That was made the same year as I was and it looks a lot like I feel most days. I can't wait to see the "after" pics when you're done.Just got this ‘56 Strat from the original owners son. It’s certainly seen some things, but it’s actually all original besides body paint and the tone cap. I plan to rescue at as the original frets are completely worn, pickups probably need rewind, and it has this awful crack.
Apparently the original owner was playing a gig and a biker pulled a knife. So the Strat became a baseball bat. I was told if I looked in the crack and under the paint I would find blood ha.
I plan to send the body to get the crack filled and properly fixed and get the body refinished. I know just who to send it too. I’d much prefer sunburst, but he said it might be iffy with the crack and how much “fake graining” he can do to blend it. Not sure if the body is ash or alder (it’s 6-56 so it could go either way). But it would be a shame to do a solid color on a nice piece of ash. I will have the body aged lightly because the neck is so worn. So a poll on colors that I like and photo attached
Also any tips on cleaning that horribly rusty bridge/saddles ?