1959 Fender Stratocaster Masterbuilt by Todd Krause
BRW Playability and Fender’s Soul
This 1959 Fender Strat Masterbuilt Relic by Todd Krause just nails it.  It has SOUL.  Finished in Iced Blue Metallic, it has a vibe like none other.  It took me a long time to jump back into “Strat-land” as there are millions of strats out there.  How does one know a good one?  Well for me, in retrospect, 1959 was a banner year for guitars.  With Gibson you had the Les Paul Standard, the emergence of the ES-335, and Fender switched back to Brazilian rosewood fingerboards over a maple neck.  So to have Fender’s best crafstman, Todd Krause, the builder for “EC” himself make a ‘59 with a Brazilian board, with pickups by another mastercraftsman J. Cruz, it was time.  After listening to Greg Koch demo and marvel over this one, and never touch the tuning keys - this was it.  It has personality in spades.