I’m playing my friend Jim’s actual 1959 Stratocaster. It had been sitting, untouched, unplayed, for at least 10 years, maybe longer. The strings were very old flatwounds, dark with age. The bridge pickup didn’t sound good, but OH MY, the neck pickup–it was heaven. Do the older guitars sound better than the new ones? I’ll leave it to you to decide.
I should also say that this is plugged directly into my Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue amp. NO PROCESSING.