2001 Fender 56 Strat – Mary Kaye


2001 Fender 56 Strat – Mary Kaye

In 1956 Fender didn’t have a ‘custom shop’ however the possibly earliest example of what would become the famed Custom Shop guitars of today was the guitar that became known as the “Mary Kaye”. Finished in White Blonde with gold hardware, this guitar was featured in several ads with Mary Kaye, although she mainly played archtops at the time. It eventually became one of the most-desired Stratocaster models.

This Vintage Custom ’56 Closet Classic Strat looks, sounds and feels like it’s straight from the ‘50s. The one-piece ash body sports an immaculate NOS flash coat nitro cellulose finish and the maple neck sports a medium C profile, while the maple fingerboard’s vintage-style 7.25”-9.5” compound radius is historically accurate. The pickups are a set of hand-wound ’57 Strat single-coil pickups, connected with vintage-style wiring. The guitar is snappy, has great sustain and plays like an authentic original-era Stratocaster.

Other features include 21 medium-vintage frets, 5-way switch, 1-ply Parchment pickguard, American Vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut and wing string tree. Includes the original Tweed case, papers and Certificate of Authenticity.

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2001 Fender 56 Strat – Mary Kaye

  • Brand: Fender
  • Model: 1956 Stratocaster Closet Classic – Fender Custom Shop ‘Mary Kaye’
  • Finish: Transparent Blonde – faded
  • Serial Number: R10654
  • Original Finish: Nitro lacquer
  • Original Parts:  Yes
  • Handedness: RH
  • Made In Year: 2001
  • Body Material: Ash
  • Finish Material: Nitro lacquer
  • Neck/Fingerboard: Maple
  • Radius:7.25”-9.5”
  • Weight: 3.35Kgs (7.6lbs)
  • Scale Length: 25 ½”
  • Nut Width: 1 5/8”
  • Neck Profile: Classic C
  • Neck Thickness: Full C
  • Electronics:  Original
  • Case: Original Tweed
  • Modifications/Repairs: None
  • Condition: Near mint, shows minimal but honest wear.  Original hardshell case and paperwork included.
  • Playability Notes:  This guitar feels like an original and plays beautifully. Although released as a ‘Closet Classic’ 56 Stratocaster, with it’s gold hardware its exactly the model Mary Kaye was photographed with in 1956 and would eventually be released as a Mary Kaye model by the Fender Custom Shop.