Fender sales continued to grow in 1959, and the Stratocaster of this year was quite similar to that of 1958.
New Documentserial number range for the Fender 59 Stratocaster are generally 40000-58000 (on the neck plate). If you need to understand the exact year of your pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster, use the serial number and the general characteristics of the guitar.
The serial number is on the back plate of metal neck. ViewFender 59 Stratocaster web series Information page number to determine using year.If you have a vintage pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster guitar for sale, if you pla t let me know. I am a private vintage guitar collector (not a store), and you can contact me atStarting May 1959 “slab” rosewood fingerboard with white “clay” position and 7.25 points finger board Ray. Bottom sleeve (stuck to maple) is flat. This change was implemented for the 1959 Summer NAMM show strats Basically 5/59 and later will rosewood fingerboards.
Celluloid “Fender 59 Stratocaster” three layer (white / black / white) pickguard (sometimes called “nitro” pickguard), with 11 screws. This pickguard cel D was set up around 7/59. So for a short period rosewood Strats were made with a single layer white pickguard with 11 screws. Some Strats 7/59 even had a white pickguard single layer with 8 or 9 or 10 screws (if rare). Still in the same period of 1959 Strats were made with a maple neck and 8 screws three layer pickguard cel D (which means the body does not have a “shoulder” under the pickguard in the control cavity). A thin aluminum pickguard Sheild size is installed under the three layer pickguard. This replaces the thick shield and much smaller already used on skid plates to a single layer (the old style shield included only three pots and the switch).