Fender Stratocaster 1956

Fender Stratocaster 1956

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Overview

The 1956 Fender Stratocaster is considered one of true classic Stratocasters. Fender switched from Ash to Alder as their primary body wood in 1956. However, pickup covers were still made of Bakelite, and the neck had a thicker V-shaped profile.

Years of Production:
 1954 - present

Unique to this Year: One of the last years of V-shaped neck profile and "2-tone" sunburst finish. String holes in the back transitioned from round to oval. 

Body Style: Solidbody 

Wood Composition: Ash body, Maple neck with Maple fingerboard

Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 3 single-coil pickups, 3-way pickup selector

Finish Specifications: 1956 was one of the last years of the "2-tone" sunburst finish as the "3-tone" sunburst was introduced in 1958. Blonde and black were available as custom finishes. 

Notable Players:  Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Stratocaster
Finish
  • Blonde
  • Sunburst
Year
  • 1956
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Ash
Body Shape
  • S-Style
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • Tremolo Bridge
Color Family
  • Brown
  • Sunburst
  • Yellow
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Maple
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Model Family
  • Fender Stratocaster
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Frets
  • 21
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • No
Pickup Configuration
  • SSS
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Series
  • Fender Vintage Pre-CBS Era
Wood Top Style
  • Plain

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