1956 Fender Stratocaster Custom Colored Sherwood Green ID-4734
1956 Fender Stratocaster Custom Colored Sherwood Green
A man walks into a respected luthier with his 1956 Stratocaster that had a strange blue paint applied over the original finish. This man knew that the blue finish was non-original and wanted to have the guitar restored to the original Fender Specs. Little did our astute restorer know what was under the maturely applied blue paint. The luthier carefully started removing the paint and found an original "Sherwood" green paint scheme. Sherwood Green on a 1956 Strat? Fender didn't even offer Sherwood green until the early 60's! The luthier wisely stopped sanding and called the customer, who wanted to save as much of the original paint as possible.
We know that Custom colors were an option in the early Fender years, Bill Carson, guitarist for the famous Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, had a Cimarron Red Strat built for him in 1957, and Fender would do any color a well paying customer asked for. To find one of these guitars is akin to locating where the ark of the covenant was stored in the warehouse from Indiana Jones!
Yes, my friends, you are looking at a verified custom color on an early Fender instrument before they even offered custom paint schemes. We may never know why Leo, Freddie, or George put through an order for a Sherwood Green guitar, whether it be for an up-and-coming musician, for R and D, or for an employee that liked the way it looked on a new model Mercury in a magazine. Mercury didn't even offer the paint on a model, which Fender took their inspiration from, until 1957. In the fifties, a custom color was only available as a direct result from having contact with the factory in Fullerton. In any case the reason for this singular guitar has been lost to the pages of history.
The original desert sand base coat is visible through the thin coat of Sherwood Green metallic paint. The restorer of this guitar, lovingly, carefully, and slowly sanded the blue paint off and in some cases the original Fender finish was rubbed off. However, the paint job is in astonishingly good condition otherwise and blacklights perfectly.
Fender chose a beautiful, flamed maple neck to compliment this unique custom color. The "C" shape neck is wonderfully worn and feels amazing in your hands. The original frets still have plenty of wear, and the neck- stamped 11/55, is straight and true. The no-line Kluson's work perfectly and are also original.
This 54 year old guitar resonates against your chest unplugged, and when we plugged "Sherwood" in, the tone we were met with floored us! This one has the tone, the mojo, the voodoo, whatever your adjective, this thing does it. Thick rich neck sounds, perfectly "quack" middles, and screaming bridge tones.
The ground wire on the tremolo "claw" in the back cavity has been resoldered, and the trem arm, was unfortunately broken off in the trem block. The trem arm is included in the original "pocket" tweed case. This Green Lantern won't shine for long, and we are pleased to answer any additional questions about this guitar directly. All serious offers, please contact Artisan Guitars directly.
- Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
- Serial: 09757
- Top Wood: Ash
- Back Wood: Ash
- Nut Width: 1.63"
- Scale: 25 1/2"