A lot changed with the 1959 Stratocaster. By mid-1959 the maple fingerboard was changed to a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and “clay”
removed and the body then erased and polite. When the nails have been removed, you can see the holes where the nails once resided were free of paint. This is one of the ways today 1959 Stratocaster evaluators can tell if an old finish was, in fact, made by Fender. As such, this body that you can see clearly that there is no painting inside the holes were the nails were driven into the top.
In addition, and as we pointed out clearly above, this method “Lazy Susan” was used until the mid-1960s, so the neck pocket and all pickup cavities of any Fender body painted during this period must be fully painted – as they are on the 1959 Stratocaster.All this information, as well as a complete inspection of the 1959 Stratocaster, was confirmed and led by the eminent historian vintage guitar Walter Carter, Carter Vintage 1959 Stratocaster in Nashville, and its main repairman Tom Stadler. Carter, of course r, is the former assessor and historian George Gruhn, and has written many books on the history of vintage instruments – mainly guitars and mandolins.
1959 Stratocaster is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on vintage guitars and mandolins, and his letter of authenticity for this remarkable 1959 Fender Stratocaster guitar accompany. A photograph of the letter is also on that list.