The introduction of a rosewood ‘slab’ fingerboard in 1959 is a milestone in Str. tone arguably producing a warmer tone than the earlier one piece maple necks. The ’59 Slab Board coils are made with vintage correct black fibreboard flatwork, hand bevelled Alnico V magnets and scatter-wound by hand with 42AWG Heavy Formvar wire. The tone is hollow and woody with tight, punchy, bottom-end snap and crisp, clear highs. Both chording and single note playing is wonderfully percussive and the moderate vintage output is perfect for extra cut with a slab board neck.