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All Original 1956 Fender Stratocaster For Sale  
Collectable And Original Fender Strat For Sale
1956 Fender Stratocaster With Ash Wood Body
The full body of our 1956 Fender Stratocaster
Fender Stratocaster
One of the most popular, solid body, electric guitars ever made
The 1956 Fender Stratocaster is a classic vintage, and a collector’s favorite. Our '56 Strat has a two-tone sunburst finish on an Ash wood body and "soft V" Maple neck. The neck cavity on this ultra collectible Stratocaster is dated 4/56.
Fender switched to Alder wood bodies later in 1956.
Vintage original 1956 Fender Stratocaster For Sale
Modern Styled Head
Fast Action Neck
Deep Cutaway
Tremolo Arm
Pickup Selector
Volume Control
Tone Controls
Recessed Plug

The Fender Stratocaster was first introduced in the spring of 1954. Not only did the Stratocaster soon became Fender's best selling model, it may well be the best selling guitar of all time. Sales for Fender Stratocasters drastically increased after Rock music became popular around 1958. The 1956 Fender Stratocaster is one of the most sought after of the collectable vintages.

Much of the popularity of the Fender Strat can be attributed to its versatility. The neck, middle, and bridge (termed "rhythm", "normal tone" and "lead", respectively) pickups provide a wide range of tones.

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The Fender synchronized tremolo arm mechanism, introduced with the Stratocaster, has become the most copied design of all, eclipsing all other designs including the later floating bridge designs by Leo Fender himself.

Even the name, Stratocaster, was a strategic move by Fender as it was intended to evoke images of new jet-aircraft technology (such as the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress), and to express Fender's modernistic design philosophy. In designing the Stratocaster's body, a significant area of the back of the guitar, and the area where the strumming arm rests, were beveled to accommodate the player's chest and arm. The upper bouts featured two cutaways, for easier access to the higher frets.

1956 Fender Stratocaster From The Bottom Up 1956 Fender Stratocaster Upper Body Neck And Head 1956 Fender Strat Neck And Head
1956 Strat For Sale

This vintage and 100%, all original, '56 Fender Strat was first appraised in 2000 and to my knowledge (and the appraisers) it was the only time this guitar was opened up. This '56 Fender Strat has had positively no modifications of any sort. Paint, finish, body, neck and all electronic parts are intact and unmodified. According to the appraiser's notes in 2000, "Appears to be 100% original as to parts, electronics etc." "Nobody has monkeyed with it."

So what is this '56 Fender Strat worth? The scan at the right is taken from the 2008 Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide. You will note this model is valued at between 51,000.00 and 68,000.00.

From a January of 2008 appraisal of this guitar from Gruhn Guitar of Nashville come these notes; We certify that the guitar described below is a Fender Stratocaster made in the year 1956. Description: We have been provided the following information: “Neck date XA 5-56, serial number 09101. No modifications. Comes with original case.” From the photos provided, this guitar appears to be in excellent original condition and conforms to the standard specifications of the model for 1956, with solid ash body, three single-coil pickups, three knobs, one pickup selector switch, tremolo bridge with metal bridge cover, single-ply white pickguard, white plastic cover on back cavity, one-piece maple neck/fingerboard, “spaghetti” style peghead logo decal, “single-line” Kluson Deluxe tuners, and tweed hard case. This guitar shows relatively light body wear and moderate fingerboard wear. Stratocasters from this era are highly sought by players and collectors. Current market value: $55,000 (fifty-five thousand dollars)

Also included with the sale of this 1956 Fender Stratocaster was its original Fender tweed hardshell case pictured below. All latches worked great and the case was incredibly solid. The vintage Fender magazines pictured with the case in the photos were also included and, as previously mentioned, the 1980s manuals also went with the sale.

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The value of "pre-CBS" 1950s Fender Stratocasters has risen sharply in the last ten years making the guitars more collectable than ever. Our 1956 Fender Strat is from one of the most collectable years of them all.

The term "pre-CBS" refers to the ownership of CBS which took the Fender company over in 1965. It signaled an end to true craftsmanship at Fender as CBS soon employed faster and less expensive methods of producing Fender guitars.

We guarantee this 1956 Fender Stratocaster to be 100% original. However, the owner's and instruction manuals sold with it were from the 1980s and not original to this guitar. The owner's manual wass that of a '57 Strat and not a 1956. This Strat can be positively identified and dated by the photos of the neck and body cavitities as well as the pot numbers. These photos can be seen further down the page

All of these photos of our 1956 Fender Stratocaster can be enlarged twice. Click on the photo and then click again on the next photo you see. Be sure to click the back button on your browser to return to this page.

1956 Stratocaster Brown Tweed Case 1956 Fender Stratocaster Back Of Neck 1956 Fende_Stratocaster Back
1956 Fender Stratocaster Back Of Body 1956 Fender Stratocaster

This all-original electric guitar had not been played since 1983 and had been preserved in a temperature controlled and smoke free environment. We were the third owners of her and possess the sales receipt for both our buy and the second owners purchase from the original owner. The second owner had this Strat for less that one month.

56 Strat Head Stock
1956 Fender Stratocaster head stock
1956 Fender Stratocaster Soft V Neck

And now a whole group of photos that guitar collectors, players and dealers have asked us to provide. These photos of the penciled dates on the neck and body cavity plus the pot numbers, which can be dated to the 5th week of 1956, prove indisputably the originality and Excellent condition of this 1956 Fender Stratocaster.

Remember once you have clicked on the thumbnail images below, CLICK AGAIN on the enlarged image to view the photo at its maximum size.

Pot and pot number of this all original 1956 Fender Stratocaster Stratocaster 1956 date under neck
Date behind the springs on the back of the guitar Stratocaster 1956 Inards
1956 Fender Stratocaster wiring Inside the body cavity
Body cavity including bottom of the pickguard 1956 Stratocaster tremelo assembly
Date under the springs on the back of the guitar dated 4-56 Date behind the springs

Still more photos of our 1956 Strat. The outdoor photos of the sides and front were all taken Easter Sunday 2008 under natural lighting. The photos above of the inside snapped the preceeding week. Remember once you have clicked on the thumbnail images below, CLICK AGAIN on the enlarged image to view the photo at its maximum size.

1956 Fender Stratocaster Pots
1956 Fender Strat Body Close Up
56 Strat Body Side View
Large photo of the back taken outside
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