FENDER STRATOCASTER WITH ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD (1959-1964)

  • Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard electric guitar
  • Fender Stratocaster with rosewood fingerboard electric guitar

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1959 to 1964

Fender introduced the rosewood fingerboard option for the stratocaster in 1959. The rosewood board had the clay dot position markers. These earliest rosewood fingerboards were slab boards - flat across the bottom. In 1962 Fender changed to using veneer rosewood fingerboards - these were thinner and curved across the bottom and used less of the precious rosewood supplies. Around the same time this model was introduced in 1959 the Stratocaster pickguard was changed from single ply to the three-ply celluloid than often aged to a minty green color. Occasionally some 1960s models were made with tortoiseshell pickguard. These pre-CBS era Fender stratocasters (before 1965) are the most collectible of the vintage strats.

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Controls

Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls1 volume control

Electronics

Pickups configuration3 single coil pickups

General

Finish colorsThree tone sunburst, blue finish, green finish, pink finish, red finish, silver finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length

Body

Body materialalder body, ash body
Body styleStratocaster style
Pickguard material3-ply pickguard, tortoiseshell pickguard, white pickguard

Hardware

Bridgetremolo bridge
TunersKluson tuners

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

Neck

Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets21 fret

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