the time machine. Its sleek, stylish lines in some ways seem to owe more to the automobile designs of the 1950s than traditional guitar building. This recreation features a two color sunburst with a nitro-cellulose lacquer finish over a solid alder body, along with all the other features that made the original instrument such an overwhelming success. These include a single-ply white pickguard and an American Vintage synchronized tremolo.

Historically Accurate Natural Maple Neck
Leo Fender wasn't afraid to "think outside the box" when it came to guitar designs. In the 1950s and well into the 1960s, the blond natural maple neck turned more than a few heads and became almost synonymous with Fender guitars. The '57 Strat comes with a one-piece maple neck and fingerboard with a soft "V" shape and, true to its vintage, a nito-cellulose lacquer finish. To complete the picture, the neck has been lightly tinted to duplicate the effect of a naturally aged vintage guitar that was played in smoky clubs and dance halls.

American Vintage '57 Stratocaster Features:
Color: Two-color sunburst
Body Type: Solidbody electric
Finish: Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer
Neck Wood: Maple
Neck Shape: Soft "V" shape with 7.25-inch radius
Body Wood: Select alder
Machine Heads: Fender / Gotoh vintage style tuning machines
Fingerboard: Maple
No. of Frets: 21 vintage style
Position Markers: Black dot inlays
Controls: Master volume and two tone control (neck and middle pickups)
Bridge/Tailpiece: American Vintage synchronized tremolo with "ash tray" bridge cover
Hardware: Chrome
Scale Length: 25.5 inches
Case: Vintage tweed case included