Vintage Vibes - 1958 Fender Stratocaster featuring Nathaniel Murphy
It’s Nathaniel’s lucky day. He pairs our Blonde ‘58 Stratocaster with a ‘57 Princeton Tweed and the rest, they say, is history as he takes us on a tour through time beginning with The Everly Brothers’ classic, “All I Have To Do Is Dream”, released in April 1958.
Nathaniel Murphy Describes the 1958 Fender Blonde Stratocaster
Hey guys! Nathaniel here at Chicago Music Exchange and it's my pleasure to be introducing you to a 1958 Stratocaster. This one comes in a very rare Blonde finish. Lots of wear and tear on it as you can see in the back, I love that. The neck is from 1957 and because it is from '57 it does have that very subtle and coveted V-neck profile. The body is from 58. Pots from 57. The serial number is from 57/58 also. Around that time there were Mary Kaye spec Stratocasters as well with the gold hardware as you can see, we got the nickel hardware. If this was a Mary Kaye spec with the gold hardware it would be twice the price. Quite a lot! The frets have been rewired with era correct fret wire. The neck has been over-sprayed quite a long time ago and feels very comfortable to play. It also does come with a tweed hard case, the original. I'm also playing it through a 1957 Fender Princeton Tweed which as you can tell has also seen a lot of life on the road much like the guitar. It would have been made in the same factory probably just months apart from the guitar itself. An absolute pleasure to play both of them at the same time.
The Technical Specs
Finish: Original finish on body. The neck has been oversprayed.
Body Material: Ash Body
Body Details: One piece ash solid body. "12-58" pencil date in middle pickup cavity.
Neck Material: Maple Neck
Fingerboard Material: Maple Fingerboard
Neck Profile: Medium/large, soft "V"
Neck Thickness (IN): 1st- .88" 12th- .98"
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25
Nut Width: 1-5/8 in
Neck Details: One piece maple neck. "8-57" pencil date on heel. The back of the neck has been over sprayed. The finish on the fingerboard appears to be original. The name "T.B. Clark" and a phone number has been scratched into the underside of the neck heel and the back of the neck plate.
Electronics: Original with 1957 pot dates and black bobbin pickups. Some solder joints have been touched up. The guitar has a three way selector switch that does not allow for in-between positions. This switch appears to be original.
Pickup Measurements: neck 5.7k ohms midlle 5.7k ohms bridge 5.7k ohms
Hardware: Original except for replaced nut, rear strap button and string tree. Some of the screws holding the pick guard and black plate on are not original.
Weight: 8 lbs 13 oz
Modifications / Repairs: The guitar has been refretted. The back of the neck has been over sprayed. The rear nut, rear strap button and string tree have been replaced.
Case Details: Original hard shell case.
Cosmetic Condition: The guitar has heavy play wear. The is considerable buckle rash on the back and wear around the edges. The hardware is nicely tarnished.
Serial Number: 21834
Tech Notes: The neck dates to late 1957. The pots date to 1957. The body dates to late 1958. The serial number dates to 1957-58.