RR59

 

 

There are two guitars referred to as RR59.
The made-for-export (US) version has a Honduran mahogany body with mahogany set neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard with abalone dot inlays, two Heartfield humbuckers, 22 jumbo frets and a Fender American standard fixed bridge with string-through body design. It has a 24.75" (628 mm) scale length and a 12" (305 mm) neck radius. The difference with the RR58 is that it has a 648 mm scale length, a Fender Deluxe American Standard tremolo and a narrower headstock for a straighter string pull, as well as locking tuners.
The for-sale-in-Japan (Japanese) version looks rather like an RR7 (including an RR-6 style pickguard), however it is distinguished by a set neck, an extra single coil pickup near the neck and an extra 10db boost circuit push button (with a LED). It has a 324 mm neck radius.

It used to sell for $1099.99 (95,000 Yen).

Heartfield colour codes available for this guitar according to a US source: Honey Blond (701), Emerald Green Transparent (716) and Crimson Transparent (738). According to a 1990 Japanese catalogue, the availble colours were TPR (a kind of red, official name unknown to the webmaster) and LM (a kind of yellow, official name unknown the webmaster).

First documented month of manufacture: September 1990 (serial number I90008, see guitar below). Last documented month of manufacture: October 1992 (serial number J92265, not pictured on this site). The guitar appeared in Fender Frontline first in winter (i.e. early) 1991 and last in autumn 1993.

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Type: 1990 RR59
Serial #: I90008
Remarks: The colour is Crimson Transparent. The guitar has a 3 way switch (rather than 5 way) and a coil tap mini toggle. The white plastic parts could be original or replacements. The pickguard is held on with adhesive rather than screwed in (see - no screw holes!). The nut was replaced.
Above photo credits: The then owner, Raymond Whitlock.

Type: 1990 Japan-type RR59
Serial #: I90506
Remarks: A rather unique RR59, this Japanese version. At first glimpse it looks like an RR9, but in an RR59 finish with set neck. Check out the controls.
Above photo credits: An Ebay auction

Type: 1991 RR59
Serial #: J90041
Remarks: The colour is Honey Blonde. When Vinnie Moore was talking about becoming a Fender endorser in the early 90s, they told him about Heartfield and he became an endorser of that. They have him some Talons and this RR59.
Above photo credits: The owner, Vinnie Moore.

Type: 1991 RR59
Serial #: A91918
Remarks: The colour is Emerald Green Transparent.
Above photo credits: The owner, John Simmons.

Type: 1991 RR59
Serial #: B91729
Remarks: The colour is Honey Blonde.
Above photo credits: The owner, John Simmons.

Type: 1991 RR59
Serial #: G91733
Remarks: The colour is Honey Blonde.
Above photo credits: The owner, Tim Hough.

Type: 1991 RR59
Serial #: I91716
Remarks: The colour is Emerald Green Transparent.
Above photo credits: The owner, Ben van Dijk.

Type: 1992 RR59
Serial #: F92206
Remarks: The colour is Crimson Transparent.
Above photo credits: The owner, Paul S. Abrams.

 

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