57 Strat fans are in for a real treat with this post. Here’s an almost, completely original (With the exception of a possible re-fret) 1957 Fender Stratocaster with original Hardshell case, that came across my path via eBay, you have to see this.
If your quick, you can buy this Strat from ebay by following this link… http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290625375566
The seller of this fine instrument is not a dealer, but a private owner, who has owned this guitar for 15 years. He bought this guitar from a reputable vintage guitar dealer, without a single modification.
The seller rated the condition of this guitar at 7.5/10, and considering its age, and the obvious play time, this 57 Strat has aged beautifully.
The original two tone Sunburst finish has plenty of scars and play wear in the nitro lacquer, which add the character and charm of this 50+ year old guitar. This 1957 Fender Stratocaster has obviously seen a lifetime of playing.
The guitar is described as light and resonant, and both the body and neck, including the neck plate are 100% original to this 57 Strat.
The neck and body date are 6/57.
All of the pot dates are 304715, which is the 15TH week of 1957.
All original pickguard, including cloth wiring. The lower middle screw hole by the 3 position pick-up selector switch has a crack.
The pickups are all strong and have even volume distribution. They are the original pickups.
The original tone and volume knobs have greenish letters and have nicely yellowed over time, as well as the original, 3 position switch and tip.
It also has the original single line Klusons, which have all evenly oxidized.
The guitar has probably had a pro refret at some point, which would be the only non-original parts on this 57 Strat. There is still lots of fret left, with no troughs in the lower frets.
The original bridge and saddles have a nice patina on all of the bridge, saddles, and screws, as well as the original cord jack.
It even has the original nut.
The Fender decal is also in pretty good shape.
…and to top it all off, this guitar also comes with an original tweed hardshell case, with an unmistakable old guitar smell.
…as well as the tremolo bar and ashtray.