Fender Custom Shop "Rudy's 1955 Strat" Ash, Two-Tone Sunburst
In 2021, we had the pleasure of restoring and selling an incredible 1954 Fender Stratocaster, made in the first 1000 serial numbers of production, with a sassafras body and and incredible, and large, early 50's style neck.
Now, we're partnering with the Fender Custom Shop to recreate the glory of that guitar, as well as a whole series of the vintage Fender guitars we know and love, combining modern playability with vintage vibe, and trying to recreate these guitars as they would have left the factory in their original production year.
This example, a 1955 style Stratocaster in a beautiful 2-Tone-Sunburst on an equally impressive ash body, is meant to be a modern fusion of vintage style/sound with modern accessibility, most notably with its 9.5" radius, 5-way switch, and 6105 Narrow Tall wire. Everything else is how it should've come from the factory in 1955, down to the gorgeous ash body, one piece maple neck with skunk stripe, vintage Kluson style tuners, a vintage style tremolo and 50's style Custom Shop hand-wound pickups.
Fans of Strats might notice one thing: the stark white neck, which we're used to seeing in it's aged amber form, but we've had this guitar recreated here as if you've just bought a new Strat for the first time in 1955, brand new to you and to the world. Imagine what it must have been like taking home your brand new Fender Stratocaster (then strung with flatwounds!) for the first time in the 1950's, having no idea what to expect. That's the feeling we're trying to capture.
Serial #R130045 comes with a Fender Custom Shop hardshell case.