Fender 50’s Stratocaster

Years of Production: 1954 – 55

Era: Pre-CBS


Control Configuration: 1 Volume, 2 Tones, 3-way Switch

Pickups: 3 Single Coil Strat pickups.  Staggered and beveled cast alnico magnet rods, Formvarinsulation, Cloth covered wire, black vulcanizedfiberboard bobbins.  All 3 pickups are magnetized and wound in the same direction.  Lacquer potted.

Potentiometers: 3 x Stackpole 250k audio taper split shaft.

Switches: 1x CRL 3-way lever.

Capacitors: .1uf @ 150v paper and oilcapacitor.

Wire: Black and white 22 gauge stranded cloth covered.

Output Jack: Switchcraft J11 mono


Wood: 1 piece maple neck w/walnut back strip and plug.  Bolt on.

Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer

Scale: 25.5”

Frets: 21 x small sized fretwire (.078”-.079” width)

Fingerboard Radius: 7.25”

Inlays: Black dots

Truss Rod: Single action, adjustment at heel, Phillips drive nut.

Logo: Fender spaghetti style.  Silver with black outline. Original Contour Body Pat. Pend.

Nut: Bone material. 1-5/8″ standard width.


Wood: Ash

Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer

Colors: 2-Tone sunburst, and custom finishes


Tremolo: 11.2mm tremolo with PAT. PEND. stamped bent steel saddles, 6 mounting screws, metal cover, and bent tremolo arm. (Hardtail option available as well)

Machine Heads: 6-in-line Kluson with no print on the back.

Jack Ferrule: Recessed angled jack ferrule.

Neck Plate: Steel 4-hole neck plate with stamped serial number.

Screws: Phillips oval head pickguard screws and switch/pickup screws.

Pickguard1-Ply pickguard, 8 holes, beveled screw holes for switch and pickups.

Backplate: 1-Ply backplate, 6 round string holes

Knobs: Plastic, 1-10, skirted, 24-knurl,  push on knobs. 1 x VOLUME, 2 x TONE.

Switch Tip: Plastic, tear drop, push on switch tip.

Pickup Covers: 3 x plastic, 52mm spacing pickup covers.

String Guide: 1x Round button string guide.


2 thoughts on “Fender 50’s Stratocaster

  • August 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    This isn’t an amp :'(

    • January 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      You must be the smart one of the bunch.


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