1959 FenderStratocaster – Fiesta Red (ex Bill Carson)

This guitar is a true piece of Fender History: Bill Carson’s personal 1959 Fender Stratocaster in Fiesta Red with Gold Hardware! Bill Carson was a well-known and respected guitarist throughout the 50s, and Leo Fender relied on Mr. Carson’s feedback to finalize the design of the Stratocaster. This guitar was built specifically for him and features his name on the neck heel to not confuse it with any production necks. This guitar was custom-made with an A neck, but the depth at the nut is actually thinner than normal “A” necks. Mr. Carson writes in his letter that it was made specifically to fit his hand and playing style. This is one of the earliest documented Fiesta Red guitars, if not the earliest. Needless to say, this guitar earns the status of “legendary!”

Overall Condition:  9, checking and neck wear


  • Finish Details: Fiesta Red, Original, Great Condition, Some forearm and buckle rash spots, Light edgewear, Larger impression of cord at back of body, small impression of cord at front under bridge cover
  • Body Material: Alder
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Fretboard Material: Rosewood, Slab
  • Neck Profile: Slim C
  • Weight: 7 lbs 10 oz
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Pickup Readings: N: 5.79K M: 5.66K B: 5.60K
  • Electronics: Original, Untouched
  • Hardware: Original, Great Condition, Still retains a lot of gold plating, Two of the original trem springs removed from the body and left inside case (guitar only has three inside the cavity)
  • Nut Width: 1-1/2"
  • Includes: Original Brown Tolex Case, Handwritten Letter from Mr. Carson, Electronics Description Card

Sku: F109


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