Custom Shop 1956 Stratocaster
Taking the coolest vintage features and adding a few modern favorites, the 1956 Strat is the rebirth of cool, bringing back a mid-century classic aesthetic with an also classic Fender tone, mixed with easy playability.
The main thing that stands out is the gorgeous White Blonde transparent finish. Typically done on an ash body, we chose to do this one with an alder body. The wood grain shows through just enough, and matches perfectly with the lightly tinted quartersawn maple neck. It features a super comfortable 10/56 "V" shape that is easy to play, especially for chords and smooth lead lines. This retains the guitar's vintage vibe - it's not a shredder-style super slim and thin neck. But if that's what you were looking for, you probably wouldn't be looking at this guitar! We did add the more modern tweaks of a 9.5" radius and 6105 frets - the two most popular customizations of vintage-style guitars.
While much of what you see out there these days are Relic instruments, for this one we chose to go NOS (New Old Stock). This gives it the appearance of a guitar fresh out of the factory back in the '50's, with a perfectly clean lacquer finish - no dings, no dents, no wear whatsoever. At just 7.5 pounds, it will be a breeze to play while standing up, even all night on stage.
Handwound '56 Strat pickups (normally a significant upcharge) give you the classic 50's chime and crystal clear tone. This is the epitome of the classic Strat sound.
It comes with the period correct tweed case, Custom Shop leather strap and certificate of authenticity. If you're looking to get an NOS Strat with a beautiful White Blonde finish, it's going to be hard to beat this one, especially for the price. You can see and hear why for yourself by coming to Club Fender @ Truetone Music, or by ordering right here to be shipped to your home.
- Serial # CZ557974
- Weight: 7.5 lbs
- Finish Package: NOS
- Finish: Nitro Lacquer
- Color: White Blonde
- Pickguard: Single Ply Eggshell
- Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound '56 Strat
- Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound '56 Strat
- Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Handwound '56 Strat
- Body: Alder; Sort for Lightweight
- Neck: Quartersawn Maple
- Tint: Light
- Dots: Micarta Black
- Neck Shape: 10/56 "V"
- Frets: 21
- Fretwire: 6105
- Radius: 9.5"
- Neck Nut Width: 1.650"
- Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: .880"
- Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: .980"
- Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
- Bone Nut
- Tuners: Vintage
- String Guide: Vintage
- Bridge: American Vintage
- Switch: 5 Way
- Neck plate: V Logo
- Case: Tweed