If there was ever a guitar that could be defined as the most popular and most recognisable in history, it would be the Fender Stratocaster. Since its inception in 1954, it has remained one of the dominant forces in the guitar world.
The Stratocaster was Leo Fender's third series in solid body electric instruments. Following the Precision Bass and the Telecaster, they garnered enormous success with musicians. After its original release, Fender listened to the opinions and the comments from musicians and took the guitar back to the drawing board to again do minor improvements. The result is what guitarists everywhere have come to love about the Fender Stratocaster.
Both the Telecaster and the Stratocaster have been loved and played by all types of musicians but there are some key differences between the two. The Fender Stratocaster has a double cut away body designed to make it lighter and more comfortable to play. The Strat also has a third pickup added to provide more tonal variations than what the Telecaster offered with bridge and neck pickups. Probably the most important feature of the Strat when comparing it to the Telecaster is the tremolo bridge.
Unlike the semi acoustic guitars which were built to be used in big bands, these solid bodied guitars were designed to be played in a smaller capacity with smaller bands. This allowed a larger variety of music to be played as the design could lend itself to many different genres of music. After word got out, it didn't take long for guitarists to embrace this new concept of guitar and make this revolutionary new instrument a mainstay.
One of the most iconic images from the 1950s music scene was of Buddy Holly with his Stratocaster. He became one of the first rock musicians to use the Fender Stratocaster and it became a part of who he was in the public's eye.
Soon, British guitarist Hank Marvin of the Shadows became the first person to import a Stratocaster and soon became one of the trail blazers in popularizing the instrument in both the US and the UK.
The 1960s surf music saw shredding created to mimic the sounds of the ocean waves as the Beach Boys and Dick Dale made their unique sounds on the instrument. As the 60s rolled on, the Fender Stratocaster found its way into the most influential individuals in music including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, John Lennon, Pete Townsend, David Gilmour, and Jimi Hendrix. The music they created on the Strat helped shape what music is today and inspired generations of musicians.
From the 50s rock to 60s surf, to the 70s blues rock to the 80s punk, to the 90s grunge and into the 00's pop, the Stratocaster guitar is a part of music history. They have been fundamental in the creation of every genre of music including pop, rock, country, reggae, metal, and everything in between.
Crossing all musical boundaries, it has become the number one choice for guitarists for a reason. Classically modern, it is a sound that will always reign supreme in music.
Although there have been many types of Stratocasters over the years, the design has always remained the same and the comfort has been a favourite for musicians for years. When you hold a Strat, you hold not just a guitar but an icon. Uncompromising and original, the Strat will always be of the leading guitars on the market. Designed for musicians of every genre, you become a part of history when you play a Fender Stratocaster.
The Fender American Series 50th Anniversary Stratocaster has an Ash, Maple Neck & Fingerboard, 9.5" Radius, Bone Nut, 3x 54 Strat Single-Coils, 5-Way Switch
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The Fender American Special HSS Strat has an Alder Body, Rosewood Fingerboard, 1 Atomic Humbucker, 2 Texas Specials, Greasebucket Tone Circuit. Replaced Pickguard, Singlecoil Pickup Covers, Control Knobs & Backplate
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Pre Owned (Pre 2000) American Fender Strats
The 1963 Fender Strat has had a Selmer Refin, Non Original Switchtip, 1 Original Tone Pot Not Working, Rewired, Non Original Trem Block & Spring Plate, 8.03lbs
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The Fender Strat has a 1959 Body, 1964 Neck (both refinished), 2 x 50s Pickups (bridge & mid), 1 x 60s Pickup (neck), 1964 Pots, Recent Fender Tuners, Recent Trem, Recent Klusons, 8.03lbs
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The Fender Strat has a Stripped Natural Finish, Re-Fretted, Ash Body, Maple Neck, Large Headstock, Black Pickup Covers, Replacement Kluson Tuners (crack between shaft holes from E to E professionally repaired and stable) 8.31lbs
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The Fender 25th Anniversary Strat has a Special Commemorative Neck Plate, 4 Bolt Maple Neck (1 Piece), Replacement Tuners, Black Pickguard, Black Pickup Covers & Knobs, 9.58lbs
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The Fender Strat has had a Pro Refin, Ash Body, Rosewood Fingerboard, Maple Neck, Recent Saddles, Pickguard & Pickup Covers, Gold Straplocks, Gold 'F' Logo on Body, 8.31lbs
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The 1998 Fender American Deluxe Strat has an Ash Body, Maple Fingerboard, Abalone Dot Inlays, LSR Roller Nut, Fender Locking Bridge, Chrome Locking Tuners, 2x Noiseless Singlecoils, 1x Humbucker
MEGA DEAL PRICE: £989